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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/.

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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.