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Welcome to Weekends #7

By Sarah Breinig

1) See Endgame

There has always been hype around Marvel movies, but none like this! See the culmination of the Decimation of Infinity War, discover what happened to Thanos, and watch as characters reunite for the first time since Civil War. But remember Thanos still demands your silence so no spoilers (https://www.cbr.com/thanos-demands-your-silence-in-star-studded-infinity-war-psa/).

2) Experiment with baking… and share

It is supposed to rain this weekend so why not make the most of your time indoors by doings some baking some cookies, brownies, or cupcakes (if you’re like me a can mess up boxed mac and cheese, feel free to substitute “baking” with “go to the store and get”). Rainy days are always so dark and dreary, so why not brighten someone’s day by sharing some of those treats with others? This is a fun (and tasty) way to connect with others and is an easy way to put a smile on someone’s face. If you want to connect with friends even more, why don’t you do the baking together?

3) Visit the Oriental Institute

Hosted by the University of Chicago, the Oriental Institute is a museum focused on the Ancient World. Although history may not be your thing, this is a extremely well curated museum, and is design for everyone to enjoy. Located at 1155 East 58th Street in Chiago, the Oriental Institute is easy to get to. There is no admission fee but there is a recommended donation of $10 per person. For more information go to https://oi.uchicago.edu/.

4) Read this list

Did you know that Tug of War used to be an Olymic Sport? I bet you didn’t know that G-Mail and gmail are two different things and scientists reading original copies of Marie Curie’s notebooks have to sign a disclaimer because of their radioactivity. If you’re into other random fact like that, check this out http://mentalfloss.com/article/55443/101-amazing-facts.

5) Visit the Jelly Belly Visitor Center

If you love jelly beans, you have to check out the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. It might be a bit of a journey, but it is totally possible to make this trip in one day. Tours are free and offered daily. Learn how jelly beans are made, how the Jelly Belly company was formed, and (most importantly) get free samples. For more details go to https://www.jellybelly.com/wisconsin-warehouse.

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Welcome to Weekends #6

By Sarah Breinig

1) Have a Happy Easter!

Celebrate the miracle of our Lord’s Resurrection with your family and friends! Maybe your headed to a million church services or just one. You might be trying to visit every extended family member you know (and maybe some you don’t) or staying in for the day. Whatever you do, drive safe and remember what the holiday is really about.

2) Read a book

Since lots of places are closed for Easter Break, embrace the time at home. Try read a new best seller or classic that you’ve never got around to picking up. If you’re having trouble finding a book go to https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/entertainment/g22749180/best-books-for-teens/ for a starting point.

3) Dye Easter Eggs

Think you are too old to dye those kiddie Easter Eggs? Think again! You can take the egg decorating to a whole new level this year. Try tie-dyeing your eggs using a paper towel (https://www.marthastewart.com/1141024/tie-dye-easter-eggs), go old school by boiling your eggs with veggies (http://www.atastyadventure.com/onion-dyed-easter-eggs/), or decorate your eggs using a silk tie (https://ourbestbites.com/silk-dyed-eggs-aka-tie-dyed/). For even more unique ways to dye some Easter Eggs check out https://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/eggs/quick-and-easy-easter-egg-decorations/.

4) Host a White Elephant Egg Hunt

Have all of the attendees wrap a fun gag gift. Then give each of the gifts a number. Write those numbers down a scraps of paper and put them in plastic eggs. Have all of your friends and family hide the egg with their number in it (this ensures that no one accidentally gets their number). Finally let the hunt begin. Once everyone has an egg, begin seeing what numbers they got, start distributing the gifts, and let the fun ensue!

5) Do nothing

For most, this is your last break of the school year, so take a break. Enjoy doing nothing- just hang around with friends or family, be a homebody, or do whatever you need to decompress. A healthy break will help you finish the school year strong.

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Welcome to Weekends #5

By Sarah Breinig

1) Eat a grilled cheese sandwich

Today (Friday) is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, so eat a grilled cheese sandwich and live it up. Why not add some licorice to you meal? Today is also National Licorice Day, so snack on some!

2) Learn 10 phrases in another language

It is always a good idea to be familiar with other languages, so why not get started and try learning a few common phrases like “where is the bathroom?” or “my name is… what is your name?” Try discovering what your favorite color is or how to order your favorite meal. Pick a language and go for it!

3) Classic Movie Night

Grab some friends and stay inside this weekend and watch some old school movies. Check out these movies streaming on Netflix right now.
• West Side Story
• Jaws
• Raiders of the Lost Ark
• Pretty in Pink
• Heathers
• Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail
For more classics on Netflix go to https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/g25646011/best-classic-movies-on-netflix/.

4) U-Pull-It

Do you like fixing cars, but never know where to go for parts? Why not go to U-Pull-It? After paying a $2 admittance fee, you can walk through aisle after aisle of cars and pull and purchase the parts you want from them. Even if you are not into cars, this can be an interesting place to spend so time. Go to http://www.auroraupullit.com/ for more information.

5) Visit the Skydeck

Want to experience Chicago in a fun new way? Want to face fear right in the eye? If your answer was yes to either of these questions, visit the Chicago Skydeck on the Willis Tower (it is spelled “Willis,” but any Chicago native will tell you it is pronounced “Sears”). Located on the 103rd floor, the Skydecks are enclosed balconies with glass floors hanging off one of the world’s tallest buildings, giving visitors a view unlike any other. Although tickets cost $25, this is a unique way to experience Chicago. To order your tickets go to https://tickets.theskydeck.com/e-commerce/ItemList.aspx

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Welcome to Weekends #4

By Sarah Breinig

1) Visit the Field Museum

The Field Museum is offering free days April 5-7 for all Illinois residents. Make sure you bring a state ID. (ONU students- you can bring a piece of mail with your campus address, but it is not always accepted.) Make sure to check out Sue (the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever found), the Ancient Egypt exhibit, and the Hall of Gems. For more information on exhibits and the Field, go to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

2) See SHAZAM!

DC Comics’ newest film features Zachary Levi as the title character, a young boy who revives the superpowers of history’s strongest heroes and uses those gifts to fight crime on a hilarious adventure.

3) Go to the Chicago Riverwalk

As the weather is warming up, take a walk up and down the Riverwalk and see the stunning Chicago River. If walking is not your speed, rent a Divy Bike (https://www.divvybikes.com/) and bike the path instead. For more information and a map of the Riverwalk, visit https://www.chicagoriverwalk.us/.

4) Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory

If the weather is not quite warm enough for you to hang outside, enjoy nature in the indoors at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Visit the Tickled Pink gallery and see all of the other galleries alongside it. Visit https://garfieldconservatory.org/ for more information.

5) Attend a Concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy a nice convert at the CSO with student discount rates. To purchase tickets and see the concert lists, go to https://cso.org/ticketsandevents/student-tickets/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1pblBRDSARIsACfUG111vy8ChApJje0VJ4iAKAoizVhahUjPSBeFvuvj1BMUhvM3JGt8N1caAn8rEALw_wcB.

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Welcome to Weekends #3

By Sarah Breinig

1) Watch Unplanned

Get ready feel all the feels while watching this film as a former Planned Parenthood director begins to question the morality of abortion opening this Friday, March 29.

2) See Dumbo

Disney is doing another remake, this time with the beloved film Dumbo. Join Dumbo the elephant as he becomes the circus’ hit attraction as the world’s only flying elephant. Relive the classic film with a modern rendition.

3) Browse The Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities

Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities is an antique where you can find all sorts of interesting merchandise. Located at 1513 W. Foster Ave. Chicago, IL, Woolly Mammoth is great for anyone interested in looking at something different. For more information, visit https://www.woollymammothchicago.com/

4) Shopping at the Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s largest shopping district. Whether you are searching for shopping, dining, or some historical architecture, there is something for you to do. Featuring shops like Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, the Apple Store, and the Disney Store, no matter what your shopping taste is there is something for you. For more information on the Mag Mile, check out https://www.themagnificentmile.com/

5) Check out the Hull House

Visit the home turned museum of Jane Addams Hull, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. With a suggested donation of $5, learning about her amazing accomplishments in very affordable. To get the most out of the experience come at 1pm on Sundays for a free tour. For more information visit https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/

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Welcome to Weekends #2

By Sarah Breinig

1) Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo offers free admission to all visitors. Before that weather warms up, visit the Zoo and see how the animals act in colder weather. Often animals are more active in cooler weather and right now is a great time to see it.

2) See Five Feet Apart

The Film Five Feet Apart came out on March 15th. See the thrilling tale of two teens who must remain five feet away from each other due to illness begin to fall for each other.

3) Shopping at the Water Tower Place

Located at 835 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, visit Chicago’s Water Tower Place. This mall contains over 100 stores, including Macy’s, Hollister, and Aéropostale. There are also several dining options scattered through the eight story tall shopping center. For a full list of shopping and eating options visit https://www.shopwatertower.com/en.html to find out more.

4) The Chicago Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Last chance to visit the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanical Gardens closing on March 24. General admission to the gardens is free, but parking is $25 per car (make sure you ride up with friends and split the fee to save a few bucks). Tickets for the Orchid Show cost $10-$12 per person, but this is a ton to see in the gardens even if you do not go to the Orchid Show. For more information on the Orchid Show visit https://www.chicagobotanic.org/orchid. If you and one friend are going to the Orchid Show check out this deal on parking: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events/featured_events/orchid_show_two_pack_2019.

5) Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, better know as C2E2, is Chicagoland’s largest comic book convention. But do not be fooled, this event is not just for massive nerds, but nerds will also be right at home. C2E2 is just as much a pop culture convention as it is a comic book convention. To check out if this is for you visit https://www.c2e2.com/. Badges (which serve as tickets to all of the events) cost $55 at the door on Saturday March 23. If you purchase your badge before midnight on March 21 tickets will be discounted. For more information on badge pricing check out https://www.c2e2.com/Badges/Badge-Details/.

Weekend

Welcome To Weekends #1

By Sarah Breinig

1) Ice Skating at Millennium Park
This is your last chance to try out Millennium Park’s outdoor ice skating rinks, which both close on March 10. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a tradition 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 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge.

2) Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel hits the big screen this weekend. See how Marvel Comics newest heroine will punch holes in the sky in the final Marvel film before Endgame is released.

3) Window Shop Macy’s Department Store
Located at 111 N State St in the heart of downtown Chicago, this thirteen-story tall store will provide hours of entertainment. No matter what you are looking for, it’s there.

4) Go to Chicago and take the train
If you are unfamiliar with Chicago, try taking the L train through the heart of Chicago. Sitting in a train car, you can see many historical buildings, experience what it’s like to be a Chicagoan, and get where you need to go. Go to https://www.transitchicago.com/ for information regarding train/bus routes, arrival times, and fare rates.

5) Visit the Lake
Check out the lovely Lake Michigan in the colder weather. The beach will look completely different on a cold day than on a warm one. The choppy waves and deep blue color is perfect for getting great photos.