We’re pretty spoiled here in Chicago: some of the world’s best museums are right at our doorstep. But for whatever reason—schedules, cost, drive time—most of us don’t get out to these world-class spots nearly as often as we should.
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Chicago Museum Week
Enter Chicago Museum Week. These 11 days are all about celebrating our city’s museums, complete with discounted admissions, special exhibits, giveaways and more. So you can get 20 percent off a Fall Fest package at Lincoln Park Zoo (including vouchers for the carousel, stroller rental and churros!), attend a special Zoom-In Workshop at Adler Planetarium, where kids can program a rover, discover a rock sample and practice being an astronaut, or tap into your creative side with free art activities at The Art Institute’s Ryan Learning Center.
Other participating institutions include Chicago History Museum, The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and the DuSable Museum. You can see the full list of participants online.
For those who like to document all their exploration on social media, Museum Week encourages the use of hashtags on Instagram and Twitter. So on Monday, Oct. 17, be sure to use #KidsCMW to showcase your kids’ memorable museum moments. And you just might want to add #ParentWin while you’re at it.