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Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare in the Park

Woot!  Chicago has another year of Shakespeare in the Park! The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is hosting Shakespeare in the Park.  This year, they will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  One of my favorites, so I really want to see this one. If you are unfamiliar with Shakespeare in the Park, the theater will perform this play in parks throughout the ... Read More »

Sachets DIY

Years ago I bought a three pack of sachets (current cost, $23) from Crabtree and Evelyn.  I remember when I bought them that I was concerned the scent would fade and I’d end up with three useless mini-pillows.  The salesclerk passed on a tip (that not only made the sale, but increased it): buy the room spray (current cost, $19) ... Read More »

Chicago Bride’s Bridal Fashion Show & Expo 2014

Chicago Bride Magazine is hosting a Bridal and Fashion Show Expo in October 2014.  Advance tickets are free, and must be reserved in advance.  [If not reserved in advance, tickets are $10 at the door.] The next event will be on October 5, 2014, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from 11 am to 4pm. (If past ... Read More »

Exploring the Chicago Cultural Center

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The Chicago Cultural Center is not a hidden gem, but probably an underused gem in Chicago. And it has some of the best and ongoing free features any Thriftista should know about: Free WIFI in the large, library-like meeting room Free tours—at 1:45 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (space limited) Free cultural events—programs and exhibitions I took the free tour of ... Read More »

Create your own sculpture tour!

Daphne by Dessa Kirk

  Chicago has a lot of outdoor sculptures (which means large and FREE!).  There are the obvious:  the Bean, the Picasso in Daley Plaza, the lions in front of the Art Institute.  Then there are some you have to look for a little bit harder: Large Interior Form by Henry Moore (in the yard just north of the Art Institute), ... Read More »

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