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Noted for world renowned art collections, interactive exhibits and lots of informative fun, a visit to Chicago museums is an essential activity. But these landmark institutions offer much more than visual and cultural experiences. Many museum gift shops offer enough unusual and hand-crafted items to find something for everyone on your list.

A morning of traipsing around the city of Chicago calls for a relaxing, tea-filled afternoon. A hot pot of your favorite blend and savory and sweet treats are the perfect follow-up to a hectic museum or zoo visit. Here are three outstanding non-hotel afternoon teas in Chicago that pair well with a morning museum of zoo adventure.

Summer is still in full swing, Chicago! Although the school year season is creeping closer, the summer adventures aren't over and the great weather is something to take advantage of. From craft beers to Chicago-style hot dogs to a bug exhibit to a handful of cultural celebrations, this weekend has something for everyone. Other than the packed list of things to do in Chicago this weekend below, there is also a handful of August festivals to keep your eye out for. 

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

Here are our family's picks for the top seven free things to do this summer in Chicago. 

Chicago's surprising fashion history is on elegant display at Chicago History Museum's landmark "Making Mainbocher" exhibit. Heralded by Vogue magazine as "the most important American designer that you've never heard of," Mainbocher — and his significant fashion influence — is finally receiving a much-deserved spotlight.

The Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park is a historic building that was founded in 1856 to study Chicago’s rich history. The museum houses millions of original pieces from Chicago and U.S. history. You could spend an hour or an entire day there, and you’re sure to learn something new. Lovers of literature, fashion, history, anthropology, photography and more will find something to pour over.

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