Today’s Freebies: Thursday, September 22

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert on the south side of Chicago!

From a free Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert and the finale of the World Music Festival in Millennium Park to a Hubbard Street Dance Chicago discussion of Twyla Tharp at the Art Institute of Chicago, here are Thursday’s freebies and must-sees! For even more Chicago fun, visit!

Take a Free Tour 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 Wednesday we head to Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood for a free photo walk. Find more details here.You can also follow our photo walk online through TwitterTumblr, orInstagram.

Earn the Windy City Foursquare Badge!

Experience Classical Music Today !

  • TODAY: Get ready for a 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 monumental Fifth Symphony and Jacques Ibert’s Flute Concerto featuring CSO’s Principal Flutist Mathieu Dufour.

Final Day! 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!
  • 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.

Get the Story Behind the Art and Performance

  • Attend Echo Effect today at the Art Institute of Chicago featuring Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) rehearsal director Terence Marling. Marling reviews choreographer Twyla Tharp’s current and earlier work at HSDC through videos and demonstration to reveal her process, balancing mathematical patterns against chance. 6-7pm, free with museum admission.
  • Artist Steve Reber leads a gallery talk through the exhibition of his work at the Chicago Cultural Center. Reber examines functional and prefabricated materials such as plywood, plastic laminate, decorative paneling and other recognizable objects — basketballs, polystyrene coolers — re-configuring and adapting them to show their sculptural possibilities, and allowing us to look at our everyday world in a new way, 12:15pm.

Visit a Museum Today!

  • 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.
  • Discover 150 years of LGBT history at Out in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum, which is free to Illinois residents today!
  • Sue the T. Rex and friends are waiting for you to explore the Field Museum, which is free today to Illinois residents!
  • Visit the always free Lincoln Park Zoo, then round-off your day with a visit to the kid-friendly Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, which is free today for Illinois residents!
  • Bring your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier today for all sorts of hands on educational exhibits and activities.  The museum is free for all visitors from 5-8pm tonight!
  • 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:

CLOSING SOON: 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!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Chicago Public Library!

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Enjoy a free film screening of Ella Es el Matador, a documentary that reveals the surprising history of the women matadors. For Spaniards, nothing has expressed their country’s traditionally rigid gender roles more powerfully than the image of the male matador. So sacred was the bullfighter’s masculinity to Spanish identity that a 1908 law barred women from the sport. The film profiles two female matadors who are currently in the arena: the acclaimed Mari Paz Vega and neophyte Eva Florencia, whose passion for bullfighting and fulfilling their dreams has driven them to compete despite traditions and restrictions. Chicago Public Library Douglass Branch, 6pm.
  • Children ages 3–8 are welcome to listen to Latin American stories and make a craft today at the Chicago Public Library Brighton Park Branch, 6pm.