Monday Summer Fun in Chicago – DAY 1

July 20, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

This post is part of a series of posts that highlight some of the fun and inexpensive ways to explore your metropolis and absorb a bit of culture in the process. Although these activities are specific to Chicago, it will give you some great ideas of what to look out for in your own city.

So you are unemployed, you are a recent graduate with no cash flow or you have a job but no money because you are saving as much as possible in the event of the L-word (layoffs) infects your company. You’ve made a budget, and you are sticking to it. Times are tough, but that does not mean you can’t have fun this summer. You don’t have to sit at home worried about spending money. Plan your staycation and see the sights of Chicagoland!

 

Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum

 It’s Monday – the start of the work week. Take a break and discover the Chicago History Museum . Located in the southern tip of Lincoln Park, the museum is free on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It is a great place to take a break from life’s realities and delve into the past. Be sure to scope out the museum’s collection of dioramas depicting Chicago’s history from the first settlements to the Great Chicago Fire and the World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893. Chicago: Crossroads of America is part of the museum’s permanent collection provides a composite of Chicago’s history through Fort Dearborn, “L” Cars, skyscrapers and jazz clubs.

Feature exhibitions focus on some of the glitz and glamour of Chicago. Visit out the exhibit dedicated to Bertha Honoré Palmer , one of the most powerful women in 19th century Chicago society. Fashionistas don’t miss out on Chic Chicago! The exhibit, which runs through July 26th, highlights the couture garments worn by Chicago’s most stylish women dating back to 1861.

The Chicago History Museum is a cultural gem. Top-notch exhibits and easy access via public transit make it worth the trip. Additionally, it’s prime location in Lincoln Park makes it easy to supplement the day’s activities to include a leisure day at North Avenue Beach or relaxing in the green space of the park.

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

If you are the downtown working type, you can still take pleasure in the start of the week. Stop by Millennium Park on Monday evenings to discover new music with Chicagoans and visitors alike. The Mondays in the Park music series features free concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion throughout the summer. The next Mondays In the Park concert will be held August 10. Visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information on the Mondays in the Park music series, as well as the Dusk Variations series and the Edible Audible Picnic series.

Get out there! Enjoy life!

Cheers,

G

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