What's Hot - This month's best Chicago family fun events and activities

We've picked out some of the best family fun taking place this month around Chicago. hBookmark this page to keep up with the hottest Chicago family happenings! Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get information as soon as it's available.

Find things to do with kids in Chicago. Following are highlights of activities going on in the coming days and weeks. Visit our Calendar of Events to see full listings of daily events.

Flying Friday
1/6/2023 to 2/24/2023
The Insect Asylum

On Fridays from January 6 - February 24, we will discuss a different flying friend, whether it be animal or insect! We will be hosting activities related to the flying friend of choice and learn LOTS of facts about them! Help your little one learn about nature and the world we live in with this...

Asleep With the Fishes
1/13/2023 to 1/13/2023
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Ever wondered what the animals do at night? At our Asleep with the Fishes overnights, spend the night with sharks, turtles, dolphins and more!

Asleep with the Fishes is more than just a sleepover. You'll get the chance to explore the open exhibit spaces throughout the evening, come...

1/17/2023 to 1/29/2023
CIBC Theatre

After 25 years, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony...

Chicago Int'l Puppet Theater Festival
1/18/2023 to 1/29/2023
Multiple Locations

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is returning in a big way, January 18-29, 2023, at venues large and small throughout the city. For 12 consecutive days, Chicago will be the puppetry capital of the world, home to more than 100 performances and events around the city that promise...

Roald Dahl's Matilda
1/20/2023 to 1/28/2023
Cahn Auditorium

Select dates January 20-28. In its 80th year, the largest student produced musical in the country is thrilled to present MATILDA the Musical. Based on Roald Dahl’s timeless novel, this story of an extraordinary girl who uses her brilliant mind and imagination to change her destiny is coming to...

Golden Key
1/21/2023 to 1/22/2023
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences

Performed in Russian. We invite you to a new exciting journey through the pages of A.N. Tolstoy tale about the adventures of a little naughty wooden man. The vast world is full of dangers, temptations and secrets. What is there, behind the treasured door?

Hansel and Gretel
1/25/2023 to 2/5/2023
Lyric Opera of Chicago

When this universally cherished production debuted 20 years ago, it captivated Chicago audiences. It did the same in 2012, and this season it returns again by popular demand. This rivetingly modern, astonishingly inventive view of the Brothers Grimm's fairytale features an eye-popping production...