Go See the Fish!

In my two years away from Chicago, I forgot how Chicago embraces providing free entertainment to its residents. I know when we were in California, I missed festivals and just strolling through a street filled with entertainment (granted, we did find a few fests in San Diego and I did have a ball at San Clemente’s Fiesta). But now that we’re back in Chicago, I’m embracing all of the free entertainment around us! Yesterday, Jeff and I spent the day at the Chicago Blues Festival. If you haven’t heard Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, go listen to them in iTunes right now! They were fantastic! Oh, and the people watching was some of the best ever – now that’s free entertainment!

I have told you about free weeks at The Art Institute, The Adler Planetarium and this week The Shedd Aquarium is free! Jeff loves the Shedd so I think we’re heading for a visit later this week. The Shedd’s free week gives you access to all of the aquarium galleries. For the full experience (and to see the all new Ocenarium), you can buy a discounted all access pass for $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids (you can order tickets from the Web site). The Shedd’s free week runs June 14-19.

Yes, I have been posting about free activities in Chicago. But, most cities have them. The Bowers Museum in California (or as some of you know it, Crazytown), is free the first Sunday of the month (or at least it was when I was there), the San Diego Zoo is free on the first Monday in October, and many of the museums in Balboa Park in San Diego are free on different Tuesdays of the month. The point here is that no matter where you live, most cultural institutions offer a free day or a free week. Check out some Web sites or subscribe to some email lists. Some of those email newsletters have coupons or promo codes in them, too!

So, this week, enjoy the Shedd or whatever institution has a free day or a free week this week!

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