Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Watch Dolittle

You’ve seen Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, and Charlie Chaplin, but now you can see him as Dr. Doolittle in Dolittle. Dr. Dolittle is an eccentric who lives alone in a mansion surrounded by a wall. His only companions are his animals, with whom he can talk to. When Queen Victoria becomes sick, Doolittle is forced to go on an adventure to a mysterious island to help. Including the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Ralph Fiennes, John Cena, Octavia Spencer, Michael Sheen, and Tom Holland, this film is sure to be a lot of fun. Watch the trailer here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEf412bSPLs.

  • Visit the Shedd Aquarium

Enjoy all the Shedd Aquarium has to offer this Friday through Monday (January 17-20) 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 Monday and Wednesday (January 20 and 22). 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 Adler Planetarium

Enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Monday through Wednesday (January 20-22) and for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. Free admission includes everything included in general admission. For parking and travel information, use the resources on how to get to the Shedd Aquarium, which is next door to the Adler. For more information on Adler’s free days, visit https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-special-offers/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGy5haalAdyiyI-LZ1zGbW423TgZMK9S3zhJ7eF7yxU2Tat-Q0DE6isaAmoKEALw_wcB. To learn more about the Adler’s exhibits, go to https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Monday through Thursday (January 20-23) 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/.