Millennium Park Summer Movie Series Lineup 2015


Thanks for the heads up DNAInfo!

PritkerPavilionThe weekly screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting June 23 with “Back to the Future,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said Friday. The series is underwritten by the Millennium Park Foundation and co-curated by the department.

The movies will be free and shown on a 40-foot LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. Here’s the full list:

• June 23: “Back to the Future” (1985)

• June 30: “Apollo 13” (1995)

• July 7: “Big Night” (1996, rated R)

• July 14: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

• July 21: “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971)

• July 28: “Almost Famous” (2000, rated R)

• Aug. 4: “Drumline” (2002)

• Aug. 11: “The Aviator” (2004)

• Aug. 18: “Dirty Dancing” (1987)

• Aug. 25: “Mahogany” (1975)

• Sept. 1: “The Breakfast Club (1985, rated R)

Brookfield Zoo Kids Free Days


Hey there moms, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents, godparents, babysitters:

Brookfield Zoo Kids Free Days

“Always Free” Things To Do In Chicago



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Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave Navy Pier Tour Always Free! Don’t miss Illinois’ most popular tourist and leisure destination.
Year -round fun for all ages!
Navy Pier Fireworks 600 E. Grand Ave, Navy Pier Navy Pier Tour Generally Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer, plus July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Always Free! Spend a beautiful fall evening on the lake!  
Millennium Park 201 E. Randolph Millennium Park Tour Always Free! This outstanding 24.5 acre park is a must see!  
Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Canon Drive Always Free! This zoo, located in the heart of Lincoln Park, is one of the best in the country.  
Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Dr. Always Free! Located next to Lincoln Park Zoo, this Victorian-style conservatory houses plants from around the world.
Lakefront / Beaches Various locations Always Free! Whether you stroll the paved lakefront path or spend the day at the beach, don’t miss Chicago’s sparkling lakefront.
Grant Park / Buckingham Fountain Grant Park Grant Park Tour Always Free! Don’t miss Grant Park’s wonderful gardens and beautiful Buckingham Fountain and its colorful nightime water display.
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Loop Loop Architecture Tour Always Free The Chicago Cultural Center is home to numerous free activities, performances, rotating exhibits and notable interior spaces,


Free Days At Chicago Museums 2013


Thanks to The Local Tourist!

Free Days at Chicago Museums – 2013

Chicago’s museums are some of its top attractions, and for good reason. They’re world class, but seeing them all can put a big divot in your budget. 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.

Adler Planetarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30, 31
  • February: 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • March: 5, 6
  • June: 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • Thurday nights from 5pm to 8pm
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

The Arts Club of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Brookfield Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: West Suburbs
  • Free Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through February 28
  • Always free for Military Personnel

Chicago Children’s Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • 1st Sunday of every month free admission for children 15 and under
  • Free Thursdays 5pm to 8pm for everyone

Chicago History Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • January 21
  • February 4 – 28
  • March 4
  • July 4
  • August 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

City Gallery:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile/Streeterville
  • Always free

DuSable Museum of African American History:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Free on Sundays

Field Museum of Natural History:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 28, 30
  • February: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28
  • March: 6, 7
  • Free days for Illinois residents only

International Museum of Surgical Science:

  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Free on Tuesdays for 1st two floors

Jane Addams Hull House Museum:

  • Neighborhood: University Village
  • Always Free

Lincoln Park Zoo:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Always Free

Loyola University Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays

Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art:

  • Neighborhood: North Suburbs (Evanston)
  • Always Free

Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Free on Tuesdays for Illinois residents

Museum of Contemporary Photography:

  • Neighborhood: South Loop
  • Always Free

Museum of Science & Industry:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • January 7 – 11, 14 – 18, 21 – 25, 28 – 31
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 4
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • June 3 – 7, 10
  • September 9 – 13, 16 – 20, 23 – 27, 30
  • October 1 – 2
  • November 4
  • December 9

National Museum of Mexican Art

  • Neighborhood: Pilsen
  • Always free (donations accepted)

The Oriental Institute

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free (donations accepted)

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Free on Thursdays (donations suggested)

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always free

Shedd Aquarium:

  • Neighborhood: Grant Park / Museum Campus
  • January 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • February 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 29, 25, 26
  • June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25

Smart Museum Of Art:

  • Neighborhood: Hyde Park
  • Always Free

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

  • Neighborhood: Magnificent Mile / Streeterville
  • Always free

Swedish American Museum

  • Neighborhood: Andersonville
  • Free on second Tuesday of every month

Free Broadway in Chicago Concert!


August 5, 2013
Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

No ticket is needed for admission.

Hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Janet Davies, Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, the headlining performance will feature cast members from the smash hit Broadway musical MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, as well as Broadway’s biggest blockbuster WICKED, and showcase additional cast performances from ELF, EVITA, FLASHDANCE THE MUSICAL, GHOST THE MUSICAL, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, ONCE and WE WILL ROCK YOU. This year’s concert will also feature performances by the 2013 Illinois High School Musical Theater Award recipients: John Clay III of Oak Park, Illinois, and Taylor Marie Sherry of St. Charles, Illinois. Clay and Sherry will participate in The Jimmy™ Awards in New York City, named for legendary Broadway theater owner and producer James M. Nederlander, on July 1, 2013. The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and produced in partnership with The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. (Program is subject to change).

Admission is free for both the available seats in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the Great Lawn.
No ticket is needed for admission.

The Pavilion will open at 5:15pm, one hour prior to the start of the concert.

General seating in the Pavilion and on the Great Lawn is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are in the seating bowl, you may save only one seat prior to the start of each show. Once the show has started, you must relinquish your seat. Please note that Millennium Park reserves the right to close the seating bowl and Great Lawn due to reaching capacity and appreciates your cooperation in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of your concert-going experience.

InterPark is the official parking garage of Broadway In Chicago. Click here to buy parking in advance. Nearest InterPark Locations: Wabash & Randolph InterPark, 20 E. Randolph St. Adams & Wabash Bank of America InterPark, 17 E. Adams St.

For additional Frequently Asked Questions,
please visit Choose Chicago’s Concert-Goer Guide.

9 Ways to Make Money on the Side


Download Apps

Apps aren’t only fun–they’re income!

Easyshift is an app that lets you moonlight as a “mystery shopper.” When you go on your regular errands, you complete tasks for retailers’ research departments like taking pictures or answering a few questions, and you get paid ($2-$4 per task) for the privilege.

Other apps for extra cash include WeReward and Field Agent.

Multitask Your Errands

Have you heard of TaskRabbit? It’s a website (and app) that lets you outsource chores to willing parties. If you’re one of those willing parties, you can earn some extra cash doing anything from picking up groceries to assembling IKEA cabinets.

To get a better feel for the service, read one woman’s account of being a TaskRabbiter.

Use Your Car

If you have a reliable car (and some great driving tunes), consider bringing in some extra money from a car-sharing service. Services like ZimRide let you sell seats on trips you’re already taking for as much as $25, and services like Relay Rides let you rent out your car at your chosen price for the hour, day or week (and provides free insurance!).

And what about parking? If you have it, you can rent that out, too, with Parking Panda.


Almost everyone has dabbled in babysitting at some point, but the job only becomes more lucrative as you grow older and are able to offer more skills, like driving, cooking or CPR certification.

Websites like SitterCity (we interviewed the founder here!) or Care.com are great resources for matching sitters with families.

Charging $12-$15 an hour is pretty standard, but to figure out how much is appropriate for your age and experience, use SitterCity’s Babysitter’s Rate Calculator.

Spread your availability by speaking with your child’s teachers, any friends who work in your community and with real estate brokers, who may work with families with small children who are new to town. If possible, you may even consider an arrangement where you can watch children at your house–it’s a built-in play date for your own kid!

(Prefer watching four-legged cuties rather than two? Petsitting.com has you covered.)

Sell Your Clothes

Another way to finance your habit might be cleaning your closet–and your child’s. It’s doubly beneficial: You can clear clutter and make some cash at the same time.

Start by choosing high quality pieces from the current season without any visible wear and tear. Make sure they’re clean and folded, then bring them into your local consignment store (here are our tips for consigning clothes).

If it’s easier, take well-lit pictures of the pieces and list them on a site like eBay or Dresm, a site specifically meant to facilitate sales of used clothing.


Do you have a Masters degree in Engineering? Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Do you know the ins and outs of Photoshop?

Any skill someone else wants to learn is an opportunity for you to teach it. Depending on experience and whether or not they join a larger organization, tutors can bring in up to $50 an hour (in cash) teaching out of their own homes, or visiting their students (who could be both children and adults).

In addition to advertising in your community through the standard newspaper ads, Facebook posts and fliers in the library, consider applying to be a tutor on sites like Tutor.com, the Princeton Review and Kaplan.

Take Online Surveys

If you spend hours surfing the Internet, what’s a few extra minutes spent taking a paid online survey?

Websites like Free Paid Surveys or Opinion Place allow you to make money from the comfort of your home. If you’re looking for something more interactive, list yourself as available for focus groups by joining FindFocusGroups.com.

Become a Style Entrepreneur

Style blogs don’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Instead, they can be the inspiration for a side-job as a “style entrepreneur.”

StyleOwner is a free site that lets you create your own store by choosing items from a “Master Closet” of over 2,000 brands. When your friends–sent that way through your tireless efforts on Facebook, Twitter and emails, no doubt–buy from your store, you earn 10% on everything you sell!

Host a Yard Sale

With the right curatorial skills, yard sales can be a lucrative way to make extra cash. To get the most traffic at your yard sale, advertise on Craigslist and in your town newspaper, and consider coordinating with your neighbors to hold a group sale. (Get more yard sale tips here.)

If you’re lacking a yard (or half-decent weather), there’s also the option of hosting a virtual yard sale: The app Yardsale lets you connect with neighbors and friends without setting up a single folding table.

Thanks LearnVest.com!