Andrew  Do  See
2017.08.18 (wk1048)
You'll never be the same.
Movie: "Marjorie Prime" now playing everywhere.
Movie: Movies in the Parks at Various Chicago parks.
Movie: Millennium Park Movies (Tu).
..-Su: Illinois State Fair at Illinois State Fairgrounds.
..-Su: 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.
Ongoing: Cubs home games at Wrigley Field.
Ongoing: Sox home games at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Fr: Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly at Navy Pier.
Ongoing: Farmers Markets at Various city locations.
Ongoing: Shakespeare's Best at Various City Parks.
..-Sa: Bruno Mars at United Center.
Ongoing: Cirque du Soleil at United Center.
..-Su: Glenwood Ave Arts Fest.
..-Sa: Pretty Lights at Northerly Island Pavilion.
Fr: Blacklight Blackout at Exit.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.
Fr: Kiss Kiss Cabaret at Uptown Underground.
Sa: National Aviation Day.
Sa-Su: Air and Water Show at Peaks at North Avenue beach.
Sa: Smoking Popes at House of Blues.
Sa: College of Complexes at Dappers East Restaurant.
Sa: Dance for Life at Auditorium.
Sa: Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson at Chicago Theatre.
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: Vintage Garage.
Su: Model Rocket Launching at East Branch Forest Preserve.
Su: Chicago Bike Polo at Garfield Park.
Su: Kendrick Lamar at United Center.
Su: "Adult Swim" on TOON.
Mo: Solar Eclipse.
Mo-Tu: Leo Kottke at City Winery.
Mo: Millennium Park Concerts at Pritzker (Mo/Th).
Mo: Monday Night Ride at Lincoln Monument.
Mo: Pron and Chicken Dance Party at The Mid.
Tu: Summer Slaughter Tour at Concord Music Hall.
Tu: "Uproar Fest" at Tinley Park Amphitheatre.
Tu: Chi Hack Night at 1871.
Tu: Chicago Underground Comedy at Beat Kitchen.
Tu: Proper Drum&Bass at Debonair Social Club.
We: Start of Virgo.
We: Michelle Shocked at City Winery.
We: "In One Ear" at Heartland Cafe.
Th: Jupiter visible near horizon at moonrise.
Th-Su: Wizard World Comic-Con at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Th: Logic "Everybody's" Tour at Northerly Island Pavilion.
Th: "Cruel Summer : The 80s" at Untitled.

Movie:    ^
"Marjorie Prime" now playing.
Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, Lois Smith.
marjorieprimethemovie.comTheaters 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.

Millennium Park Movies. Tuesdays All ages. Free 6:30p.
08.22: The Five Heartbeats. Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown. MAP SHARE

Now playing.
An Inconvenient Sequel, Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, The Midwife, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Chasing Coral, The Big Sick, War for the Planet of the Apes, 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, ...
Theaters Everywhere. TIMES MAP INFO SHARE

Seasonal:    ^
Illinois State Fair. -2017.08.20 Yearly. 7a-12a.
Deep fried fun, animals on parade, sights and sounds, contests, performers, honest mid-western fun.
Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sagamon, Springfield. MAP SHARE

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 08.18: Harriet Krijgh: Chopin & Myaskovsky cello sonatas; Schumann Romances; Rachmaninoff Elegy. BGH 6:00p
Fr 08.18: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring live with film. PAV 7:00p
Sa 08.19: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Two Towers live with film. PAV 7:00p
Su 08.20: St. Charles Singers: Dominick Argento Walden Pond. BGH 1:00p
Su 08.20: CSO: The Lord of the Rings-The Return of the King live with film. PAV 7:00p
Mo 08.21: Behzod Abduraimov: Bach Toccata and Fugue; Liszt & Prokofiev sonatas. MT 7:30p
Tu 08.22: Martina Filjak: Liszt fantasies & legends; Haydn sonata & variations. BGH 6:00p
Tu 08.22: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with James Gaffigan: Brahms Symphony 1; Rossini William Tell Overture; InMo Yang plays Bruch Concerto 1. PAV 8:00p
We 08.23: Lucerne Symphony Orchestra with James Gaffigan: Beethoven Symphony 4; Wagner Siegfried Idyll; Behzod Abduraimov plays Rachmaninoff Concerto 2. PAV 8:00p
Th 08.24: Christina & Michelle Naughton: John Adams Roll Over Beethoven & Hallelujah Junction for two pianos; Mendelssohn & Mozart variations. BGH 6:00p.
Ravinia, 847/266-5100, 400 Iris Lane, Highland Pk. Served by Metra. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Cubs home games. -2017.09.25.
Fr 8.18: Blue Jays 1:20p
Sa 8.19: Blue Jays 1:20p
Su 8.20: Blue Jays 1:20p.
cubs.comWrigley Field, 773/404-CUBS, 1060 W Addison. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Sox home games. -2017.09.25.
Mo 8.21: Twins 7:10p
Tu 8.22: Twins 7:10p
We 8.23: Twins 7:10p
Th 8.24: Twins 7:10p.
sox.comGuaranteed Rate Field, 312/674-1000, 333 W 35th St. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Fun Bands at the Beer Garden nightly. All ages. Free.
Fr 08.18: Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road 5:30-11:30pm.
Sa 08.19: Aj Ghent Band and Guests (W/ Billy Strings and Unity) 2-11:30pm.
Su 08.20: Old Town School Of Folk Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition 2-8pm.
We 08.23: Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel 5:15-9:30pm.
Th 08.24: Pier Dance Euphony and Snoopy King 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:    ^
Shakespeare's Best (since 2012). -2017.08.27 Yearly. All ages. Free.
Fr 08.18: Ridge Park, 1817 W 96th St, 6:30pm
Sa 08.19: Ridge Park, 1817 W 96th St, 6:30pm
Su 08.20: Steelworkers Park, E 87th St. at Lake Michigan, 4pm
We 08.23: Hamilton Park, 513 W 72nd St, 6:30pm
Th 08.24: Piotrowski Park, 4247 W 31st St, 6:30pm.
chicagoshakes.comVarious City Parks. MAP SHARE

Bruno Mars. -Saturday All ages. Three shows. 8p.
24k Magic World Tour.
brunomars.comUnited Center, 1901 W Madison. MAP TICKETS INFO SHARE

* Cirque du Soleil. -2017.09.03 All ages. $35-250+ Various times.
"Luzia - A Waking Dream of Mexico" "A poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich and vibrant culture... takes you to an imaginary Mexico where light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul." Center, 1901 W Madison. MAP TICKETS INFO 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 2017.08.18:    ^
* Glenwood Ave Arts Fest (since 2002). -Sunday Yearly. All ages. Free 12-9p.
Arts, crafts, music, theatre, bands, numerous quality entertainers for kids.
glenwoodave.orgGlenwood at Morse Rogers Park. MAP PHOTOS INFO SHARE

Pretty Lights. -Saturday All ages. $24-60 Two nites. 6p.
W/ Big Wild, The Soul Rebels, Maddy O'Neal.
prettylightsmusic.comNortherly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. MAP TICKETS SHARE

Blacklight Blackout (since 2011). 3rd Fridays 21+ Free 10p-2a.
Big freakfest in a tiny space. Lots of DJs, cheap beer, UV paints, radiation., 312/395-2700, 1315 W North. 2nd Fl.

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.
08.18: "Madame Envy's Harem of Oddities" performances at 11p.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop. MAP PHOTOS 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 2017.08.19:    ^
National Aviation Day. Yearly.
Anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday in 1871. INFO SHARE

** Air and Water Show (since 1959). WORLD CLASS EVENT!!! -Sunday Yearly. 9a-4p.
Water show 9-11a, air show 11a-4p. Narrated on WBBM (780AM) so bring a radio, swimming, vending, megapeople, dangerous UV so use sunscreen. Arrive early, bring water, prepare for extreme crowds. Consider watching from alternate points such as Montrose, a cruise, or hi-rise. Blue Angels, Lima Lima, Navy SEALs, bi-planes, F15, F14, F18, F117, B1b, B2, C141, KC135, AH64, A10 aircraft.
chicagoairandwatershow.usPeaks at North Avenue beach, 312/744-3370. Red line to Clark/Division then walk North. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Smoking Popes. All ages. $18 2p.
W/ Littlebirds, Sin Anestesia.
smokingpopesmusic.comHouse of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn. MAP TICKETS PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO 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.
08.19: Why Warren Buffet is Seeking to Transfer His Investments on Earth to Mars.
312/326-2120 collegeofcomplexes.orgDappers East Restaurant, 773/509-9100, 2901 W. Addison. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

Dance for Life (since 1992). Yearly. All ages. $75-600 7:30p.
Includes Giordano, Hubbard, Joffrey, more.
312/922-5812, 312/431-2357, 50 E Congress. Downtown. MAP TICKETS INFO SHARE

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson. All ages. $48-125+ 8p.
iananderson.comChicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown. 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 2017.08.20:    ^
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

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

Kendrick Lamar. All ages. $50-300+ 7:30p.
The DAMN. Tour with YG & D.R.A.M.
kendricklamar.comUnited Center, 1901 W Madison. MAP TICKETS 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 2017.08.21:    ^
** Solar Eclipse. 11:30a.
90% complete, visible over Chicago at 11:54am. Certified shades or pinhole construct required. SHARE

Leo Kottke. -Tuesday 21+ $30-45+ 6p.
leokottke.comCity Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. MAP SHARE

Millennium Park Concerts. Mo/Th Yearly. All ages. Free 6:30p.
Several extraordinary bands nightly, twice a week.
08.21: Wild Belle Sam Trump & Acoustic Audile. Pritzker Pavilion, 312/742-1168, 55 N Michigan. Millennium Park, Downtown. MAP SHARE

Monday Night Ride. Mondays All ages. Free 10p.
Extraordinary long and late ride for the young and/or hearty. Leaves about 11pm, unplanned route may exceed 30miles from start point, dissipating near dawn. Monument, 1601 N Clark. Behind Chicago Historical Museum. MAP SHARE

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

Tuesday 2017.08.22:    ^
Summer Slaughter Tour. All ages. $27+ 12:30p-2a.
The Black Dahlia Murder w/ Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Oceano, Slaughter to Prevail, Origin, Rings Of Saturn, Betraying The Martyrs, Lorna Shore, Warforged.
Concord Music Hall, 773/570-4000, 2047 N Milwaukee. Near Blue Line Western stop. Body searches. No reentry. MAP PHOTOS EVENTS INFO SHARE

"Uproar Fest" Yearly. All ages. $20-100 1p.
Rockstar Energy Drink presents Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, ...
rockstaruproar.comTinley Park Amphitheatre, 708/614-1616, 19100 South Ridgeland Ave, Tinley Park. I-80 and Harlem Avenue, South Suburban, expect heavy traffic. MAP TICKETS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

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+ $0-15 9p-2a.
08.22: Black Lion (LC Anti "going away party") w/ Atmaan / Misfit / Diskokitty. Social Club, 773/227-7990, 1575 N Milwaukee. At North and Damen. MAP PHOTOS SHARE

Wednesday 2017.08.23:    ^
Start of Virgo. Yearly.
Astrological sign, the virgin. INFO SHARE

Michelle Shocked. 21+ $25+ 8p.
Performing Arkansas Traveler (1992) in entirety.
michelleshocked.comCity Winery, 312-733-WINE, 1200 W Randolph. 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 2017.08.24:    ^
Jupiter visible near horizon at moonrise.
Nightly until October. INFO SHARE

* Wizard World Comic-Con. -Sunday Yearly. All ages. $40-99 10a-5p.
Hundreds of comics and collectibles vendors, special featured guest, popular cartoonists, and famous actors.
wizardworld.comDonald E. Stephens Convention Center, 847/268-2000, 5555 N River Road, Rosemont. MAP PHOTOS FIND EVENTS INFO SHARE

Logic "Everybody's" Tour. All ages. $50+ 7:30p.
W/ Joey Bada$$.
logicconcerts.comNortherly Island Pavilion, 312/540-2668, 1300 S Lynn White Dr. MAP TICKETS 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

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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