2007.10.12 (week 537)
Don't Be Evil
Movie: Chicago International Film Festival at Multiple Theaters.
Movie: "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Lars and the Real Girl" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Michael Clayton" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "Why Did I Get Married?" now playing everywhere.
Th: Haunted Elevated Train Rides (Sa/Su/Th).
Ongoing: Scream Scene Haunted House Skokie (Fr/Sa).
Ongoing: Fright Fest at Great America (Fr/Sa/Su).
Su: Ghosts Of Graceland Cemetery walking tour (Su).
Ongoing: "Chicagoween" Pumpkin Plaza and Haunted Village at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: "Navy Fear" at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Pumpkin Farms at Many locations.
Ongoing: World's Best Costume Shop at Fantasy HQ.
Ongoing: Best haunted house in Illinois at Dream Reapers Haunted House.
Ongoing: Haunted Sanitarium at Theater on the Lake.
Fr: Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at The Curious Theatre Branch.
..-Su: UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park.
Ongoing: The Magnificents at Viaduct Theater.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.

Movie:    ^
Chicago International Film Festival (since 1965). $8-11+ Various times.
World-class premiers, best of the best from six continents and 30+ countries. Dozens of special guests and jurors. See website for details.
Multiple Theaters.

"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" now playing.
Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush,
Theaters Everywhere.

"Lars and the Real Girl" now playing.
Ryan Gosling, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Kelli Garner, Paul Schneider, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Michael Clayton" now playing.
George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Sean Cullen, Sydney Pollack, Michael O'Keefe, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Why Did I Get Married?" now playing.
Tyler Perry with Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Lamman Rucker, Sharon Leal, Richard T. Jones, Denise Boutte, Michale Jai White, Malik Yoba, Tasha Smith.
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Heartbreak Kid, Feast of Love, The Game Plan, The Kingdom, Good Luck Chuck, Into the Wild, Resident Evil: Extinction, Eastern Promises, Mr. Woodcock, The Brave One, 3:10 to Yuma, Shoot 'Em Up, Balls of Fury, Halloween, Mr. Bean's Holiday, Resurrecting the Champ, The Nanny Diaries, War, Rush Hour 3, Stardust, Becoming Jane, Sicko, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

Movies and Beer. Movies, drinking, heckling, FUN! -Tuesday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p Sa,Mo,Tu; 7p Su: Knocked Up - Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, ...
10:15p Sa,Mo,Tu; 9:15p Su: Transformers - Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rachael Taylor, Anthony Anderson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, ...
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Seasonal:    ^
Haunted Elevated Train Rides. Guided tour of spooky city history. Fr/Sa/Th -2007.10.27 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Come early for tickets, first come first serve.
Th+Fr 7p,7:25p,7:50p,8:15p.
Sa 11:40a,12:05p,12:30p,12:55p,1:20p.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/744-6630, 77 E Randolph.

Scream Scene Haunted House. Spooktacular! Fr/Sa -2007.10.27 Yearly. Not for ages under 10. $8 7-10p.
Over 20 unique rooms. Not for the faint of heart.
Skokie Park District, 847/674-1500 x0, 4701 Oakton, Skokie. At Water Playground.

Fright Fest (since 1991). Redecorated rides and additional Halloween attractions. Fr/Sa/Su -2007.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $$ Various hours.
Come early, use coupons, strategize your visit for best results.
Great America, 847/249-1776, 5312 Grand Ave, Gurnee.

Ghosts Of Graceland Family Walking Tour. Stroll the big name graves. Sundays -2007.10.28 Yearly. All ages. $5-10 2hr 2p.
VERY qualified tour guides, lots of interesting history.
Graceland Cemetery, 312/922-3432, 4000 N Clark.

"Chicagoween" Pumpkin Plaza and Haunted Village (since 1997). City decorated event for kids of all ages. -2007.10.31 Yearly. Mo-We 11a-3p, Th-Su 11a-8p.
Big castle set, entertainers, ghost stories, fortunes, pumpkin decorating, farmers market, much more. Midnight Circus performs daily at 11:30a, 12:30p, 2p, also Th-Su 5:30p, 7p.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3315. Washington and Dearborn.

"Navy Fear" -2007.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $5-12 Pier hours. 10.05-08, 10.12-14, 10.19-21, 10.24-31.
"Courageous families will find an abundance of frightening activities for youngsters and teens." In a series of compounds visitors see sacred sea artifacts haunted by restless souls. Also trick-or-treating, bounty maps, and entertainment Pier-wide.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

Pumpkin Farms. -2007.10.31 Yearly.
Great fall family fun for all ages.
Many locations.

World's Best Costume Shop. -2007.10.31 Yearly. Seasonal hours vary. Call to check. 9:30a-9p.
Incomparably huge and comprehensive. Some staff costumed.
Fantasy Costume Headquarters, 773/777-0222, 4065 N Milwaukee.

Best haunted house in Illinois. Threepeat winner of Haunted Illinois vote. -2007.10.31 Yearly. All ages. $15-25, free parking, Su-Th -10p, Fr+Sa 7-11p.
Regularly overhauled, 14Ksqft, wheelchair access, 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, 40+ performers, and scarey SMELLS!
Dream Reapers Haunted House, 708/344-2084, 1985 N Mannheim, Melrose Park.

Haunted Sanitarium. -2007.10.31 Yearly. 13+ $10 Certain days. 7-11p.
"This haunted house takes place in what used to be a children's sanitarium. Experience the horrors in 15 different themed rooms, creepy clowns, an eerie castle and a spooky swamp to name a few."
Theater on the Lake, 312/742-PLAY, Fullerton at Lake Shore Drive.

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.

Ongoing:    ^
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.

UniverSoul Circus (since 1994). African-American owned, operated and staffed. -2007.10.14 Yearly. All ages. $18-40 Various times.
Ringmasta and at least a dozen acts!
Washington Park, 5531 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr.

The Magnificents. -2007.11.03 All ages. $10+$ Th-Sa 8p, Su 7p.
"A magical clown show; provocative, whimsical, funny and very entertaining."
Viaduct Theater, 773/296-6024, 3111 N Western. At Clybourn and Belmont.

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 2007.10.12:    ^
Farmer's Day. Yearly.
Created in 1915 to stimulate interest in agriculture.

National Children's Day. Yearly.
Day to honor and be kind to children. Proclaimed by President Clinton in 1997 "As we observe National Children's Day this year, let us recommit ourselves to creating a society where parents can raise healthy, happy children; where every newborn is cherished, where every child is encouraged to succeed, and where all our young people are free to pursue their dreams."

Chicago Circus Spectacular. -Sunday $17-24+ Several shows a day.
George Carden circus international. Includes animal acts.
UIC Pavilion, 312/413-5700, 1150 W Harrison.

"In Praise of Physical Labor" -2007.11.08 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Artworks by women in all media.
10.12: Opening Reception 6-9p.
Woman Made Gallery, 773/489-8900, 2418 W Bloomingdale.

* Gothicfest. -Saturday 21+ $32-55 Fr 3p-2a, Sa 11a-11p.
Two days of music and vendors. Featuring live performances by Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Bella Morte, Regenerator, Attrition, Ghost Orgy, Elementa440, Red Flag, Grigori3, Deepest Symphony, 13 Winters, Fashion Bomb and more. DJs Absythesis, Mirage, Y-Luk-O, Genesis, Peter Propaganda and more. Also extreme arts, tarot, supernatural tour, book signings, jewewlry, more. See website for complete schedule.
Excalibur, 312/266-1944, 632 N Dearborn. Downtown, valet or pay.

Health Club Industry Convention. -Saturday Yearly. 11a-2p.
Over 200 leading industry suppliers, over 900 booths, over 100 seminars, fitness fashion show, discounts, ...
McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore.

* Around The Coyote Fall Arts Festival (since 1990). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5+ Fr 6-10p, Sa 11a-10p, Su 11a-6p.
See over 300 visual artists as well as dancers, poets, filmmakers, actors, music and more at dozens of locations throughout the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Primary locations include Pulaski Park and the Flat Iron Arts Building at 1579 N Milwaukee. Kids workshops also available.
Wicker Park, Damen/North/Milwaukee. Near Brown Line at North Ave. Approx 1 mile west of 90/94 exit at North Ave.

Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Brunch (since 1989). Yearly. $100-350 6p.
Dozens of top local and national chefs prepare their specialties and personally serve them tableside to hundreds of mixing and mingling affluent and influential guests. Also silent and live auctions.
Macy's, 312/781-1000, 111 N State. 7th Floor.

Brandi Carlile with A Fine Frenzy. All ages. $16-18+ 8:30p.
VH1 "You Oughta Know" tour.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

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 17+ $10 About 70min. 10:30p.
Mention this ad at box office for $5 off per ticket
Nick Lullo hosts a diverse line-up of local and touring stand-up comedians and entertainers in an intimate, comfortable, theater setting. No Drink Minimum, free parking.
Apollo Studio Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

The Flaming Dames in "Bump and Grindhouse" Fridays -2007.11.09 21+ 10:30p.
A multi-media burlesque review. They dance, they sing, they bite.
The Spot, 773/728-8934, 4437 N Broadway. Near Lawrence.

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 2007.10.13:    ^
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.

"Step Out to Fight Diabetes" 5K Walkathon. Yearly. All ages. Other related area walks on other days. 8:30a.
The American Diabetes Association's walk to raise funds for diabetes. Enjoy lunch, entertainment, and the Fall Festival at the finish line.
Soldier Field, 312/235-7000, 1410 S Museum Campus Dr.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours. Bring a snack. Saturdays $20-45 4hr 10a.
10.13: The Great Chicago Fire.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

Music Box Massacre (since 2005). -Sunday Yearly. Ages? $24-29 24hr 12p.
24 Hour Horror Movie Marathon including host, live music, costume contest, vontage trailers, prizes, more. Films include The Cat and The Canary, Freaks, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Dracula and Wolfman, The Raven, Equinox, Videodrome, Peeping Tom, Halloween 3, The Shining, It's Alive, The Monster Squad (with director Fred Dekker in Person!).
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.

Day of Music (since 1997). Yearly. All ages. Free 2-10p.
Free concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many other groups. Sponsored by Macy's.
Symphony Center, 312/294-3000, 220 S Michigan.

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.
10.13: What Happened to the Great American Novel?
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

"Dynamite" Drum&Bass party. 2nd Saturdays 21+ $7 9p-3a.
Excellent DJs, sometimes packed. Celebrating 10yr anniversary through December.
10.13: DJ Atlantic Connection.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

"Twisted" Saturdays 21+ $0 -11p, $5 -1a, $7+ 9:30p-5a.
"Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you want to be!"
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Belmont Burlesque Revue. 21+ $10 10p.
The Bombshells bring their own unique blend of old school burlesque, featuring acts ranging from bawdy comedy to classy striptease to mystifying magic.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

Sunday 2007.10.14:    ^
Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes (since 1979). Yearly.
Featuring Steve Miller Band.
Several Chicago area locations.

Great Midwest Train Show (since 1974). 2nd Sundays All ages. $0-7 9:30a-3p.
Featuring thousands of trains (engines and rolling stock) in every size and scale and from every era, scenery, supplies, books, videos, souvenirs, memorabilia, more, over 550 vendor tables in five huge buildings. Demo layouts including Lego and interactive. Now also with R/C cars, boats and planes, rockets, model cars, comics, trading cards, slot cars, dolls, diecast, action figures, toys, etc.
Dupage County Fairgrounds, 630/668-6636, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton. County Farm and Manchester Roads.

Costumed Pooch Parade. Yearly. All ages. 12-2p.
Dress up your pooch in a Halloween costume and come down for some fun! Meet area dog lovers and enjoy an afternoon of fun and prizes. Led by Patch, the Pirate Dog of Navy Pier. Grand prize $125 PETCO coupon. US99 Lisa Dent judges.
Navy Pier, 312/595-PIER, 600 E Grand.

The Simpsons new episode. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
Followed by new King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad!

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. All ages. $45-200 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Pinback and MC Chris. 18+ $15+ 9p.
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. No smoking. Near Red Line Addison 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 2007.10.15:    ^
Seether. All ages. $19+ 6:15p.
With Red.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Curious Theater Branch - How the Actor Works. Mondays -2007.10.22 All ages. $60 7-10p.
In conjunction with the Rhino Festival, performance workshop for the novice or restarting performer. Artistic Director Beau O'Reilly and Rhino actors will work with participants to choose, discuss, rehearse, and perform a number of scenes by Beckett, Churchill, Albee, and some of the featured new plays at this year's Rhino. The two intensive sessions will culminate in a performance of scenes created in collaboration between participants and facilitators.
Link's Hall Workshop, 773/281-0824, 3435 N Sheffield. At Clark and Newport. Red Line to Addison, 2 blocks south, or Brown Line to Belmont, 3 blks north, or #22 Clark bus to Newport.

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.

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 2007.10.16:    ^
Bosses Day. Honor and be kind to bosses. Yearly.

Good day for Brew&View. Tuesdays 18+ $5+ Now non-smoking.
Drinking, movies, heckling, FUN!
8p Knocked Up, 10:15p Transformers.
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.

Van Halen. All ages. $50-150+ 7:30p.
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.

Wednesday 2007.10.17:    ^
Joffrey Ballet presents Giselle. -2007.10.28 All ages. $25-140+ Various times.
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.

Person To Person and pals. 18+ $25 6:30p.
With Polyphonic Spree, Rooney and Redwalls.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

* "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
10.17: DJs Danny the Wildchild, Brandon S, Balance.
Lava Lounge, 773/342-LAVA, 1270 N Milwaukee.

South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays All ages. Free 9p.
Followed by new Sarah Silverman. Also catch new Drawn Together episodes Thursdays.
COM. On cable.

"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 2007.10.18:    ^
Alaska Day. Yearly.
Commemorates the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867.

Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show. -Sunday 16+ $0-5 9:30a-5:30p.
"The biggest bargains and widest selection of fall styles are here". Buy direct from 350 vendors.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont.

Van Halen. All ages. $49-149 7:30p.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

The Black Crowes. 18+ $44 8p.
With Buffalo Killers.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

The Disco Biscuits. 18+ $28+ 8p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

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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