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11/23/97--'Come Home The Holidays Navy Pier'  The light-up ceremony Navy Pier  culminated fireworks around 5:30pm  Sunday. SantClaus

11/23/97--'Come Home to The Holidays at Navy Pier' The light-up ceremony at Navy Pier culminated in fireworks around 5:30pm Sunday. Santa Claus had arrived by boat to help with the festivities. Photo by Tom Cruze.

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Updated: August 21, 2013 2:43AM


GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY: 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773) 761-4477. “Sugar from the Sun,” a permanent exhibit, shares the basic story of how plants make sugar, the energy source for all life on Earth.

NAVY PIER: 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 222-9328; Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour through Oct. 1. Fares are $32-35, seniors are $29-32 and children are $18-21. Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Tour on Lake Michigan through Oct. 1. Fares are $18-19, seniors are $17-18 and children are $8-9. Summer fireworks Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. Cirque Shanghai will present “Dragon’s Thunder” through Sept. 2. Performances are 2 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and 2, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15.50-29.50.


CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Navy Pier. (312) 464-7737. New permanent exhibit titled “Tinkering Lab.” It provides children and families with the inspiration, time, space, materials and freedom to innovate and interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world around them. It’s the ultimate workshop inspiring visitors to design, build, test and retest with real tools and materials.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM: 1601 N. Clark St. (312) 642-4600. “My Chinatown,” a multimedia theater experience driven by the personal experiences of the people who made Chinatown their home and keep its traditions alive. Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln’s Chicago exhibit has portraits and personal stories of Chicagoans paired with richly detailed views of the city as it appeared in the 1860s.

FIELD MUSEUM: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive; Exhibit titled “Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux” will be on display through Sept. 8.

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4889; Free admission to military and their immediate families through Sept. 1 as part of the Blue Star Museums summer program.“The Zev and Shifra Karkomi” permanent exhibit tells the story of the Holocaust, from pre-war German life, to ghettos and concentration camps, to eventual liberation and resettlement throughout the world, with a special focus on post-war life in Skokie. Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh, a Creation of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will be on display through Sept. 8. This is the first major museum exhibition about the life of Budapest-born poet Hannah Senesh, a 23-year-old young woman who died by firing squad in 1944, but has become one of Israel’s most iconic heroes and a lasting symbol of courage.

MITCHELL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN: 3001 Central St., Evanston. (847) 475-1030, Free admission to military and their immediate families through Sept. 1 as part of the Blue Star Museums summer program.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, (773) 684-1414; Permanent exhibits include: “Science Storm”; “You! The Experience”; U-505 submarine and more. Animals Inside Out on display through Sept. 2.

NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM: 333 S. Halsted St. (312) 655-1234. The only major museum in the U.S. dedicated to the Greek journey, the Museum explores the story of Greek history, culture and arts from ancient times to today.

PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM: 2430 Cannon Drive. (773) 755-5100. Features Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region. Permanent exhibit “Nature’s Lunchbox” shines the spotlight on healthy eating. Exhibit titled “Food: The Nature of Eating” will be on display through Sept. 8. Sweet Summer Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. June 27, July 11 and 18. There will be chef demos, crafts, food trucks and more. On June 27, celebrate urban gardens. Free for Illinois residents.

THE SHEDD AQUARIUM: 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 559-0200, “Jellies” exhibit will be on display through 2013. Guests “dive” into the deep and complicated world of sea jellies, learning how their simple bodies have allowed them to survive for millions of years. Visit often, because the species will change throughout the year.


BROOKFIELD ZOO: First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street. (708) 688-8000. Dinosaurs are back and this time they are bigger and badder than ever. See your ferocious favorites up close like the Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Dinosaurs Alive! is $5 and $3 for children and seniors over 65 in addition to general zoo admission. Children 2 and under are free.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 556-1778. Public farmers’ market open the first and third Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 20. Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America open through Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission is $6 and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Butterflies & Blooms exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Visitors can immerse themselves in a habitat filled with hundreds of live butterflies. This exhibition is filled with species native to South America, Asia, North America, and Africa, as well as those native to Illinois. Admission is $4-6 and free for children 3 and under. Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family drop-in activities Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 2. Get close to nature and discover where food comes from and how plants grow at the Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden. Chef garden series includes Fountainhead with Cleetus Friedman June 22 and Tapas Gitana with Andy Novak June 23. Health Through Horticulture: Aromatic Herbs Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 30. El Payo will perform June 27 at 8 p.m.

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