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Culture Yourself! A Free Visit to a Museum

Money is tight but you and your partner need to get out? Chicagoland offers many great museums, quite a few with ‘FREE musuem days!’

  • The Field Musuem: The second Monday of Every Month.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art: Free Tuesdays – Every Tuesday
  • The Art Institute of Chicago: Every Thursday up until May 26th, After May 26th every 1st and 2nd Wednesday of the Month.

Also many of our cultural centers have free admission EVERY day. To name a few:

  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College
  • Jane Addams Hull House Museum
  • National Museun of Mexican Art
  • DuSable Museum of African-American History

Please try these out and let us know about your visit. We will continue to keep you updated on special events as well!

Chicago Snow Days at Navy Pier

Although we typically turn snow into slush here in Chicago, the weekend of January 28th through 30th we are inviting some of the best sculptors from around the world to come and transform our snow into art at the Gateway Park at Navy Pier.

Plans are being finalized for teams of artists from the U.S. as well as China, Canada, Mexico, Bulgaria and Russia to sculpt in snow for the 3rd Annual Snow Days Chicago, January 28-30, 2011.

Last year’s first place winning sculpting team, which created “Chinese Opera,” will return from Harbin, China to provide an exhibition piece demonstrating the art of snow sculpting. Often confused with ice carving, Snow Sculpting involves three person teams carving 6 ft x 6ft x 10 ft tall blocks of snow to create masterpieces

Sketches of the artists’ plans for this year can be seen here and sculpting will begin two days prior to the festival on January 26. The snow sculpting portion of the festival is produced in conjunction with Snow Visions, Inc.

Other activities include Dog Sled Racing Demonstrations from Green Valley Dog Drivers, a Snowboard Rail Jam and family entertainment inside Navy Pier.

Festival hours are 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday (January 28, 29) and 11am-6pm on Sunday (January 30.)

Navy Pier offers special winter parking rates: Before 5pm – $18; After 5pm – $10

The festival is FREE admission and is presented by the City of Chicago and Navy Pier.

Penguin Foot Pottery Ceramics Class Date Night

Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in the film Ghost

Want to recreate a romantic moment like Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze did in Ghost? Well we’ve got the place for you on Saturday nights at Penguin Foot Pottery’s Happy Hour class.

Penguin Foot Pottery is a Bucktown/Logan Square-area ceramics studio catering to a wide range of ceramic enthusiasts. From the curious beginner to the experienced potter, PFP has something for everyone. PFP is located at 2514 W Armitage Ave. Chicago, IL 60647 (enter on Bingham St.).

Saturday night’s Happy Hour class does provide a wheel per student, and a perfect date night out. You won’t need to double-up like Patrick and Demi, but there’s sure to be some good-natured adult fun. It’s a walk-in class for $25 each person but with 6 wheels available that will fill up quick, so it’s best to call ahead and reserve [773-227-3575].

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Aside from the wheels they have hand building and tile-making projects available and pre-made ware for glazing. The pre-made ware, like plates and bowls, will be fired and available for pick up later in the week.

Chris Busse teaches ceramic classes at Penguin Foot Pottery. He earned his BFAAE at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on Ceramics and Art Education. For the last three years, Chris has been an Art Teacher for Chicago Public Schools and led ceramic classes for the Oak Park Parks District. His work has appeared in numerous galleries and art shows, and he is always available for commissioned work.

If you’re really struggling with your creative side Chris makes and sells his work in the studio – come by and check it out!

Penguin Foot Pottery

Electricfy Your Night for FREE

Detail of David Mayhew photo, Sky Net (Chicago, August 2008).
Detail of David Mayhew photo, Sky Net (Chicago, August 2008).

Spontaneity, flexibility, patience, hardiness and smarts are just a few of the traits a successful storm chaser must possess. No one understands that better than David Mayhew, whose artistic photographs capture the dramatic and unique sky effects that exist before, during and after weather events. Storm Chaser, an exhibition of Mayhew’s extraordinary work, will be on display at the Jackson Junge Gallery from Tuesday, August 24 through Sunday, September 26.

While Mayhew’s photo portfolio spans a variety of subject matters, his stormy skies garner the greatest attention and remain his first passion. For years, he has traversed the country from Colorado to Indiana and Canada to Mexico in pursuit of the perfect storm. His priority is tornados and electrical storms as they create the most intriguing and compelling sky effects.

An opening reception takes place Friday, August 27 from 6 – 9 pm. The photographer will be present and the public is invited to attend free of charge.

Aug 24, 2010 – Sep 26, 2010

Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 7 pm;
Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm;
Sunday, 12 Noon – 5 pm;
Monday, closed.

Jackson Junge Gallery
1389 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622


For additional information please visit, http://www.J2gallery.com

via: City of Chicago’s Explore Chicago

17 Absolutely Free Date Nights: Museums

Chicago’s museums are often relegated in our minds to be just for tourists visiting Chicago. Fortunately, there are several free days at Chicago museums throughout the year. While general admission is free on those days, special exhibitions usually require a paid ticket. Make a smart and frugal date night move and get some culture for your spouse!

Adler Planetarium:

* September 7, 13 – 17, 21 & 28
* October 5, 12, 19 & 26
* November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
* December 7, 14 & 21

Art Institute of Chicago:
* Free Thursdays 5 to 8pm until Memorial Day and after Labor Day
* Free in February

Chicago Children’s Museum:
* 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
* Free Thursdays 5 to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum:
* Free every Monday

Field Museum of Natural History:
* 2nd Monday of every month

* August 24
* September 15, 16, 21, 22
* October 5, 6, 13, 14, 19, 20
* November 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 30
* December 1, 7, 8, 15, 16

International Museum of Surgical Science:
* Free on Tuesdays

Jane Addam’s Hull House Museum:
* Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art:
* Free on Tuesdays

Museum of Contemporary Art:
* Free on Tuesdays

Museum of Contemporary Photography:
* Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry:

* August 30
* September 7 – 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
* October 4 – 6
* November 11
* December 6

National Museum of Mexican Art

* Always free (donations accepted)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:
* Free on Thursdays (donations suggested)

Shedd Aquarium:

* September 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
* October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
* November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows
* Always free

Swedish American Museum
* Free on second Tuesday of every month

Ukrainian National Museum
* Always free, suggested donation of $5