Chicago: The City Our U.S. President Calls Home

February 21, 2011

Today is the third Monday in February, which means it is Presidents’ Day.

It is a federal holiday. That means all Chicago, federal and state government offices are closed, as are some businesses.

There will be no mail and some banks are closed.

Most stores and attractions are open, but remember, public schools are closed so those Chicago attractions will be crowded.

CTA, Pace and Metra are running on regular weekday schedules.

Today is also the day before election day.

Chicago residents, are you ready to vote in the February 22 Chicago mayoral election?

If the answer is no, then maybe you should spend Presidents’ Day figuring out who should be the next mayor.

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Kids off school but you’re not off work? The Chicago Park District is offering several Presidents’ Day activities that will provide your children with a supervised environment in which to celebrate the day.

Among them are free Presidents’ Day Fun Day events for kids ages six to 12 at:

*Amundsen Park, 6200 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Chicago, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Galewood Park, 5729 W. Bloomingdale Ave., Chicago, from 1 to 4 p.m.

*Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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Chicago shoppers can take a break from paying one of the nation’s highest sales tax rates this Presidents’ Day on the Magnificent Mile.

The 900 North Michigan Shops are participating in a “Tax Free” Presidents’ Day Monday, in which participating retailers are offering a discount on all purchases of 9.75 percent, the same amount as Cook County sales tax.

You need an access pass to get your discounts. To get your tax-free pass, download it here. You can also pick one up in the mall at a concierge desk on levels 1 & 6.

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Michelle Obama

Chicagoan Michelle Obama is the nation's First Lady.

This Presidents’ Day at the Chicago History Museum is all about White House women.

Learn about the ladies behind the famous presidents through storytelling, classical brass music, dramatic performances, face painting and craft activities.

Different First Ladies will be discussed throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago.

Admission is free.

No matter how you spend it, have a Happy Presidents’ Day!

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