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Love History or Science? Check Out Chicago Museum Week, Through Oct. 7

The Field Museum - Chicago Museum Week

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Play tic-tac-toe with a robot at the Museum of Science and Industry, explore the massive collections behind the scenes at the Field Museum, gaze at the stars during a special Adler Planetarium sky show or stay late at the Chicago History Museum to enjoy after hours. Science and history lovers will find plenty to enjoy during Chicago's Museum Week, through Oct. 7. The four science- or history-focused institutions are

Choose Chicago Weekly Instagram Series: Edson Soares

Edson Soares

Each week, we feature one Instagram photographer who will get to feature their photos and videos on Choose Chicago's Instagram account all week long, part of our new #TakingOverChooseChicago series. This week, we chose Edson Soares. Enjoy!

Get Your Fill of Arts and Culture at Top Chicago Institutions for Museum Week, Through Oct. 7

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

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Arts and culture lovers should jump at the chance to immerse themselves in both as never before during Chicago Museum Week. Discover fascinating artifacts and celebrations unique to specific cultures - from whimsical masks to honoring the dead - as well as exploring art

'Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' at Bank of America Theatre Slays with Subversive Comedy and a Singing Serial Killer

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Surely there is nothing quite so vexing as having eight annoying relatives ahead of you in line to inherit the family fortune. Such is the plight of Montague D'Ysquith Navarro, would-be Ninth Earl of Highhurst and antihero of the musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," now playing at Bank of America Theatre through Oct. 11. Resourceful in the manner of a true British gentleman, Monty spends the bulk of the show dispatching the D

Weekend Alert: October 2-4

Chicago History Museum

I think it's safe to say it finally feels like fall in Chicago, which is in my humble opinion the most beautiful time of year to explore this fantastic city of ours. There remains no shortage of things to do, especially this weekend, highlighted by diversions in art, architecture and our fabulous museums. It's your Weekend Alert!

Become One with the Yarn at Vogue Knitting LIVE! Chicago, Oct. 2-4

Vogue Knitting LIVE

In 2011, the editors of Vogue Knitting launched Vogue Knitting LIVE, Oct. 2-4 bringing together thousands of knitting enthusiasts for a weekend show filled with fashion, fiber and education. Featuring beginner- to master-level hand-knitting classes, a high-end shopping experience, knit-couture fashion shows, a knit art gallery and more, Vogue Knitting LIVE is the place to be for anyone that wants to experience a fun, quirky, creative event.

5 Events to Catch at Chicago Fashion Week

Fashion Focus CHICago

The fall season might be cooling things down in other cities but Chicago is heating up with Fashion Focus CHICago, the city's 10th annual Chicago Fashion Week, Oct. 4-12. The nine-day event celebrates all aspects of the Chicago fashion scene, including designers, boutiques, stylists and models at venues all over the city. There's always a good mix of free and ticketed events that feature runway shows, fashion markets, demonstrations and workshops but this year also showcases

B is for the (Chicago) Bee Building

Bee Building

As I'm writing this piece, I'm listening to Nat King Cole sing the words of W.C. Handy. It's an interesting album from this son of Bronzeville. Recorded for a curious biopic of this noted composer, Cole makes his way through a dozen of his well-known songs.

Animal and Nature Lovers: Experience the City's Best during Chicago Museum Week, Oct. 1-7

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Touch a stingray at Shedd Aquarium, take a hayride through Lincoln Park Zoo, or create a butterfly mask with a Chicago artist at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Animal and nature lovers can enjoy these activities and more during Chicago Museum Week, Oct. 1-7.

Top 5 Shows to See this Fall in Chicago

East of Eden

Welcome to fall, when there are upward of 50 theaters opening new shows. Since only a madman would attempt to get to all of them, you're going to have to curate your way through the maze of dramas, tragedies, comedies and musicals. To help, we've put together a list of five we think rank at the top, ranked in order of how soon they're closing. Take a gander. Then, see a show. Or five.

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