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WorldStrides Program Leaders Participate In Flag Ceremony at Cubs Game

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During our 2016 Educators Escape in Chicago, more than 200 Program Leaders had the opportunity to attend a Mariners v. Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field. They also had the chance to participate in the opening flag ceremony! Check out this great video from our…

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Buckingham Fountain Park

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The Buckingham Fountain is known as Chicago’s front door and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The massive fountain with incredible water works is one of the largest in the world. Kate Buckingham dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in 1927…

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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

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The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum — America’s First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world’s most important antique astronomical instrument collections on…

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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871

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Historians are unsure of what exactly caused the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but legend says that it was a cow. The blaze started in the barn of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, a poor Chicago family of seven. Mr. O’Leary worked as…

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Lincoln Park Zoo

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Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is the oldest free public zoo in the country. It began with the gift of a pair of swans from New York’s Central Park Commission.  In 1884, a North American bison was born at the park, likely the…

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Museum of Science and Industry

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The Museum of Science and Industry is one of the largest science museums in the world and home to more than 35,000 artifacts and nearly 14 acres of hands-on exhibits. Constructed for the World’s Columbian Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts opened in 1893. After…

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Millennium Park

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Over 24 acres make up Millennium Park, an exciting and diverse public urban park. It includes Cloud Gate, Crown Fountain, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and the five-acre Lurie Garden. The area, which was covered with unsightly railroad tracks and parking lots, remained a blemish on Chicago’s lakefront…

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The Field Museum

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The Field Museum was incorporated in the state of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago. It was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. In 1905, the museum’s name was changed…

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Chicago Water Tower

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The Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869. It was one of the few public buildings to withstand the flames of the Great Fire of 1871. The tower is situated at the center of the Magnificent Mile and its architecture contrasts sharply with nearby modern…

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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

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The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum — America’s First Planetarium — was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to three full-size theaters, extensive space science exhibitions, and one of the world’s most important antique astronomical instrument collections on…

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