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A Robot-Themed Holiday! Christmas Around the World at Museum of Science and Industry

Christmas Around the World - Museum of Science and Industry

During the holidays, the Museum of Science and Industry gets dressed up in its holiday best. The annual Christmas around the World exhibit (on display November 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016) showcases more than 50 trees and crèches, each festooned with traditional ornaments and decorations by members of Chicago's ethnic communities. This year’s celebration is inspired the Museum’s temporary exhibit — Robot Revolution.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: 10 Tips for a Day of Family Fun

 The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is Chicago's premier kickoff to the holiday season. Grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse lead a holiday parade of more than 40 floats, helium-filled balloons and marching bands down Michigan Avenue, to the delight of kids and adults alike. Along the route, they light up over one million lights on over 200 trees with their magic wands, leaving Chicago's Mag Mile merry and bright.

5 Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

Edwards Apple Orchard West

Can you believe it's already fall? I was reminded in the most unceremonious way — a sudden realization that it's colder than I'd like it to be. Colder temperatures aside, I absolutely love the fall and all the activities typical of the season. Here's a list of fun seasonal things to do in Chicago this fall.

Chicago Children’s Choir: A magical, musical gift to our city

Chicago Children's Choir

Founded in 1956, the Chicago Children's Choir is musical gift to our city. This active nonprofit organization provides multicultural choral music education, serving over 4,000 children annually through choirs in more than 70 Chicago schools, after-school programs in 9 Chicago neighborhoods, an ensemble for boys with changing voices, and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, Chicago Children's Choir.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun! 6 Picks for Little Ones

Spooky Zoo Spectacular

Halloween can be a bit too spooky for toddler and preschool-aged goblins and ghosts. Here are six not-so-scary Halloween events across Chicago that will be enjoyed by children of all ages in your family.

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival: More Than a Fun Family Movie Date

Chicago Children's International Film Festival

The 32nd Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival kicks off on October 24 with over 245 films from over 50 countries — and our family can't wait! Selected from over 3,000 entries at venues across the Chicago including Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton) and Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), these movies always rise above the usual Hollywood kid fare and offer everything from funny to spooooooky films, all with a unique, global perspective.

8 Unique Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Pumpkins in the Park 5K Halloween Chicago

Too old for trick-or-treating but looking for a way to show off your creative costume? Have a laugh, head to the high haunted seas and get a good scare with these eight unique ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago.

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!

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