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Loop InstaGreeter Tour

[ January 13, 2012 to January 15, 2012. January 20, 2012 to January 22, 2012. January 27, 2012 to January 29, 2012. February 3, 2012 to February 5, 2012. February 10, 2012 to February 12, 2012. ] .
Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center
77 East Randolph Street – Chicago, IL

Learn about Chicago history, architecture, the Chicago River and the Lakefront on a FREE InstaGreeter visit of the Loop!

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Magnificent Mile InstaGreeter Tour

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Water Works Visitor Information Center
163 East Pearson Street – Chicago, IL

Enjoy the best of Michigan Avenue this holiday season! Just in time for the holidays, Chicago Greeter is teaming up with the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association to offer new one-hour walkabouts of the Mag Mile and the surrounding…

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Old Town InstaGreeter Tour

[ June 4, 2011; June 11, 2011; June 18, 2011; June 25, 2011; July 2, 2011; ] .
Second City
1616 North Wells Street – Chicago, IL

An Old Town InstaGreeter Tour starting at Second City, the training ground of comedians such as John Belushi, Bill Murray, Steve Carrell and Tina Fey…

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Hyde Park InstaGreeter Tour

[ June 4, 2011; June 11, 2011; June 18, 2011; June 25, 2011; July 2, 2011; ] .
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue

Experience Hyde Park, President Obama’s neighborhood, with a Hyde Park Instagreeter! These FREE one-hour guided walking visits are the perfect introduction to this historic…

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Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory

[ January 22, 2011 to January 31, 2011. February 1, 2011 to February 28, 2011. March 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011. April 1, 2011 to April 30, 2011. May 1, 2011 to May 11, 2011. ] .
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 North Stockton Drive – Chicago, IL

The free annual Spring Flower Show offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendents of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893…

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Spring Flower Show at Garfield Park Conservatory

[ January 25, 2011 to January 31, 2011. February 1, 2011 to February 28, 2011. March 1, 2011 to March 31, 2011. April 1, 2011 to May 8, 2011. ] .
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue – Chicago, IL

Put some spring in your step starting in January! Come view the Spring Flower Show to enjoy gorgeous flowers long before they are blooming naturally…

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

[ January 12, 2012; January 19, 2012; January 26, 2012; February 2, 2012; February 9, 2012; ] .
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive – Chicago, IL
**Donations suggested

Offering the public much more than dioramas and taxidermied animals, the permanent exhibitions include a Butterfly Haven, an interactive…

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Chicago Fed’s Money Museum

[ January 9, 2012 to January 13, 2012. January 16, 2012 to January 20, 2012. January 23, 2012 to January 27, 2012. January 30, 2012 to February 3, 2012. February 6, 2012 to February 10, 2012. ] .
Money Museum
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 South LaSalle Street – Chicago, IL

Visit the Money Museum and view the exhibits including a history of the Federal Reserve, the Million Dollar Cube, the Million Dollar Suitcase, and get a FREE BAG OF MONEY!!!

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FREE EVERYDAY: Public Galleries

[ January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2012. February 1, 2012 to February 29, 2012. March 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012. April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012. ] .
Chicago public galleries that are free and open to the public every day of the year, including…

ArchiCenter
Center for Book & Paper Arts Gallery
City Gallery
Illinois State Museum: Chicago Gallery
- see post for more details…

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FREE EVERYDAY: Zoos, Gardens, Parks, and Conservatories

[ January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2012. February 1, 2012 to February 29, 2012. March 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012. April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012. ] .
Chicago zoos, gardens, parks, and conservatories that are free and open to the public every day of the year, including…

Chicago Botanic Garden
Garfield Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Lincoln Park Zoo
Millennium Park
Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
- see post for more details…

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International Museum of Surgical Science

[ January 10, 2012; January 17, 2012; January 24, 2012; January 31, 2012; February 7, 2012; ] .
International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 North Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL

The Museum’s four floors are filled with extraordinary medical artifacts, as well as paintings and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations…

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Glessner House Museum

[ January 11, 2012; 1:00 pm; January 18, 2012; 1:00 pm; January 25, 2012; 1:00 pm; February 1, 2012; 1:00 pm; February 8, 2012; 1:00 pm; ] .
Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue – Chicago, IL

Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark that offers guided tours, lectures, and other special programs to interpret the themes of art, architecture, and…

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Clarke House Museum

[ January 11, 2012; 12:00 pm; January 18, 2012; 12:00 pm; January 25, 2012; 12:00 pm; February 1, 2012; 12:00 pm; February 8, 2012; 12:00 pm; ] .
Clarke House Museum
1827 South Indiana Avenue – Chicago, IL

Built in 1836 for Henry B. Clarke, the Clarke House Museum is Chicago’s oldest surviving building. The house shows what life was like for…

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Shedd Aquarium: Community Discount Days

[ February 28, 2011; June 12, 2011 to June 16, 2011. September 12, 2011 to September 13, 2011. September 19, 2011 to September 20, 2011. September 26, 2011 to September 27, 2011. ] .
John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL

At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. On our Community Discount Days, general admission is free. Includes the…

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Museum of Science and Industry

[ February 14, 2011 to February 15, 2011. February 22, 2011; June 1, 2011 to June 2, 2011. June 6, 2011 to June 9, 2011. September 6, 2011 to September 9, 2011. September 12, 2011 to September 16, 2011. ] .
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, one of the largest science museums in the world, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits designed to…

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Art Institute of Chicago: FREE Winter Weekdays

[ January 9, 2012 to January 13, 2012. January 16, 2012 to January 20, 2012. January 23, 2012 to January 27, 2012. January 30, 2012 to February 3, 2012. February 6, 2012 to February 10, 2012. ] .
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL

Illinois residents enjoy free admission to the famed Art Institute of Chicago all day long, every weekday (Mon-Fri) from January 2nd to February 10th…

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Millennium Park Greeter Tour @ 1:00p

[ June 1, 2011 1:00 pm to June 5, 2011 1:00 pm. June 6, 2011 1:00 pm to June 12, 2011 1:00 pm. June 13, 2011 1:00 pm to June 19, 2011 1:00 pm. June 20, 2011 1:00 pm to June 26, 2011 1:00 pm. June 27, 2011 1:00 pm to July 3, 2011 1:00 pm. ] .
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street – Chicago, IL

A delightful introduction to the park’s development, art and architecture! Enjoy a free, afternoon walking tour of Chicago’s 24.5-acre, award-winning Millennium Park with a Millennium Park Greeter…

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Millennium Park Greeter Tour @ 11:30a

[ June 1, 2011 11:30 am to June 5, 2011 11:30 am. June 6, 2011 11:30 am to June 12, 2011 11:30 am. June 13, 2011 11:30 am to June 19, 2011 11:30 am. June 20, 2011 11:30 am to June 26, 2011 11:30 am. June 27, 2011 11:30 am to July 3, 2011 11:30 am. ] .
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street – Chicago, IL

A delightful introduction to the park’s development, art and architecture! Enjoy a free, late-morning walking tour of Chicago’s 24.5-acre, award-winning Millennium Park with a Millennium Park Greeter…

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Lurie Garden Guided Walks

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Lurie Garden
Millennium Park
55 North Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL

Learn more about the Lurie Garden during free 20-minute guided walks with University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. Discover…

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2nd Fridays Gallery Walk Night: Featuring 35+ Participating Galleries

[ January 13, 2012; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. February 10, 2012; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. March 9, 2012; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. April 13, 2012; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ] .
Chicago Arts District Information Center
1821 South Halsted Street – Chicago, IL

The Chicago Arts District hosts “2nd FRIDAYS Gallery Night”, the monthly opening receptions at the galleries and artists’ studios centered around South Halsted and 18th Streets in…

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Museum of Contemporary Art

[ January 10, 2012; January 17, 2012; January 24, 2012; January 31, 2012; February 7, 2012; ] .
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue – Chicago, IL

One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since…

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FREE EVERYDAY: Museums, Cultural Centers, and Specialty Libraries

[ January 1, 2012 to January 31, 2012. February 1, 2012 to February 29, 2012. March 1, 2012 to March 31, 2012. April 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012. ] .
Chicago museums, cultural centers, and libraries that are free and open to the public every day of the year, including…

Chicago Center for Green Technology
Chicago Cultural Center
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Photography
National Museum of Mexican Art
The Newberry Library
Oriental Institute Museum
The Renaissance Society
Smart Museum of Art
Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
- see post for more details…

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DuSable Museum of African American History

[ January 15, 2012; January 22, 2012; January 29, 2012; February 5, 2012; February 12, 2012; ] .
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place – Chicago, IL
***Sundays FREE to the public
***Schooldays FREE to all Chicago Public School (CPS) K-12 students

The first and oldest institution of its kind in the country, has been dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation and dissemination of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent for…

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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

[ January 13, 2012; January 20, 2012; January 27, 2012; February 3, 2012; February 10, 2012; ] .
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
Wilder Park
220 Cottage Hill – Elmhurst, IL

The Lizzadro Museum displays gemstone treasures created by ancient craftsmen as well as by contemporary artists. The building itself is a gem, designed to…

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Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration

[ April 12, 2011; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. May 10, 2011; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. June 14, 2011; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. July 12, 2011; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] .
Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration
Swedish American Museum Center
5211 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL

The Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration is an interactive, hands-on museum for children ages 3-12. The museum has a Swedish focus; however, the story…

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Swedish American Museum Center

[ April 12, 2011; May 10, 2011; June 14, 2011; July 12, 2011; ] .
Swedish American Museum Center
5211 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL

The Museum hosts many programs that include special exhibits, Swedish language classes, crafts, genealogy classes, folk dancing, concerts, lectures, films, and the interactive Children’s…

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Chicago History Museum: Illinois Resident Discount Days

[ January 16, 2012; February 5, 2012 to February 29, 2012. ] .
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street – Chicago, IL

If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop. It showcases millions of authentic…

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InstaGreeter: Downtown Tour

[ April 22, 2011 to April 24, 2011. April 29, 2011 to May 1, 2011. May 6, 2011 to May 8, 2011. May 13, 2011 to May 15, 2011. May 20, 2011 to May 22, 2011. ] .
InstaGreeter Booth @ Visitor Information Center
Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street – Chicago, IL

A free one hour tour of downtown Chicago; perfect for visitors with free time or those unable to pre-register with Chicago Greeter. This free, on-the-spot Chicago Greeter service…

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Chicago Greeter Program: FREE tour

[ April 18, 2011 to April 22, 2011. April 25, 2011 to April 29, 2011. May 2, 2011 to May 6, 2011. May 9, 2011 to May 13, 2011. May 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011. ] .
Visitor Information Center @ Chicago Cultural Center
77 East Randolph Street – Chicago, IL
Advance Registration REQUIRED

Chicago Greeter is a free tour service provided by the Chicago Office of Tourism that matches visitors with enthusiastic, city-knowledgeable residents. These…

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Field Museum

[ March 14, 2011; April 11, 2011; May 9, 2011; June 7, 2011; June 13, 2011; ] .
The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive – Chicago, IL

The Field Museum showcases a variety of biological and anthropological collections exhibited in programs such as Real Pirates, The Aztec World, Man-Eaters of Tsavo, Un…

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