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Free Things To Do in Chicago

...do ask for a donation if you can spare it. National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St

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...conservation and science, with one of the largest programs in the country. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N Cannon Dr

...check out the largest Tiffany dome in the world. It's breathtaking! Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St

...into Lake Michigan, giving you some of the best views in the city. Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave

Grant Park is Chicago-free central. Free summer festivals like Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance, and more all take place in Chicago's Front Yard. Be sure to check out all of the public art year-round and the lights show at Buckingham Fountain during the summer. Grant Park, Columbus & Balbo

...the #1 attraction in the Midwest, supplanting Navy Pier from the top spot. Millennium Park, 205 E Randolph St

The northeast corner of Grant Park has been turned into an impressive destination. The lakefront recreation center features a climbing wall, a skating ribbon, and a giant playground. (Seriously - it's giant!) Maggie Daley Park, 337 E Randolph St

...communal event featuring games, live music, dancing, dining, and drinking. DANK HAUS German Cultural Center, 4740 N Western Ave

...re particularly interested in how photography impacts society, culture, and politics. Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave

...it's open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 7pm. Chicago Design Museum, Block 37, 108 N State St 3rd Fl

...display were primarily uncovered during expeditions in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St

...they offer free tours on Wednesdays and Sundays at 1pm. Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted

Ever wanted to see what a million dollars looks like? Or see inside a cash processing center? You can, and it's free! The Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum even offers a free guided tour every weekday at 1pm. Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, 230 S LaSalle St

...can learn more about what happened during the Cambodian Civil War. Cambodian American Heritage Museum, 2831 W Lawrence Ave

    Free Things To Do in Chicago
    Free things to do in Chicago including events, attractions, museums, parks, and more. Whether you're looking for free Chicago events, activities, or things to do this weekend, start here.
    https://chicago.thelocaltourist.com

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Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars

Sun 5/27, 7 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th, $25, all-ages

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...were reluctant to let him make the commute. "Getting on the bus every morning at 39th and Sacramento and going to the train station on 35th and Archer and taking the Orange Line...

...the bus every morning at 39th and Sacramento and going to the train station on 35th and Archer and taking the Orange Line downtown every day freaked out my parents," he says. "We...

    Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars
    The Chicago schoolkids who make up Mariachi Herencia de Mexico had a hell of a summer in 2017. The band, whose members range in age from 11 to 18, had formed in March 2016, and last May they released their first record, Nuestra Herencia. It debuted at number two on iTunes' U.S.
    https://www.chicagoreader.com

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Full List: Taste of Chicago 2018 to feature 73 food vendors

2214 S. Wolcott Ave.

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4156 N. Kedzie Ave.

1217 W. Devon Ave.

2100 W. Belmont Ave.

1535 W. Madison St.

8734 S. Stony Island Ave.

613 N. McClurg Ct.

2034 W. Division St.

300 W 26th St.

816 W. Fullerton Ave.

2373 S. Archer Ave.

939 W. 18th St.

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

623 S. Wabash Ave.

2518 W. 63rd St.

9233 S. Western Ave.

1758 W. Grand Ave.

252 W. 26th St.

225 S. Canal St.

11 E. Illinois St.

210 E. Illinois St.

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

238 W. 33rd St.

1014 W. Taylor St.

1059 W. Belmont Ave.

6232 N. Broadway

1247 S. Western Ave.

7100 S. South Shore Dr.

3313 N. Clark St.

307 W. Lake St.

75 E. Lake St.

2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.

5033 N. Elston Ave.

1251 W. Fullerton Ave.

436 E. 79th St.

135 S. LaSalle St.

1140 W. Madison St.

1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.

738 N. Clark St.

5039 N. Broadway

1148 W. Monroe St.

131 N. Clinton St.

    Taste of Chicago 2018 to feature 73 food vendors
    The list of restaurants and food trucks that will be featured at the Taste of Chicago 2018 this summer was released on Wednesday. The free food festival will be held July 11-15 in Grant Park. More than 300 menu items will be available from 38 five-day vendors, 22 pop-up restaurants and 13 food trucks.
    http://abc7chicago.com

  • Citizen Pain Citizen Pain

    those wilding suburbanites again...

  • Sandy in EdgeGlen EdgeGlen since 1987

    I went to the first one in 1980, when I worked in the Loop--I don't recall how much it cost except it was much cheaper, you could try a bigger variety before you either filled up or ran out of tickets, and much of what was there was unique. Great...

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    I went to the first one in 1980, when I worked in the Loop--I don't recall how much it cost except it was much cheaper, you could try a bigger variety before you either filled up or ran out of tickets, and much of what was there was unique. Great lunchtime alternative to the ubiquitous Loop cookie-cutter Greek "coffee shop" luncheonettes. On the last day I remember I had a 25-cent ticket remaining, it was warm out, and one of the vendors didn't want to cart perishables back. So I got a flat of 12 containers of strawberry Yoplait (a brand and style new to Chicago, which had only Dannon at the time), put it in the office fridge, and drove it home after work. (But to this day I can't stand strawberry yogurt),

    Nowadays, I go only when my knees can take standing around for hours and there's a musical act I want to go see. You have to jockey for a table to put your food & drink down while you stand, nearly half the items are fast-food from well-known restaurants available across the area year-round; and there are those stupid tickets! You can't buy only as many as you want, because the booklets contain odd quantities that are too few or too many. I end up either forgoing something I'd really wanted, compromising and eating something I wasn't really craving, or having leftover scrip to languish in a drawer (not knowing if they'd be usable next year) or to give to strangers. Last time we went (to see the Chieftains), so few items appealed to us that we actually ended up at a real restaurant in Millennium Park with normal portions, tables & chairs, metal utensils, glasses and servers. And we spent no more than had we eaten the same quantity of food standing up, spilling stuff on our clothes and sweltering,

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Taste of Chicago: Food and restaurant line-up for 2018

2214 S. Wolcott Ave.

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4156 N. Kedzie Ave.

1217 W. Devon Ave.

2100 W. Belmont Ave.

1535 W. Madison St.

8734 S. Stony Island Ave.

613 N. McClurg Ct.

2034 W. Division St.

300 W 26th St.

816 W. Fullerton Ave.

2373 S. Archer Ave.

939 W. 18th St.

2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

623 S. Wabash Ave.

2518 W. 63rd St.

225 S. Canal St

4623 N. Broadway

2101 W. Chicago Ave.

3221 W. Armitage Ave.

4171 S. Archer Ave.

805 S. State St.

9233 S. Western Ave.

1758 W. Grand Ave.

252 W. 26th St.

11 E. Illinois St.

210 E. Illinois St.

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.

238 W. 33rd St.

1014 W. Taylor St.

1059 W. Belmont Ave.

6232 N. Broadway

1247 S. Western Ave.

7100 S. South Shore Dr. 

3313 N. Clark St.

307 W. Lake St. 

75 E. Lake St.

2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.

5033 N. Elston Ave.

1251 W. Fullerton Ave.

436 E. 79th St.

135 S. LaSalle St.

1140 W. Madison St.

1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.

738 N. Clark St.

5039 N. Broadway

1148 W. Monroe St.

131 N. Clinton St. 

    Taste of Chicago: Food and restaurant line-up for 2018
    Taste 2018 includes 26 NEW vendors representing a 63% increase from 2017 Sandwich King Jeff Mauro and Mayor Rahm Emanuel went one on one yesterday at the press conference announcing the lineup of restaurants and food trucks that will participate at the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago - the world's largest free food festival - this July 11-15 in Grant...
    http://www.chicagonow.com

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5 things to do this weekend in Chicago

...murals, including 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday beginning at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum (1852 W. 19th St.). Tickets: $20. chicagohistory.org

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...from Reese Witherspoon. Matinees begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at MBT (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Tickets: $8. musicboxtheatre.com

...all you sick weirdos. At 7 p.m. Friday, Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records (3182 N. Elston Ave.) will show a pair of flicks full of murder: 1997’s “Bloodletting” — about a serial...

...auctions. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4046 W. Armitage Ave.). Tickets: $30-$200. Tickets: eventbrite.com

    5 things to do this weekend in Chicago
    Which do you prefer, Chicago? Outside: Peruse murals in Pilsen, party for Logan Square or watch the game. Inside: Grab a matinee or a double feature or, again, watch the game. Take a walk on the historical side No other neighborhood in Chicago has a collection of murals like Pilsen's, which makes sense given the public art form's strong Mexican roots.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 10

Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/10 – 5/113

Pilsen Murals Walking Tour @ Mexican Fine Arts Museum, 1852 W 19th St., 2:00pm – 4:00pm, All Ages

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Eric B & Rakim The Technique Tour @ The Patio Theatre, 6008 W Irving Park Rd., 7:00pm, 18+

MISSION: Elbo Room: Fay Ray, Flow Tone, Fiona Kimble, Stephen James @ The Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Ave., 7:00pm, 21+

Funny Ha Ha: Oh, Mother @ The Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, 6:30pm, 21+

Flora Fauna Group Art Show @ Sideshow Gallery, 2219 N Western Ave, 7:00pm -11:00pm, All Ages

Kitten Forever / OvefOw / Vacuum @ Happy Gallery, 902 N California Ave., 7:00pm

Sunflower Bean & Dream Wife @ Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln Ave., 9:00pm, 18+

Midwest Connect Residency: Esso Afrojam Funkbeat / Immigré / Puerko Yakaa Yayauhqui Pitzotl @ Emporium Arcade Bar Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., 9:00pm, 21+

Renegade Craft Fair @ Halsted St. in Pilsen, 18th Street & Halsted, 11:00am – 6:00pm, All Ages

NOW WHAT: The event is free and open to the public. The fair will be on Halsted St. in Pilsen Between W 18th St. and S Canalport Ave., giving you a great spot to shop and support DIY crafters.

Andrew W.K. & The Kickback @ The Vic, 3145 N Sheffield Ave., 7:00pm, 18+

Speedy Ortiz / Nnamdi Ogbonnaya / Didi @ Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave., 9:00pm, 21+,

Third Coast Percussion @ Thalia Hall, 1807 S Allport St, 7:30pm, All Ages

Spaceface / Faux Furrs / The Voluptuals @ Schubas, 3159 N Southport Ave., 8:00pm, All Ages

    Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/10 - 5/113 - Third Coast Review
    The curated weekend is here and it's a big one! So big in fact that there are quite a few events in the calendar that just couldn't fit into this list. So when your done perusing these carefully selected event including concerts, comedy, art, and craft shows, check out the rest of the calendar for...
    https://thirdcoastreview.com

May 10

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