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7 Amazing Things to See and Do at Chicago's Field Museum This Autumn

The Field Museum

Since 1893, The Field Museum has been wowing visitors with its amazing collection of specimens and artifacts. From beloved Sue, the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, to one of the largest collections of diamonds and gems in the world, the Field Museum offers a never-ending list of amazing things to discover within its historic walls. Here are seven things that we're excited too see and do this fall at the Field.

Weekend Alert: August 28-30

AVP Chicago Open

Summer's almost up, but that doesn't mean it's time to shutter yourself inside. There's plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, starring volleyball, dance, food and fashion. It's on.

Weekend Alert: August 21-23

South Shore Beach

"I don't know what to do this weekend," you say. "I'm bored." Excuse me, but you should never have to say this when you're in Chicago. Take a look below at what's happening Friday through Sunday and you'll see why. Apologies for putting words in your mouth, but admit it, you've thought this once or twice...

Weekend Alert: August 14-16

Air and Water Show

This weekend is packed with things to do, highlighted by the Chicago Air & Water Show on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy musical improv, neighborhood festivals and a breathtaking Cirque du Soleil show. There's nowhere else you should be.

Classical Opera with the Animals: Lyric Unlimited Presents 'Second Nature' at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Second Nature

Imagine taking in live, classical opera together with the lions, tigers and bears. The Lyric Opera of Chicago is setting up shop at the zoo of all places this summer. 'Second Nature,' a new opera for youth from the acclaimed composer/librettist Matthew Aucoin will premiere this summer at Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Envision Peace with 'Breathe Life,' a New Touring Production by Collaboraction

Collaboraction Crime Scene

Here's your chance to learn about the true life experiences of five Chicagoans who chose peace, making a positive impact on the lives of others. "Crime Scene: Breathe Life" is Collaboraction's newest touring production, a one-hour performance the promises audience integration and self-discovery.

Weekend Alert: August 7-9

Market Days

Can you believe it's already August? This summer suddenly seems like it's flying by, so no better time than the present to take advantage of some of Chicago's coolest, most fun activities as we march toward autumn. Here's your handy Weekend Alert!

Celebrate a Day of Arts and Eats with Food Trucks at the New CrEATefest


There is certainly no shortage of festivals during the Chicago summer season. But how often do you have the chance to attend a festival that gives back? CrEATefest is a brand new outdoor festival happening Sunday, August 9, that celebrates food, art and community.

Eli’s Cheesecake Turns National Cheesecake Day into a Cheesecake Festival to Celebrate Eli’s 35th Birthday

Eli's Cheesecake

Made in Chicago with premium ingredients, Eli's Cheesecakes are the best in the city and beyond. They've been the sweet, celebratory dessert for many a Chicago birthday and anniversary, but they also make for a sweet indulgence on even a rainy Monday afternoon or a late Friday night fridge raid. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, Eli's Cheesecake of Chicago will be hosting a grand celebration from through Sunday, August 2. Why all the hoopla? It's Eli's Cheesecake's 35th

Weekend Alert: July 31-August 2


We're back once again with your Weekend Alert! We know you're probably on a tight schedule, so let's just get right to it.

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