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Destination or resourceRaterRecommended?TypeTransitCostWebsiteCommentsUsername
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Adler Planetariummuseum-science75 mins via red line$12http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/Big, famous planetarium
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Alumni centerISRCyesformal-venueISRC has international dinner (formal) here every year
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Art Club of Chicagomuseum-art60 mins via red line$0http://www.museum-artsclubchicago.org/has a great modern art collection
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Art Institute of ChicagoCCSyesmuseum-art60 mins via red line$0http://www.museum-artic.edu/This is probably the one museum that you have to visit at some point in your NU career. It's enormous and has a ton of really famous art.
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Bahai TempleCCIyesmuseum-culture20 min walk$0This is a beautiful temple. Great destination for a run.
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Brookfield Zoomuseum-science85 mins via metra$16.95http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/czs/flash/landing/index.html
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3/28/2014 13:35:08Chicago Botanic GardensCCSyesmuseum-science16 mins via metra or 53 min via bike$0http://www.chicagobotanic.org/Great place to bike in the spring
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Chicago Cultural CenterCCSyesmuseum-art55 mins via red line$0http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html/Beautiful building, hosts lots of interesting (free) events and exhibitions
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Chicago History Museummuseum-history60 mins via red line$12http://www.chicagomuseum-history.org/
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Dave and bustersJonesformal-venueTight for 80 people
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DuSable Museummuseum-history90 mins via red line$10http://dusablemuseum.org/eventsgreat Chicago resource, they also host lots of events of interest (they screened Black Power Mixtape with a great post-film discussion there--awesome auditorium)
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Field MuseumRCByesmuseum-science75 mins via red line$15http://fieldmuseum.org/visit/admission-and-hoursHuge natural science museum. Home of Sue, mummies, and elephants.
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FuramaCCSyesrestaurant30 mins via red line$6-15http://www.furamachicago.com/Dim sum in Argyle! Bring a large group to save money
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Hamburger Mary'sRCByesrestaurant55 mins via red line$10This is a really fun place, very LGBT-oriented (many of the waiters are trans/drag), and the food is great. The veggie burgers are good, too.
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Hilton OrringtonShepardformal-venue10 min walk
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Ice Skating at Millenium ParkCCSyesgames and recreation60 mins via red line$10 skate rental, free icehttp://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.htmlIt's a cool experience, but be ready for long lines
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Illinois Holocaust MuseumCCSyesmuseum-history30 mins via #208 bus, or drive$8http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/Took a tour with Prof. Danny Cohen - this place packs a powerful message. It's very Jewish holocaust-focused, but also explores other aspects of the holocaust and some other cases of genocide
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iO ComedyRCByesperformance-comedy55 mins via red line$5-$15
ioimprov.com/chicago
Improv - traditional show is The Herald
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Lakefill fire pitCCSyescamping10 min walkYou can camp on the lakefill. It didn't work out for us because of weather, but it's been done before.
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4/27/2014 20:18:39Lincoln Park ZooSlivkayesZoo
1 hour 15 minutes via purple line, red line, and walking
$45 total for ventra cards
12 people attended the event. Most of the group stayed together while walking through the zoo, but some people branched off and then met up with us at the end. I made a groupme chat for all the people on the trip to communicate throughout the day which was effective.
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Lincoln Park ZooCCSyesmuseum-science56 mins via red line$0http://www.lpzoo.org/Go in December for zoo lights! They have giraffes
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4/26/2014 10:20:27
Marbles: The Brain Store in Water Tower
Slivkayes
games and recreation, We bought a board game for Slivka!
50 minute Chicago Express shuttle
free
http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/il_water_tower_place/
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Margaret Mitchell Museummuseum-history16 mins via 201 bus$5http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a few museums in the nation that focuses exclusively on the history, culture, and art of the American Indian and First Nation peoples of the United States and Canada
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MUSEUM FREE DAYS$0http://www.chicagoparent.com/picks/museum-free-days
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Museum of Contemporary ArtRCByesmuseum-art56 mins via red line$7http://www.mcachicago.org/Cool museum, though not enormous
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Museum of Contemporary PhotographyCCSyesmuseum-art60 mins via red line$0http://www.mocp.org/Better with small groups - our group had a private showing with our assistant master
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Museum of Science and IndustryXRCyesmuseum-science95 mins via red line + #6 bus$18http://www.msichicago.org/Big, fun, famous science museum
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Mystic blueChapinformal-venue
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National Museum of Mexican ArtCCSyesmuseum-art65-90 mins via pink line$0http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanmuseum-art.org/often overlooked, but a really incredible space
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3/29/2014 14:32:21Nuevo LeonCCSyesrestaurant65-90 mins via pink line$5-10http://www.nuevoleonrestaurant26.com/Cheap, authentic, and highly rated. Cash only
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Phoenix InnXRCyesrestaurant90 mins via red line
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3/28/2014 14:08:05Second CityXRCyesperformance-comedy55 mins via red line$15-30http://www.secondcity.com/You have to see second city at some point in your NU career
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2/23/2015 2:07:44John Evans Alumni CenterISRCyesformal-venue5 min walk$0
http://alumni.northwestern.edu/s/1479/02-naa/naa/naa-interior-2.aspx?sid=1479&gid=2&pgid=683
Won't let you use ovens.
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2/23/2015 2:42:41Trapped in a room with a zombieCCSyesGroup puzzle solving
about 1 hr via purple then red line
about $30 per person
roomescapeadventures.com/chicago/
Reserve for a private party of 12 people.
It was incredible fun and all our residents want to do the sequel!
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2/23/2015 2:42:50Trapped in a room with a zombieCCSyesGroup puzzle solving
about 1 hr via purple then red line
about $30 per person
roomescapeadventures.com/chicago/
Reserve for a private party of 12 people.
It was incredible fun and all our residents want to do the sequel!
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5/3/2015 23:07:40Studio ParisChapinneutralformal-venue50 minutes via bus$6,000
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Shedd Aquariummuseum-science75 mins via red line$8http://www.sheddaquarium.org/Chicago's enormous, famous aquarium
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Sky HighRCBneutralgames and recreation60 min via 90 + 190 bus$11http://nil.jumpskyhigh.com/page.php?pageID=334If you want to make this an official trip, you will need to be approved by risk management, but they have a bad history with sky high, so RCB was not able to have this trip
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Spertus Institutemuseum-culture60 mins via red linehttp://www.spertus.edu/
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Taco JointCCSyesrestaurant50 mins via red line$10-18http://www.tacojoint.com/We went here before zoo lights, and the food was amazing, but it's always super busy
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Timeout Chicagoevent ideashttp://www.timeout.com/chicago/search?type=event&nodes%5B0%5D%5B0%5D=784&nodes%5B0%5D%5B1%5D=1035&on=week&order=popularity&_source=admin
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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blindyesperformance-comedy30 mins via red line$9 + roll of diehttp://neofuturists.org/30 plays in 60 minutes. Cool experience. Get there at least 30 minutes early if you have a large group
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Union League Clubmuseum-art60 mins via red linefree w/reservation and dress codehttp://www.ulcc.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=309628&ssid=198150&vnf=1has one of the largest private collections of art in Illinois, including a Monet originally bought for $500 in 1895 which caused a scandal because several members thought it was way overpriced.
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Uru SwatiCCSyesrestaurant27 min via 93 bus$6-$12All-vegetarian, and it's pretty cheap.
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Wrigley FieldXRCyessports40 mins via red line$9+http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/?c_id=chc
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Bubble SoccerRCBno clue, just found this on the internet and got v. excitedsportsI think you can rent equipment? it's unclear.http://www.nationalbubblesoccer.com/#!chicago/c1k75
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