Chicago boasts an incredible dining scene, luxurious spas, and uplifting immersive experiences. Despite the weight of adult responsibilities, there are moments when we long to embrace the carefree joy of childhood once more!
Join us as we explore eight delightful activities guaranteed to awaken your inner child and infuse your life with much-needed fun. So go ahead and embark on a journey to rediscover the magic of youth in the vibrant city of Chicago! We can guarantee you we won’t judge.
Whether you adored these movies in your youth or are a Disney enthusiast now, this fantastic exhibit showcases over 20,000 square feet of rare memorabilia, artifacts, costumes, and more! It’s the perfect opportunity to awaken your inner child and immerse yourself in beloved childhood films. Whether it’s “The Little Mermaid” or “Peter Pan,” you’ll find it all at the limited-time Disney100: The Exhibition!Learn more and grab tickets here!
2. Fall in love with science again at one of the quirkiest shops we’ve found!
If you once had a passion for science, you can rest assured that it will be reignited at the American Science & Surplus store near the city. From dissection frogs to vintage Russian microscopes and 1950s Geiger counters, they have it all. For a spectacular science experience, mark your calendar for their upcoming ‘Science Night’ on February 9th from 7-9 p.m. It promises exciting experiments, games, and step-by-step instructions on how to make a lava lamp, transporting you back to your school science class days!
📍27 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge, IL 60068
LEGO® enthusiasts, brace yourselves for the upcoming Brick Convention, hailed as ‘the Greatest LEGO® Fan Event on Earth,’ arriving in Illinois, from September 28 to the 29th, 2024. While it may seem early, this event is known to sell out! This eagerly awaited LEGO® extravaganza assures a weekend where enthusiasts of all ages can rediscover the joy of being a kid. Packed with creativity, hands-on building activities, and mind-boggling entertainment, it’s an immersive experience that promises to bring out the inner child in everyone!Get your tickets here!
📍DuPage Event Center & Fairgrounds, DuPage County Complex, 2015 Manchester Road, North County Farm Road, Wheaton, 60187
Step out of your everyday reality and into the metaverse at Verse: The Art of the Future. This exciting experience merges art and technology, inviting you to marvel at a digital art exhibition like no other. Featuring augmented reality holograms and artwork by top-selling artists from the world of NFTs, Verse offers a truly immersive experience. Using an AR headset, smartphone, or tablet, visitors can explore the intersection of art and technology and delve into the stories shaping this dynamic sector of the art world.
📍Location: Block 37, 108 North State Street, Chicago, 60602
One of our childhood favorites, the 1993 film ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ starring Robin Williams as the beloved Scottish nanny, is coming to Broadway in Chicago this month! We’re thrilled to see Rob McClure reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire alongside his real-life wife, Maggie Lakis, at the James Nederlander Theatre.
Activate Games is undeniably a blast for families with young children, but let’s be honest, it’s also a fantastic outing for friends or a team-building adventure with coworkers (*wink, wink, Secret Chicago team)! These live-action games challenge teams to collaborate, testing their mental and physical agility in three-minute face-offs. From Hoops and Push to Hide (reminiscent of Netflix’s Squid Game), Megagrid (a sprawling space with color grids on the floor), and laser games straight out of thrilling spy movies like ‘Entrapment,’ there’s something here for everyone. It’s the perfect activity to unleash the inner child in all of us!Read more here!
7. Enjoy virtual reality dinner theater at Le Petit Chef
Photo: Le Petit Chef
Get ready to rediscover the joy of dining through the eyes of your inner child thanks to Le Petit Chef! This magical dining experience at the Cuvée Room at Fairmont Chicago – Millennium Park is not just for kids— just so happens to be a whimsical gastronomic journey for adults too. Step into a world where art meets cuisine, as sophisticated dishes are served alongside a virtual reality dinner theater.
This 3D animated dinner, Presented by TableMation Studios, is a delightful blend of fine dining and futuristic entertainment with each course introduced by a tiny French chef, standing at just 2 1⁄2 inches tall. He adds electrifying and colorful elements to the tablescape, creating a truly enchanting experience, perfect for an adult-only outing with your S.O. or friends! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night out!
8. Play Pickleball at this beach-themed indoor spot!
Pickleball has swept the nation, with courts popping up all over the city. One, in particular, offers 40,000 square feet of indoor fun with a beach theme, letting us feel as if we’ve escaped Chicago’s harsh winters.
Lincoln Park’s Social Pickleball Fun has it all—a massive turf, nine pickleball courts, Kikwetu coffee shop, Honey Butter Chicken restaurant, and a touch of luxury in the locker rooms with saunas. We don’t know about you, but this gives us all the adult camp vibes we need to bring back the carefree days of our youth. With the beach theme, we’ll feel like it’s summer all year round.Get all the details here!