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Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 20, to Friday, September 26

BY: Tyler Clark | Sep 18, 2014
Things to Do in Chicago: Saturday, September 20, to Friday, September 26On this week’s agenda: fall at the Museum of Science and Industry, an all-star hip-hop fest in Union Park, a trip to the '80s with WhirlyBall, Lifeline Theatre Company's Jane Eyre, and the hats of Dr. Seuss. Enjoy yourself, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Chicago. Things-to-Do-in-Chicago-Saturday-September-20-to-Friday-September-26-MSI_600c360 Museum of Science and Industry Hyde Park | Ongoing As the cool weather settles in, the Museum of Science and Industry welcomes curious crowds for an autumn of indoor learning. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum has a full slate of special exhibits in the works, including the current Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives and upcoming Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze. (5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.; $69+; buy tickets here) Aahh!! Fest West Loop | Sunday, September 21 Curated by Chicago hip-hop elder Common, Aahh!! Fest celebrates the creation of the rapper's Chicago Youth Jobs Collaborative. Common himself is on the bill, along with fellow hometown favorites Lupe Fiasco and Jennifer Hudson, and legendary NYC trio De La Soul. Comedian (and legend in his own right) Dave Chappelle hosts. (1501 W. Randolph St.; $65+; buy tickets here) Things-to-Do-in-Chicago-Saturday-September-20-to-Friday-September-26-whirlyball_600c360 WhirlyBall '80s Party Lincoln Park | Wednesday, September 24 Playing a sport that combines lacrosse and bumper cars makes you thirsty. This week, WhirlyBall hosts an '80s-themed affair featuring the brews and brewers from Tallgrass (and free WhirlyBall!). If you can't make Wednesday, grab our deal for WhirlyBall and come out any time. (1880 W. Fullerton Ave.; free; RSVP here) Things-to-Do-in-Chicago-Saturday-September-20-to-Friday-September-26-jane_600c390 Jane Eyre Rogers Park | Through October 26 In this brisk adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, Lifeline Theatre Company brings audiences back to Thornfield Hall and all of the candlelit secrets it contains. Anu Bhatt brings life to the titular governess, whose own maturation becomes entwined with her complex love for troubled householder Edward Rochester. (6912 N. Glenwood Ave.; $20+; buy tickets here) Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! Magnificent Mile | Through October 12 If you've read The Cat in the Hat or The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, it won't surprise you to learn that Dr. Seuss was a hat aficionado. What might surprise you is that his hats are now on tour, offering visitors to Water Tower Place a glimpse into the sartorial life of one of children's literature's greats. (835 N. Michigan Ave.; free) Image credits: Museum courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry; WhirlyBall courtesy of WhirlyBall; Jane Eyre courtesy of Lifeline Theatre Company