To celebrate the city’s 175th birthday, the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., is throwing a party for all Chicagoans. Instead of feeling compelled to bring a present (um, wouldn’t that be our taxes), guests are on the receiving end of the gift exchange: the museum is offering free admission on March 4.
It’s no Chuck E. Cheese, but the party will include balloon entertainer Smarty Pants. Adults can attend a panel discussion about what makes Chicago unique, featuring Rick Kogan from the Chicago Tribune, Ald. Ed Burke (14th), Northwestern University professor Bill Savage, and Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington. On hand to creep everyone out: first-person interpreters of Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, Bertha Palmer and Jane Addams.