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Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Julian Zeng

Julian Zeng is a staff member at Choose Chicago and likes to think of himself as a writer. A DePaul alum and Massachusetts native, he loves great movies, good TV and bad music. The NBA holds a special place in his heart, as does pizza. He will always be up for an impromptu exploration of Chicago, and sometimes he'll write about what makes the city great. Follow him on Twitter, he likes to feel important.

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Best of luck to all runners competing in the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, this Sunday, Oct. 11! Chicago will be cheering you on all 26.2 miles of the race course. For spectators who'll be in town for the race, here are a few tips for getting the very best out of one of the premier athletic events in the country.

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 among the 12 Chicago museums that are showcasing seven days of exclusive offers, events and special programs during Museum Week. Check out just some of what you can expect during this special week:

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 from many different angles.

Weekend Alert: October 2-4

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng

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!

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.

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.

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