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Free Days at Chicago Museums in March

Grant Park | Museum Campus, Magnificent Mile | Streeterville, Hyde ParkThere aren't as many free days at Chicago museums in March as there are in the first two months of the year, but you can still get out and enjoy these top attractions. Most of the museums are free...
Chicago skyline from Adler Planetarium; Photo credit Nick Ulivieri

Free Days at Chicago Museums in January

Grant Park | Museum Campus, Magnificent Mile | Streeterville, Hyde ParkIt's the beginning of a new year! If checking out Chicago's museums is on your list of things do this year then this is the month to do it. Chicago's top museums offer free days during the month of...

Final Eclipse of 2012

ChicagoOn November 28 the last eclipse of 2012 takes place. Sounds exciting, right?  Not so fast, buddy.  Solar eclipses (total solar eclipse, right), when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, are...

The House Theatre of Chicago Presents The Nutcracker

Bucktown | Wicker ParkI was invited to see The House Theatre of Chicago’s production of The Nutcracker on November 18.  I was told that his was not the Joffrey Ballet production, which made me more interested in attending...

Field Museum’s 2012 Discount Days Are Numbered – Three

Grant Park | Museum CampusOn November 6 I took advantage of one of the Field Museum’s discount days for Illinois residents which allowed me – with the simple flash of my Illinois driver’s license – free basic admission (a $15...

Explore a Local Farm!

One of my favorite things to do each Fall is explore a local Farm.  As city kids, my girls don't regularly get the chance to see where there food comes from. Last week we headed otu to Wagner Farm in...

Children's Auditions for Joffrey Ballet's "Nutcracker"

The LoopOne of the most popular Christmas traditions in Chicago is to watch the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker at the gorgeous Auditorium Theatre. Imagine how thrilling it would be to be in Nutcracker! Sadly, I...

Kids Are Foodies, Too: Corks & Crayons Event Benefits Purple Asparagus

Logan SquareChildren are not and should not be stuck with chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, and other "yellow food", as a friend of mine calls the standard fare on kids' menus. Purple Asparagus proves that every...
How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular

Children & Vikings & Dragons, Oh My!

West LoopKids and animatronics go together like dragons and Vikings. They've come a long way since I was a wee one fascinated by the Country Bear Jamboree at King's Island and Abraham Lincoln at Disney World...

Cooling off at Pulaski Park

If you are looking for a great place to cool off, Pulaski Park is the perfect place to go. Since the beginning of summer I had been hearing a lot of buzz about Pulaski's water playground, and decided...
Storms exhibit at Museum of Science & Industry

Museum of Science & Industry Welcomes NATO with BOGO

Hyde ParkThe NATO Summit is in Chicago this weekend, and while you may be inclined to stay away the Museum of Science & Industry wants you to come out and play! They're offering buy one-get one general...

Music Line-up Announced For Taste Of Chicago

Chicago, Chicago Area, DowntownThe City Of Chicago has announced this summer's Petrillo Music Shell line-up for The Taste of Chicago. Wednesday, July 9, 2014: AWOLNATION Saints of Valory   Thursday, July 10, 2014...Presented by...

Pivot Arts Announces Dates and Theme of Second Annual Festival Celebrating Innovative Theater, Music and Dance, "Art Meets Science," May 28 - June 14 in Locations Throughout Chicago's Far North Side

Far NorthThe Performance Festival Features Numerous Companies/Artists Including BAATHHAUS, the dilettantes, Gashlycrumb Orphanage, The Honeypots, Jon Langford, The Seldoms and More, with Range of Science...

Chicago Blackhawks' Morning Skate Live Returns Wednesday, April 9

Here at The Local Tourist we like to tell you where to go in Chicago but in this case anywhere with a TV (or your smart phone) will suffice if you are a Chicago Blackhawks fan. Morning Skate Live...

This Summer At Ravinia Just Keeps On Getting Better And Better

Highland Park Ravinia has announced several additions to its 2014 season, including new concerts; artists added to existing dates; video screen on the lawn; and a kids series. The 2014 season now features more...

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