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2016.12.09 (wk1012)
Winter is coming.
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature at Music Box Theatre.
Movie: "Office Christmas Party" now playing everywhere.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Holiday Train.
Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Collected Holiday Songs and Recipes.
Ongoing: Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre.
..-Su: International Gem and Jewelry Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Fr: Holiday Toy Ride at Amling's Cycle.
Fr: Jerry Seinfeld at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: Queensryche at Concord Music Hall.
Fr: Acrobatica Infiniti Circus at Uptown Underground.
Fr: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Park West.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
..-Su: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at Neo-Fut.
Sa: Human Rights Day.
Sa: SantaCon at Logan Square Monument.
Sa-Su: Bucktown Holiday Art Show at Holstein Park Field House.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena.
Sa: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: Rudolph Ramble 8K run.
Su: New cartoons on FOX.
Su: Dave Koz at Chicago Theatre.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Fiesta de Guadalupe.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Full Moon.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Fundraiser at Cole's Bar.
Tu-We: R. Kelly at Chicago Theatre.
Tu: "Shimmer" at Slippery Slope.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We: Maxwell and Mary J. Blige at United Center.
We: Jingle Ball at Allstate Arena.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: "Unbridled" at Untitled.
Th: Drum&Bass night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
Holiday Sing-A-Long Double Feature (since 1984). -2016.12.24 Yearly. $10-15 Various times.
"White Christmas" and "It's a Wonderful Life" double features with singing between (and during) lead by Santa.
Music Box Theatre, 773/871-6604, 3733 N Southport.
http://www.musicboxtheatre.com
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"Office Christmas Party" now playing.
W/ Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Chung, T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, ...
http://officechristmasparty.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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Now playing.
Jackie, Bad Santa 2, Rules Don't Apply, A Street Cat Named Bob, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Officer Downe, Arrival, The Love Witch, Doctor Strange, Trolls, ...
Theaters Everywhere.
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Seasonal:    ^
Ice Skating. -2017.02.28 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://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/ice-rinks/
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Holiday Train. -2016.12.23 Yearly. Wk 3-7p, Sa 1-8p.
Fr 12.09: Blue Line
Sa 12.10: Blue Line
Tu 12.13: Red Line
We 12.14: Purple Line
Th 12.15: Red Line
Fr 12.16: Purple Line
Sa 12.17: Red & Purple Lines (photos w/ Santa)
Th 12.22: Purple Line
Fr 12.23: Yellow Line.
http://transitchicago.com/holidaytrain
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Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2016.12.24 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr+Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets.
http://christkindlmarket.com
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.
http://cityofchicago.org
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HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2017.01.03 Yearly. All ages.
* A Christmas Carol: 11.19-12.31 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus, http://goodmantheatre.org
* The Nutcracker: 12.10-12.30 Joffrey Ballet, Auditorium Theatre, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress, http://www.joffrey.com
* Christmas Around The World: 11.17-01.03 Dozens of spectacular International holiday decorated trees, Museum of Science and Industry, http://msichicago.org
* Zoolights: 11.25-01.01 Over a million lights, certain dates/times, Lincoln Park Zoo, http://lpzoo.com
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Winter Wonderfest (since 2001). -2017.01.08 Yearly. All ages. $10-25+ Hours vary.
Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland of lush decorated trees, sparkling lights, wintertime decorations and a main town square with vending. Includes ice rink, inflatable slide/bungee games. Santa and elves listen to children's wishes in a mountain top village.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand.
http://navypier.com
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Collected Holiday Songs, Recipes and Stories. -2016.12.30 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Check out this terrific comprehensive set of popular holiday songs, recipes and stories.
http://bedno.com/winter
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Ongoing:    ^
Dance Chicago (since 1995). -2017.02.14 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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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 2016.12.09:    ^
International Gem and Jewelry Show. -Sunday Yearly. $6-8.
Well known annual with great variety and deals.
http://intergem.com
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/692-2222, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont.
http://rosemont.com
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* Holiday Toy Ride (since 2003). Yearly. All ages. 6:30a.
Donate a new toy to join. Ends at Corcoran's Grill & Pub (1615 N. Wells).
http://toyridechicago.com
Amling's Cycle, 847/692-4240, 8140 N. Milwaukee, Niles.
http://amlingscycle.com/
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Jerry Seinfeld. $50-175+ 9+7p.
http://jerryseinfeld.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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Queensryche. 17+ $27 7p-2a.
http://queensryche.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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* Acrobatica Infiniti Circus. 21+ $25-40 8p.
Breathtaking acts combining circus, cosplay, and genre fiction.
http://aicircus.com
Uptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway.
http://uptownunderground.net
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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. 18+ $25 9p.
http://karldenson.us/
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.com
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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 -2016.12.11 Sold out. 11:30p.
BEST OF shows, wrapping their 28 YEAR RUN!
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.
http://neofuturists.org
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Saturday 2016.12.10:    ^
Human Rights Day (since 1948). Yearly.
U.N. issued Universal Declaration of Human Rights on this day.
http://www.viscom.ohiou.edu/amnesty/UDHR.html
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* SantaCon. Yearly. 21+ 12-6p.
Long running Santa costumed pub crawl.
http://chicagosantacon.com
Logan Square Monument, 3180 W Logan Blvd. At Kedzie.
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Bucktown Holiday Art Show (since 1999). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-2 12-5p.
One of a kind gifts and original works of art in all media from 100+ artists.
http://bucktownpromotions.com
Holstein Park Field House, 2200 W Oakley.
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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.
12.10: USA: Empire of Deception.
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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Jingle Bash. Yearly. All ages. $35-175+ 6:30p.
B96 presents Britney Spears, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, OneRepublic, DNCE, Alessia Cara, ...
http://b96.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com
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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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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 2016.12.11:    ^
Rudolph Ramble 8K run (since 2000). USATF certified. Yearly. $20+ 9a.
Includes goodies and sweatshirt. Collects 1000+ toys.
http://rudolphramble.com
773/404-2372, 2500 N Cannon.
http://caprievents.com
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New Fox cartoons. Sundays All ages. Free 7p.
May include Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Son of Zorn, more.
http://thesimpsons.com
FOX. http://www.fox.com
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Dave Koz. Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. All ages. $30-200+ 8p.
http://davekoz.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.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 2016.12.12:    ^
Fiesta de Guadalupe. Yearly.
Commemorates appearance of virgin Mary to an Indian boy in 1531.
http://christianity.about.com
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
12.12: Anchor Man Banger featuring 12th Planet.
http://facebook.com/PnCDjs
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2016.12.13:    ^
Full Moon (Cold). Always adds an interesting twist. 6p.
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http://www.almanac.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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Nasty, Brutish & Short: A Puppet Fundraiser. 21+ $10+ 7:30-10p.
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Cole's Bar, 773/276-5802, 2338 N Milwaukee. Logan Square.
http://coleschicago.blogspot.com
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R. Kelly. Holiday Jam tour. -Wednesday $61-131+ Two shows. 7:30p.
Performing songs from his newly released 12 Nights of Christmas album.
http://r-kelly.com/
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.
http://thechicagotheatre.com
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"Shimmer" 21+ Free 9p-2a.
DJ Scary Lady Sarah spins an evening devoted to shoegaze, dreampop, psych, drone, space rock, nugaze, electrogaze & chillwave music.
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Slippery Slope, 773/799-8504, 2357 N Milwaukee Ave.
http://slipperyslopechicago.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://facebook.com/chicagoundergroundcomedy
Beat Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont.
http://beatkitchen.com
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Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
12.13: Mark Matras w/ Tim Nice / Megamike / Eddie Riot / Black Lion.
http://facebook.com/properchicagodrumandbass
Debonair Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen.
http://debonairsocialclub.com
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Wednesday 2016.12.14:    ^
Maxwell and Mary J. Blige. All ages. $20-245 7p.
The "King and Queen of Hearts" tour.
http://musze.com
United Center, 1901 W Madison.
http://unitedcenter.com/calendar
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Jingle Ball. $30-115 7:30p.
KISS FM presents Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Backstreet Boys, Tove Lo, Lukas Graham, Daya, Hailee Steinfeld ...
http://1035kissfm.com
Allstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont.
http://allstatearena.com/calendar
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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 2016.12.15:    ^
"Unbridled" Thursdays 21+ Free 9p-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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* Drum&Bass night. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
12.15: DJs Ninjah Fareye / Alfonz Delamota / Dioptrics / Mega Mike / Fiya Fly / Rifle MC / Fonz MC.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://smartbarchicago.com/tickets
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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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2016.12.09