Today’s Freebies: Tuesday, September 20

Enjoy a live radio broadcast featuring World Music Festival artists including Luisa Maita of Brazil (pictured).

From free tours of Chicago’s Old Town and Hyde Park neighborhoods to a live radio broadcast with World Music Festival artists, here are Tuesday’s freebies and must-sees! For even more Chicago fun, visit! Plus, mark your calendars for a free Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert on 9/22!

Take Free Daily Tours of Chicago and Earn a New Foursquare Badge During Social Media Week #smw11

  • We know that social media and mobile phones have changed the way that you travel and explore the city. So join us this week for a series of free, guided tours that put social media in action! On Tuesday we head to Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood for a free photo walk. Find more details here.
  • Eat a frisbee-sized donut and discover a mummy at an always free museum: visit five attractions in diverse Chicago neighborhoods and earn our new Windy City badge for Foursquare! We’ve put together a handy Foursquare list to let you know where to go.

Get Up and Go to Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood

  • Join us for a free talk and guided walk of Hyde Park, the final Get Up & Go neighborhood tour of the season! Meet at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Cafe (77 E. Randolph St.) The talk begins at 12:15pm.

Enjoy French food at the Chicago French Market!

  • Stop by the Chicago French Market the third Tuesday of every month for a chef demo and tasting with a famous Chicago chef, part of the Dine around the Market series! Watch them prepare and sample a delicious, easy-to-make recipe and learn how to replicate it at home! This month, enjoy a demo with executive chef Colin Beaumier of Bistro Voltaire, 12-1pm.

World Music Festival Continues

  • See 50+ musicians at 20+ venues during World Music Festival 2011, September 15-22, seven jam-packed days of performances and events in parks, clubs, cultural centers and other venues throughout the city!
  • On Tuesday, September 20 head to the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater for a live radio broadcast of Continental Drift featuring Abigail Washburn (Nashville, 12-12:30pm), DePedro (Spain, 12:45-1:15pm) and Luisa Maita (Brazil, 1:30-2pm). Or tune into WNUR 89.3 on the radio or online to listen! Free, no tickets required.
  • The festival culminates in a “One World Under One Roof” grand finale on September 22, featuring multiple concerts held throughout the Chicago Cultural Center from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Go visit a museum today!

  • See three recently opened exhibitions at the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), located just off the Magnificent Mile, as well as a stunning collection of Medieval, Rennaisance and Baroque artwork. The Museum offers free admission for everyone on Tuesdays!
  • 3,2,1…blast off! It’s never been easier to explore outer space! The Adler Planetarium is free to Illinois residents today!
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art is free to Illinois residents on September 20! Head to the museum after work to browse the museum’s galleries or to enjoy a free jazz concert with Charles Heath at Tuesdays on the Terrance from 5:30-8pm.
  • Earlier this year we talked to Museum of Science and Industry staff about the museum’s must-sees and hidden gems! Read what they had to say and head over to explore the museum!  The MSI is also FREE to Illinois residents today and tomorrow.
  • Follow a green sea turtle. Watch regal rays glide by. Get eye-to-eye with parrotfish and sharks. Visit Caribbean Reef at the Shedd Aquarium, which is free to Illinois residents September 20!
  • Discover 150 years of LGBT history at Out in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum, which is free to Illinois residents today!
  • For more information about Chicago’s free museum days, click here.
  • For information on the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Mexican Museum of Fine Art, and Chicago’s many other Always Free Attractions, click and/or share this link:

Peace, Love and Soul: Hop on Soul Train, The Hippest Train in America!

  • Check out 55 rare photographs of some of the biggest names in music including Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, and Chuck Berry at the Soul Train Photo Exhibition (open daily, free admission).  Extended through October 2, this exhibition celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Chicago-based dance show, which was the longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history!

Free Movie Screenings and Movie-Themed Treks!

  • Check our awesome new Superman (2013) and Transformers 3 movie experience for Foursquare, a free game for your mobile phone.
  • Or choose from five other fun movie experiences: re-create your own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; discover where Harry Met Sally (in Chicago, not New York!); visit the place where Sandra Bullock’s characters fell in love in While You Were Sleeping and The Lake House; or follow in the footsteps of The Dark Knight, Rob from High Fidelity, or The Blues Brothers while visiting iconic Chicago filming locations!
  • Enjoy a series of short film screenings today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater. Following the screenings, Eiko & Koma discuss the films and their work with the audience. Free to Illinois residents or to anyone with a Eiko & Koma Regeneration ticket.

Enjoy Chicago’s Music and Theater!

  • Mark your calendar for the FREE Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert! On September 22, 7:30pm, Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra will kick off their 2011-12 season with a free community concert at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side.  The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto featuring CSO Principal Flutist Mathieu Dufour.