5 Things to Do: Animal Secrets at Kohl Children's Museum

Animal Secrets (Photo courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates.)

It’s almost the weekend, so get ready to explore a favorite museum exhibit with your kids or check out a brand new museum about Lake County. Plus, enjoy three foodie events around Chicago.

Animal Secrets

5 Things to Do: "Animal Secrets" at Kohl Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Carol Fox and Associates.

Opens March 20

This popular exhibit, designed for kids ages birth to 8, will return to Kohl Children’s Museum with hands-on activities that allow children to explore nature through an animal’s point of view. The exhibit is scheduled to run through Aug. 26.


5 Things to Do: Eataly's SpringFest

Photo by Galdones Photography.

March 23

Say hello to spring at Eataly’s SpringFest, the marketplace’s biannual all-access party. Guests will be able to explore all 60,000 square feet of Eataly and enjoy spring-inspired food, wine, entertainment, and more.

Good Food EXPO

5 Things to Do: Good Food EXPO

Photo by Barry Brecheisen.

March 23-24

This expo is “the midwest’s premier showcase for local and sustainable food” and will feature demonstrations by Rick Bayless, Sarah Grueneberg, Andrew Zimmerman, and more; the new series “Good Food is Good Medicine;” an interactive scavenger hunt for kids; a Good Food Marketplace with more than 150 local businesses and tastings; and more. Read our four reasons why you cannot miss this event now.

Dunn Museum Grand Opening

5 Things to Do: Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County

Photo courtesy of Dunn Museum.

March 24

The Lake County Forest Preserves’ new Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County will open this weekend and “shares the entwined stories of people, events, and nature through interactive exhibitions, educational programs, and community engagement.” The museum features a life-size replica of a Dryptosaurus, a giant fossil-covered rock that is 420 million years old, a special Illinois Bicentennial exhibit, and more.

Brunch Classics: Cooking Class

5 Things to Do: River Roast Brunch Cooking Class

Photo courtesy of River Roast.

March 24

River Roast will host this brunch cooking class with chefs John Hogan and Cedric Harden. Brunch and beverages are included.


  • Dog Haus, which opened in Lincoln Park on March 17, will celebrate Free Haus Dog Day on March 24. Stop by for a free Haus Dog from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Give Back Opportunity:

  • Hecky Powell’s Forrest E. Powell Foundation will host its 17th annual Jazz Brunch on March 25 at Evanston’s Hilton Garden Inn. Bobby Broom will headline the event, which will also feature brunch. Funds will support the Evanston Work Ethic Program, “an organization that helps Evanston Township High School students navigate paths toward high paying career/tech opportunities that do not require a four-year college degree.”


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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





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