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/.

 

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 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!

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 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!