5 Things to Do: "Very Eric Carle" at Chicago Children's Museum

As September ends, new events begin all around Chicago. This weekend, The Second City will offer a new sketch comedy show and the Chicago Children’s Museum will open a new exhibit. Plus, don’t miss the Chicago Book Expo, a special program at Illinois Holocaust Museum, and the return of Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo.

“The Second City’s She the People: Girlfriends’ Guide to Sisters Doing It for Themselves”

5 Things to Do: Second City's "She the People"

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Sept. 29

This new sketch show, created, designed and performed by women, will cover everything from having it all to the gender pay gap.

Fall Fest

5 Things to Do: Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo.

Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 29 to Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 9

Visit Lincoln Park Zoo for fall fun all season long. In addition to a Ferris wheel, corn maze, and hay mountain, the Zoo will offer animal chats, live music, a pumpkin patch and more.

“Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit”

5 Things to Do: Very Eric Carle at Chicago Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum.

Opens Sept. 30

Your child’s favorite books will come to life at this Chicago Children’s Museum exhibit. Inspired by five of Eric Carle’s books, including “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” children will be able to become the Very Hungry Caterpillar, create a symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket and more.

  • Bonus: Have even more fun with your kiddos at Kohl Children’s Museum’s “Build It!” exhibit, which reopens Sept. 27.

History of Rock & Soul: Music for Social Change

5 Things to Do: Illinois Holocaust Museum — History of Rock & Soul

Terri Hemmert (Photo courtesy of Illinois Holocaust Museum.)

Oct. 1

Terri Hemmert will speak about musicians and their responses to social issues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum. Reserve your spot today for the program (and add access to the Bill Graham exhibit).

2017 Chicago Book Expo

5 Things to Do: Chicago Book Expo 2017

Image courtesy of Chicago Book Expo.

Oct. 1

Bibliophiles, don’t miss this free event featuring more than 80 presses and literary organizations, speakers and programs, and the first Chicago Architecture Book Festival. Programs include “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife,” “Voices from Syria: Listening in a Time of Misrepresentation” and “Mysterious and Thrilling Women.”


  • The Morton Arboretum will host a Vegetarian Dinner Oct. 1. This six-course dinner will include dishes like Grilled Fall Vegetable Salad and Grilled Cauliflower “Steak.”


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital