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2016.02.19 (wk971)
Build bridges not walls.
RECOMMENDED:
Ongoing: Black History Month.
Ongoing: Bike Winter Art Show at Motor Row Gallery.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
..-Th: "Abandoned Margins" at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Su: "Bold Moves" at Auditorium.
..-Fr: Forgotten Space at Martyrs'.
..-Su: Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place.
Ongoing: Rhinoceros Theater Festival at Prop Theatre.
Ongoing: Louder Than A Bomb at Various locations.
Ongoing: "A Circus Love Letter" at The Actors Gymnasium.
Fr: Start of Pisces.
Fr: Bullet for My Valentine at House of Blues.
..-Sa: Slayer at Riviera Theatre.
Fr: Acrobatica Infiniti Circus at Uptown Underground.
Fr: Blacklight Blackout at Exit.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: #DATEME: An OKCupid Experiment at UP Comedy Club.
Fr: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Winter Bike Swap at Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Midnight Marauders Pron Ride at L & L Tavern.
Sa: Slayer at Riviera Theatre.
Sa: Harmontown at Park West.
Sa: Infected Mushroom at Concord Music Hall.
Sa: Improvised Shakespeare at Del Close Theater.
Sa: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa: Naughty By Nature at House of Blues.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: Neighborhoods of the World at Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: "Nickel & Dimed" at Beauty Bar.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Full Moon.
Mo: George Washington's Birthday.
Mo: FBC ride at Gannon's Pub.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
We: Rupaul's Drag Race at Metro.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Atomic Sketch Event at Green Eye Lounge.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
Now playing.
Where to Invade Next, Zoolander 2, Deadpool, How to Be Single, Hail Caesar!, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Kung Fu Panda 3, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Ongoing:    ^
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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Bike Winter Art Show (since 1998). -2016.02.26 Yearly. 6p-12a.
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Motor Row Gallery, 312/533-2140, 2345 S Michigan Ave.
http://facebook.com/motorgalleryshow
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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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"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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"Bold Moves" Joffrey Ballet. -2016.02.21 All ages. $$.
http://joffrey.com
Auditorium, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown.
http://auditoriumtheatre.org
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Forgotten Space. -Friday 21+ $20+ 2 nites 10p.
Grateful Dead tribute band performs entire albums. Th: Reckoning; Fr: Blues For Allah.
http://facebook.com/forgottenspace
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.
http://martyrslive.com/calendar
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Chicago Auto Show (since 1901). -2016.02.21 Yearly. All ages. $0-12+ 10a-10p.
Largest show in the U.S. of the leading killer of kids. Antiques, advanced power systems, sports stars and cheerleaders, greenwashing, million dollar super-cars and other grotesquely over-compensating monuments to mammon and sloth.
http://chicagoautoshow.com
McCormick Place, 312/791-7000, 2301 S Lake Shore Drive. Red line to Cermak, then bus east.
http://mccormickplace.com
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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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Louder Than A Bomb (since 2001). -2016.03.19 Yearly. All ages. $? 6p.
Young Chicago Authors present, renowned Chicago Teen Poetry Festival.
http://youngchicagoauthors.org
Various locations.
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* "A Circus Love Letter" -2016.03.20 All ages. $15-25 Various times.
Charming performance art story of Marnie & Phil's lifelong friendship.
The Actors Gymnasium, 847/328-2795, 927 Noyes St, Evanston.
http://actorsgymnasium.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 2016.02.19:    ^
Start of Pisces. Astrological sign, the fish. Yearly.
http://www.astrology.com
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Bullet for My Valentine. All ages. $35+ 6:45p.
W/ Asking Alexandria.
http://bulletformyvalentine.com
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.
http://houseofblues.com/chicago
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Slayer. -Saturday All ages. $50 2 nites 7:30p.
W/ Testament and Carcass.
http://slayer.net
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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* Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 3rd Fridays All ages. $25-40+ 8p.
The Nerd Circus! Combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction for all manner of fans. Great performers, breathtaking acts. Also raffle, swag, photo booth...
http://aicircus.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation.
http://facebook.com/blacklightblackoutexit
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.
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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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#DATEME: An OKCupid Experiment. Fridays 18+ $31 8+11p.
Hilarious journey through the world of online dating made up of actual dialogue from interactions on OKCupid.com.
UP Comedy Club, 312/662-4562, 230 W. North Ave.
http://upcomedyclub.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 2016.02.20:    ^
* Winter Bike Swap. Yearly. All ages. $5-20 9a-4p.
Dozens of vendors and presenters.
http://thechainlink.org/events/winter-bike-swap-2016
Jaks Tap Restaurant Bar, 312/666-1700, 901 W Jackson.
http://jakstap.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.
02.20: Incumbency vs Diversity.
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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* Midnight Marauders Pron Ride. 21+ 7p-?a.
Drinking club with a biking problem exploits other vices dishonoring St. Valentine over several adult themed stops.
http://thechainlink.org/events/midnight-marauders-porn-ride-2016
L & L Tavern, 3207 N Clark St. Famed dive bar. At Belmont.
https://wikipedia.org/wiki/L&L_Tavern
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Slayer. All ages. $50+ 7:30p.
W/ Testament and Carcass.
http://slayer.net/
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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Harmontown. 18+ $15 8p.
Comedy w/ Dan Harmon (creator of Community and Rick and Morty).
http://live.harmontown.com
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.com
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Infected Mushroom. 18+ $20+ 8p-2a.
W/ DJs Radiohiro & Striz.
http://infected-mushroom.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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Naughty By Nature. 17+ $25+ 9p.
http://naughtybynature.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 2016.02.21:    ^
Neighborhoods of the World. Sundays All ages. Free 12-4p.
Honoring Chicago's immigrant communities and rich diversity with a lively afternoon of music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, and folk art vendors.
02.21: Celebrate Chinese New Year.
Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.
http://navypier.com
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.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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"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 2016.02.22:    ^
Full Moon (Snow). Always adds an interesting twist. 12:15p.
http://bedno.com/fullmoons
http://www.almanac.com
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George Washington's Birthday. Yearly.
Day to remember George Washington, the first president of the United States and commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution. He was born in Kentucky in 1732 and died of an illness on December 14th, 1799. Washington's birthday is observed on President's Day.
http://whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/gw1.html
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FBC ride. Monthly. 21+ 8p-?a.
Full Moon Bike Club. Destination varies.
http://thechainlink.org/group/fbcchicago
Gannon's Pub, 773/281-1007, 4264 N. Lincoln.
http://gannonspub.com
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
02.22: TOGA banger.
http://soreadytobang.do312.com
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2016.02.23:    ^
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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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 2016.02.24:    ^
Rupaul's Drag Race. 18+ $50+ Sold out? Doors 8p.
Performances By The Entire Season 8 Cast. Music By Lady Bunny. Hosted By Bianca Del Rio.
http://rupaulsdragrace.com
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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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/In-One-Ear-210844945622380
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.
http://heartlandcafe.com
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Thursday 2016.02.25:    ^
Atomic Sketch Event (since 2008). Live Art. Last Thursdays 21+ Free 6-10p.
Established and emerging artists of various disciplines display, create and sell original new works at bargain prices. Drop-in artists welcome.
http://atomicsketch.com
Green Eye Lounge, 773/227-8851, 2403 W. Homer St. Near Blue Line Western.
http://greeneyelounge.com
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* "Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ $10 8p-2a.
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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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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