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25 Best Easter Events for Kids in the Chicago Area (2023)

Easter season is approaching, and there are dozens of family-friendly activities in the Chicago area for your Easter celebration. Whether you’re looking for brunch options, photo opportunities with the Easter bunny, or Easter egg hunts, we’ve found fun ideas for the whole family. Many activities require advance registration; some sell out quickly, so we recommend booking as early as possible!

1. Spring Egg-Stravaganza at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Saturday, April 8th | 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

The Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting its annual easter-themed event with fun easter festivities for the entire family. There will be egg hunts for kids of all ages, a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, a scavenger hunt, a musical performance by Mary Macaroni and the Impastas, outdoor activities and games, train and carousel rides, and an Easter parade.

Time slots for different age groups for the egg hunt must be selected when you purchase your tickets. If you have kids in different age groups, kids can go up in age groups but not down. There is limited space in each time slot, so buy your tickets early!

Each kid should bring their own basket to collect easter eggs. 

2. Easter Egg Hunt at Gallagher Way

Saturday, April 15th | 3635 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Gallagher Way is a place every Chicago parent should know about because their events are some of the best things to do with kids, and most events have free admission. Their Easter Egg Hunt is the perfect time to check it out, and it won’t conflict with other Easter plans because it’s the weekend after Easter.

The event is free, but each child that participates must have an Eventbrite ticket to show upon entry to the event. Parents/spectators do NOT need a ticket.

In addition to the search for treat-filled eggs, there will be a special appearance from the Easter Bunny and face painters.

3. Easter Egg Hunt at Cantigny Park

Sunday, April 2nd | 1 S, 151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189

Cantigny Park is hosting a family-friendly event the Sunday before Easter weekend, and it will be a great way to kick off some Easter fun. There will be a free easter egg hunt, photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, an Easter craft, a book fair, and food trucks.

Each kid should bring their Easter basket to collect the plastic eggs; no advance registration is required.

easter basket in grass with easter eggs

4. Eggciting Family Night at Cosley Zoo

Friday, March 31st | 1356 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187

Cosley Zoo is the perfect place for smaller kids because it’s affordable, small, and less crowded than other zoos. They are hosting an Easter event with the Easter Bunny, a scavenger hunt, and a craft. You can see the live animals too!

5. Easter Bunny, Train Ride, Egg Hunt at Windy Acres Farm

April 1st & 2nd, April 7th & 8th | 37w446 Fabyan Pkwy, Geneva, IL 60134

Check out one of the cutest Easter festivals in the area at Windy Acres Farm! Visit the lambs, goats, and baby animals, ride the Easter train, and say hello to the Easter Bunny. 

6. Bunny Trolley Hop at the Illinois Railway Museum

Saturday, April 1st, Sunday, April 2nd, and Saturday, April 8th | 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180

It’s the time of year for a local favorite annual event, the Bunny Tolley Hop at the Illinois Railway Museum! The Bunny Hop is a great opportunity for train enthusiasts to see the museum, ride some trains, and enjoy many other kid-friendly activities.

There will be an outdoor egg hunt if the April showers hold off. If necessary, the egg hunt will be moved into one of the museum’s historic buildings. Kids can take photos with the Easter Bunny in his “Carrot Coach,” and ride a streetcar to help the Bunny find his missing treasure.

There will be a bouncy castle, playground activities, a petting zoo, a food truck, and model train railroad displays. There’s no better way for train lovers to celebrate Easter time!

train on tracks with cloudy sky

7. Chicago Botanic Garden Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 9th | 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

The Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a festive Bunny Brunch with the Easter Bunny and a delicious buffet. After brunch, stroll through the garden and check out the beautiful spring blooms.

8. Easter Brunch at Cantigny Park

Sunday, April 9th | 1 S, 151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL 60189

Because Cantigny Park is such a great place, they also host a family-friendly brunch on Easter Sunday. Shrimp cocktail, herb-roasted striploin, a made-to-order omelet station, waffles, and more mouthwatering dishes will e served. This event sold out quickly last year, so make your reservations soon!

hot cross buns, easter eggs, flowers on table from above

9. Bunny Rock 5K, 10K, and Kids Egg Dash

Saturday, April 8th | 1501 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

The Bunny Rock is an annual 5k, 10k, and Kids Egg Dash in beautiful Grant Park. All participants receive a pair of bunny ears, and kids receive easter packets and plastic eggs. 5k and 10K participants will receive shirts and finisher medals.

Take advantage of the downtown location and check out the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, or Maggie Daley Park after the races for a super fun day!

10. River Forest Eggstravaganza and Bunny Experience

Saturday, April 8th | Central Ave, River Forest, IL 60305

The River Forest Park District is hosting its annual easter egg hunt in a local park. Kids can exchange each golden egg for a special prize. The egg hunt is a free event.

Families may register for the VIP Bunny Experience, including face painting, a balloon artist, a special visit with the Easter Bunny, a goodie bag, and a great time!

11. Aqua Egg Hunt

Thursday, April 6th and Friday, April 7th | 1450 Forest Gate Road

The Aqua Egg Hunt is a pool egg hunt in the family aquatic center in Oak Brook on the Thursday before Easter and Good Friday. Sessions last for 90 minutes and families are invited to open swim after the egg hunt.

12. Easter Bunny at the HIP!

March 11th-April 8th | 4104 N Harlem Ave, Norridge, IL 60706

Head to the Harlem Irving Plaza for photos with the Easte Bunny. All children will receive an Easter Coloring Book.

13. The Bunny at 900 North Michigan

March 31st-April 8th | 900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

The Bunny is back at the shops at 900 North Michigan Avenue! Make a reservation to take a picture with the Easter Bunny in a dreamy, springtime setting curated by designers. After your photo, receive a voucher for a drop-in art class at Bubble Academy. Vouchers must be redeemed the same day as the photo.

14. Easter Bunny Water Tower Place

March 24th-April 8th | 835 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Book your session to take a picture with the Easter Bunny at Water Tower Place! Other attractions nearby are the American Girl Store and Cafe, the Legostore, and Harry Potter: Magic at Play.

15. Easter Brunch Cruise

April 9th | 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 

Enjoy a delicious brunch along Lake Michigan with beautiful photo backdrops and entertainment. The cruise departs from Navy Pier.

16. Cuddle Bunny

2901 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 and 1119 Tower Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

This isn’t necessarily an Easter event, but cuddling with a bunny seems especially appropriate around Easter. This unique space is a bunny rescue shelter that allows visitors to cuddle with bunnies. They have special events, like yoga and crafts, and private reservations. Visitors must be at least five years old to have contact with the bunnies.

17. Egg Hunts and Flashlight Hunts

There are dozens of egg hunts around the Chicago area, and Kidlist has an extensive list of options for the Western Suburbs. Does your tween or teen think they’re too old for Easter egg hunts? They might love a flashlight egg hunt!

18. Easter Brunch at Park and Field

April 9 | 3509 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Park and Field, a restaurant with a very fun vibe in Logan Square, has a family-friendly brunch on Easter, and many reservation slots are still available. There will be separate Easter egg hunts for kids and adults, a special brunch menu, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

19. Community Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza

April 1 | 110 W Fremont St, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Head to the Arlington Heights Historical Society for a community Easter Egg Hunt!

Children 10 and under are invited to race around our grounds for treat filled eggs starting promptly at 10am, 11am, 12pm or 1pm. Following the egg hunt, families are invited to stay and explore the Museum with a scavenger hunt.

20. Easter Brunch at Hampton Social

April 9 | Multiple Locations

This family-friendly brunch will be a great way to celebrate!

21. Belmont Bunny Hop

April 1 | Businesses along Belmont from Ravenswood to Western

Stop by stores along Belmont from 10:00am-1:00pm for fun activities, special eggs to pick from with either candy or a discount! Get your sticker card at participating retailers.

22. New City and the Chocolate Factory Egg Hunt

April 1 | 1457 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

Head to New City in Lincoln Park for an Easter Egg Hunt and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the “Golden Eggs” to receive special prizes! There will be music, face painting, balloon artists, a candy bar, an interactive photo station, and drinks for adults! You must pre-register to the egg hunts.

23. Easter Jazz Brunch at TimeOut Market

April 9 | 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

TimeOut Market in the West Loop is hosting an Easter Brunch from 11:00am-3:00pm with balloon artists, face painters, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! The John Fournier Trio will be performing Jazz and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase. One of the best parts about this event is that no advance reservations are required, so you can just show up on Sunday if that’s what your family feels like doing!

24. Easter at Ina Mae Tavern

April 9 | 1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

Ina Mae Tavern is hosting. an Easter Brunch and an Easter Dinner special! They’ll have live music from 12pm-3pm, a full brunch menu, a bloody mary & spritz bar, and more. This is a great kid-friendly restaurant for your Easter Celebration!

25. Easter Brunch at Carnivale

April 9 | 702 West Fulton Market Street

Carvnivale is one of the coolest restaurants in Chicaog, and they’re hosting an all-you-can eat Brunch buffet with an Easter Egg Hunt, coloring stations, photo opportunities, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Children 5 and under are free!

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