Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Pop some bubble wrap

The last Monday in January (January 27) is always Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and there is only one way to celebrate bubble wrap- by popping it. Do some online shopping and get some bubble wrap. So let the popping begin.

  • Go Ice Skating

Celebrate winter by ice skating at Millennium Park at the outdoor ice skating rinks. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a traditional oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $15 on Friday- Sunday and $13 on Monday- Thursday but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge, just make sure that you pick up a free admission wristband. Lockers can also be rented on-site for $1 (must be in quarters). Learn more by going to https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park10.html.

  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (January 29). 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. 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 Field. 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. 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 Chicago Art Institute  

On Sunday (January 26) Andy Warhol- From A to B and Back Again, an exhibit focused on Warhol’s work will close at the Chicago Art Institute. See this major retrospective of Warhol before it leaves Chicago. This exhibit contains over 400 of Warhol’s works in an attempt to learn more about this pop art phenomenon. Four of the works include Warhol’s experiment with cinema, which is rarely exhibited in art museums. Admission is to the Art Institute is free every Thursday afternoons from 5-8 pm, but the Warhol exhibit closes before the next free day. Admission for students is $19 per person, but Illinois residents can get in for $16 (just bring your state ID or TigerCard). Learn more about purchasing tickets at https://www.artic.edu/visit. To learn more about Andy Warhol- From A to B and Back Again, visit https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2937/andy-warhol-from-a-to-b-and-back-again. The Art Institute also includes remarkable work from other artists. Some highlights to see are Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, American Gothic by Grant Wood, The Bedroom by Vincent Van Gogh, The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, and much more. For a full list, visit https://www.artic.edu/collection. For Parking and travel information, go to https://www.artic.edu/visit/directions-and-parking.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Monday through Thursday (January 27-30) 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/.