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10 Amazing Things to See and Do this Fall at the Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry

There is so much to see and do at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, where 14 acres of exhibits and experiences promise fun (and educational!) moments for all. This fall, the museum hosts a number of special activities, from a robot block party to a STEM career fair. Here are 10 amazing things to experience at MSI this autumn:

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

National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

Courtesy of Chicago Museum Week

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!

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

Lincoln Park Zoo

Courtesy of Chicago Museum Week

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!

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

Weekend Alert: September 18-20

Expo Chicago

It's Thursday! Which means we're just a day away from Friday! And you know Saturday and Sunday are soon to follow after that! 

Apologies for the Rebecca Black-esque description, but sometimes it's just great knowing the weekend is right around the corner. Have a look below and see that Chicago knows how to keep you busy. It's your Weekend Alert, let's get to it!

American Girl Place Chicago Hotel Packages for Girls and their Dolls

American Girl Place Chicago

Planning a long fall weekend or holiday visit to American Girl Place® Chicago? With American Girl's latest doll, Maryellen Larkin, having just arrived in Chicago straight from the 1950s, girls are flocking to the store already. American Girl Place Chicago is giving girls the chance to explore the fabulous '50's via free Maryellen-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, a retro photo experience, and free gift. 

Weekend Alert: September 11-13

World Music Festival Chicago

If you like to have fun and do cool things, I think you're in for a really good time in Chicago this weekend. Guaranteed. Take a gander at the huge selection of events below and you'll see that I'm right. Come on, would I lie to you?

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