Cheap Thrills: August 24-29, 2009
Economy got you down? Think that low on funds = low on fun? Well, think again! Just because you’re saving your pennies doesn’t mean you have to suffer boredom. This week, there is something cheap FREE to do every single day in Chicago.
Get your culture on at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Classical Mondays. On August 24, soprano Greer Davis will enchant you with songs by Handel, Schubert and Rachmaninov. The performance will begin around noon.
Head over to Butler Field in Grant Park for the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival. Pack a picnic dinner and watch Tootsie with thousands of your closest friends. Movies start at sunset, although you might want to arrive early to claim your turf.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Fourth of July happened every Wednesday and Saturday? Well, at Navy Pier, it does! Lift your eyes to the sky at Navy Pier for the magnificent Wednesday fireworks display. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Wrap your arms around Chicago at The Synesthetic Plan of Chicago: A Multi-Sensory Journey Through Chicago and its Neighborhoods. More than 30 artists will wow all five of your senses with the sights, smells, sounds, textures and tastes of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. On Thursdays, the exhibit is open from 8 a.m. -7 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Get your family excited about science at Millennium Park’s Family Fun Festival. This week, the Museum of Science and Industry will teach kids – and kids-at-heart – fun ways to get healthy. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
To round off a busy week of free fun with a little R&R, head over to your nearest beach. Chicago has 26 miles of glorious lakefront that simply beg to be adored. North Avenue Beach will satisfy your volleyball cravings, or if quiet relaxation is more your gig, check out some of the smaller, neighborhood beaches on the North and South sides. Tip: Montrose Beach has a dog-friendly area where you can splash and play with your canine pals.
- Shannon Sankstone
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