Treats for Your Sweets

Everyone has a sweet tooth or a sweets craving every once in a while. You do not always indulge your craving. However, once in a while, you may want to. Especially, if giving in to your craving comes with discovery, learning and of course, if it is for free!

Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory is said to be the largest and most captivating botanical conservatories in the Illinois. It is known as a “landscape art under glass.” The conservatory has thousands of plant species from around. When you do visit, check out one of the following:

Palm House

From the name, you will know that you will visit different kinds of palms in this room. It is 65 ft high and 90 ft wide and is the largest room in the Conservatory. The room features plants from warm habitats all around the world. (description from the conservatory website)

Remember, entrance to the Conservatory is free. It is all the more enjoyable learning about different palms for this reason.

Fern Room

Have you heard of Lady Fern? This type of fern makes frequent appearances in Illinois. For this reason, the Conservatory dedicated a room for lush ferns and rocky outcroppings. This is to showcase what prehistoric Chicago might have looked like.

If you are a native of Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, wouldn’t you love to learn about what the Chicago looked like a long time ago? The best part of it is, it is for free!

Sugar From the Sun

The ability of plants to photosynthesize makes them big heroes in our world. Do you want to talk about this with your little ones for free? Come to this exhibit and have fun learning.

Desert House

The Desert House holds one of the region’s most varied collections of cacti and succulents. These plants owe their popularity to their spectacular and unique forms, the promise of brilliant, short-lived flowers and their ability to withstand harsh, dry conditions. The size of the plants in this room varies from the tiny living stone plant to the large century plants. (description from the conservatory website)

Aroid House

Indoor gardeners are sure to find something familiar here, as many aroids are popular houseplants. A variety of aroids growing in a landscape setting are on display. A spectacular feature is the “Persian Pool,” sixteen yellow lily pads, which were created by the world acclaimed glass artist Chihuly expressly for the Aroid House. (description from the conservatory website)

Valentine Sweet Treats in Advance

Are you planning a valentine outing in advance? The Conservatory is a good place to visit! Since entrance to this wonderful place is for free, you do not even need to worry about your budget. Make sure you make a donation at the entrance, though. Your donation will keep making this place enjoyable for a lot of Chicago residents and visitors!

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Free Valentine Event

Sweet Saturday event is from noon to 3 P.M. You will be treated to sweet treats like chocolates, vanilla, banana and papaya. Children will also get to enjoy crafts activities like leaf rubbing and paper flowers!

A Free Chicago Valentine

What is Valentines Day to you? It is the day when you enjoy wonderful sweets given to you by your love ones.

Is that there is to it?

In Chicago, you will have tons of exciting and fun-filled activities to be done and it’s absolutely free! Valentines Day is a good time to enjoy with your family and it is more than eating sweets all day.

One way to spend Valentines, particularly for your daughter, is by bringing her on a father daughter activity. In Chicago, there are a lot of place where you can go.

Let It Go and Skate

A free Chicago Valentine can look like a father daughter skating day. What a precious picture it will be to take a photo of your husband and daughter skating. Whether you are a Chicago resident or you are just visiting, you can skate for free at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at the Millennium Park. You can always get a good spot to stand and wait for your skaters to pass and take a good picture. It is free to skate at this rink and if you bring your own skates and come early, you may be able to skip the lines when borrowing skates. If you bring your own skates, you will not have to rent skates too!

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Another place to skate is at the Maggie Daley Park just a hop and a skip from the Millennium Park. This rink presents an even better opportunity for a good photo. Your skaters will be skating around climbing walls and under pine trees. Finding a good position is key and you may be able to get a photo that will be good for hundreds of “likes” on Facebook. Like the Millennium Park, skating at the Maggie Daley Park is free. You should either bring your own skates or time your visit in order to avoid the lines when renting your skates.

Love of Science

If your daughter loves science, Valentines is the day to indulge her. Bringing her to the Museum of Science and Industry is one way to do it! Oh what an experience it will be! If you are a Chicago resident, you are in for a treat! February 14 is one of the days when Chicago residents can get free admission at the museum. You can go to the museum to see exhibits like Oceans: Our Blue Planet, The Story of Earth, Tornado Alley, U-505 On-Board Tour, Coal Mine and Flight and Ride Simulators.

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To get free admission, make sure to bring an identification showing that you are a Chicago resident. You should also plan your visit ahead of time. There are a lot of exhibits to see and you may want to schedule ahead of time which exhibits you want to go to first.

 

 

FREE Admission to the Brookfield Zoo in October 2017

A day at the zoo is always fun. It is not just fun for the kids. It is also fun for adults who just can’t help but oooh and aahhh at the amazing and interesting animals. In Chicago, the place to go for a whole day of fun is the Brookfield Zoo.

Are you interested in seeing a polar bear? Yes, you will find one here. A Rhino? Present! There are just so many animals that you can find. Make it a fun learning experience with you and the kids or maybe just by yourself.

The best part? Of course, you can enjoy learning for FREE! Just visit Brookfield Zoo on the following days. Make sure to bring lots of energy, food and drinks. There are several places where you can sit comfortably and eat at the Brookfield Zoo.

So, schedule your trip during any of the FREE days soon and make the most out of what are for FREE in Chicago!

FREE Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry in October 2017

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a meteor. Yes, a meteor was seen from IL and the surrounding areas on the morning of February 6, 2017. If this interests you, the Museum of Science and Industry is definitely the place for you to go.

The best part? Of course, you can enjoy learning about meteors, national parks or even ride on a flight simulator, all for FREE! Just visit the Museum of Science and Industry on the following days and bring your IL resident ID with you.

Make the most out of what are for FREE in Chicago!

Happy Learning!

FREE Admission to the Shedd Aquarium in October 2017

Did you know that a stingray can weigh up to 790 pounds or about 7 Great Danes? Learn about Stingrays and other underwater wonders at the Shedd Aquarium.

The best part is … you can do so for FREE this October 2017 on the following days.

Visit Shedd Aquarium for FREE on the following days:

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FREE Admission to the Museum of Science and Industry in September 2017

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a meteor. Yes, a meteor was seen from IL and the surrounding areas on the morning of February 6, 2017. If this interests you, the Museum of Science and Industry is definitely the place for you to go.

The best part? Of course, you can enjoy learning about meteors, national parks or even ride on a flight simulator, all for FREE! Just visit the Museum of Science and Industry on the following days and bring your IL resident ID with you.

Make the most out of what are for FREE in Chicago!

Happy Learning!

FREE Shredding of Confidential Documents!

It is that time of the year again when confidential documents are sorted, gathered and brought to a destination where you will watch them be shredded. Yes, shredding is not just done in offices. In your household, you should also watch out for those bills, bank statements, etc. Sensitive documents that only you should have access to and when you need to throw them away, you should do so in pieces. This way, no one else will be able to see them and use them to your detriment.

The best part is? In Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, you can find shredding events for FREE! All you need to do is show up with your boxes of documents. In most of these events, you will even see or hear how they will turn your documents to confetti.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your spring cleaning and come to the shredding event at 5127 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077 for a FREE shredding event at the Community Shredding Day at Skokie Farmers Market! from 9 AM to 12 PM. 

Make the most out of what are for free in Chicago! Let’s get shredding!