March 22, 2015
With Woodfield Mall, IKEA, Mistuwa, and more, there is never a shortage of fun activities for families and young people to enjoy together on a day out in Schaumburg. But because there’s always new events coming and going through this bustling community, it can be hard to keep track of what’s coming into town next. Here are just some of the exciting offerings you can check out in the coming months:
Do you and your kids love pets? Of course you do—who doesn’t? The Windy City Pet Expo is the perfect outing for pet lovers of all ages. With pet exhibitions, live entertainment, obedience training demonstrations, prizes for pets and people alike, discounted vaccinations, and more, you can laugh and learn all about the fur balls we all love so much. If you don’t have a pet (yet), there will be a bunch of rescue groups and adoption centers on site who might just know your new best friend. The best part? Admission is completely free. (http://www.windycitypetexpo.com/)
Celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and other food allergies are serious conditions that can be hard to understand, and ever harder to live with. But in recent years, they are finally getting the recognition and awareness that they deserve. This expo is the biggest such convention in the world, bringing together people of all dietary restrictions to learn from and share with each other. Vendors from hundreds of different brands present free samples and discounts on all kinds of specialty merchandise that you often can’t find in stores. Buy a day pass for only $20 to get a taste of what’s out there and support the movement! (http://gfafexpo.com/)
Anybody who doesn’t like LEGOs has probably never played with them before. Brickworld Chicago brings the fun to you, with amazing, innovative LEGO constructions and a variety of building activities. From simple brick construction, to LEGO robotics and fighting figurines, the whole LEGO world comes alive for these two days. Tons of exclusive merchandise is available, and you get to play with it before you buy it! Buy your tickets in advance for only $10. (http://www.brickworld.us/chicago/)
This one is for all the seamstresses (and seamsters!) out there. If textiles are your one true love, this convention is a great opportunity to meet other enthusiasts, see new fashions, learn interesting techniques, and find gifts, clothes, cloth, quilts, or anything else your heart desires. This annual event draws amateurs and professionals from all over the Chicagoland area, so be sure be sure to get your ticket in advance ($8 if purchased online; classes are $19 and include admission. (http://www.sewingexpo.com/schaumburgil.aspx)
Numismatics—or the collection of various currencies—is one of the oldest and most widely practiced hobbies in the world. It’s fascinating; whether it’s ancient coins from Greece or Rome, or quarters from every U.S. state, collecting currency can give you a piece of history and culture in the palm of your hand. This convention features everything from rare coins to collectible paper money and related ephemera with 250+ booths of dealers from around the country. For both the lifelong numismatic, this is a great opportunity to share your historical passion with a special youngster.