FREEBIES OF THE WEEK
museums With Malice Toward None
No one else’s lint is half as fascinating. Of all the odes to Lincoln’s 200th, this one, organized by the Library of Congress and featuring the contents of Abe’s pockets the night he was assassinated, is our top pick. Also on view: the Bible on which he took the oath of office in 1861 (also used to swear in Obama); Abe’s own scrapbook of press clippings, complete with handwritten marginalia, on the Lincoln-Douglas debates; and a hastily scribbled transcription of his Farewell Address to Springfield, a task handed over to an underling when, in bidding Illinois adieu, Abe grew overwhelmed by emotion.
GO: Oct 10–Dec 19: Open Mon, Fri, Sat 8:15-5; Tue-Thu 8:15-7:30. Newberry Library, 60 W Walton. www.newberry.org
farrago Art on Track
Chicago Artists Month happenings include this Orange Line party train powered by the arts group Salvo. Live mariachi music, people-watching: It’s just like rush hour—only fewer seats.
GO: Oct 10: 11-8. The train picks up riders at the Adams/Wabash stop and circles the Loop every 15 minutes. Donations accepted. chicagoartontrack.com
museums You! The Experience
Harry Potter has left the building, but the MSI debuts its new permanent exhibition with free weekday admission. YOU! turns our insides out with displays such as iSTAN, a computerized mannequin that lets museum-goers diagnose diseases; a digital imaging system that maps veins; and a giant heart that takes visitors’ pulses, then beats along in time.
GO: Opens Oct 8. Mon-Sat 9:30-4; Sun 11-4. Free admission Mon-Fri Oct 8-30; Sat, Sun $9-$13. 57th and Lake Shore. msichicago.org
Photography: (Lucinda Childs) Photo © Peggy Kaplan