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Happy New Year! Mayor
Rahm Emanuel, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
(DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 the
"Year of Chicago Theatre." This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is
the first of its kind in the U.S. Learn more, find a show and buy
tickets at ChicagoPlays.com.
Take a spin the ice this winter during the 18th season of this
Chicago tradition. Most Thursday nights, the rink will feature themed
skating parties including Jan 3: Bling in the New Year (90s hip hop
music) with DJ Shon Dervis, Jan 17: Totally Tubular (80s pop and rock
music) and Jan 31: Soul Train (70s disco, funk and soul music) with DJ
John Simmons. For those looking for some extra guidance on the ice,
check out the free lessons happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday
mornings and other select dates. See the full schedule of Skating Theme
Nights and skating lessons at millenniumpark.org.
Maxwell Street Market will Offer New Hours and Programming this Winter
Beginning in 2019, the historic Maxwell Street Market
will have new hours of operation, open every Sunday from 9am until 3pm.
This January and February, shoppers will also enjoy a convenient winter
layout with all vendors located on Desplaines St. between Polk St. and
Taylor St. as well as a free parking lot (enter on Polk St.).
Recently, the Maxwell Street
Market - the year-round Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining
with an international flavor - received an "Our Town" grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts. Funding will be used to support
creative entrepreneurship, to enliven the street with performances and
public art works and to improve the design, function and sustainability
of the market in the South Loop community.
Save the Dates
DCASE recently announced the 2019 dates of its marquee
festivals, events and exhibitions. Initiatives highlight the upcoming
"Year of Chicago Theatre," Chicago's Music Legacy and thousands of
public programs in downtown Chicago and across the city's neighborhoods.
To see the full list of 2019 highlights, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase.
- Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.
Illinois teachers with a school ID can receive free admission for
themselves when visiting alone or with friends and/or family.
- Blue Star Families: Active duty service members and their families can enjoy free admission year-round. Additional details.
Museums for All: We are pleased to offer a discounted admission fee of
$1 to individuals and families presenting an Electronic Benefits
Transfer (EBT) Card. Museum visitors who display their EBT Card and a
valid form of identification will receive a discounted admission rate of
$1 per person, for up to six people in their party. Children under
three are, as always, free. This admission rate is available during all
normal operating hours.
- Kids Museum Passports: A Kids Museum Passport is good for free on-site admission for two adults and two children. They can be checked out at Chicago Public Library branches.
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