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Sacred Sand Mandala

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Refugee Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery create the mandala, a sacred sand painting, by meticulously arranging dyed sand in intricate patterns to represent the Buddhist principal of compassion. Special chanting ceremonies to spread their message of peace and compassion take place at noon and 5 p.m. On Aug. 15, the monks perform a closing ceremony in which the completed sand painting will be dismantled and the sands will be poured into water to represent the transitory nature of material life.

When: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Assassins

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Weaving together dream-like narratives of the assassinations and attempted assassinations of the U.S. presidents, this musical comedy brings to light the pain of alienation, regret, and isolation that underlies each character's failure to achieve the American Dream. Previews Oct. 10; the show runs through Nov. 10. Performances are Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 6 only), Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 10 only); Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m. For tickets or more information visit assassins-chicago.com.

Cost: Tickets are $45.

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission

Magic

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear before your very eyes.

Cost: Free with admission

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Multimedia displays and digital interactives show audiences how galaxies, stars, planets were created as the Universe grew. A projection showcases the enormity of regions farther than our Solar System, taking spectators billions of light-years from Earth to the edge of the cosmos, while touch screen technology allows them to investigate the diverse and beautiful objects of deep space.

Cost: Free with admission

Extreme Mammals

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens, an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater, a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found, and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $22-$29 adults, $18-24 seniors and students, $15-$20 kids 4-11; included in Discovery and All-Access passes

The Spirit of the Marathon: From Pheidippides to Today

National Hellenic Museum | Chicago , Ill.

Learn and connect to the history of the Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), from the first Marathon race in the 1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit coloring pages also available.

Cost: Free with admission

Chicago Children’s “Halloweeum”

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Create your own creepy costume, decorate a mini-pumpkin and explore our Spooky Backyard. Includes special crafts and Monster Mash Dance Party (Friday-Sunday) and face painting daily.

 

Cost: Free with admission

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99
 
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