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Chicago is the fabled city of big shoulders, big buildings and with a renowned foodie scene, big appetites. But at its core, this is really a city of neighborhoods and diverse ethnic communities. You can travel through dozens of countries and cultures of the world just by exploring Chicago neighborhoods and cultural institutions. The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) serves as connector to 35 museums and cultural organizations representing 24 different neighborhoods and 28 different ethnic communities. Forget about airfare, you can discover China, Haiti, Puerto Rico and Ukraine all in a few days in Chicago.

"Saturday Night Live: The Experience" opens on October 21 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The 12,000-square-foot installment takes you on a journey behind the scenes of the late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show that continues to be an American staple as it enters its 43rd season.

Autumn has arrived in the city of Chicago! The leaves are just beginning to transform into their fall best, farmers markets are filling up with the fruits of the harvest and the evening air is cool and crisp — perfect for enjoying an evening walk with a pumpkin spice latte in hand. Autumn ushers in a new season of fun in the city, with new performances hitting stages, new museum exhibits opening their doors, and fun festivals and outdoor events that embrace everything fall. 

Here are four things we're looking forward to this autumn in Chicago.

The Art Institute of Chicago always knows how to bring together artists in ways that are thoughtful and whimsical, inviting conversations across artistic styles, periods and mediums. Currently, there are two adjacent exhibits that bring together the work of Saul Steinberg and Cauleen Smith, and they are both delightful.

Bookworms big and small will want to make a beeline to Chicago's brand-new, amazing American Writers Museum (AWM) and its Children’s Literature Gallery. As the first and only museum of its kind in the nation, this word-filled museum celebrates diverse American writers while also exploring their influence on our cultural identity.

If you're raising a reader, here are seven things kids can see and do at the must-visit American Writers Museum.

Famed French artist Paul Gauguin is best noted for his brilliant use of color on canvas, but the Art Institute of Chicago's fascinating exhibit, "Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist", uncovers his radical experiments in wood-carving, ceramics and other applied arts that are more typically associated with artisans and craft makers. Through rarely seen pieces including furniture, stoneware and fans, visitors will discover Gauguin's talents beyond his iconic paintings.

Less than three weeks are left to see this exhibition, plan your visit today!

Chicago hosts an array of world-class museums, and now the first museum in the country dedicated to American writers has been added to the city's line-up. The American Writers Museum showcases the world of words from every angle and perspective. With 13 interactive exhibits and a changing gallery of installations and immersive programming, the AWM aims to show the world just how exciting writing and writers can be.

5 Things to Do at Chicago Design Museum

Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 PM by Maddy Osman

Located inside of Block 37 in the heart of the Loop, the Chicago Design Museum facilitates “the exchange of knowledge through dynamic experiences.” The museum has exhibits and interactive experiences involving design from around the world. Exhibits are FREE and open to the public, Tuesday–Saturday, noon–7 p.m., so add this gem to your museum list this summer. Here are 5 ideas for things to do while you're there.

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. 

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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