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FINDING INFORMATION

IN PRINT

Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry  -Tourist Information and gift shop at 200 N. Lucille Street, Chicago, IL 60601 312-580-6900

Chicago Magazine  -Monthly publication with extensive listing of entertainment and restaurants, includes a section on current programs for children "Kidstuff".

Chicago Parent  -Free monthly publication available at Target stores, Walden Books, and other locations. Full of information about everything relating to children. Monthly calendar, where to go, what's on exhibit, book review, current performances, music. Published by Wednesday Journal, Inc.141 S. Oak park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-386-5555.

Chicago Sun-Times  -Read the Friday "Weekender" and the Sunday "Culture" section.

Chicago Tribune  -Friday "Weekend" and the Sunday "Arts" section.

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BY PHONE

Chicago Office of Fine Arts  -For information on free programs and exhibits call: 312-F-I-N-E-A-R-T

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau  -Call 800-232-0502

Illinois Bureau of Tourism  -Call 800-2-C-O-N-N-E-C-T

Illinois Information Center  -Located at 310 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60404 312-793-2094. They have information on Illinois and Chicago.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce  -Call 312-372-7373

Mayor's Office of Special Events  -Chicago: Call 312-744-3315 Event hot line: 312-744-3370

Public Transportation Regional Transportation Authority (CTA, Metra, Pace) Call 312-836-7000

Chicago Weather Report  -Call 312-976-1212

 

TOURS

Anti-Cruelty Society  -157 W. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Education center hosts a variety of different programs. Mailing address: The Anti-Cruelty Society, Humane Education Department, 157 W. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60610. Call 312-644-8338 for reservations.

Chicago Board of Trade  -141 Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60602

Investors from all over the world come to trade over 60 different agricultural and financial futures and options. The Visitor Gallery is open for High School-age field trip groups. Contact the Visitor Center at (312) 435-3590.

Chicago Tribune  Freedom Center 777 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

Free tour of the newspaper production plant for visitors age 10 and up. Call 312-222-2116 for reservations.

Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory  P.O. Box 500 Batavia, IL 60510

Opportunity to see an excellent scientific facility. Also features an interpretive trail through a restored prairie. Operated for the US Dept. of Energy. Fermilab's Lederman Science Center is open to the public Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. On holidays, call to check if the LSC is open. Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. On holidays, call to check if the LSC is open. Ask-a Scientist guided tours are also available. Call (630) 840-5588 for reservations.

Fire Departments Call your local fire department to make arrangements for a tour. Learn about fire safety. Reservation needed.

LaGrange Post Office 121 W. Hillgrove LaGrange, IL 60525

Half hour tour, 10 min. movie. Group size about 20. Call 708-352-3611 for reservations

Police Departments Call your local police department to arrange a tour.

Survive Alive House 1010 S. Clinton St. Chicago, IL 60607

Groups are taught safety measures, experience an actual fire drill in a smoky room and taught how to get out of a burning house. The Chicago Fire Academy is across the street. Free! Reservations required, call 312-747-6691.

University of Chicago 5801 S. Ellis, Chicago, IL 60637

Home of the Oriental Institute Museum and the Court Theatre. Consult website for programs and exhibits.

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