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2016.01.29 (wk968)
It's getting hot in here...
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: "Kung Fu Panda 3" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre.
Ongoing: "Abandoned Margins" at Woman Made Gallery.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at Prop Theatre.
Fr: Exorcism of Trump Tower at Monument to Narcissism.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Birthday.
Sa: Polar Bear Plunge at Oak Street Beach.
Sa: Bike Life Party & Fundraiser at Ancien Cycles.
Sa: Lamb of God at Aragon Ballroom.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Badfish at Concord Music Hall.
Sa: Improvised Shakespeare at Del Close Theater.
Sa: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa: Superdiamond at House of Blues.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: Chicago Winter Bike Swap at Harper College.
Su: Dating for Nerds at Four Star Lounge.
Su: Killer of Giants at House of Blues.
Su: Queensryche at Concord Music Hall.
Su: "Nickel & Dimed" at Beauty Bar.
Su: Bittersweet at Berlin.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Ongoing: Black History Month.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Mo: Filthy Drum&Bass Mondaze at Exit.
Tu: Candlemas.
Tu: Groundhogs Day.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Kid Cudi at Riviera Theatre.
Tu: Flux Bikes at The Hideout.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Magic Chicago at Stage 773.
We: Movieoke at Whistler.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th-Fr: Judy Collins at City Winery.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.

Movie:    ^
"Kung Fu Panda 3" now playing.
Voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, ...
http://facebook.com/KungFuPanda
Theaters Everywhere.
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Movies and Beers. -Thursday 18+ $5+.
Hunger Games Mockingjay 2: Fr,Mo-We 6p, Sa+Su 5:30p.
The Martian: Fr,Mo-Th 6p, Sa+Su 8:30p.
Brew & View, 773/929-6713, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.
http://brewview.com
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Now playing.
Synchronicity, Dirty Grandpa, Anomalisa, The Hateful Eight, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Sisters, The Big Short, Chiraq, Hunger Games 4, The Night Before, Peanuts, Spectre, Love, Our Brand Is Crisis, Steve Jobs, I Smile Back, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Ongoing:    ^
* Ice Skating. -2016.02.28 Yearly.
Weather permitting: Wrigley Field; Millennium Park, 312/742-5222, 55 N Michigan; Warren Park, 773/262-8656, 6601 N Western; Riis Park, 312/746-5735, 6100 W Fullerton; Daley Plaza, 312/742-7650, 337 E Randolph; more...
http://chicagoparkdistrict.com
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Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2016.02.14 Yearly. All ages. $25+ Various times. 8:15p.
100s of performers, 100s of works.
http://dancechicago.com
Athenaeum Theatre, 773/935-6875, 2936 N Southport.
http://www.athenaeumtheatre.com
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"Abandoned Margins" -2016.02.25 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
"Policing the Black Female Body and Beyond the Binary"
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee.
http://womanmade.org
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Rhinoceros Theater Festival (since 1989). -2016.02.28 Yearly. $15+ Various days and times.
Showcase of experimental new plays.
http://rhinofest.com
Prop Theatre, 773/267-0666, 3502 N Elston.
http://curioustheatrebranch.com
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WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.
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Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop, metrochicago.com
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago, darkroombar.com
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee, Wicker Park near Blue line Damen stop, doubledoor.com
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western, dive-ish, emptybottle.com
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln, martyrslive.com
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk, ravinia.org
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Friday 2016.01.29:    ^
Exorcism of Trump Tower. All ages. Free 12p.
Tens of thousands RSVP'd to "push it into the river" (and rally for Bernie).
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Monument to Narcissism, 401 N Wabash Ave.
http://trumphotelcollection.com/chicago
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* Critical Mass (since 1997). Last Fridays All ages Free 5:45p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Unplanned route gently winds a dozen miles or more. Thousands attend in good weather. Includes music, hipsters, athletes, show bikes, so much more. Skaters welcome.
01.29: Heading for Polkaholics show at Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood.
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Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington. Under the Picasso (giant rusty bird), at Dearborn, SW of State&Lake train stop.
http://chicagocriticalmass.org
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Cosmix. Fridays 21+ $0-5 10p-4a.
"A multimedia music & video dance party where art meets nightlife." Often preceded by theme events. Greg Haus spins Electronica/Indie Alternative dance music.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (since 1988). Fr/Sa/Su All ages? $6-11+ Su 7p, Fr+Sa 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, sometimes topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.
http://neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2016.01.30:    ^
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Birthday (1882-1945). Yearly.
The 32nd president of the United States was born in New York to a wealthy family, and died in office. He held office for an unprecedented four terms, leading America through the great depression and World War II.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/fr32.html
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Polar Bear Plunge (since 2001). Yearly. 11a-2p.
Supports various charities.
http://lakeviewpolarbearclub.com
Oak Street Beach, 1000 N Lake Shore Dr.
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Bike Life Party & Fundraiser (since 2015). Yearly. 6-9p.
Celebrating Slow Roll Chicago. DJ, merch/snax/beer sales.
http://slowrollchicago.org/bikelife
Ancien Cycles, 312/888-3048, 688 N Milwaukee Ave.
http://anciencycles.com
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Lamb of God. All ages. $32+ 6p.
W/ Anthrax, Deafheaven, Power Trip.
http://lamb-of-god.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3? 2.5hrs 6-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
01.30: Was Malthus Correct?
312/326-2120 http://collegeofcomplexes.org
Dappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison.
http://facebook.com/Dappers-Restaurant-East-111805538856448
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Badfish. A Tribute To Sublime. 18+ $23+ 8p-2a.
http://badfish.com/
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.
http://concordmusichall.com
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Improvised Shakespeare. Saturdays 18+ $16+ 10:30+8p.
Based on audience suggestion The Co creates a fully improvised play in Elizabethan style with ALL the typical elements.
http://improvisedshakespeare.com
Del Close Theater, 312/929-2401, 1501 N. Kingsbury St.
http://ioimprov.com/chicago/
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Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Saturdays 18+ $20-40 8p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties.
http://kisskisscabaret.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Superdiamond. 17+ $22+ Doors 7:30p. 9p.
Neil Diamond tribute.
http://superdiamond.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/chicago
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Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop.
http://GorillaTango.com
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"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.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Vaudezilla! Saturdays 18+ $20 10:30p.
One-of-a-kind burlesque, drag, and aerial acts ranging from classic Vegas-style showgirls to cutting-edge gender-non-conforming performance artists.
http://Vaudezilla.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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Sunday 2016.01.31:    ^
* Chicago Winter Bike Swap (since 2007). Yearly. All ages. $0-5 9:30a-3:30p.
"Premier event for huge savings on everything for the bike."
Harper College, 847/877-1189, 1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine.
http://chicagowinterbikeswap.com
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Dating for Nerds. 21+ $30 4-7p.
"Destiny" themed activities. Includes drink specials, games, prizes, giveaways.
http://nerdsatheart.com
Four Star Lounge, 773/661-2927, 2666 N Halsted St.
http://fourstarlounge.com
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Killer of Giants. 17+ $10 6p.
Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne w/ Lateralus, Freak On A Leash, Far Beyond Vulgar, Prison System, White Pony.
http://facebook.com/KillerOfGiantsIllinois
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/chicago
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* Queensryche. 17+ $25+ 7p-2a.
W/ Meytal, Halcyon Way.
http://queensrycheofficial.com
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry.
http://concordmusichall.com
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"Nickel & Dimed" Sundays 21+ Free 7p-2a.
$1 beers and free pizza w/ DJs.
Beauty Bar, 312/226-8828, 1444 W Chicago Ave.
http://thebeautybar.com/home-chicago
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Bittersweet. 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJs Peroxide spins goth club classics and new dark alternative music & video. $2 PBR.
01.31: Guest DJ Gel Set.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
http://www.adultswim.com
TOON. On cable.
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
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Monday 2016.02.01:    ^
Black History Month (since 1926). -2016.02.28 Yearly.
February contains the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This holiday recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans. Observed with special events and exhibits at many cultural institutions, especially the Chicago Cultural Center, H.W.Library, Dusable Museum, and South Shore Cultural Center.
http://www.blackvoices.com
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
02.01: Adventure Time banger.
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Filthy Drum&Bass Mondaze. 1st Mondays 21+ 11p-?a.
Alfonz DelaMota, Dioptrics, DJ Reverse, Skrimshaw, Orbital Sky.
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Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.
http://exitchicago.com
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Tuesday 2016.02.02:    ^
Candlemas. Yearly.
Commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Observed in northern Europe much like groundhog day. In some areas it marks the beginning of spring planting. This day is used for the consecration of church candles for the year.
http://christianity.about.com
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Groundhogs Day (since 1888). Yearly.
According to Punxsutawney PA folklore, the groundhog (woodchuck) emerges from hibernation on this day. If sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, legend holds that there will be six more weeks of winter. A cloudy day signals an early spring. Observed at the Brookfield Zoo Children's area.
http://www.groundhogsday.com
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Chi Hack Night. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6-10p.
"Volunteers create web apps with open data to improve transparency, efficiency, and decision-making for governments and our democracy."
http://chihacknight.org
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor.
http://1871.com
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Kid Cudi. All ages. $50 8p.
http://kidcudi.com
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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Flux Bikes. 21+ $5 9p.
Rob Frye performs musical/percussion incorporating his bike.
The Hideout, 773/227-4433, 1354 W Wabansia. 1 block east of Elston.
http://hideoutchicago.com
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Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze.
http://chicagoundergroundcomedy.com
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://beatkitchen.com
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Wednesday 2016.02.03:    ^
Magic Chicago (since 2004). 1st Wednesdays All ages. $25 7:30p.
Monthly showcase of skilled local magicians. Lobby bar, nearby chow.
02.03: An evening with Dr. Lawrence Hass, Gordon Meyer, Jordan Wright.
773/334-4192 http://MagicChicagoShow.com
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.com
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Movieoke. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $? 9p.
Read along to perform, over 200 scenes to choose from.
https://twitter.com/ChicagoMovieoke
Whistler, 773/227-3530, 2421 N Milwaukee.
http://whistlerchicago.com
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"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!"
http://facebook.com/groups/5016477382
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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Thursday 2016.02.04:    ^
Judy Collins. & Ari Hest. -Friday 21+ $55-75+ 2 nites 8p.
http://judycollins.com
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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* "Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ $10 8p-2a UNCONFIRMED
DJs, vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts. "New Year. New Show. Still Freaky."
http://facebook.com/UnbridledatUntitled
Untitled, 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie.
http://untitledchicago.com
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Big C Jamboree (since 1991). 1st Thursdays 21+ Free 9:30p-?a.
Longest running local Rockabilly night. Multiple bands perform 40s-50s style swing, blues, rock-n-roll, swiftly and simply to a jumpin party crowd, many in period getups.
http://www.bigcjam.com/
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com
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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, 78 E Washington. SE of State/Lake train stops.
http://chicagoculturalcenter.org
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Various good modern art shows. All ages. $0-12, Free Tu 10a-8p, Mo closed, We-Su 10a-5p.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.
http://mcachicago.org
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LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free.
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.
http://www.navypier.com
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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.
http://www.adlerplanetarium.org
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Masterpieces. All ages. $0-18 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, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.
http://artinstituteofchicago.org
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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.
http://www.chicago-botanic.org
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Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-14, Free Th 5-8p. 10a-5p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.
http://chicagochildrensmuseum.org
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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.
http://www.fmnh.org
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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.
http://www.imss.org
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World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.
http://www.lpzoo.com
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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.
http://www.msichicago.org
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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.
http://SheddAquarium.org
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2016.01.29