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Beyond the Bean: 10 things to see and do in Chicago

Chicago has much more to see and do beyond Cloud Gate, the public sculpture in Millennium Park nicknamed “The Bean.” Here are a few happenings during the week of DDW.

Sunday, May 7

Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees

Wrigley Field • 1060 W. Addison St. • 773-404-2827


Watch the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs take on the New York Yankees in an interleague clash at Wrigley field.

Ticket prices vary.

Maxwell Street Market

800 S. Desplaines St. • 312-745-4676


The Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise — from tools to tires, fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare finds and collectibles — plus some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in the city.

Admission: Free.

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 E. Chicago Ave. • 312-280-2660


MCA Chicago is one of the world’s largest museums for art pieces from 1945 to present. With thousands of works by Chicago-based artists, you’ll get a crash course in surrealism, pop art and conceptual photography.

Admission: $7 to $12.

Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

Navy Pier • 600 E. Grand Ave. • 646-602-4297


Shoreline’s expert, entertaining guides will share the inside story behind Chicago’s world-famous landmarks. Enjoy closeup views and photo opportunities on the 75-minute Chicago River Tour. Architecture River Tours depart daily from two locations: Polk Bros. Park at the southeast corner of Navy Pier and from the northeast corner of the Michigan Ave. Bridge.

Price: $7 to $41.

Monday, May 8

The Best of The Second City

Second City • 1616 N. Wells St. • 312-664-4032


The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from the 52-year history of The Second City, all performed by The Second City Touring Company. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell comes the next generation of comedy’s best and brightest performing hilarious sketch comedy and The Second City’s trademark improvisation.

Admission: $17 to $31.


Navy Pier • 600 E. Grand Ave. • 646-602-4297


The Rolling Stones’ first major exhibit allows you to experience the incredible journey of one of the world’s most influential rock ’n’ roll bands, from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

Admission: $35.

Haunted Chicago Tour

155 N. Harbor Dr. • 312-946-9467


Explore the spookiest and most infamous paranormal happenings on the eerie, three-hour Haunted Chicago Tour.

Price: $80 plus tax.

Tuesday, May 9

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins

Guaranteed Rate Field • 333 W. 35th St. • 312-674-1000


See the White Sox play the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. DDW attendees can reserve discounted tickets for Thursday’s game here: m.mlb.com/whitesox/tickets/special-events/ddw.

Ticket prices vary.

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium • 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. • 312-922-7827


An event that’s out of this world, Destination Solar System is a live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the solar system. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the solar system to the other in less than 30 minutes.

Admission: $29.95


Navy Pier • 600 E. Grand St.


Engage with Impulse, an interactive art installation where 15 musical and illuminated seesaws take over Polk Bros. Park, inspiring fun and imaginative interaction for kids and adults alike.

Admission: Free

For more to see and do during your stay in Chicago, visit the DDW Choose Chicago website at choosechicago.com/ddw17.

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