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The City Celebrates 173 years...

Chicago is looking good for her age.  On this day in 1837, the City of Chicago was incorporated with a population of 4170.  Today’s Chicago is hovering around 2.9 million citywide—add the rest of Cook County and you’re talking 5.3 million.  Now that’s something to celebrate!  Stop by The Chicago History Museum for this awesome event, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.

The party, complete with a very special birthday cake by Bleeding Heart Bakery, kicks off at 11a.m. There will be musical performances featuring the Latin School Jazz Band and Chinese musician Kerry Leung along with cake for all.  Entrance to the museum will be free and you can stick around after the celebration to tour the permanent and special exhibits at this Chicago treasure.  Step back in time at the ABRAHAM LINCOLN TRANSFORMED exhibit and learn what changed Lincoln’s mind on the question of slavery.  Then travel south of the border to Mexico for a look at a parallel struggle that changed the face of Mexico in the special exhibit BENITO JUAREZ AND THE MAKING OF MODERN MEXICO.  Both exhibits will close April 12, 2010.  

Tired and hungry?  Grab a bite and relax in one of the comfy armchairs at The North & Clark Café in the museum.  The menu, inspired by Chicago history, offers something for all tastes. Top picks include the classic Chicago-styled hot dog and the original recipe for the brownie that was served at the 1893 World’s Fair.  1601 N. Clark St. (312) 642 4600.  Public parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets; enter on Stockton Drive.

Looking to make a day of it.

The museum is at Clark and North Avenue, just two blocks east of OLD TOWN.  Go west to Wells, then head south or north along Wells to visit the unique shops and restaurants of Old Town.

OR stay the evening and take in a show at Chicago’s second to none, SECOND CITY.  Now featuring Taming of the Flu and Rush Limbaugh! The Musical. 1616 N. Wells,

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