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Chicago Easter 2013 - Eggs Hunts, Easter Dinner Cruises, and More

Check Out our Hand-picked List of Fun Things to Do This Easter in Chicago

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Easter Sunday is on March 31, 2013, but the celebrations are various days throughout the month of March, including family events, egg hunts, and more. Check out this hand-picked list of Easter happenings in Chicago.

Looking for somewhere to dine on Easter? Check out our Easter Dining story for ideas on brunches and dinners.

1. Easter Egg Hunt and Jump - March 31, 2013

Grab your family members and "hop on over" to Pump It Up (821 W. Eastman Street in Chicago), a private indoor arena, filled with gigantic inflatable slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses, and more. Event includes an Easter egg hunt. Hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Purchase tickets ($10).

2. Spring Bonnet "Doggie" Parade at Horner Park - March 30, 2013

At the 10th Annual Egg Hunt for Dogs, dogs will hunt for treat-filled eggs, receive a bandana, and join in the popular doggie "Spring bonnet parade." Information booths will be available at this family-friendly event. Doggie photos with the Easter Bunny will also be available for an additional fee. Hours are 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost is $10. Horner Park is located at 2741 W. Montrose Avenue.

3. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Lincoln Park Zoo - March 30, 2013

Join in for an "egg-cellent celebration" at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Farm-in-the-Zoo from 9 - 11 a.m. Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and then participate in an egg hunt, crafts, and animal activities. Tickets are $45 for adults; $30 for kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and younger are free. Register online.

4. Easter Egg Hunt at the First United Methodist Church - March 23, 2013

The First United Methodist Church of West Chicago is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participant are asked to bring a basket for collecting eggs. Refreshments will be served. The church is located at 643 E. Washington Street. in West Chicago. (Suggested reading: History of Easter Eggs l Natural Easter Egg Dyes l How to Make Easter Eggs)

5. More Easter Egg Hunts Throughout the Chicagoland Area - March 2013

The Chicago Park District has a complete listing of Easter Egg hunts throughout the Chicagoland area, including in Mt Greenwood, Austin Town Hall, and more. Also check out this listing of Easter Egg Hunts and Parades in Illinois.

6. Bubbles Easter Egg Hunt at the Bubbles Academy - March 30, 2013

Participate in art projects, open play, an egg hunt, cookie decorating, live music, face painting, and more. 2 to 4 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. Ages 0 - 7. $30 per child. Bubbles Academy is located at 1504 North Fremont in Chicago.

7. Soldier Field Spring Egg-stravaganza - March 23, 2013

Soldier Field celebrates the beginning of spring by inviting families to take part in the 10th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza. The "largest candy grab in the city" taking place on the stadium field. The stadium will open at 9 a.m. to the general public to enjoy kid and family friendly activities, including face painters, fun inflatables, and balloon artists. The fun on the field will begin at 10 a.m. where kids can grab goodies on the filed. The event is free. The first 2,000 children to participate in the candy grab will receive a commemorative wooden egg designed by a local Chicago youth participating in the citywide open art contest. Discounted parking for the event is at the Waldron Parking Deck. All other lots are regular rate on this day. Consider taking public transportation.

8. Chicago Easter Brunch Cruises - March 31, 2013

Celebrate the Easter holiday aboard the Spirit of Chicago with a buffet, interactive emcee entertainment, dancing, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Board at noon. Cruise is 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Price: from $54.90 per adult, $32.95 per child age 3-12. There is also a dinner cruise that boards at 3:30 p.m. and goes from 4 to 6 p.m. Price: from $69.90 per adult, $41.95 per child age 3-12. Make a reservation online.
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