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  • World Music Festival


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 a music from a multitude of different cultures, such as Classical Indian, Latin, Chinese, and Irish music. The festival starts on Friday September 13thand runs until Sunday September 29th. For a full schedule containing a times, locations, and performances, visit 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


  • Watch Scooby-Doo: Where are You?

Jinkies! Has that much time really passed? On Friday September 13 Scooby-Doo: Where are You?turns 50 years old, so celebrate the anniversary of Scooby and the Mystery Gang as they solve every problem that gets thrown at them. Try your hand at some Scooby-Doo trivia- Ruh-Roh Raggy! Do you think that quiz was too hard? I’m sure you could have solved it- if it weren’t for those meddling kids. Whether you completed the trivia or not, it looks like you will have a mystery on hands when you watch Scooby-Doo: Where are You?on Boomerang, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, or Amazon Prime.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

School permitting, enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Friday (September 13) and next Thursday and Friday (September 19-20) for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. 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 Make sure you fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is close the Alder. 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 more information on Adler’s free days, visit To learn more about the Adler’s exhibits, go to


  • 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 16-18) 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. See the information on visiting the Adler Planetarium for specifics since the Adler and Shedd are both on the Museum Campus. For more information on Shedd Free Days, go to To learn more about visiting to the Shedd Aquarium, visit

  • Visit the Field Museum

If you don’t have class, you can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (September 18). 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 more about the Field by visiting