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2016.12.30 (wk1015)
DIE 2016, DIE
RECOMMENDED:
Movie: "20th Century Women" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Movie: "Hidden Figures" now playing everywhere.
..-Su: Hanukkah.
Ongoing: Ice Skating.
Ongoing: Winter Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier.
..-Fr: Collected Holiday Songs and Recipes.
Ongoing: Dance Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: WGCI Big Jam at United Center.
Fr: Patti Smith and Her Band at Riviera Theatre.
Fr: Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery.
..-Sa: Umphrey's McGee at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Sa: New Years Eve.
Sa: Other noteworthy parties.
Sa: TV Marathons.
Sa: Navy Pier Festivities.
Sa: First Night Evanston.
Sa: Mala Rodriguez at Concord Music Hall.
Sa-Su: "Stellar Spark" at The Rave.
Sa: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa: Freakeasy's Badass NYE at Metro.
Sa: Patti Smith at Park West.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Penny buses and trains on CTA.
Su: New Years Day.
Su: New Year's Day 5K at Lincoln Park.
Su: Primer Baile Del Año at Aragon Ballroom.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Su: Madonnarama at Berlin.
Mo: Buzzed Spelling Bee at Elbo Room.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at evilOlive.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu-We: Sound Tribe Sector Nine at Aragon Ballroom.
We: Earth at Perihelion.
We: Funkadesi at City Winery.
We: "Offworld" at Reed's Local.
We: Movieoke at Whistler.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Sketch Comedy Fest at Stage 773.
Th: Big C Jamboree at Martyrs'.

Movie:    ^
"20th Century Women" now playing.
W/ Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, ...
http://20thcenturywomen-movie.com
Theaters Everywhere.
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"Hidden Figures" now playing.
W/ Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, ...
http://foxmovies.com/movies/hidden-figures
Theaters Everywhere.
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Now playing.
Passengers, Star Wars Rogue One, 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:    ^
* Hanukkah (aka Chanukah). A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2017.01.01 Yearly. Sunset to sunset.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.
http://chabad.org/holidays
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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 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 Vacation. -2017.01.06 Yearly.
http://www.cps.edu
Chicago Public Schools.
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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 2016.12.30:    ^
* 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.
http://Bedno.com/bike/ccm
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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WGCI Big Jam. All ages. $20-130+ 7:30p.
W/ Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Young Thug, more.
http://wgci.com
United Center, 1901 W Madison.
http://unitedcenter.com/calendar
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Patti Smith and Her Band. 18+ $45 Sold out. 8p.
Perform "Horses"
http://pattismith.net/
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4746 N Racine.
http://rivieratheatre.com
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Poi Dog Pondering. 21+ $45++ Finishing five sold out nites 8p.
http://poidogpondering.com
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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Umphrey's McGee. -Saturday 18+ $39+ 2 nites 8p.
http://umphreysmcgee.com
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.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.
12.30: Power Rangers inspired cosplay variety show and fan event 10p-midnt.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://berlinchicago.com
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Saturday 2016.12.31:    ^
New Years Eve. Yearly.
Last day of the year. Typically observed with a countdown to midnight, at which time one kisses the nearest person. Celebrate with confetti and champagne.
http://www.theholidayspot.com/newyear
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Other noteworthy parties. Yearly. 21+.
Berlin, Exit, Circuit, Double Door, Empty Bottle, Martyrs', Abbey Pub, Bottom Lounge, Beat Kitchen, hotels, etc.
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TV Marathons. Yearly. All ages. Free.
Major cable channels play hours and hours of favorites.
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Navy Pier Festivities. Yearly. All ages. Free 2p-12:30a.
In addition to several major private parties, all public facilities at the Pier will be open for special extended hours! Enjoy the IMax, Carousel, ice skating and more all the way until the city fireworks spectacular around 11:40p. Also some of the cruises still have tickets available.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley.
http://www.navypier.com
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First Night Evanston (since 1993). Lovely music filled scene. Yearly. All ages. $20-30+ 7p-12a.
Live bands at several locations.
http://firstnightevanston.org
847/289-4248, Davis at Orrington, Evanston. Take Purple line to Main.
http://cityofevanston.org
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Mala Rodriguez. 18+ $25 8p-?a.
W/ The Ponderers, Future Rootz.
http://malarodriguez.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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"Stellar Spark" (since 2003). -Sunday Yearly. 17+ (21+ to drink) $30-70+ Starts Friday 8p-4a.
Dance music in 6 rooms on 3 levels. VIP package includes drinks, seating, appetizers, more. Nearby cheap hotel deal available.
http://facebook.com/stellarspark
The Rave, 414-342-RAVE, 2401 W Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI. Hotel discount package available.
http://therave.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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* Freakeasy's Badass NYE. 21+ $40-60+ 9p-5a.
Featuring Kevin Saunderson & Dantiez Saunderson. Three unique stages and environments including live art, installations, burlesque performances, more.
http://resonatechicago.net/
Metro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.
http://metrochicago.com/shows
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Patti Smith. $65+ Sold out. 9p.
And her band.
http://pattismith.net/
Park West, 773/929-1322, 322 W Armitage.
http://parkwestchicago.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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Penny buses and trains. Yearly. 10p-6a.
Also some extended hours. Not all lines participate.
CTA, 708/836-7000.
http://www.transitchicago.com
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Sunday 2017.01.01:    ^
New Years Day. Legal holiday. Yearly.
Observed by the making of New Year's resolutions, personal commitments to specific behavioral changes.
http://www.smokefree.gov
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New Year's Day 5K (since 1986). Yearly. All ages. $30 11a.
~1500 attend.
http://chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=88
Lincoln Park, Stockton and LaSalle.
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Primer Baile Del Año. 17+ $23+ 7p.
Con Jesus Mendoza y Los Cuates De Sinaloa.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.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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Madonnarama. 1st Sundays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
All Madonna music and videos all night with DJ Riley York. Classics, rare tracks, remixes, etc.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.
http://www.berlinchicago.com
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Monday 2017.01.02:    ^
Buzzed Spelling Bee. 1st Mondays 21+ Free 8p.
"Drinking and spelling onstage competing for bar tabs. Complete with speed rounds, shot rounds, and more that'll have you tongue-tied between laughs." $3 PBR.
Elbo Room, 773/549-5549, 2871 N Lincoln. N of Diversey, W of Racine.
http://elboroomlive.com
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Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
01.02: Dom Brown Domination B-Day Banger!
http://facebook.com/PnCDjs
evilOlive, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division.
http://evil-olive.com
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Tuesday 2017.01.03:    ^
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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Sound Tribe Sector Nine. -Wednesday 18+ $35 Two nites. 8p.
http://sts9.com/
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.
http://aragon.com
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Wednesday 2017.01.04:    ^
Earth at Perihelion. Our orbit's nearest point to the sun. Yearly.
Fortunately by cosmic standards we're close to circular at 147.5-152.6Gm (91.7-94.8Mmi).
http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/EarthSeasons.php
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Funkadesi. 21+ $20-30 7:30p.
http://funkadesi.com
City Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph.
http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
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"Offworld" 21+ Free 8p-12a.
Industrial & Electronic music with DJ IPK.
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Reed's Local, 872/806-0520, 3017 W Belmont Ave.
http://facebook.com/Reedslocaltap/
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Movieoke (since 2008). 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/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 2017.01.05:    ^
Sketch Comedy Fest (since 2002). Yearly. Several shows daily.
Nation's Largest, over 100 performances featuring local, national, Canadian sketch comedy troupes on four stages. "Sketch comedy is as Chicago as deep-dish pizza and the Sears Tower. Unlike its cousin improvisation, sketch comedy is scripted. Strong writing is a vital element of the art form, which usually consists of short, satirical and funny vignettes. Although elements of improvisation are often used in creating sketches, the resulting performance is scripted, rather than made up on the spot."
http://chicagosketchfest.net
Stage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W Belmont. Near Racine.
http://stage773.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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2016.12.30