After a post holiday full week back in the office you deserve a beer! Be sure to stop by the Chicago Ale Fest at Navy Pier and take a load off this weekend.

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1. Chicago Ale Fest at Navy Pier

  • When: Saturday, January 11th; 3:0PM – 7:00PM.
  • Where: Navy Pier; 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

Why this is fun: For those who love craft beer, the Chicago Ale Fest is a must-attend event. Taking place on January 11, 2020, from 3 – 7 pm at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, the Chicago Ale Fest lets you sample more than 100 brews and snacks from food trucks. While you enjoy your beer or cider, you can sit back and listen to the DJ spinning some of your favorite music. All ticket-holders get 20 drink tickets when they arrive, which can each be turned in for a 3-oz sample. If those tastings weren’t enough for you, you could always purchase additional tickets for just 50 cents!

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2. The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time

  • When: Saturday, January 11th.
  • Where: Adler Planetarium; 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605.

Why this is fun: Adler Planetarium’s newest exhibition teaches you all about the Universe. Featuring various multi-media interactive stations, The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time is a mix of fun and education. As you walk through, you’ll first learn about the history of the Universe. You’re invited to explore the big questions – how large is the Universe? Are we alone? Next you’ll see the wonders of the Universe thanks to spectacular overhead projection. You can zoom from one location to another, viewing high resolution images from the world’s best telescopes.Your kids can play in interactive stations too. They can look like an astronaut on the moon. They can also send electronic postcards to themselves from galaxies, traveling at the speed of light.

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3. Mean Girls

  • When: Sunday, January 12th; 2:00PM.
  • Where: James M. Nederlander Theatre; 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.

Why this is fun: Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”

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4. The 90th Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV, & Sail Show

  • When: Saturday, January 11th: 10:00AM – 8:00PM, Sunday, January 12th: 10:00AM – 5:00PM.
  • Where: McCormick Place; 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616.

Why this is fun: Cruising into the Windy City for the 90th time, the 2020 Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show, the largest event of its kind in the Midwest, returns to McCormick Place, Wednesday, January 8 – Sunday, January 12, 2020. Offering something for everyone, from boarding luxurious 50+ foot yachts and fishing (for real fish!) indoors in the middle of January, the 2020 Show will feature over 600 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunities, plus the latest in technology and outdoor accessories.

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5. Wacky Chicago Scavenger Hunt: A Day At The Zoo!

  • When: Sunday, January 12th; 10:00AM – 10:00PM.
  • Where: Lincoln Park Zoo; 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614.

Why this is fun: On A Day At The Zoo you will be going on an enthralling tour around Chicago checking out the art, history, and culture along the way. You’ll see groups of friends competing to unearth fun facts, taking ridiculous pictures, and deciding who will be the next scavenger hunt champion! This is the ultimate small group activity.A few highlights of the scavenger hunt include: Matthew Laflin Memorial Building, Lion House, Primate House, Café Brauer.

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