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Chicago Museum Week October 2015



First Annual Chicago Museum Week
 October 1, 2015October 7, 2015

For the first time ever, 12 of Chicago’s most beloved institutions will come together for seven days of exclusive offers, events, special programs and giveaways. Running from Oct. 1-7, 2015, the Chicago Museum Week is hosted by Museums in the Park,  and is designed for Chicagoans and visitors to become reacquainted with the renowned Museums of our city.

Here are highlights of some of the discounts, special events and activities that are being offered. Don’t miss your chance to see some of these great museums for FREE! The official hashtag for Museum Week is #ChicagoMuseumWeek.


Several museums will be offering free general admission to Illinois residents during Museum Week:

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Oct. 1
  • The Field Museum, Oct. 4
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Oct. 5 and 6
  • Shedd Aquarium, Oct. 5 and 6
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Oct. 6

Admission is always free at:

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture


Each museum will offer specials, including discounts on general admission and memberships, extended hours, free tours, new exhibits, educational programs and giveaways.


Discounts on membership:

  • Adler Planetarium: $10 off any level
  • Chicago History Museum: 20% off membership
  • DuSable Museum of African American History: half-price individual memberships
  • Museum of Science and Industry: $20 off any standard membership
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: $15 off one-year memberships and $25 off 2-year memberships

Discounts on admission:

  • DuSable Museum of African American History: 2-for-1 tickets; 10% off at café or store
  • Chicago History Museum: $4 off; 20% off at café or store
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: $5 off if you bring in a receipt from another museum visited during Museum Week
  • National Museum of Mexican Art: 15% off at café or store
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture: 10% off at café or store
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: $5 off if you bring in a receipt from another museum visited during Museum Week and 10% off at café or store
  • Shedd Aquarium: Get exclusive purchase when you buy in advance online; and special discount offers on Extraordinary Experiences

Special museum access:

  • Museum of Contemporary Art will host MCA Prime Time on Friday, Oct. 27-11 p.m. The event will include live music, performance art, film screenings and interactive programs.
  • Chicago History Museum will keep its doors open late on Tuesday, Oct. 65-8 p.m., to allow visitors to explore exhibitions with museums curators and staff and engage with history on special tours.


Special events/exhibits:

  • Adler Planetarium will offer an exclusive Museum Week Sky Show.
  • DuSable Museum of African American History will offer special guided tours of the museum.
  • Chicago History Museum will premier 30-minute highlight tours of “Chicago: Crossroads of America,” as well as offer excursion tours to Union Station, Old Town, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and on the CTA Blue and Brown lines during Museum Week.
  • The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture will open the exhibit “Metamorphosis of Divine Entanglements” from Chicago artist Oscar Luis Martinez.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will open “City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness” and “Peanuts…Naturally.”


Additional highlights:

  • Adler Planetarium will offer fall family science activities throughout the week and story time with Curious George on Oct. 5.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago will offer daily tours and open the Artist’s Studio onOct. 3 and 4 for free drop-in family art-making.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo’s Fall FestOct. 2-4, will include fun rides, a hay maze, and educational activities, and its Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo will be transformed into a pumpkin patch.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will offer special events daily, from “Meet Our Butterflies” to “Turtle Tuesday.” Oct. 4 is the Harvest Hop 5K and Harvest Festival, featuring carnival games, autumn treats, and a live bluegrass band. Every visitor to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum will be given an entry to win a LIFETIME membership to the museum.
  • Shedd Aquarium will offer daily animal chats.

My Private Chef @ Taste of Chicago


My Private Chef Appears
at Taste of Chicago/in the Kitchen with Mariano’s

Chef Christopher Tong, one of Chicagoland’s most accomplished chefs and a favorite of Taste of Chicago will appear again this year “In the Kitchen with Mariano’s”.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances.

He will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious summertime dish: Seared Shrimp, Avocado and Jicama Cocktail with Mango-Chipolte Vinaigrette.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and and come away with great cooking tips.

Chef Chris will appear on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 2:30 pm in the Mariano’s Cooking Demonstration Stage at the Northwest Corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

The 35th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 8-12 in Grant Park. Admission is Free. For details, visit



My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services. Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site:

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo June 25th


The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.

Now they are stepping forward  to launch an officially sanctioned  Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo!  There will be  LGBTQ Day & Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!


During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be  entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon!  $15  advance tickets.

During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program  with speakers and entertainment.



Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area.  21+  over.


A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.

Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions  area!  We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.

Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.

Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago

There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.

Tickets are   $60  includes  drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.


Limited Number of VIP  Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE  VIP TOUR  of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS!  The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.


All the details  at

Free Museum Days in Chicago 2015

free days museum  chicago

Chicago’s museums are world-class, but all those bones, weather simulators and rides in Chicago’s first El train car don’t come cheap. Throw in parking, special exhibits, and the gift shop, and it adds up fast.

But in the philanthropic spirit of our fine city, most museums offer free admission for Illinois residents on certain days. Here’s a complete calendar for the coming month. You’re on your own in the gift shop.

Free days can change at the last minute, so ALWAYS call first to confirm before heading out to the museums. And please note that these are for Illinois residents only in most cases.

Check out our complete guide to Chicagoland’s museums: Reviews, coming exhibits and tailored tours for little feet


Adler Planetarium

January: 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
February: 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25
March: 2-4

Art Institute of Chicago

Free for all Illinois residents from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Kids 13 and under are always free.

Free Winter Weekdays: Jan. 5-Feb. 10, free to Illinois residents every weekday.


Chicago History Museum

January: 5-9, 12-15, 19-23, 26-30

February: Weekdays

March: 4

July: 4

August: 18-20, 24-27, 31

September: 1-3


Field Museum

January: 7, 14-15

February: 1-28


Museum of Contemporary Art

Always free Tuesdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. for Illinois residents; children 12 and under are free every day.

From October through May, the second Saturday of the month is free for families with children 12 and under.


Museum of Science and Industry

January: 5-9; 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 (i.e. weekdays in January starting Jan. 5)

February: Kids 3-11 are free all month (two free kids tickets permitted per purchase of one paying adult).

March: 2-6


John G. Shedd Aquarium

January: 5-8, 12-13, 18-20, 23-27

February: 2-3, 9-10, 13-17, 23-24

June: 1-2, 8-9, 15-16

September: 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

October: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27

November: 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Thursdays are free for Illinois residents. Children under 3 are free every day.

Shedd Aquarium SleepOver

night in the museum chicago shedd

Roll out your sleeping bag and stay the night at one of the most magical environments in Chicago: Waters of the World galleries at Shedd Aquarium.

After exploring exhibits with wondrous creatures hailing from coral reefs, flooded rain forests, the craggy Pacific Northwest coast and beyond by day, you and your little ones will get to sleep amidst them by night. But not before participating in a fun evening’s worth of activities, including an obstacle course, scavenger hunt, animal stories, crafts, a movie and more! Dinner, a snack and breakfast are included in the price of your ticket.

Dates: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6 and March 20

Ticket options include:

Regular: $75/person ($60/person for members)
Reserve your spot at our overnight with this Regular ticket!

VIP: $90/person ($75/person for members)
Bring your air mattress, receive VIP seating at the aquatic show and enjoy other perks with your VIP ticket!


GOLDSTAR  has  $45  tickets   for  Jan  30th!!

COSMIC RUN Comes to Chicago!

Push the limits of your imagination.


September  20th! 


3501 S. Laramie Ave

Sign up now – save 10%  with 
promo  code   “pep”

DIVVY Bike Rentals Continue Expansion

Divvy is your Chicago Bike Sharing System

with thousands of bicycles available to you 24/7.

Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations
across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional
transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy,
and affordable.

LAKEVIEW  will get 40 MORE locations this month! 40?  Really!  That’s a bit much for an area with lots of car congestion. Just sayin.

Check out the Lakeview locations map by Andy Ambrosius at Lakeview Patch.

Sign up for Membership today. Now open for riding!

Gunpowder play about Gun Violence in Chicago

Gunpowder is a play about the gun violence in Chicago, a battlefield
that young people must navigate on a daily basis and too many young
people fall victim to.

A socially and politically charged play meets rock-cabaret-street poetry slam, Gunpowder
weaves together remarkably true stories of the not so distant past to
shine light on some of the most palpable dilemmas we face as a nation
today. In a journey that takes us across the battered bridge between the
American Dream and the American Reality, Tom navigates through the
waters of social, economic, and racial injustice, amplifies voices that
have long been silenced, introduces us to the faces that refused to be
made victims, and tests the capacity of a single spark. Certain the
democracy is no spectator sport, Tom’s journey propels us to question
the role played by a little idea called “patriotism” in the less obvious
battle zone of our very own backyard. “Art is highly explosive. To be
worth its salt, it must have in that salt a fair sprinkling of

“Gunpowder” will be showing at:

Chemically Imbalanced Theatre

1422 W Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL

June 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30PM; June 16 and 23 at 2:00PM

Tickets are $25 and all profits will be donated to
charities that engage young people in Chicago who are most at risk to
fall victim to gun violence.

For ticket information, please go to:

DOSE Spring Shopping in Chicago April 14

Get DOSED! on Sunday, April 14th at the River East Art Center, 
435 E. Illinois St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

is a monthly market featuring the finest selection of vendors in one
place: the modern, lofted halls of the River East Art Center. Join us
once a month to celebrate Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative
fashion, artisan food and high design.

$10 gets you in – Free cocktails and food tastings and Fabulous shopping!
Serving up a stunning selection of the finest in food and fashion, join us and 50 Dosers !

You heard it here first: this is the finest drinking vodka on the planet and it wears its Chicago stars with pride. Next Star Vodka make
their DOSE debut with gratis pours of their stellar Chicago mule —
ginger beer, lime juice and their fanatic-inspiring spirit — the perfect
way to get ready for your Très Awesome photoshoot.

You heard us right: this DOSE is your time to shine. Wear your
favorite outfit (or build it at the Market and get plenty of help) and
find yourself on the sweep in front of Chicago’s reigning street-style
maven, Emma Arnold of Très AwesomeWith
seriously cool technology, you’ll not only get a great shot, you’ll
have a shot at winning some fantastic Spring accessories.

Your ticket to DOSE always includes the opportunity to try the
finest brews, wines and spirits free of charge if you’re the appropriate
age. We realize, though, different strokes for different folks. You may
now trade in your drink ticket for DOSE h2o!

Dose Market

Check this out!
Need a free ride there??  Have you heard of the SIDE CAR app?

CHI will be providing DOSE-goers the opportunity to try the service and
snag a free ride to the Market this Sunday! Just enter the code
ILOVEDOSE for a $15 credit toward your first ride.

Side Car Chicago App – Free Ride Sharing

This is cool! High Tech Hitchhiking!
I was so glad to hear that SideCar, a
San Francisco-based company that facilitates peer-to-peer ride sharing
with a free smartphone application, launched in Chicago recently.
SideCar is moving transportation in a big, sustainable, community-driven
direction — one ride at a time.
Whether you’re ready to fill your car’s empty seats with new
friends or need to get across town in a hurry, SideCar connects you with
just the person to help you out.
SideCar is an interactive technology service and ride-sharing platform, that provides an online
provide exempt rideshare transportation. Essentially, a quick and hassle-free ridesharing
option that offers more safety than casual carpooling and is a completely donation-
way to get around town!
SideCar community drivers are regular people with extra space in their cars and a
willingness to give others a ride on the way to where they are going. All community
drivers are licensed insured and have passed background checks. 
SideCar is an app, so community drivers can be available for ridesharing
at any time. As our community grows, so do the number of drivers and
area of coverage. Check
your app anytime for a quick, fun and reliable ride.
It’s just launching in Chicago – so it will take a few weeks to take off. But how cool is this?