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- Watch 1917
This Friday (January 10) 1917 is released to theatres. 1917 follows the story of two World War I Lance Corporals, Blake and Schofield, who were given impossible orders to deliver a message that could possibly save 1,600 Allied men including Blake’s brother. Although not based on a true story, this story is inspired by director Sam Mendes’s grandfather, who served as message bearer during World War I. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNYrYUiMfg.
- Watch Just Mercy
Who protects those who cannot protect themselves? Just Mercy released on Friday (January 10) and retells the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who represented Walter McMillian, an innocent African American man sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78.
- Visit the Shedd Aquarium
Enjoy all the Shedd Aquarium has to offer this Thursday through Monday (January 16-20) for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. Admission includes everything except for the new VR Experience or the 4D Experience. Make sure you get your free Aquatic Presentation (aka dolphin show) tickets right away since they get reserved quickly. To get those tickets just look for the machines at the bottom of the green stairs. The best three exhibits to visit are Stingray Touch, Underwater Beauty, and the Wild Reef. If you have more time, I recommend seeing the original galleries and the underwater viewing. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Shedd. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. For more information on Shedd’s free days, visit https://www.sheddaquarium.org/plan-a-visit/Illinois-Resident-Free-Days/. To learn more about visiting the Shedd Aquarium, visit https://www.sheddaquarium.org/.
- Visit the Field Museum
You can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (January 15). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. Although general admission is covered, tickets for additional special exhibits such as Extreme Bugs can be purchased on site. For parking and public transportation information see the information on visiting the Shedd Aquarium, which is right next door. Learn more about the Field’s Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.
- Visit the Museum of Science and Industry
This Monday through Thursday (January 13-16) the Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission to Illinois residents. Just make sure that you have your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard). Your free ticket will include general admission. Some key exhibits are Science Storms, Farm Tech, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and U505 Submarine. Make sure you go to Numbers in Nature, an exhibit based on the patterns found in nature. This is a free exhibit, but make sure to get your free timed ticket. If that isn’t enough to do, additional attractions can be purchased including the Coal Mine tour, guided tour of the U505 Sub, WOW! Tour (a one hour behind the scenes tour), and the FabLab workshops (an innovative space with 3D printers and other fabrication tools). Parking will cost $22, so make sure your car is full or use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_DM_REQUEST?itdLPxx_template=odvbox for public transportation. To learn more about MSI free days, go to https://www.msichicago.org/visit/ticket-prices/offers-and-discounts/illinois-free-days/. To get more information on the Museum, visit https://www.msichicago.org/.