The most romantic places in Chicago
Chicago is a city of romance.
The best concerts in February
The shortest month of the year has arrived, but February isn't lacking in live music
15 Chicago theater shows to see in February
With temperatures this high and hardly a snowflake in the sky, you have no reason to hole up with Netflix
Free admission to Field Museum this February
Being an Illinois resident has its perks, and in the month of February that means free admission to the Field Museum. The Chicago cultural institution is once again celebrating "Free February," a monthlong event that will give anyone who can show proof of Illinois residency basic admission to the museum, free of charge. Don't have an Illinois driver's license? An Illinois lease, Illinois library card, Illinois student ID, Illinois utility bill, Illinois check stub, or a passport with Illinois address will also do the trick. While your free admission won't include access to popular exhibits such as "The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great" and the Cyrus Tang Hall of China (you can upgrade to a Discovery pass for $13, $11 for seniors and students, or $9 for kids 3–11), you will be able to check out artifacts from ancient Egypt, tour the Hall of Gems and go on a journey through the ancient Americas. There's even a brand-new diorama (the museum's first in several decades) in the Hall of Asian Mammals, displaying four striped hyenas. So, mark your calendar and get ready to take advantage of these free museum days. Remember, it's a leap year, so your usual "there aren't enough days in the month" excuse won't hold any water. Plus, you should take advantage of a less-crowded Field Museum while you can—once the Terra-cotta Warriors arrive, the place is gonna be packed for months.
Events and festivals
The best Valentine's Day ideas
The pressure is on!
Music Box announces lineup for 70mm Film Festival
See films how they were meant to be seen
Off Color Brewing is opening a bottle shop in Logan Square
The first batch of tickets goes on sale this weekend
Things to do with kids
Best birthday party ideas for kids
Birthday celebrations for kids are a really big deal, and it's not just about the cake. Chicago has the perfect spot for just about any type of party imaginable—from dance parties and bowling to rock climbing and painting. Here are some of our favorites, perfect for various ages, budgets and styles.
Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs
Family winter vacation ideas in the Midwest
Embrace the cold weather with a quick getaway
The best kids clothing stores in Chicago
Make your kiddos the most stylish on the playground
The best things to do in Chicago
The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago
Entertain guests or act like a tourist in your hometown and revisit these iconic Chicago attractions
The best contemporary art galleries
Look beyond the Art Institute or Museum of Contemporary Art to find cutting edge art in the city
The 10 best Chicago museums
These well-respected institutions offer informative and inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture
The 50 most beautiful buildings
We round up the most exemplary architecture in Chicago, from the skyline to the suburbs
101 things to do in Chicago
Check out tall buildings, landmarks, parks and more
Find cool playgrounds and kid-friendly museums
Free things to do
Leave your wallet at home and start living the gratis life
Things to do in Chicago neighborhoods
Andersonville neighborhood guide
Visit one of Chicago's most charming neighborhoods
River North and Streeterville
Explore the Magnificent Mile, one of the best-known shopping districts in the country, as well as one of the most iconic attractions in the city: Navy Pier.
A complete guide to the West Loop neighborhood
The West Loop is one of the most happening neighborhoods in Chicago, with some of the city's best restaurants.
Explore vibrant murals, the city's best tacos and Thalia Hall