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Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. From June 7-Aug. 30, the exhibition stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 10–Aug. 26 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

Family Drop-In Activities in the Nature Play Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about how plants grow and the animals you might find at the Garden. Pollinate flowers, compost with worms, build a life-sized bird nest, explore underwater life and more. Activities vary from week to week.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 3-Aug. 27); 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 2-Oct. 1).
Cost: Free; parking fee varies, check website

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99

The Taming of the Shrew

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

 

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines re-examines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of the
sexes." On the eve of the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1919, a band of Suffragettes
embarks on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Framed with additional text by Ron West,
longtime performer and writer at Second City, this new interpretation features an all-woman
cast to explore one of the Bard's most delightfully controversial comedies. Shakespeare's men
are seen through the eyes of women, as sexual politics and power, human rights, and true love
are debated with wit and style.
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 The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater,

This fall, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines re-examines Shakespeare's notorious "battle of thesexes." On the eve of the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1919, a band of Suffragettes embarks on a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Framed with additional text by Ron West, longtime performer and writer at Second City, this new interpretation features an all-woman cast to explore one of the Bard's most delightfully controversial comedies. Shakespeare's men are seen through the eyes of women, as sexual politics and power, human rights, and true love are debated with wit and style.

 

 

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Starting at $48

Mother Goose’s Garden

Emerald City's Little Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

One, two, buckle your shoe, and take a gander at Mother Goose’s magical garden! Enjoy a playful and interactive event in Emerald City’s Little Theatre, a welcoming and safe space for kids and their grown-ups. In this world premiere production, join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help a gaggle of your favorite characters along the way. Sing along to live music with Little Boy Blue, Miss Muffet, and others as you experience the fun in teamwork through hand-puppetry and immersive play.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Tickets start at $14.

Trademark

Chicago Sinfonietta | Chicago, Ill.

Trademark is an unexpected and adventurous concert experience showcasing unusual instruments, cross-cultural collaborations, and classical reinterpretations - a trademark of the orchestra’s programming for three decades.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Monday
Cost: $20-$99
 










 
 
 
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