“Gigantic, willful, young, Chicago sitteth at the northwest gates.”
William Vaughn Moody “An Ode in Time of Hesitation,” 1901
Downtown Chicago can often seem like a grown-up playground. For example, this weekend there’s Ale Fest at Navy Pier, which for beer lovers is like being a kid in a candy store. The Windy City Corn Hole Classic brings the sidewalk and backyard game that involves throwing corn bags into corn holes to Soldier Field. You can even ride your bike after “curfew” with the 20th Annual L.A.T.E. Ride. Instead of getting in trouble for getting in just before dawn, you’ll get breakfast with a smile.
There’s also a lot to do for real kids. You know, the ones who need naps and get excited about stickers and bubbles and baby pigs and squeal with delight when they get excited. This weekend you can hear lots of that happy laughter as they make wire sculptures and go crazy painting at the Museum of Contemporary Art (who hasn’t heard a child say after seeing an abstract work “I can do that!”?) or see a puppet show in Millennium Park set to Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At An Exhibition”. They’ll also love taking a dog on a cruise or making something to wear out of a paper bag.
For even more ways to act like a kid, no matter how old you are, check out the events calendar. Now go out there and play!
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