Weekend

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!

  • Eat some pizza

Enjoy some pizza on Sunday (January 9) on National Pizza Day, so eat some pizza. To get more in the spirit of pizza, here are some pizza facts.

  • 36% of people prefer pepperoni (and it’s the most popular topping)
  • 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US annually
  • More pizzas are sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year
  • 17% of restaurants sell pizza
  • Americans consume over 23 LBS of pizza per year

 

  • Send a card to a friend

On Friday (February 7) celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day by mailing a card to someone you care for. It might be quaint, but it’ll mean a lot to your friends.

  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free the entire month of February. 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/.

  • Wear red

As a symbol of support for women’s heart health, wear red on Friday (Feburary 7). Heart disease is the leading comes of death for women in the United States. To learn more about heart health specifically in women, visit https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Monday through Thursday (February 10-13) 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/.

 

Weekend

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!

  • 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/.

Weekend

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/.

Weekend

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/.

Weekend

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/.