2007.08.24 (week 530)
Our days are numbered.
Movie: "Mr. Bean's Holiday" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Resurrecting the Champ" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Nanny Diaries" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "War" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Bike Chicago at Various City Locations.
Ongoing: Jazz Poster Exhibition at Poster Plus.
..-Mo: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Bristol Renaissance Faire.
Ongoing: Cirque Shanghai at Skyline Stage.
Ongoing: FINAL WEEK: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at The Curious Theatre Branch.
..-Su: International Gem and Jewelry Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Fr: Hilary Duff at Charter One Pavilion.
Fr: Doctor Who at SCI-FI.
Fr: Glamorama at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Fr: Southern Rock Burlesque at U.S. Beer Company.

Movie:    ^
"Mr. Bean's Holiday" now playing.
Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Resurrecting the Champ" now playing.
Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo, Alan Alda, Rachel Nichols, Teri Hatcher, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"The Nanny Diaries" now playing.
Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Alicia Keys, Paul Giamatti, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"War" now playing.
Jet Li, Jason Statham, Nadine Velazquez, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Rush Hour 3, Stardust, Becoming Jane, El Cantante, Bourne Ultimatum, Underdog, The Simpsons, Hairspray, Chuck and Larry, Sunshine, Harry Potter 5, License to Wed, Transformers, Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille, Sicko, Evan Almighty, DOA, Fantastic Four 2, Nancy Drew, Knocked Up, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Fr,Sa,Mo-Th: Pirates of the Caribbean 3 - Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, ...
11p Fr,Sa,Mo-Th: Sleepy Hollow - Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Ongoing:    ^
Bike Chicago (since 1991). Five months of events to promote the health, economic and environmental benefits of bicycling. -2007.09.30 Yearly.
Participate in any of the over 150 events. Helmet sale and Police auction, workshops and safety checks, lectures and clinics, neighborhood tours and family events, contests and stunt shows, parades and more!! Bikes temporarily allowed on certain train and bus lines at certain times. Mayor's Office of Special Events, see site or call.
Various City Locations.

Jazz Poster Exhibition. -2007.09.16 All ages. Free 10a-6p.
Showing American and European jazz performance posters, including 1980s Art Ensemble of Chicago posters drawn from private collections, a rare 1934 Cab Calloway poster, and a selection of Chicago Jazz Festival posters dating back to the 1st festival in 1979. Most are for sale.
Poster Plus, 312/461-9277, 200 S. Michigan Ave.

FINAL DAYS: Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2007.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
Grant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

* FINAL WEEKENDS: Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2007.09.02 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs.

FINAL WEEK: Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi. -2007.09.03 All ages. $12-30+ We-Su various time.
The best acrobats from the most acclaimed troupes direct from China thrilling audiences with a stunning combination of circus arts set in a breathtaking full-scale theatrical performance.
Navy Pier, Skyline Stage, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand.

FINAL WEEK: Summer Vacation. -2007.09.04 Yearly.
Chicago Public Schools.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily.
Fr/08.24: Mark Morris Dance Group / Music of the Baroque, Harris Theater $30-75 8p.
Sa/08.25: Kraft Kids / Elizabeth Mitchell, Martin Theatre $3-10 11a.
Sa/08.25: Rufus Wainwright, Pavilion $20-45 7:30p.
Su/08.26: Mark Morris Dance Group / Music of the Baroque, Harris Theater $30-75 2p.
Mo/08.27: John Hiatt / Shawn Colvin, Pavilion $15-50 8p.
Tu/08.28: B.B. King / Joan Osborne, Pavilion $15-80 8p.
We/08.29: B.B. King / Joan Osborne, Pavilion $15-80 8p.
Th/08.30: El Gran Combo, Pavilion $15-40 8p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served my Metra.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and comedy and poetry to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity magazine.
Hundreds of city locations.

Under The Picasso. All ages. Free 12p.
Interesting free performances almost every week day at noon. Go to the spectacular Thompson Center nearby (100 W Randolph) for more good art.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Cut out the middlemen. -2007.10.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Tu: Lincoln Square, Lncn/Llnd/Wstrn 7a-2p 06.12-10.30.
Tu: Federal Plaza, Adams/Dearborn, 7a-3p 5.17-10.4.
Th: Daley Plaza 7a-3p 05.17-10.04.
Th: Hyde Park, 52nd&HarperCourt 7a-2p 07.07-10.25.
Sa: Austin, Madison&Central 7a-2p 07.07-10.27.
Sa: Edgewater, Broadway&Norwood 06.17-10.21.
Sa: Lincoln Park, Armitage&Orchard 7a-2p 05.19-10.27.
Sa: Near North, Dearborn&Division 7a-2p 06.02-10.27.
Sa: North Center, BellPln/Damen/Lncln 7a-2p 06.09-10.20.
Su: WickerPark, WickerPark&Damen 7a-2p 06.03-10.21.
Various city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Bottom Lounge, 773/975-0505, 3206 N Wilton, Near Red/Brown Line Belmont stop,
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop,
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish,
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln,
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo, discounted parking, near downtown train stops,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2007.08.24:    ^
Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2007.10.28 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
The Curious Theatre Branch, 773/267-6660, 3502 N Elston.

International Gem and Jewelry Show. -Sunday Yearly. $7 12p.
Well known annual with great variety and deals.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont. Formerly the Rosemont Convention Center.

Hilary Duff. All ages. $45-175 7p.
With The Click Five.
Charter One Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. Northerly Island, Museum Campus, former Meigs field.

Doctor Who. Fridays All ages. Free 1hr 7p.
Ongoing new episodes of the phenomenally long-lived british sci-fi series. Followed by new Flash Gordon series.
SCI-FI. On cable.

Glamorama. Benefit For The Art Institute Of Chicago. Yearly. All ages. $50-1000 7:30p.
A night of fashion and music including performances by Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy and MuzikMafia.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

Supernatural Chicago (since 2004). Interactive theatre exploring Chicago's paranormal past. Fridays 21+ $25 8-9p.
Hosted by Necromancer Neil Tobin. Hear true Chicago stories of the unexplained, brought to life through audience-involving demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance, mediumship and magic -- at one of Chicago's most haunted nightspots. Price includes the show plus two drinks and general admission to the club.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

* Southern Rock Burlesque. 21+ Free? 8:45p.
Acts include Trinity, Hollypeno, and Angela Eve, plus Jack girls and a band.
U.S. Beer Company, 773/871-7799, 1801 N Clybourn. Corner of Sheffield, Clybourn, and Willow. Blocks from Red line North and Clybourn stop.

Kanye West. 21+ $125 9p.
Benefits Kanye West Foundation.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Los Lobos. All ages. $10-25 Doors 6p, opening act 7p, headliner 9p.
"Jammin' at the Zoo" event; whole grounds close early for show. Lawn seating, bring blankets. Beer/wine/dinner available. No pets, no cameras.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Lucky Boys Confusion. 21+ $15 Doors 8p. 9p.
With Logan Square, The Rydells, Verona Grove.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins his signature mix of progressive, hardhouse, trance, & breakbeat along with some of his favorite classic club hits.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

The Blu Mic. Stand-Up Comedy Performances. Fridays -2007.09.28 17+ $10. About 70min. 10:30p.
Mention this at the box office ad and receive $5 off per ticket
Check out Chicagoland's top stand-up comedians in an intimate, comfortable theater setting. With so many talented, diverse comedians residing in Chicagoland, audiences will be treated to hilariously unique perspectives during each and every show.
Apollo Studio Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2007.08.25:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sa/Su -2007.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

SuperSprint Triathlon (since 1983). Yearly. $$ Races start 7:30a.
Thousands expected. Cash prizes. May sell out. Big parties after.
Lakefront at Monroe, 773/404-2372.

Kids Triathlon (since 1991). Yearly. 7-14 $30+ Races start 9a.
Wonderful concept. McDonald's sponsored.
Foster Beach, 773/404-2372.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
08.25: Threads of Ireland.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival (since 1989). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 10:30a-9:30p.
Numerous famous performers at two stages.
Grant Park, 312/744-3315, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-8p.
Arts, crafts, music, theatre, bands, numerous quality entertainers for kids.
Glenwood at Morse Rogers Park.

Taste of Greece. Folk music, culture, meats and spices. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $3 12-11p.
Greektown, 847/509-8050, 100 S Halsted. Runs several blocks.

Stopping Lessons by Chicago Skate Patrol. Sa/Su -2007.09.02 Yearly. All ages. Free 12-3p.
Certified volunteers teach stopping and other basics. Look for the banner and red t-shirts near the ramp. PERFECT for beginners to walk, drive, cab or train to, bringing skates and protective gear. Great performers practicing nearby.
Oak Street Beach

Windy City Roller Derby. Monthly. All ages. $15-20 Doors 5p, bout 6p.
A new breed of derby dame hellions on skates.
Cicero Stadium, 708/652-3545, 1909 S Laramie, Cicero. No A/C.

College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3 food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 8-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
08.25: Alan Auguston: Green Party Candidate for President.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"Kinetic" Last Saturdays 21+ $0-3 9p-3a.
Rhythmic noise and harsh electronics w/ resident DJs Sprite, WEiRD sKeTCH, MisterEntropy, others.
Spot6, 773/388-0185, 3343 N Clark. Two blocks north of Belmont.

"Pans*xual Pleasuredome" Saturdays 21+ $5 after 11p 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you are!" An editor fave, sometimes too wild.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2007.09.01 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.

"Don't Spit the Water!" Saturdays $12 10:30p.
Crazy live game show in which contestants from the audience compete to keep their mouth full (not laugh) at Chicago's strangest, most hilarious comedians. Party with live jug band performance afterwards.
Playground Theater, 866/208-6298, 3209 N Halsted.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 4th Saturdays 21+ $10 12a.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
The Playground, 312/871-3793, 3209 N Halsted.

Colonel Ritters's Spectacular Hour of Wonderment (S.H.O.W.). Saturdays 21+ $5 12a.
Fairly excellent bunch of goofy vaudeville acts, live band, booze, and an intermission. Actual duration may vary.
Lakeshore Theater, 773/472-3492, 3175 N Broadway.

Sunday 2007.08.26:    ^
Women's Equality Day. Yearly.
Celebrates the anniversary of the 19th constitutional amendment ratified in 1920 granting women the right to vote. Formerly known as Woman Suffrage Day.

Rock The Bells Festival. All ages. $45-100 3p.
With Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Rahzel, Hi Tek, and MC Supernatural.
Charter One Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. Northerly Island, Museum Campus, former Meigs field.

Beach Poets (since 1990). Sundays Yearly. All ages. Free 4-6p.
Cathleen Schandelmeier-Bartels hosts varied readings and music.
Loyola Beach, 7049 N Sheridan. Greenleaf at the lakefront, near Heartland stand.

New Power Party (since 1996). Samnation spins Artist Formerly Known as Prince. Last Sundays 21+ Free 8p-4a.
Movie at 8p, dancing from 10p, diverse glam clique.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

"Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES. Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of free-form thought-jazz toonage. May include Venture Bros, Oblongs, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, Tim and Eric's Awesome Show Great Job, Metalocalypse, Family Guy, more.
TOON. On cable.

"The End" Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
A club "Industry" night with quality local guest DJs. "Warning: we will get you drunk and try to make out with you."
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Monday 2007.08.27:    ^
Lyndon B. Johnson's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember the 36th president of the U.S., who became president on November 22nd, 1963 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is remembered for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the War on Poverty, creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He presided during the deepening U.S. involvement in Vietnam. He was born in Texas in 1908 and died in Texas on January 22nd, 1973.

Goo Goo Dolls. All ages. $40-50+ 7:15p.
With Lifehouse and Colbie Caillat.
Charter One Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. Northerly Island, Museum Campus, former Meigs field.

WE drum TRIBE. Monthly. All ages. Free 7:30-9:30p.
"Community Drumming Circle for all. Gather & join our highest intentions together with the intensity & concentration to charge the planet with the power of our collective rhythms to vibrate peace & healing and broadcast these potent energies into the lens of our growing satellite, instructing the ether, programming for peaceful change & prosperity."
Northwestern University, Sheridan at Clark, Evanston. Stone Circle Fire-pit On The Landfill, South End of Campus.

Tales of Terror (since 1993). Mondays 18+ $4 7:30p.
Various readings by local Chicago horror authors, open mike, and different entertainment weekly.
The Red Lion Pub, 773/348-2695, 2446 N Lincoln. One block north of Fullerton, across from the Biograph.

The Bangles. 18+ $30+ 8:30p.
Jack-FM presents, with The Bridges.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Boom Boom Room (since 1991). Mondays 21+ 10p-4a.
Long running weekly w/ DJs Michael Serafini, Uncle Milty. others. 4kft dance space, multiple bars and environments, late night dining, state-of-the-art sound and lights, free parking, more.
Green Dolphin Street, 773/395-0066, 2200 N Ashland. At Webster.

The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart. Emmy award winner. Mo/Tu/We/Th All ages, Free. Reruns several times a day. 10-10:30p.
"The best fake news show ever!" Followed by the brilliant "Colbert Report" show.
COM. On cable.

Tuesday 2007.08.28:    ^
* FINAL SHOW: Chicago Outdoor Film Festival (since 2000). Tuesdays Yearly. All ages. Free. Thousands attend.
Enjoy classic movies on the Grant Park lawn this summer courtesy of your fair city.
08.28: The Sound of Music (1965) 8:01p; Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer.
Grant Park, Butler Field, 312/744-3315, 331 E Randolph. Red Line train to Monroe; Green, Orange or Brown Line to Madison/Wabash or Adams/Wabash.

Full Moon. Always adds an interesting twist.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8p Pirates of the Caribbean 3, 11p Sleepy Hollow.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Smarty Pants Balloon Art & Family Dining Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-8p.
Mention this ad for a free Kids under 12 Meal!
See Chicago's most fantastic (and humble) balloon sculptor create "the most eye popping balloons ever seen on the planet!" Eat some tasty pizza and go home with your own balloon sculpture masterpiece. Fun for kids from 3-93!
Ranalli's Restaurant, 773/334-1300, 1512 W. Berwyn. Andersonville, near Berwyn Red Line stop.

Full Moon Fire Jam. Monthly. All ages. Free 7-10:15p.
Gathering for fire spinners, fire jugglers, hoopers, breathers, etc. Practice, networking, and outstanding performances, with drum circle backing. Many hundreds of spectators attend.
08.28: Full lunar eclipse. Overlaps burning man.
Foster at the Lake. Gathering slightly South in grassy area.

Velvet Revolver. All ages. $19-59 7:15p.
With Alice in Chains and Kill Hannah.
FMWB Ampitheatre (formerly Tweeter), 708/614-1616, 19100 S Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue. South Suburban, expect heavy traffic.

Wednesday 2007.08.29:    ^
Jazz Tour (since 1984). Preliminaries to the Chicago Jazz Festival. Yearly. $25 6p-12a.
Includes admission to over a dozen clubs and free buses. Many hundreds expected.
Start at any point. See event website for details.

"Onomatopoeia" Wednesdays All ages. $5+ 6p-12a.
Showcasing experimental, Psymbient, IDM, Breaks, Ambient, Downtempo tunes. Now with live painting, tai chi, wi-fi.
Dulcenea, 201/982-6453, 1431 N Milwaukee. "An emerging event gallery in Wicker park"

The Allman Brothers Band. All ages. $35-60+ 7p.
Rosemont Theatre, 847/671-5100, 5400 N River Road, Rosemont.

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
08.29: DJs Deep Gemini, Tidal & Galixi, Jay La Roc, Soul Objective, MC Smilee.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $2 10p-?a.
"Eclectic mix of people who groove on laid-back vibes."
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Thursday 2007.08.30:    ^
Chicago Jazz Festival (since 1979). -Sunday Yearly. 12-9:30p.
Mostly locals. Many tributes. See event website for details.
Grant Park. Petrillo Music Shell. Also at the Cultural Center.

Kiss Army. 18+ $13+ 8:30p.
"Kiss Tribute Phenomenon"
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Planet Earth (since 1994). Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Join DJ Dave Roberts for music, makeup, memories and videos. A long running Goth-lite night of new wave club classics.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark. Just South of Fullerton. Sometimes parking rare.

Attractions:    ^
Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free. Mo-Th 8a-7p, Fr 8a-6p, Sa 9a-6p, Su 10a-6p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph.

Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-10, Free Tuesdays. We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p, closed Mo, xgiving, xmas, nyd.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Summer: 10a-10p Su-Th, 10a-midnt Fr-Sa; Fall: Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p; Winter: 10a-8p Mo-Th, 10a-10p Fr-Sa, 10a-7p Su.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $10-18+ Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $12 Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10:30a-5p, Th 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $8.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-7, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Su/Mo/Tu/We/Fr 10a-5p. Th/Sa 10a-8p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $6-12. Last entry 4p, closed xmas. 9a-5p.
"Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, world culture, geology, ecology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-6, Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p. Closed 12.24-25, 12.31-1.1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $6-11 +parking/movies, Sometimes free. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p.
Exhibits include clock (possibly the best historical collection in existence), trains, toys, flight, genetics, chemistry, coal, petroleum, human body slices, cyberspace, farming, the U-505, TONS of space flight tech, and much more.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

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