The Chicagoland area is filled with world-renowned museums, zoos, and arboretums. While we already love explore what they have to offer, we get even more excited to see new exhibits and immersive experiences popping up. We’ve rounded up all the details about some of the newest spots to bring your family for a day of fun. Don’t forget to tag us on social media using our hashtag #sharekidlist when you go!
Field Museum: Wild Color and The Machine Inside: Biomechanics
Wild Color runs until Jan 8, 2023 and The Machine Inside: Biomechanics runs until Jan 9, 2022.
Wild Color and The Machine Inside: Biomechanics bring visitors through to a whole new side of nature. You can explore the beauty of colors found everywhere in Wild Color, and then investigate the science behind how animals jump, swim, slither, and fly in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics. Both of these special exhibits add even more excitement to an exciting day at the Field Museum. You can find more details in my review of these two exhibits.
Morton Arboretum: Human+Nature
As of November 16, 2021, Morton Arboretum has not announced an end date for this exhibit.
This past spring, Morton Arboretum welcomed Human+Nature, featuring incredible works of art by Daniel Popper. Throughout the grounds, you can find five breath-taking sculptures made of glass-reinforced concrete, wood, fiberglass and steel. Before you go, make sure to read all the details about Annie’s visit this past summer.
Elmhurst Art Museum: Par Excellence Redux: The Back 9
Now running until January 2, 2022
The Elmhurst Art Museum has taken mini golf to a whole new level. This artistic course is truly one of a kind. Annie took her family to the exhibit over the summer, and wrote about the front 9. The museum is now offering The Back 9, with a whole new set of challenges and designs.
DuPage Children’s Museum: The Questioneers: Read. Question. Think. Play!
This exhibit just opened on October 1, 2021, with no end date yet announced.
This amazing exhibit brings to life the works of Naperville author, Andrea Beaty. Your child will become an architect with Iggy Peck, a prez with Sofia Valdez, and much, much more. You can find out about all the creative ways your children can learn and explore by reading Kaitlyn’s review of DCM’s newest exhibit.
Museum of Science and Industry: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
November 17, 2021 through January 2, 2022.
Visiting MSI during the holidays has the extra bonus of seeing beautiful Christmas lights, celebrating the season, and learning about world traditions makes it special. Read Jill’s review of this exhibit in years past.
Museum of Science and Industry: Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes
March 7, 2021 through October 24, 2022
The exhibit focuses on artifacts and original art from 80 years of Marvel comic and movie history and is spread across two galleries on the main level. You can see real costumes, movie props, and even an original edition comic book. There are three hundred individual artifacts on display. Read Charlotte’s review from opening day.
Dr. Seuss Experience Chicago
Now through January 2, 2022.
Oh the places you’ll go at the Dr. Seuss Experience, located at Water Tower Place in Chicago. Your children will love to see some of your favorite children’s books come to life. Nicole’s review of the Dr. Seuss Experience includes information about the exhibit, as well as some great “Know Before You Go” tips!
Peanuts Christmas Experience
Now through December 24, 2021.
Christmastime is here! Meet Santa, along with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang. This spot is great for some of your favorite Peanuts photo opportunities, along with a session with the big guy! Read more about it in Annie’s review of the Peanuts Christmas Experience.
The Office Experience Chicago
Now through January 17, 2022.
This immersive experience is for all you Michael Scott fans. Filled with interactive displays and great photo ops, this is a must-see for anyone who loves The Office. Before you go, check out our insider guide.
Immersive Van Gogh Chicago
Open now through February 6, 2022.
Experience the works of Vincent Van Gogh like you’ve never before. This captivating show is filled with moving art and music. Make sure to read our tips for Bringing Kids to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago.
August 14 through December 31, 2021
Explore 15 immersive and interactive installations designed to let you feel like a kid again at HideSeek. If you’re into Instagrammable spaces, this one is for you,
December 3, 2021 through January 2, 2022
Magic Immersive features two floors and 360 degrees of magic performances, illusions and interactive displays. The Illusionarium at Magic Immersive offers guests everything from up-close parlor magic to escape performances to jaw-dropping, large-scale illusions. Stay tuned for a first-hand review!
FRIDA: Immersive Dream
February 24 through May 28, 2022
Lighthouse Immersive and Maestro Immersive Art, the creators of Immersive Van Gogh, are bringing Immersive Dream to Chicago. The exhibition features some of the artist’s best-known works “brought to life” by the world-renowned master of digital art, Italy’s Massimiliano Siccardi, again accompanied by composer Luca Longobardi’s resonant score. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director.
Looking for more ways to have fun with your family this winter? Check out our Indoor Activities Guide.