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Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • 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/.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • 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/.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Enjoy Amazing Pollinators at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Amazing Pollinators, an exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614), explores the amazing animals which pollinate the earth. To learn more about Amazing Pollinators, go to https://naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/amazing-pollinators. Tickets can be purchased for $7 for students (make sure you bring your TigerCard or other student ID). Learn more about the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at https://naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/amazing-pollinators.

  • Visit Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday now through Feburary 29, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

Enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Tuesday through Thursday (January 7-9) 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. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking. To learn about your parking options, check out this page http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/rates.php. Make sure you fill your car up to help divide the price, or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is close to the Adler. From the station you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. 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 Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (January 8). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking and public transportation information see the information on visiting the Adler Planetarium. Learn more about 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 Wednesday (January 8) 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/.

 

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Enjoy the New Year’s Eve Blast

The New Year’s Eve Blast is a mile-long choreographed fireworks display on the Chicago River. At the stroke of midnight, the hour-long show will begin. There are several different downtown locations to view the Blast, which can be found at https://nyeblast.com/. Remember to be early to get a good view. To learn more about the New Year’s Eve Blast, visit https://nyeblast.com/.

  • Binge your favorite show

Enjoy the copious amounts of time that break brings by binging your favorite show or watch some favorite movies. Whether you are with friends and family or own your own, embrace the change to hang out and do nothing for a few days.

  • Play cards

Grab some friends and family and celebrate Card Playing Day (Saturday 28th), a day dedicated to card games. Play some classic games like Rummy, Speed, or Spoons or try a lesser-known ones which can be found with instructions on how to play at https://playingcarddecks.com/blogs/all-in/40-great-card-games-for-all-occasions.

  • Learn a new skill

Try something new! Turn to YouTube, Capterra, or Khan Academy for some free tutorials. Maybe you have wanted to learn a new skill for a while but haven’t had the time. Now you can use the free time that break provides to learn that new thing.

  • Have a Happy New Year!

This Tuesday (December 31st) is New Year’s Eve, so usher in the New Year with your friends and family.  Set those resolutions, watch New Year’s Eve Celebrations on TV, or just goof around with friends until midnight. Try mixing up how you celebrate by learning about how other cultures bring in the new year by visiting https://worldstrides.com/blog/2016/12/9-new-years-traditions-cultures-around-world/ or celebrate at home in a new and different way by going to https://fustany.com/en/lifestyle/living/24-fun-ideas-to-celebrate-new-years-eve-at-home. From the spark family to yours, Happy New Year!

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Star Wars saga continues Friday (December 20th) with The Rise of Skywalker. Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron unite once again to take down the First Order once and for all. Watch the conclusion to the Star Wars story which started over forty years ago.

Watch Cats
On Friday (December 10th), Cats hits theatres. This is a modern recreation of the 1981 musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber using high tech motion capture techniques. Watch as the cats try to reach the Heaviside Layer to receive a new life featuring the talent of Idris Alba, Jennifer Hudson, James Cordon, Rebel Wilson, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, and Jason Derulo.

Watch The Brady Bunch
The beloved TV show, The Brady Bunch, turns fifty this Thursday (December 26th). Enjoy the classic show and celebrate its birthday by watching some of the most popular episodes like Her Sister’s Shadow, Greg’s Triangle, and My Fair Opponent. For a list of the best (and worst) episodes, go to https://episode.ninja/series/the-brady-bunch. The Brady Bunch can be viewed on Hulu and CBS All Access and can be rented on Amazon Prime.

Watch Galaxy Quest
On December 25, 1999, the sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest was released. This Christmas the movie turns 20 years old. Relive the fun by watching as the cast of the TV show Galaxy Quest, a Star Trek-like show, accidentally gets caught up in a real-life intergalactic war when an alien race believes the Galaxy Quest TV show is a historical documentary. Suddenly these actors (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell) are forced to become their characters or die! Galaxy Quest can be rented on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play.

Have a Merry Christmas
This Wednesday is Christmas, so get whoever you call family together and celebrate the birth of Christ. From the Spark Family to yours, Merry Christmas!

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

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  • Celebrate Saint Lucia Day with the Festival of Lights

Saint Lucia Day is a tradition Swedish celebration of the life a Saint Lucia (Saint Lucy), one of the earliest Christian martyrs. According to Swedish tradition, the oldest female child would wake up hours before sunrise to prepare breakfast for her family. As the sun rises, she would come out with a wreath filled with candles on her head as all of the other girls in the household followed behind serving the breakfast. This was done to celebrate the hope of Christ entering a dark world. Although the means of festivity have changed, the holiday is still celebrated today. You can join in the festivities this Friday (December 13) at the Swedish American Museum (5211 N Clark Street) at 4:45-7pm. To learn more about this cultural event, go to http://www.andersonville.org/events-2/st-lucia-festival-of-lights/. To learn more about Saint Lucia’s life and the day dedicated to her, visit https://www.britannica.com/topic/St-Lucias-Day.

  • Sing Christmas carols by the Bean

If you enjoy Christmas caroling, take it to a whole new level this holiday season. Every Friday now until December 20 at 6 pm, join the City of Chicago as it carols in front of the Cloud Gate (aka The Bean) in Millennium Park (201 E Randolph St). Each week will be led by a Chicagoland choir. December 13 will be led by the Chicago Children’s Choir, and December 20 will be led by the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Don’t worry if you do not know the words, songsbooks will be distributed on site. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/caroling_at_cloudgate.html. Before or after caroling, you can also visit the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, located directly west of the Bean. Skating on the rink is free to anyone who owns skates, but requires an admission wristband. For those who do not own skates, rentals can be used for $13 Monday- Thursday and $15 Friday- Sunday. Weather permitting, the rink is open from noon- 8pm Monday- Thursday, noon- 10 pm on Friday, and 10 am- 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Go to, https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park10.html for more information on skating at Millennium Park.

  • Visit the Christkindlmarket

Since 1996, Chicago has celebrated German culture with the Christkidlmarket. Located in the Daley Plaza (50 W Washington St), the market has become a tradition for Chicagoians and visitors alike. Admission is free, so feel welcome to explore the countless tents and stands. Purchase hot chocolate, traditional German foods, handmade crafts, and other souvenirs or enjoy the festive environment by listening to live music or watching other live events. Christkindlmarket is open from 11 am- 8 pm Sunday- Thursday and 11 am- 9 pm Friday and Saturday. On Christmas Eve (December 24), the Christkindlmarket will be open from 11 am- 4 pm. Go to http://www.christkindlmarket.com/chicago/ to learn more about this heartwarming  Chicagoland tradition.

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • Watch Jumanji: The Next Level

Jumanji is back to theatres this Friday (December 13), and the stakes are higher than ever before. After their daring escape from the game in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Martha, Fridge, and Bethany are forced to reenter in order to rescue Spencer. Based on the original Jumanji (1995) movie, this film will explore deeper lore within the game all well providing face paced adventure. Starring the talent of Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, this movie is one you don’t want to miss.

 

 

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends are helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Watch The Little Mermaid

The Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, turns 30 this Sunday November 17th. Gather some friends and go Fathoms Below to enjoy the heartwarming tail (pun intended) of a mermaid who feels that she does not belong Under the Sea. Don’t be a Poor Unfortunate Soul and miss out on letting the anniversary of this beloved film becoming Part of Your World. The Little Mermaid can be purchased on Google Play, Amazon Video, and Vudu and can be streamed on Disney+. You can also enjoy the classic film in a new way with The Little Mermaid Live! which can be viewed on Disney+.

  • Watch Ford v Ferrari

If you love fast cars and racing, then you will not want to miss Ford v Ferrari, which begins showing in theatres this Friday, November 15th. Based off of the true story of automotive designer Carrol Shelby (Matt Damon) and racecar driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), Ford v Ferrari follows this duo journey as they try to make and race the ultimate Ford motor that can beat the engine of a Ferrari. As Shelby and Miles try to change the world of automobiles forever, they are faced with prejudice and difficulty. Watch the trailer here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3h9Z89U9ZA.

  • Watch Charlie’s Angels

Watch a modern take on the iconic franchise this weekend starting on Friday, November 15th. This remake features all the same characters you know and love but with a twist. Featuring music by Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey and acting from Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Elizabeth banks, and Patrick Stewart, the film is set to have tons of stardom featured in it. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSUq4VfWfjE.

  • Participate in America Recycles Day

Although America Recycles Day has been celebrated since 1997, it officially became a nationally recognized day on November 15, 2004 when President George W. Bush proclaimed every November 15th America Recycles Day. Show the earth how much you love it by taking care of it. This Friday, make sure you recycle and consider buying recycled goods. If you are wondering why recycling is so important, visit https://www.recyclenow.com/recycling-knowledge/why-recycle. If you participate in America Recycles Day, share it with us on Instagram and Facebook @spark897hd3 and use #sparkrecycles.

  • Have a Teddy Bear Party

It might seem odd, but there is in fact a day to have a part with your teddy bear. Have a Party with Your Bear Day falls on November 16th every year and is easy to celebrate. Just grab a teddy bear and some friends and your ready to go. Make the event even more fun with balloons and banners and whatever party stuff you can find. It might be quirky, but it can be fun to let loose and through a teddy bear party.

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Spark Welcome to Weekends

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  • Watch Midway

The Battle of Midway was an influential one during World War II. See the daring battle unfold starting November 8 by seeing Midway in theaters. Focusing on the risky roles of dive bombers, Midway is not only historically accurate but is also a fun and daring ride. With stars like Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, and Darren Criss, Midway is expected to be a heart pounding drama. Watch the trailer at https://www.veteranaid.org/blog/meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-veterans-day/.

  • Honor Veterans Day

Thank the brave men and women who bravely serve our country. One way you can do this is by participating in the Nation To-Minutes of Silence. Since 2016 this has been an official national event. Central Standard Time’s moment begins at 1:11 pm on November 11. (If you live in a different time zone, go to https://www.facebook.com/VetsDaySilence/ for more information.) Take advantage of this moment to pay respects to those in the military. For more information on ways to celebrate Veterans Day, visit https://www.veteranaid.org/blog/meaningful-ways-to-celebrate-veterans-day/.

  • Watch Playing with Fire

It isn’t easy to fight fires, but it is even harder to take care of children. Playing with Fire is a comedy starring John Cena that features an elite firefighting squad who rescue three siblings. Through a crazy scenario the firefighters must babysit the children. Chaos ensures as the squad discover that watching children is more unpredictable that putting out fires. This film hits theaters on Friday November 8. Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xlSnB7NzwA.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

School permitting, enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Friday (November 8) and next Monday (November 11) 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. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking. To learn about your parking options, check out this page http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/rates.php. Make sure you fill your car up to help divide the price, or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is close the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. 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 Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (November 13). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking and public transportation information see the information on visiting the Adler Planetarium. Learn more about 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/.

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If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Read a book

November 2nd is Book Lovers’ Day. Pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read and join tons of bibliophiles on this special day. If you are looking for a title to read, go to https://www.whichbook.net/ to help you find your next read.

  • Visit Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier

Celebrate the end of the Halloween season this Saturday (November 2nd) at the Navy Pier. The Pier Pumpkin Lights allows you to explore Navy Pier in a fun and spooky way. Carve pumpkins, see scary lights and decorations, and wander Navy Pier. For more information, visit https://navypier.org/explore/programming-events/pier-pumpkin-lights/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwr-_tBRCMARIsAN413WQ4muGPVeC_j312epCt3ttnIsWfuKhfsWPkf0zMvszJ4uwxu7RPw5gaAm5zEALw_wcB.

 

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (November 6th). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking information visit https://soldierfieldparking.com/museum.php. 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 Illinois free days at the Field Museum by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

 

 

  • Watch The Incredibles

The beloved Pixar/Disney classic turns 15 on Tuesday November 5th. In 2004, families watched the heartwarming tale of a family of supers just trying to live a normal life. Join Bob Parr and his wife Helen, both retired superheroes, as they try to raise a family. Although superheroing is outlawed, Bob can’t seem to forget the glory days. Watch as his desire to return to spandex and underwear on the outside sucks Helen, and their kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack into a life and death adventure that eventually results in a battle to save the world from Syndrome. Relive the fun this week by watching the original and the sequel with friends and family.

 

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). Just make sure you don’t miss class. The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

Weekend

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  • Host a movie marathon

It’s getting colder outside, so why not find an excuse to stay indoors. This weekend pick a movie series (like the Avengers, Star Wars, the Terminator, etc.), a genre (like chick flicks, comedy, action, drama, horror, etc.), or an actor (Tom Hank, Tom Cruise, Keanu Reeves, etc.). Whatever you pick, just get some friends together, grab some popcorn, and have some fun.

  • Bolingbrook Fall Fest

Celebrate fall this weekend at the Bolingbrook Park District. This free festival is located at 200 S. Lindsey Ln and features activities throughout the day, including a climbing wall, archery range, canoeing, bingo, fireworks, live music, and more. Although the event is free, there will be several food vendors for attendees to purchase food. After 5 pm there are some restrictions on parking, so make sure you check where you park before you leave your car. For more information on the event, visit http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/trending/mark-your-calendars/fall-fest/.

  • Boo! at the Zoo

Get ready for Halloween with Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo. This Saturday and Sunday night. Although the event is mainly targeted to young children and families, young adults can find enjoyment in the festive atmosphere and by seeing the animals at Brookfield. This time of year is great for seeing animal behavior because it is not too hot or too cold outside. If you stay until dusk, try going to your favorite animals’ habitat. Sometimes animals are more active at this time, and you can have a better chance of seeing your animal pals moving around. If you have been considering going, this is the last week, so head over to Brookfield Zoo.

  • Visit the Brookfield Zoo

Every Tuesday and Thursday now through December, the Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission to Illinois Residents, so bring your Illinois state ID (or ONU TigerCard for students). Just make sure you don’t miss class. The highlights of Brookfield Zoo are the Great Bear Wilderness, Tropic World, Habitat Africa, Dolphins, and the Big Cat Walk. If you have time to see more try the Pachyderm House, the Australia House, and the Hoofstock Yard. If that still isn’t enough, additional tickets can be purchased for the Dolphin Show and Wild Encounters (there are different types of ticket packages so ask a cashier about it when you’re are there). Food is sold on site, but you can bring a pack lunch and save some money. There are two parking options- the North Lot and the South Lot, which both cost $14. The South Lot is much closer to the entrance, but it gets full fast and more difficult to get to. There are also public transportation options. For more information on travel via car and public transit, visit https://www.czs.org/Directions. To learn more about Brookfield Zoo, go to https://www.czs.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Home.aspx.

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (October 30th). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. For parking information visit https://soldierfieldparking.com/museum.php. 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 Illinois free days at the Field Museum by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.