5 Things to Do in Chicago: Extreme Ice at Museum of Science and Industry

As warmer temperatures heat Alaska’s Columbia Glacier, brilliant blue ponds of meltwater form on the glacier’s surface. (Photo by James Balog and courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.)

If you’re still looking for things to do in Chicago this weekend, check out new exhibits at the Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Hyde Park Art Center. Plus, get a free heart health screening and take family photos that also give back.

“Extreme Ice”

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Museum of Science and Industry's Extreme Ice

This photo displays a melt water river formed by glacier melt in Greenland. (Photo by James Balog and courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry.)

Opens March 23
Chicago

The Museum of Science and Industry’s latest temporary exhibit, “Extreme Ice,” features photos and time-lapse videos of 24 glaciers from around the world that were taken by photographer James Balog and his team over the course of a few years. The exhibition will also highlight ways that people can make a difference when it comes to climate change.

Night Out to #KnockOutHeartDisease

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Burlington Stores Night Out to #KnockOutHeartDisease

Photo courtesy of Burlington Stores.

March 24
Skokie

Burlington Stores and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease have teamed up to offer free heart health screenings and educational tips to women. After each screening, guests are encouraged to tag two friends on social media using #KnockOutHeartDisease and $5 will be donated to WomenHeart.

Classic Kids Winnetka Sessions Benefiting Adopt-a-Pet, Inc.

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Classic Kids Photography bunny event

Photo courtesy of Classic Kids.

March 24-25
Winnetka

Just in time for Easter, parents can book a session at Classic Kids Photography this weekend and their child will get to take photos with adorable bunnies available for adoption through Wilmette Pet Center, which works with Adopt-a-Pet, Inc. to find homes for animals. $50 from each shoot will be donated to Adopt-a-Pet, Inc.

“Chasing Eclipses”

5 Things to Do in Chicago: Adler Planetarium's Chasing Eclipses

Photo courtesy of Adler Planetarium.

Opens March 25
Chicago

Adler Planetarium’s “Chasing Eclipses” will prepare visitors for the North American Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 by giving them the opportunity to experience a solar eclipse, “meet” eclipse chasers from throughout history and more. Adler is also partnering with the DuSable Museum of African American History to present “Hidden Figures Revealed” March 22, 23 and 25. Learn more here.

“The Presidential Library Project: Black Presidential Imaginary”

5 Things to Do in Chicago: The Presidential Library Project at Hyde Park Art Center

Zachary Fabri, Aureola (Black Presidents), set of 9, 2012 (Photo courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center.)

Opens March 26
Chicago

This Hyde Park Art Center exhibit will take a look at the representations of a black president in pop culture ahead of the creation of the Barack Obama Presidential Center.

Looking Ahead:

  • The 20th annual Chicago Improv Festival runs March 27 to April 2. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Rachel Dratch will headline the event along with Dan Harmon and Northbrook native Scott Adsit. Other local performers include Antoine McKay (Bunkie on “Empire”), Jimmy Carrane (host of podcast Improv Nerd) and groups Out da Box (Northwestern) and Joke Zero (Lake Forest College).