Your City @ Home – Take a Virtual Field Trip to Popular Chicagoland Destinations

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“Your City @ Home”: a series of virtual field trips presented via Zoom webinar meant to give you the chance to explore all the Chicagoland area has to offer! This series is sponsored by multiple Illinois public libraries.

All programs require that you register with a valid email address to receive a link to join via Zoom. Please note: we cannot help with technical questions about Zoom during these programs. Please install the program/app and test prior to the program.

Shedd Aquarium

Saturday, April 3, 2021, 3-4 pm:

Experience a live virtual visit with the penguins that call Shedd home. Meet a penguin up close and discover what makes these birds so amazing. The Shedd’s animal care team will take you “behind the scenes” in the penguins’ habitat to learn more about how penguins are able to “fly” underwater, stay warm in cooler waters and much more!

This event has limited viewing capacity. Please watch as group when possible. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day before the program.

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DuSable Museum of African American History

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1-2 pm:

“The People Could Fly” is a very relevant and layered statement used by and about people of African descent in America. Join the discussion to learn about the history of Black people flying, literally and figuratively, well above their circumstances along with Chicago’s role in this rich legacy.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 1-2 pm:

This exclusive tour will include a visit to Horticulture Hall, the beehives, and a behind-the-scenes peak at the propagation greenhouses.

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National Museum of Mexican Art

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 2-3 pm:

Explore the “Nuestras Historias” exhibition which highlights the Museum’s Permanent Collection to showcase the dynamic and diverse stories of Mexican identity in North America. The exhibition presents cultural identity as something that continually evolves across time, regions, and communities, rather than as a static, unchanging entity, and features ancient Mesoamerican and colonial artifacts, modern Mexican art, folk art, and contemporary works from both sides of the U.S.–Mexican border.

The vast diversity of Mexican identities demonstrated in these works defies the notion of one linear history and a singular identity.

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Chicago Children’s Museum

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 1-2 pm:

Get an exclusive look at the Cloudbuster climbing exhibit, the Zoom Room and more!

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Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2-3 pm

Take a docent led tour of the Karkomi Holocaust Exhibition, a place for for both those familiar with the Holocaust and those learning about it for the first time. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 1-2 pm

Explore ways to connect with the Art Institute of Chicago and discover little known stories that make ours one of the most renowned art museums in the world.

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Field Museum

Saturday, May 22, 2021 1-2 pm

Get an exclusive tour of the Dinosaur range with mammalian paleontologist William Simpson!

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Elmhurst History Museum

Saturday, May 29, 2021 2-3 pm

Just before the first man landed on the moon, Charlie Brown and Snoopy soared through space with NASA’s Apollo 10 mission in May 1969. The exhibition To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters’ role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program. This travelling exhibit is organized by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.

Attendees will also get an exclusive tour of By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst which examines how the city has changed and grown over the past 165+ years.

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