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Museum Passports make summer fun affordable

2013-03-27T00:00:00Z Museum Passports make summer fun affordableJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
March 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I have already started crafting my summer bucket list and it includes some day trips to local Chicago hot spots like Brookfield Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry.

I was excited to learn about the Museum Passport last time I visited my Hegewisch library branch of the Chicago Public Library system.

The Museums Work for Chicago partnership allows library card holders and their family members to visit 15 of Chicago’s cultural institutions for free.

Any adult resident of Chicago can check out a Museum Passport at all Chicago Public Library locations.

The institutions included in the program are the following: Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago History Museum, DuSable Museum of African-American History, Field Museum, Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Shedd Aquarium.

The passport is good for one week and is valid for two adults and children. Groups should include at least one child younger than 18 for the pass to be valid. Each library has a limited number of passes to each museum.

For more information, visit

This weekend, I’m hoping to stop by South Suburban Humane Society Easter open house from 1 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the shelter, 1103 W. End Ave. in Chicago Heights. They will have a bake sale and pet merchandise for sale as well as pictures with the Easter Bunny for the kiddos and fidos.

If you’d rather bake than eat, they are looking for donations of baked goods for the event. Drop off items by 5 p.m. March 29 at the shelter. They should be individually wrapped or in sets of one dozen.

The humane society is also gearing up for a party and fundraiser from 2 to 7 p.m. April 6 at Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St. in Merrionette Park. There will be food, music, street entertainers and adoptable pets. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information, call (708) 755-7387 or visit

If you “like” South Suburban Humane Society on Facebook, you can get all the updates plus see pictures and read stories about some of the pets they have up for adoption. They’ve been posting regular updates as members of the “Dolton 7” find forever homes. These are the seven dogs South Suburban took in when a dog fighting ring was broken up in early December in Dolton. I’m happy to report Chloe was adopted last week.

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