Wii U Tour Gives Chicago Residents Hands-On Time with the Hottest Nintendo Games

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on time with a wide selection of Wii U games, including Pikmin 3, The Wonderful 101, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City Undercover, Resident Evil Revelations from Capcom and Injustice: Gods Among Us from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Visitors can even pose for pictures with props from various Nintendo franchises and Tweet photos of the event with a unique hashtag to receive a special gift while supplies last. For more information, visit www.nintendo.com/wiiu/events/tour.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday , 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

The Comedy of Errors

Peterson Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Mistaken identities, wrongful arrests and slapstick routines abound in Comedy, the Bard's earliest known play. The production features sword fights and third-party-naps, employing a variety of percussion instruments to enhance the comedic effect. Family-friendly, 90-minute version of the play is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit www.spectralia.org.

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Celebrate Clark Street Festival

Rogers Park | Chicago, Ill.

Includes two stages of live world music, ethnic food, entertainment for children, and a diverse arts and crafts market.

When: 1-11 p.m. July 20; 1-10 p.m. July 21
Cost: $5 person; $10 family

Ready, Pet, Go!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play, and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.

Cost: Free with admission

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

See a full-size replica of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. The rover, which landed safely on Mars, is a high-fidelity prototype and the only one of its kind to be publicly displayed.

Cost: Free with admission

Cosmic Wonder

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

The world's most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory. The night sky reveals the mysteries of our Universe in the most immersive space environment ever created. Witness the beauty of the Crab Nebula as it descends, zoom into Orion the Hunter and become bathed in a hotbed of active star formation, zero in on a small patch of the night sky as you are surrounded by the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image containing more than 5,500 galaxies.

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Scenes from the Stone Age

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux transports visitors to the Lascaux cave in France, where they'll discover prehistoric cave paintings. Walk through a full-sized replica of the cave, meet a lifelike stone-age family and play with interactive displays explaining the life of people who may have inhabited the cave.

Tickets are included in both Discovery and All-Access passes to the museum.

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Creatures of Light

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Delve into the mysterious world of bioluminescence, from the glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand's famous Waitomo Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing ability to glow.

Cost: Free with admission

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.

Cost: Free with admission

Animal Inside Out

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibition showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of some of the world's most impressive animals and better understand the evolution of animals and the natural world.

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