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Weekend Events Around Town: 9/09 – 9/11

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on!

Ground Zero 360˚ at The Field Museum
Visit Ground Zero 360˚ at The Field Museum, an exhibit that tells the story of September 11th and the days that immediately followed, primarily from the perspectives of the police and firefighters who worked so hard after the tragedy. Photojournalist Nicola McClean put the exhibit together with her husband, Paul McCormack, who served as New York’s Police Commander of the 41st Precinct in the South Bronx during the tragedy. The exhibit’s title is derived from a large panoramic image McClean photographed at Ground Zero on September. The exhibit also features photographs of the missing, the personal effects of two men who gave their lives to save others, granite from the North Tower, and a piece of steel cut from a beam in one of the Twin Towers that visitors can touch. Read a web article and view photos from the exhibit. The exhibit is open Friday through Thursday. General admission ranges from $10 to $15, and the entire museum is free to police officers and firefighters of the City of Chicago.

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
Friday, September 9, Saturday, September 10, & Sunday, September 11: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream
Fordson (2011) is opening this weekend. The documentary explores a post 9/11 world by delving into the football rivalry between two high schools in Detroit suburbs. Focusing on a predominantly Arab-American high school football team during Ramadan, the documentary explores how a community balances its Islamic faith with the All-American game of football and a struggle for acceptance. Learn more about Fordson. The documentary runs Friday through Sunday at AMC theaters.

For show times and locations, click here.

The Chicago Way Lit Series
In the latest installment of the monthly Chicago Way Lit Series, local authors Michael Burke of What You Don’t Know About Men, Geoff Hyatt of Birch Hills at World’s End, Patricia Ann McNair of The Temple of Air, and 2nd Story literary director Megan Stielstra of Everyone Remain Calm read from and discuss their stories as well as their writing process. The authors will also give publishing advice and answer audience questions. The reading is this Sunday, and admission is free.

The Hidden Shamrock (backroom)
2723 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Sunday, September 11: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Good Times Around Michigan Ave by Chicago DeTours
Re-explore the Michigan Ave. area with a walking tour by Chicago DeTours. Topics include prohibition, theater, dining out, social clubs, and even the Playboy Mansion. The tour takes its attendees to the site of grand balls, jazz clubs, elite soirees, and more. Good Times Around Michigan Ave also ventures over to the Gold Coast, the quiet side streets off of Michigan Ave. Artifacts and multimedia also help make the tour unique. It covers 1.5 to 2 miles of walking over roughly 2 hours. Tickets range from $18 to $26.

Begin at WGN
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Saturday, September 10: 10:00 am
Sunday, September 11: 1:30 pm

The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour at The Second City
For a different view of Chicago, take The Second City’s Neighborhood Tour. Part tour and all humor, the show was written by Margaret Hicks, whose credentials include writing Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History and personal experience as a tour guide. The Neighborhood Tour enlightens the audience with information on the architecture, history and development of Old Town as well as Second City alumni haunts and their corresponding stories. The tour takes anywhere from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours, and it both begins and ends at The Second City theatre. Tickets are $15.

The Second City theatre
6108 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Friday, September 9 & Saturday, September 10: 8:00 pm & 11:00 pm