NORTH CENTER — Families hoping to snap a photo or two with the Easter Bunny will have a few opportunities for that and more over the next two weekends.
Now in its 32nd year, the Hop ‘N’ Stop in Northcenter beginning at 10 a.m. on April 20 will let families hunt for prizes at local businesses. The event also features a visit from the Easter Bunny in the afternoon.
“We’re excited to create a safe, fun and exciting spring event for our families,” said Lindsay Eanet, executive director of the North Center Chamber of Commerce.
Families should check in at the Wintrust Bank North Center’s parking lot at 4017 N. Damen Ave. to pick up a goodie bag and a map of all the participating businesses.
“The highlight of the day is always the visit from the Easter Bunny. You and your family can take pictures with him. And around noon we’ll have a Spring Ahead hat contest,” Eanet said.
The hat contest allows children to use craft supplies to make their own hats.
“It’s always fun to see how creative the neighborhood kids can be with their hats,” she said.
Both the Easter Bunny photos and the hat contest will happen at the Wintrust parking lot.
One change to the spring event this year is the Easter Bunny photos and hat contest have been moved to the parking lot at Wintrust Bank North Center. That’s because of construction at the Northcenter Town Square. Another change is the name from Eggstravaganza to Hop ‘N’ Stop.
“We moved away from from that in an effort to have businesses to get a little more personal with their giveaways and reduce the use of plastic waste from plastic eggs to be a little more environmentally friendly,” Eanet said.
For anyone hoping to hunt for some eggs, however, a few of the local parks will have their own Easter egg events on April 13 and April 20. Below are a list of the parks hosting events:
April 13 egg hunts:
• Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Presented by Sow Chicago Community Church and the Independence Park Advisory Council, children up to 8 years old are invited to join in on the fun and scour the park for over 5,000 eggs. There will also be arts and crafts available for children. Online registration is required.
• Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St., at 10 a.m. Presented by the Athletic Field Advisory Council, children up to 10 years are invited to scour the park for treats and prizes. Make sure to bring your own basket to collect the goodies. Additionally, the Easter bunny plans on dropping by to say hi. Online registration is required.
• Gladstone Park, 5421 N. Menard Ave., at 10 a.m. Presented by The Gladstone Park Advisory Council, Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association and Oasis Family Dental. The Easter bunny is making a stop in the Gladstone Park neighborhood and is leaving behind lots of eggs. These eggs will be filled with a variety of great prizes, including a grand prize donated by Oasis Family Dental. Online registration is required.
• Horner Park is hosting another Doggie Egg Hunt on April 13 starting at 1 p.m. The event will include a hunt for dog treat-filled plastic eggs courtesy Urban Pooch!, a costume parade and contest, photos with the Easter Bunny and interactive dog activities courtesy of Stay! Online registration is required.
April 20 egg hunt:
• Belding Elementary School, 4257 N. Tripp Ave., at 10 a.m. Presented by the Old Irving Park Association, this annual egg hunt is open to children up to 8 years. Older children are invited to help set up the egg hunt, face paint and more. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help the day before and the day of the event. Anyone interested in volunteering can email Allison Clark Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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