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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

Food: The Nature of Eating

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

A new exhibit that explores how food connects us to the natural world and to each other. Sights, smells and tastes benchmark the story of food as it journeys into our stomachs and imagination. Includes hands-on interactives, family activities and active public programs.

Cost: Free with admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Mantis Mania

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Find out some of the unique habits praying mantis have and make a camouflaged creation to take home.

When: 1-4 p.m. weekdays
Cost: Free with admission

Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Includes a fall fragrance challenge, pumpkin prints to take home, and chef and root vegetable activities.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Artist’s Studio: Signs and Symbols

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Visit the Ancient Art of the Americas galleries to explore carved and painted Mayan hieroglyphs, then stop into the studios to draw a picture-symbols.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
Cost: Free

Art on the Run

Elmhurst Art Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Free, fun and educational arts project for kids. Projects change bi-weekly.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The NOSH at Wicker Park

Wicker Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A new food and a outdoor market experience with yummy treats, family-friendly live music, lots of shade, and a playground area. The Nosh is every Saturday at The Pritzker School Playground, on Damen Ave between Evergreen & Schiller.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

A Walk with Mark Twain

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Meet Mark Twain as he shares two of his famous stories: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and The Diaries of Adam and Eve.  Appropriate for all ages. Performances are weekends in September. Performances are each Saturday and Sunday. The first Sunday performance of each month will be a low-impact hike (suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). Each performance lasts approximately three hours, so please wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent. All performances begin at the Thornhill Shelter (Parking Lot 21). Performances run Sept. 7-29.

Cost: $19, $13 kids; $12 member, $8 member kids

Blue Man Group

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

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97
 







 
 
 
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