Andrew  Do  See
2017.07.14 (wk1043)
The best things in life are free.
Movie: "Chasing Coral" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "The Big Sick" now playing everywhere.
Movie: "War for the Planet of the Apes" now playing everywhere.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Ongoing: Grant Park Music Festival (We/Fr/Sa).
Ongoing: Bands at Montrose Beach.
Sa: Bristol Renaissance Faire (Sa/Su).
Ongoing: Summer Vacation at Chicago Public Schools.
Ongoing: Chicago Summerdance at Grant Park.
Ongoing: Pleasant Outdoor Concerts daily at Ravinia.
Fr: Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Reunion II at Woman Made Gallery.
..-Su: Phish at Northerly Island Pavilion.
Fr: Bastille Day.
..-Su: Godzilla Fest at Crowne Plaza O'Hare.
..-Su: Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park.
Fr: Toad The Wet Sprocket at Vic Theatre.
Fr: Group Skate at Daley Plaza.
Fr: The Beatles "White Album" at Martyrs'.
Fr: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa-We: New Outdoor Performances at Navy Pier.
Sa-Su: Rock-n-Roll Chicago Races at Grant Park.
Sa-Su: Evanston's Ethnic Arts Fest at Dawes Park.
Sa-Su: Southport Art&Music Fest.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Waka Flocka at Metro.
Sa: Star Wars Burlesque at Gorilla Tango Theatre.
Sa: "Twisted" at Berlin.
Sa: Fireworks at Navy Pier (We+Sa).
Sa: Vaudezilla! at Stage 773.
Su: Wolff's Flea Market & Antique Mall at Allstate.
Su: Chinatown Summer Fair at Chinatown Square.
Su: Vintage Garage.
Su: Model Rocket Launching at East Branch Forest Preserve.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! at Vic Theatre.
Su: Squirrel Nut Zippers at City Winery.
Su: Purple Reign at Berlin.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Millennium Park Concerts at Pritzker (Mo/Th).
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at The Mid.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
Tu: Millennium Park Movies (Tu).
We-Su: Festival Of The Lakes at Wolf Park.
We: Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Wrigley Field.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Anniversary of First Moon Landing.
Th: Sandra Bernhard at City Winery.
Th: "Cruel Summer : The 80s" at Untitled.
Th: Drum&Bass night at SmartBar.

Movie:    ^
"Chasing Coral" now playing.
Documentary about the disappearance of coral reefs.
chasingcoral.comTheaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

"The Big Sick" now playing.
Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, ...
thebigsickmovie.comTheaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

"War for the Planet of the Apes" now playing.
Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval. Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Movies in the Parks (since 2001). -2017.09.07 Yearly. All ages. Free At Dusk.
Nice films, neighbors, popcorn. See the handy quick ref sched. Chicago parks.

Now playing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Transformers: The Last Knight, Cars 3, Rough Night, Wonder Woman, Baywatch, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Alien: Covenant, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, 3 Generations, The Circle, A Quiet Passion, The Fate of the Furious, The Student, Colossal, ...
Theaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Seasonal:    ^
* Grant Park Music Festival (since 1935). -2017.08.20 Yearly. All ages. Free Various We/Fr/Sa 6:30p.
World-class orchestra, chorus and conductors, and an outstanding roster of local and international guest artists perform classical several days a week.
312/742-7638 grantparkmusicfestival.comGrant Park, Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Train, bus or cab.

Bands at Montrose Beach. Daily. -2017.08.31 Yearly. All ages. Free 7p.
Plus beers, cocktails, dining. Beach, 200 W Montrose Harbor Dr. MAP SHARE

Bristol Renaissance Faire (since 1988). Party like it's 1599!!! Sa/Su -2017.09.03 Yearly. All ages. $8-16+ Coupons online. 10a-7p.
Open just nine enchanted weekends, rain or shine. Spend all day. Hundreds of costumed performers (about a dozen stages) including Queen Elizabeth & Court, over 160 unique artisans all within a recreated 16th Century village. Mouth watering foods of all description (several dozen booths) and aroma & fine imported ales. Big, fun, joyful, semi-realistic, classic goth outing, costumes encouraged, sometimes hot.
Renaissance Village, 847/395-7773, 12550 120th, Kenosha WI. 94 North to Russell Rd (Exit 1), left (W) to Frontage Rd, right to 128 then follow signs. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Summer Vacation. -2017.09.05 Yearly.
cps.eduChicago Public Schools.

* Chicago Summerdance (since 1997). Lessons, dancing, big bands, different style everyday. -2017.09.14 Yearly. All ages. Free Su 4-7p, Th-Sa 6-9:30p.
Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Bamboleo, Cha Cha, Polka, Tango, Mambo, Fox Trot, etc. Lessons first hour.
chicagosummerdance.orgGrant Park, 312/742-4007, 601 S Michigan. Between Harrison and Balbo, easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Pleasant Outdoor Concerts almost daily. -2017.09.17 Yearly.
Fr 07.14: OneRepublic \ Fitz & The Tantrums \ James Arthur. PAV 6:30p
Sa 07.15: OneRepublic \ Fitz & The Tantrums \ James Arthur. PAV 6:30p
Su 07.16: CSO with Dima Slobodeniouk-Tchaikovsky spectacular: 1812 Overture with cannons; Romeo and Juliet; Simon Trpceski plays Concerto 1. PAV 5:00p
Mo 07.17: RSMI Piano & Strings: Music of Dvorak. BGH 6:00p
Mo 07.17: Angela Hewitt: Bach "Goldberg Variations". MT 7:30p
Tu 07.18: CSO with Edward Gardner: Elgar "Enigma" Variations; Yefim Bronfman plays Brahms Concerto 2. PAV 8:00p
We 07.19: RSMI Piano & Strings: Music of Dvorak. BGH 6:00p
Th 07.20: CSO with Susanna: Beethoven "Eroica" Symphony; Vadim Repin plays Sibelius Concerto. PAV 8:00p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free.
Fr 07.14: Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy 5:30-11:30pm.
Sa 07.15: Nick Pontarelli and Guests (W/ The Right Now and MER Showcase) 2-11:30pm.
Su 07.16: Old Town School Of Folk Dill Costa Trio and Volo Bogtrotters 2-8pm.
We 07.19: Joe Moss and Rob Blaine 5:15-9:30pm.
Th 07.20: Pier Dance Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima 7-9pm.
Navy Pier, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. Miller Beer Garden at the Tip. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Farmers Markets (since 1980). Fresh and charming. -2017.10.31 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Mo: Loyola; Tu: ColumbusPark, FederalPlaza, LincolnSquare; We: Andersonville, GreenCity, Lawndale, Pullman, Ravenswood; Th: Daley Plaza, Argyle, Austin, GarfieldPark, HydePark; Sa: Division&Dearborn, Edgewater, GarfieldPark, HornerPark, more; Su: Glenwood&Morse, IndependencePark, LoganSquare, WickerPark, Pilsen, PortagePark;
chicagofarmersmarkets.usVarious city locations.

Ongoing:    ^
Reunion II. -2017.08.12 We-Fr -7p, Sa/Su 12-4p.
Group Exhibition in Celebration of WMG's 25th Anniversary.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/738-0400, 685 N Milwaukee. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Phish. -Sunday All ages. $50-70 4 nites. 7p.
phish.comNortherly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. MAP TICKETS SHARE

WAY too much great theater and comedy and dance to cover.
Pickup Reader and NewCity and TimeOut magazines.
Hundreds of city locations.

Different rock, experimental, jazz, ethnic bands almost every night. 21+ $?
Metro / SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark, Near Red Line Addison stop,
Darkroom, 773/276-1411, 2210 W Chicago,
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,
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, Highland Pk,

Friday 2017.07.14:    ^
Bastille Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, when a mob took over the Bastille prison in Paris. INFO SHARE

Godzilla Fest (since 1994). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $0-30.
Largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world (over 1000 attend). A family-oriented convention catering to the "kaiju" genre. Features fan presentations, sessions by actors and crew from the Godzilla series, contests and gaming, new and classic movies, large dealers room, more.
g-fan.comCrowne Plaza O'Hare, 847/671-6350, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont. MAP PHOTOS INFO SHARE

* Pitchfork Music Festival. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $15-35+ May sell out. 1-9p.
Dozens of bands on several stages.
pitchforkmusicfestival.comUnion Park, 1501 W Randolph.

Toad The Wet Sprocket. 18+ $40-115+ 7p.
W/ Beta Play.
toadthewetsprocket.comVic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Group Skate. 2nd/Last Fridays 21+ Free 7:30p.
Intermediate through advanced bladers come join the monthly group skate. Be able to skate some near traffic and do a distance of 10-12 miles. Helmet required, other protective gear and water recommended. Weather permitting.
ChicagoSkater.orgDaley Plaza, 50 W Washington. At Dearborn.

The Beatles "White Album" 21+ $15 9p.
Great Moments in Vinyl performs.', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln. MAP TICKETS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Kiss Kiss Cabaret (since 2011). Fr/Sa 18+ $20-40 10p.
A wild mix of hilarious hosts, quirky musicians, incredible variety performers and beautiful burlesque beauties. Catch the up-close magic show at 7:30p.
kisskisscabaret.comUptown Underground, 773/867-1946, 4707 N Broadway. MAP SHARE

Saturday 2017.07.15:    ^
* New Outdoor Performances near Navy Pier. -Wednesday All ages. Mostly free.
07.15: Lakefront Swing 7:30-9p.
Lake Stage in Polk Brothers Park, 312/595-7437 (PIER), 600 E Grand. In front of Navy Pier. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Rock-n-Roll Chicago Races (since 2009). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $35-50 7:30a.
Over 10,000 participants. Formerly Chicago Distance Classic (since 1977) and other names. Now with rock bands and DJs. Park, 312/744-3370, Columbus and Balbo. Easy by train, bus, trolley, bike or blade.

Evanston's Ethnic Arts Fest (since 1986). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-7p.
"60-country flag parade, ethnic delicacies from Thai to Soul, performances from Norwegian dancing to Japanese drums attract over 20,000... Over 125 visual artists display and sell... with the sounds of blues, Irish melodies or Polish dancing on two stages... family arts area for hands on involvement and... poetry reading... a trip around the world!"
Dawes Park, 847/448-8058, Church street at the lakefront, Evanston. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Southport Art&Music Fest. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $5 12-10p.
Mix of fine art by day and bumpin' music at night "for a picture-perfect Chicago neighborhood street festival."
starevents.com3700 N Southport Ave At Waveland. MAP SHARE

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.
07.15: Cannabis: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Waka Flocka. All ages. $35+ 7p.
W/ DJ Whoo Kid.
wakaflocka.comMetro, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Star Wars Burlesque. Saturdays 18+ $28 9p.
Gorilla Tango Theatre, 773/598-4549, 1919 N Milwaukee. By Blue Line Western stop. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

"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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

FIREWORKS!!! Sa/We -2017.09.02 Yearly. All ages. Free We 9:30p, Sa 10:15p.
Visible anywhere near the lake. Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. Take the free trolley. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

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.
Vaudezilla.comStage 773, 773/327-5252, 1225 W. Belmont. Near Racine. MAP INFO SHARE

Sunday 2017.07.16:    ^
Wolff's Flea Market (since 1991). Sundays -2017.10.29 Yearly. All ages. $1 Most weeks. 6a-3p.
500 market spaces. Clean, comprehensive, entertaining, with free parking, food and restrooms.
847/524-9590 wolffs.comAllstate Arena, 847/635-6601, 6920 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Chinatown Summer Fair (since 1980). Yearly. All ages. Free 10a-8p.
Featuring cultural entertainment, kid stuff, arts and crafts, shopping, street vendors, taste of China, more. Lion Dance at 12:30p.
Chinatown Square, 2130 S Archer. Wentworth from Cermak to 24th. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Vintage Garage. 3rd Sundays $? 11a-6p.
100 vintage and antique dealers.
847/579-9079 vintagegaragechicago.com5051 N Broadway Uptown between Foster and Argyle.

Model Rocket Launching (since 1963). 3rd Sundays All ages. Free 2-5p.
Deeply validates geekness. All skill levels. BYOL (Bring Your Own Launcher). Northern Illinois Rocketry Association hosted. Held away from population centers, only a few launches a year.
nirarocketry.orgEast Branch Forest Preserve, Off Glen Ellyn Road near Army Trail Road, Glendale Heights. Use I-355.

Chicago Bike Polo. Sundays All ages. Free 3-?p.
Pickup games in decommissioned tennis courts. Park, S Central Park Blvd at W Monroe St. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

* Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! All ages. $50-300 Two shows: 4pm+7:30p.
mst3k.comVic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Squirrel Nut Zippers. 21+ $50+ Two shows: 5+8p.
snzippers.comCity Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. MAP SHARE

Purple Reign. 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Celebrating the legacy of Prince with music & video.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

"Adult Swim" Sundays All ages. Free 10p-12a.
Extraordinary block of popular and leading-edge absurdist cartoonage.
adultswim.comTOON. On cable. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Monday 2017.07.17:    ^
Millennium Park Concerts. Mo/Th -2017.08.21 Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30p.
Several extraordinary bands nightly, twice a week.
Mo 07.17: Big Thief, Overcoat
Th 07.20: Drive-By Truckers, Honeysuckle. Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown. MAP SHARE

Pron and Chicken Dance Party. Mondays 21+ $? 10p-?a.
"A safe haven for all things lewd & crude, lascivious & licentious."
07.17: Game Of Thrones Banger! Mid, 312/265-3990, 306 North Halsted. MAP SHARE

Tuesday 2017.07.18:    ^
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."
chihacknight.org1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza. 12th Floor. MAP SHARE

Chicago Underground Comedy. Tuesdays 21+ $5 Doors 9p.
"The Hippest, Hottest Stand-Up Showcase to Emerge in Years" +good menu & booze. Kitchen, 773/281-4444, 2100 W Belmont. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Proper Drum&Bass. Tuesdays 21+ Free 9p-2a.
11pm Solokill, 12am Riverman, 1am Andy Cash.07.18: Proper Presents Solokill. 9pm Misfit, 10pm Audiophlex. Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen. MAP PHOTOS SHARE

Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
07.18: La La Land. Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown. MAP SHARE

Wednesday 2017.07.19:    ^
Festival Of The Lakes. -Sunday Yearly.
Major bands, carnival rides and games, foods, boating, etc. Surprisingly easily accessible by CTA+Metra.
festival.gohammond.comWolf Park, 2398 S. Calumet Ave, Whiting IN.

* Ferris Bueller's Day Off. All ages. Free 7p. Field, 1060 W Addison. MAP SHARE

"In One Ear" (since 1988). Poetry Open Mic. Wednesdays 18+ $3 10p-?a.
"2nd Longest Running Open-Mic In Chicago!" Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop. MAP INFO SHARE

Thursday 2017.07.20:    ^
Anniversary of First Moon Landing (since 1969). Yearly.
Apollo 11 was launched on July 16th, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins. The spacecraft landed in the Mare Tranquillitatis at 3:17 PM CDT on July 20th. At 9:56 PM Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, issuing the now famous phrase "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Aldrin followed shortly while Collins remained in the orbiting command module. INFO SHARE

Sandra Bernhard. 21+ $60+ 8p.
sandrabernhard.comCity Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. MAP SHARE

"Cruel Summer : The 80s" Thursdays 21+ Free 8p-2a.
Michelle L'Amour's weekly nite of vaudevillians, burlesque and extreme acts., 312/880-1511, 111 W. Kinzie. MAP SHARE

Drum&Bass night. 3rd Thursdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
07.20: Delamota / Dioptrics / Fiyafly / Sincerious / Ghostly / Rifle MC.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

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. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 9a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

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. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO

Notes:    ^
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