School is back in session and finding something to do with the kids for a mental break over the weekend shouldn’t be a stress! Look at the activities below to schedule your family outing in Chicago.

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Pizza City Fest

August 26th

The Chicago Pizza City Fest returns for its second year, led by renowned food journalist Steve Dolinsky, a 13-time recipient of the James Beard Award. Over the course of two days at The Salt Shed, Chicago’s newest riverside music venue, 40 pizza artisans will showcase their skills on large electric pizza ovens. Join us on August 26-27, between 12 pm and 5 pm, as 20 esteemed pizza makers participate each day, presenting a diverse range of 10 distinct pizza styles.

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Guided Urban Nature Walk

“Exploring Urban Nature” serves as the central theme for an “Urban Nature Walk and Discussion” event, scheduled to take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 27th, at Park 538 in West Rogers Park. This event is made possible through the collaboration of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Eira Corral Sepulveda, Commissioner Cam Davis, the Jewish Neighborhood Development Council of Chicago, and the Chicago Audubon Society.

Leading the program will be Commissioner Eira Corral Sepúlveda, who will guide participants through points of interest within the restored natural prairie. The family-friendly event will encompass a scavenger hunt, a nature walk, distribution of seeds, and gardening insights.

Participation in the program comes at no cost. However, prior registration is essential. To secure your spot, please proceed to this registration link. Should you need more details, feel free to reach out to

Encompassing extensive acres of rejuvenated prairie, Park 538 is positioned between Kedzie Avenue and the Chicago River System, stretching from Touhy to Albion Avenues. This lush haven beckons to enthusiasts of the outdoors, providing a rich expanse of rustic trails for hiking and riverbank ecosystems to explore, all nestled beyond the verdant tree boundary.

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Wicker Park Bucktown Art Quest

Embark on the Wicker Park and Bucktown Art Quest of this year to immerse yourself in the abundant artistic culture of the neighborhood through an entertaining scavenger hunt. Enthusiasts of art spanning all ages can partake in this adventure, navigating through various WPB galleries, neighborhood murals, and sculptures in search of clues that lead to the next refreshing station—a perfect pause to cool off between destinations. The stops on this year’s quest will fully engage explorers in the latest artistic advancements unfolding within Wicker Park and Bucktown. Those adults who successfully complete the scavenger hunt will be treated to a joyous wine and beer reception at Jackson Junge Gallery, while families can relish a delightful surprise at Jeni’s Wicker Park!

Enjoy Chicago! ~Juliana