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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

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

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

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.

Family Festival and Year-Round Fun at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute

A visit to the Art Institute is a must-do for families visiting Chicago. This world-class museum will knock your socks off with its enormous collection of art - more than 260,000 pieces! This upcoming weekend, the Art Institute will host it's annual Family Festival, a full day of fun, artful activities for families. Here are 10 tips to make the most of your visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Weekend Alert: September 25-27

Chicago Gourmet

Jazz, art, food and beer. Sounds like a good weekend to me. It can all be yours, if you're in Chicago this weekend. Time for your weekend alert!

Explore the University of Chicago Campus, One of Chicago's Most Picturesque Locales

University of Chicago - quake18 photo

The University of Chicago campus, with its unique architectural fusion of English Gothic style and eye-catching modern structures, makes it one of the best places in the city to explore. We recently took a journey there with a number of Chicago photographers to capture its beauty, in turn giving you some ideas of the abounding spots to check out.

A Classic Afternoon Tea, Chicago-style: The Loyal-Tea Club at the Drake Hotel's Palm Court

Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel has been welcoming visitors from its perch at the beginning of the Magnificent Mile for more than 90 years. Designed with the Italian palaces of High Renaissance Rome and Florence in mind, with a price to match, the grand hotel was inaugurated on New Year's Eve 1920. The hotel's lovely Palm Court stands as perhaps the most beautiful - and certainly the most historic - place to have afternoon tea in Chicago. And a new club - the Loyal-Tea club - promises perks

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