Cool Places To Spend An Afternoon In Chicago

Cool Places To Spend An Afternoon In Chicago

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Got a few hours of free time? Here are the best places to spend an afternoon exploring Chicago.

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    Local desk jockeys and day-trippers alike love this 24.5 acre-park filled with architecture, gardens, fountains, and sculptures galore. – Green Guide Editor -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    Don't miss the U-505 Submarine exhibit, the first enemy warship apprehended by the US Navy since 1815. -- Green Guide Editor -- Michelin Travel & Lifestyle via Foursquare
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    Photographers! Check out this Documerica photo of Calumet Park in 1973. Take a photo of the area today, share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project, and help us document the changes. -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency via Foursquare
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    The drunkards down Jim Cibak's Belgian-style wheat, dry-hopped pale ale and English luncheon beer, and chef Jason Petrie is slammed with orders for Parmesan-bacon-sage popcorn or beer-battered scrod. -- Time Out Chicago via Foursquare
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    The museum was incorporated in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago, but the name was changed in 1905 to Field Museum of Natural History to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. -- HISTORY via Foursquare
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    Haymarket is the newest addition to Chicago’s quickly growing brewery scene, and it offers more than just beer. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    The MCA’s monthly First Fridays event remains a solid spot for mingling year-round, with an in-the-know crowd flocking there in droves no matter what the weather has in store. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    Head to the lakefront park during the summer, when it hosts two major events: Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food festival, and Lollapalooza, the annual music festival. -- Travel + Leisure via Foursquare
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    The company sells art books at outlets such as Urban Outfitters & Saks Fifth Ave, but this outpost hopes to lure fans looking to pick up books about Dali, Calatrava and Dennis Hopper’s photographs -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    Every 3rd Thurs. of the month, Adler Planetarium opens up its doors for Chicagoans to mingle & peruse exhibits with cocktails & appetizers in hand. This week, DJ D-Rek spins everything music. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    Seriously good beer is the draw, and chitchat is easy in these casual digs. Create a four-beer flight ($8) from the 24 or so draft choices. Saturday and Sunday brewery tours. -- Chicago magazine via Foursquare
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    For the first 10 minutes of each hour during the day, Centennial Fountain at the east end shoots water in a great arc across the river. -- Travel + Leisure via Foursquare
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