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1) World Music Festival

The World Music Festival, which started on September 13th, continues through this week. Explore the differences and similarities of music from all around the world with the World Music Festival. Located in various spaces throughout the City of Chicago, the World Music Festival allows attendees to experience music from a multitude of different cultures, such as Classical Indian, Latin, Chinese, and Irish music. The festival runs until Sunday September 29th, so there is still time to catch a concert or two. For a full schedule containing all times, locations, and performances, visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/world_music_festival2.html. A few performances require a ticket and several are for people 21 years of age or older, so look for both of those notes on the schedule. Parking throughout the city may be difficult, so consider taking public transportation. For assistance mapping your route, go to https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?.

2) Visit the World Dumpling Fest

Spend your day a Polk Bros Park, Navy Pier and eat some delectable dumplings at the World Dumpling Fest this Sunday (September 29). This free event starts and noon and runs until 7 pm where there will be live music throughout the entire event. If an attendee wants to eat some dumplings they will have to purchase a ticket that costs $12-20 depending on how many dumplings they want. You can get your tickets at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18443. For more information on World Dumpling Fest, go to https://www.chicagoculturalalliance.org/alliance-programs/world-dumpling-fest/.

3) Visit the Shedd Aquarium

As long as it doesn’t interfere with classes, enjoy all the Shedd Aquarium has to offer this Monday through Wednesday (September 30- October 2) 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 more, but those exhibits are the highlights. 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/.

4) Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (October 2). 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/.

5) Watch Mean Girls

Get in loser. We’re going shopping! October 3rd is coming up and, you know what means. It’s time to watch Mean Girls. The limit does not exist when it comes to how much fun you can have watching this classic teenage drama. Follow homeschooler Cadie Heron (Lindsey Lohan) as she navigates the treacherous waves of public high school. In order to survive the brutality, Cadie allies herself with the school’s biggest queen bees, the Plastics, led by the manipulative Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Mean Girls can be found on YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, and HBO. You could also listen to the 2018 Broadway musical of the same name. It’ll be fetch! *Stop trying to make fetch happen!*