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.
Some immersive experiences have seen great success and have been extended! We’re also adding info on new exhibits and experiences coming to the Chicagoland area. The Kidlist team keeps this list updated as we receive details and attend previews, so bookmark this link and check back, too.
Immersive Van Gogh Chicago
Open now through May 30, 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.
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.
Pixar Putt Chicago
May 28 through August 6, 2022
Take a swing with Woody, Mr. Incredible, Nemo, and more at the newest putt-putt spot in Chicago. This course, which is found at Navy Pier, is filled with photo opportunities with all your favorite Pixar characters. Prices are per adult or child, but family four-packs are also offered. Reserve tickets online in advance.
Diversity and Inclusion through Art
The LaGrange Art League is proud to feature the art and life story of local artists as a part of their Inclusion, Diversity and Outreach Task Force. May’s guest artist is Jay Moore. Jay’s work combines electronics and sewing for truly unique art. Learn more about her pieces on display at the LaGrange Art League.
Field Museum: Wild Color
Wild Color runs until Jan 8, 2023
Wild Color brings visitors through to a whole new side of nature where you can explore the beauty of colors found everywhere. This special exhibit adds even more excitement to an exciting day at the Field Museum. You can find more details in my review.
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.
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: The Art of the Brick
February 10 – September 5, 2022
The Art of the Brick is the world’s largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art featuring more than 100 works. The exhibit features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”
Guests can get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, guests can walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with its giant LEGO skull.
Field Museum: Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep
Opens February 25, 2022
Jurassic Oceans: Monsters of the Deep is an underwater journey to encounter some of the fascinating, fierce, and strange creatures that dominated Earth’s Jurassic seas while dinosaurs ruled the land. The exhibit features over 100 fossils and models ranging from giant marine reptiles that looked like real-life versions of the Loch Ness Monster to small, strange starfish cousins called sea lilies. Visitors will come face-to-face with marine predators and other friendly marine life of the Jurassic seas through real fossils and CGI projections.
Field Museum: Poetry Pop-Up
A poem for SUE®, an ode to Máximo, and verses dedicated to the coelacanth are among the offerings in an exhibit opening at the Field Museum during National Poetry Month. Simply titled “Poems by Eric Elshtain,” the exhibit features nine graphic panels of poetry by Elshtain, the Museum’s poet-in-residence. The panels will be installed near the displays that inspired them and the text will be in English and in Spanish. Join Eric Elshtain every Thursday at the Field Museum.
Field Museum: Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories
The newest exhibit to the Field Museum, Native Truths: Our Voices, Our Stories opens on May 20. This space, which is a major renovation of the Native North American Hall, features art, stories, poetry, photography and historical objects from Native American communities.
Looking for more ways to have fun with your family this winter? Check out our Indoor Activities Guide.