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Happy weekend, Chicago! I hope the Taste didn't keep you too full, because there are a handful of events this weekend ready to fill your belly. There are plenty of things to do in Chicago this weekend, whether you're looking for a craft brew festival, a BBQ feast, a nationally acclaimed music festival, family friendly entertainment, or a special birthday celebration for our very own Navy Pier. Don't forget to check out our July festivals list so you don't miss anything. And if you're a big planner, we also have our August schedule ready!

10 Free Things To Do in Chicago in July

Saturday, July 1, 2017 11:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Summer is in full-swing in Chicago, and if you’re tired of going to BBQs and the beach, there are a ton of other free events and activities our fine city has to offer, including film screenings, art festivals, music events and one of the country’s biggest food festivals!

The flowers are blooming, the animals are outside soaking up the sunshine; spring is in the air at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo. This (free!), 35-acre zoo, located along the lakefront in Chicago's North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood, has been delighting visitors since it was founded all the way back in 1868—it's one of the oldest zoos in the US! Here are five ways to connect with nature and enjoy the gorgeous springtime weather at Chicago's beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo:

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.
American Girl Doll

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon. Here are some ways to celebrate the holidays at American Girl Place Chicago.

Atlas Moth

If you've never been to the lovely Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, now is the time to visit: For the next week, the world’s largest moth is living in this incredible green, flutter-worthy space. The Atlas Moth recently arrived from Malaysia and will join the charismatic Birdwing Butterfly, Blue Morpho and 1,000 fluttering friends in the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s signature attraction.

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There are so many masterpieces to see at the Art Institute of Chicago that it can be daunting to come up with a plan for a family visit. JourneyMaker is a brand-new digital tool that makes it easy. A few clicks of the mouse is all it takes to create a customized tour for you and your family. You'll be ready to explore the museum with a game plan that will bring the art to your kids' level — for a day of fun, and learning, you can all look forward to.

Springtime Family Shows at City Winery

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

City Winery

Fine wines and kids usually don't go hand in hand, but the City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph St.), a 30,000-sq.-ft., fully-functioning winery, concert hall and Mediterranean eatery is inviting families to celebrate spring with a variety of kid-friendly programming. 

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Photo courtesy: Dean LaPraire

Ah, 1977. Back when gas was 63 cents a gallon and the cost of a new home was essentially what a year and a half of college tuition is now: $62,500. It's also the year John Travolta showed us what it takes to be king of the disco floor in the record-breaking film, "Saturday Night Fever."

Leisure suits and affordable gas prices may have gone the way of dodo birds and handwritten letters, but one thing still endures: Goodman Theatre's beloved production of A Christmas Carol, which begins its amazing 35th anniversary production starting November 17 through December 29.

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