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Theresa Carter, The Local Tourist, NBC Chicago Street Team

Chicagoans are a lucky bunch. We’ve got some of the best museums in the world right at our doorstep. Unfortunately, they can be pretty pricey. Fortunately, they also offer lots of free days.

The Museum of Science & Industry frequently makes the must-see lists of things to do in Chicago, and from now until the end of the month you can see why for free. The Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium are free next week and a few other days during the month, and the Field Museum has a variety of days. Go on January 14th or 15th and you can visit the entire Museum Campus without paying a dime.

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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

“We struck the home trail now, and in a few hours were in that astonishing Chicago–a city where they are always rubbing a lamp, and fetching up the genii, and contriving and achieving new impossibilities.” Mark Twain “Life on the Mississippi,” 1883

Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science & Industry is celebrating the ground-breaking (metaphorically speaking) 75-year anniversary of the first interactive museum in the US, so admission is fr*ee through Sunday for everyone and for kids under 11 until September 1. MSI isn’t the only fr*ee museum this week. Play hookey with the kids tomorrow and bring them to the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. The Art Institute is also free after 5 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Museums aren’t the only places to be steeped in culture. Besides the Thailand Festival in Daley Plaza, Music Without Borders brings music from Catalonia to Millennium Park. Then there’s “Taste of Greece on LaSalle Street“. Learn the art of French-Asian cooking with Chef Bill Kim at LeLan, and celebrate storytelling with the 9th Annual Skald Storytelling Festival, named after the Scandinavian term for poet, bard, or storyteller.

For just plain ol’ parties, check out the Chicago Summerfest in Lincoln Park which boasts two days of live music. The River North SummerFest not only has live music and food, but also offers massages and kayak rides. Jazz fans don’t have to wait until the city’s Jazz Festival, because Close Up 2 Smooth has street jams Friday through Sunday. Traders are known for working hard and playing hard, and you can join in the fun Friday at Alcock’s annual “Bear and Ball Bust“.

Have a great weekend!


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