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5 Things to See at the Oriental Institute Museum

Persian Gallery at the Oriental Institute Museum Chicago

The Oriental Institute is part of the University of Chicago's research center for ancient Near Eastern Studies. The museum has world-renowned collection of art and archaeology from the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria and more. Admission is FREE (with a suggested donation), and exploring the exhibit galleries is a great weekend activity for history enthusiasts, or junior archaeologists with their entire family, to enjoy. 


2 New Adaptations of The Wizard of Oz & a Beloved Chicago Park Bring L. Frank Baum's Characters to Life in Chicago

Emerald CIty Theatre's THE WIZ

In the 1890s, L. Frank Baum, a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post, dreamed up a fantastical story that we all know and love today, The Wizard of Oz. Though the name Oz came from his file cabinet labeled "O–Z," scholars believe that the mystical land was inspired by the glimmering "White City" of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. This spring, two new Wizard of Oz theatrical productions invite families to rediscover Baum's beloved characters. Afterwards, head


A Hostel Like You've Never Seen: Check Out Chicago's Fieldhouse Jones

Fieldhouse Jones

Many travelers, young and old, opt to stay in hostels to save money. If you’re used to a more luxurious travel experience, you might be turned off by the idea of a hostel. But Fieldhouse Jones is no ordinary hostel. Located between Chicago’s prime Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods, the building is part hostel, part hotel, part Airbnb, and completely unlike any other space in the city.


Seesaw into Spring at Navy Pier's Interactive Public Art Installation: Impulse

Impulse at Navy Pier

A trip to Navy Pier always promises a day of fun, but this spring, visitors to Chicago's top family travel destination will be invited to seesaw into the season... literally! Impulse, an internationally acclaimed, interactive public-art installation of 15 musical and illuminated seesaws in Polk Bros Park, invites both little kids and kids at heart to bounce to musical beats and beams of light at this musical playground.


Ukrainian Village Budget Itinerary: Old World Eats & Old-School Bars


Ukrainian Village

Ukrainian Village is one of those Chicago neighborhoods that you’ve probably heard about and have been meaning to visit, but maybe never got around to it. It’s simple to plan a fun, budget-friendly day in this West Town neighborhood. Read on for the best and most affordable eats, shops and more in Ukrainian Village.


A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Gold Coast

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.


10 Shows to See in Chicago This April—and Tickets are All Half Price!

Goodman Theatre presents King of the Yees

With more than 250 theatre companies, Chicago's arts and culture scene is not to be missed — and you can experience it on a budget with half-price theater tickets from Hot Tix! From Broadway musicals to intimate dramas to sidesplitting comedies, every night you can choose from dozens of shows — including these top plays with discount tickets during the month of April.


12 Free Things to Do in Chicago Today & All Through April

The Whistler

Spring is here in Chicago and things are warming up in the Windy City. Warmer temperatures means that there's even more to do in the city, as markets open their doors and song and dance fill the air (no, really!). Most of the options in our list are free things to do in Chicago this month, with a few that will run you less than $10.

Here are 12 free things to do in April that shouldn't be missed.


Kick Off Chicago Dance Month this April!

Joffrey Ballet

Go crazy! Whether you're a dancing fool or a fool for dance, April is Chicago Dance Month, so kick up your heels and head out for a month that showers the city with the breadth, diversity and artistic richness of the Chicago dance community.


Everything You Need to Know about the 2017 Frozen Four—plus the FREE Fan Fest—April 6 & 8

2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four Chicago: April 6 & 8

Chicago's first ever college hockey championship is almost here! The stage is set, and hockey fans across the country anxiously await the commencement of the 2017 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.

Harvard and Minnesota Duluth will start the action at the United Center on April 6 at 5:00pm CT, followed by Denver and Notre Dame at 8:30pm. The victors of each semifinal will then compete for the national title on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm. Limited tickets are still available and can be


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