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More Free Admission to Local Museums

I didn’t intend to have free admission to local museums be a running theme this week but I keep running across ways you can experience art and culture in your neighborhood (and not just Chicago).

Many of you know that Target sponsors a number of free or reduced ticket price days at arts institutions around the country. In Chicago, Target provides the opportunity to do everything from visit the Children’s Museum (Free First Mondays) to experience the Lookinglass Theater with two for one tickets for Saturday matinees. For a list of what Target sponsors across the country, just click here.

Did you know, though, that Bank of America has a similar program called Museums on Us? On the first full weekend of the month (the next one being July 4-5), just show your Bank of America card and a picture ID and enjoy the participating museums for free! Again, this program is across the country so not only can everyone reading this take advantage of it, but also remember this tip for your next weekend getaway! For a list of participating museums, just click here.

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More Weekend Fun

Summer in Chicago doesn’t officially start for a few weeks but the first of the summer festivals takes place this weekend – Mayfest. Personally, I’m not a fan of Mayfest but if you have a jonesing for a fest, then there you go!

Tomorrow (Friday) there are two really fun events. The first, Manifest, takes place downtown (kick off is at 640 S. Wabash and the fest extends south on Wabash to Congress) and celebrates the fantastic local Columbia College artists. Check out visual artworks, see performances and don’t miss “the next big thing” on the music stage. For a map, click here.

Jeff & I are hitting the second Friday event – The Goose Island Summertime Shuffle. The pub crawl begins at 6PM at The Globe Pub on Irving Park and continues throughout Lincoln Square. We figure it’s a good way to check out the places in our own backyard. Join us!

If you’re feeling more sporty or you need to recover from Manifest or the Summertime Shuffle, then hit the Self Magazine Workout in the Park (Butler Field in Grant Park) and get your booty kicked by Jillian from “The Biggest Loser.” Tickets are $15 but you do get 4 hours of working out (if you’re up for it – me, not so much) and a year-long subscription to Self magazine.

Finally, and I’m personally very excited about this one, the Modern Wing at the Art Institute opens on Saturday. From the outside, the building is beautiful and I can’t wait to see the interior. Plus, this whole week admission (regularly $18) is FREE!!!! Don’t miss this one!!! Oh, and bring a can or two of food – the Art Institute is holding a food drive in conjunction with the opening.

And PLEASE send me some outdoor dining suggestions! Thanks to those who have sent/posted and I’m waiting to hear from more of you!!!