Summer (and the thermometer) are winding down, school is starting up, and here you are: wondering what the heck to do this week? Never fear, there are dozens of cheap FREE things to do around town. Listed below are some of the events happening this week, so be sure to get in on the fun while you can.
Sunday, August 30
Chicago lives for music and this weekend you can get your Merengue on at Viva Chicago Latin Music Festival in Grant Park. Dance your cares away from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at this annual celebration of Latin grooves.
Monday, August 31
Bike those Monday blues away! The weather is clear and crisp and Chicago is calling you. Take a long, leisurely bike ride along the scenic Lakefront Trail. Maps of the 18-mile trail are available on the Chicago Park District website, and can help you plan your trip to include tennis, golf and even a little stargazing.
Tuesday, September 1
Who knew Dendritic Spine Growth could be so beautiful? And, um… who even knows what that is?! The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMISS) is holding an exhibition, Redefining the Medical Artist, which is certain to get your synapses firing. Displayed in the exhibition are mind-blowing anatomically correct illustrations done by UIC’s Biomedical Visualization graduate program. Truly a must-see, and mad props to Time Out Chicago for giving the heads up on this one. IMISS is always free on Tuesdays.
Wednesday, September 2
Looking to expand your horizons? As part of its summer screenings, the Chicago Cultural Center will show The Other El Otro, a film that explores the limitless possibilities a new identity can provide. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and begins at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 3
Say hello to Sue at the Field Museum, which is free on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Shell out a few extra clams and you can upgrade that freebie to include the Real Pirates exhibit. Now go out there and buckle those swashes!
Friday, September 4
Empower the political poet in you at the University of Chicago’s lecture, “A City Out of Thin Air: Politics, Place, Poetry.” Steve Schroeder will discuss poetry’s influence on and criticism of politics as part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Brainstorm: Talking About Culture in the City series. The lecture will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center.
Saturday, September 5
Happy Saturday! Why not take your bar-hopping up north to Andersonville? Enjoy some Swedish (or Turkish, or Moroccan, or Algerian, or…) noms, sample some of the best mussels and Belgian ale in the city, and… what? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Well then, join the scavenger hunt and figure it out! You could even win a prize!