Today’s Freebies: Thursday, September 29

Chicago History Museum

From Oktoberfest at Navy Pier to tons of museum free days, here are Thursday’s freebies and must sees! For even more Chicago fun, visit www.explorechicago.org!

Experience German Culture!

  • Celebrate Oktoberfest at Navy Pier, runs through October 10.  Look out for the Oktoberfest tent, which is fully decked out in traditional German and Bavarian style, and treat yourself to Bratwurst and other authentic German food. September 23-October 10. Free admission.
  • Explore Lincoln Square, a hip and historically German-American neighborhood in Chicago by completing our Explore Lincoln Square Trek for SCVNGR! Take your photo with Abe Lincoln, visit a 135-year old apothecary, find a funky bassist’s name hidden at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and much more! (Hint: Click on the “Statistics” tab for a printable list of challenge locations).

Earn the Windy City Foursquare Badge!

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 Smart Museum of Art, the Mexican Museum of Fine Art, and Chicago’s many other Always Free Attractions, click and/or share this link: http://bit.ly/alwaysfree

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!

  • Opa! Not free, but fun: The Greek Film Fest celebrates its first year as a film festival on Thursday with an opening night gala. See a screening of the Greek film Gold Dust, an emotional family drama about estranged siblings at odds over what to do with the home of their deceased mother. Stay after the screening to chat with the director, Margarita Manda! Pickwick Theater, $5-7.
  • 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!

Attend Art Openings and Events Thursday and this Weekend!

  • Chicago Artists Month kicks off on Friday! Celebrate at an opening night party at The Industrial Ballroom, where you can sample fare from local restaurants and meet many of the 150 artists who will showcase their work in the Ravenswood Corridor throughout the weekend.
  • Not free, but fun: Head to Hale Park to catch a live performance of American Spirit, part of their Fall Theater Fall Festival! $8, 7:30pm.
  • Not free, but fun: Get your tickets now for the annual Chicago Humanities Festival, featuring hip hop artist and actor Common, performance artist Laurie Anderson, beatboxer Yuri Lane, Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond (the author of Guns, Germs and Steel), musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and so much more! Various locations citywide, October 16 + 23 and November 2-13.
  • Not free, but fun: Bill T. Jones returns to Chicago with Body Against Body, a new repertory program that revives and reconsiders the groundbreaking works that launched Jones and the late Arnie Zane, his partner and collaborator of 17 years. September 29-October 1, The Dance Center of Columbia College, 8pm. $28-35.

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