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Your comprehensive guide to the best events and things to do in Chicago

Sex and dating

The most romantic places in Chicago

Chicago is a city of romance.

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Events and festivals

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The best Valentine's Day ideas

The pressure is on!

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Music Box announces lineup for 70mm Film Festival

See films how they were meant to be seen

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Off Color Brewing is opening a bottle shop in Logan Square

The first batch of tickets goes on sale this weekend

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The entire Adler After Dark schedule for 2016

Crawl through Adler Planetarium with a drink in hand

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Art

"Pop Art Design"

Preivew the Museum of Contemporary Art's new Pop Art exhibit

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Things to do with kids

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.

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Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs

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Family winter vacation ideas in the Midwest

Embrace the cold weather with a quick getaway

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The best kids clothing stores in Chicago

Make your kiddos the most stylish on the playground

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The best things to do in Chicago

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The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago

Entertain guests or act like a tourist in your hometown and revisit these iconic Chicago attractions

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Art

The best contemporary art galleries

Look beyond the Art Institute or Museum of Contemporary Art to find cutting edge art in the city

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Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

These well-respected institutions offer informative and inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture

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The 50 most beautiful buildings

We round up the most exemplary architecture in Chicago, from the skyline to the suburbs

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Chicago museums

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Art Institute of Chicago

Get to know over 300,000 artworks and artifacts from all over the world and every era from antiquity to the contemporary

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The Field Museum

Dinos! Tombs! Gems! This massive natural history museum packs in more than 30 permanent exhibitions 

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Museum of Science and Industry

If you’re into exhibits loaded with interactive bells and whistles, this expansive Hyde Park locale is your ticket

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Adler Planetarium

Explore the known and unknown; take a virtual-reality trip through time and space in the Sky Theater 

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Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum houses one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits

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Shedd Aquarium

Piranhas, frogs, snakes, rays, turtles, moray eels, predator sharks an otter habitat

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101 things to do in Chicago

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Attractions

Check out tall buildings, landmarks, parks and more

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Kids' activities

Find cool playgrounds and kid-friendly museums

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Free things to do

Leave your wallet at home and start living the gratis life

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Offbeat attractions

Experience some of the city's most unusual pleasures

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Chicago attractions

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Millennium Park

This 24.5-acre park features Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion and serpentine bridge; sculptor Anish Kapoor's 110-ton Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”); and Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain, with its ever-changing array of locals' faces spewing water very five minutes in the summer months. The Lurie Garden wows with year-round flower displays and monthly garden walks.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

See some 1,200 animals, from apes to zebras, at the oldest and one of only a few free zoos left in the country. It is small, only 35 acres, but attractions like the Kovler Lion House and the Regenstein Center for African Apes pack a big punch. The newest feature: A 2010 rehab transformed the pond adjacent to Café Brauer into the Nature Boardwalk harboring Illinois wildlife.

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Navy Pier

This tourist hot spot features shops, eateries, an IMAX cinema and a bevy of sightseeing boat tours. Pier Park is home to a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, plus an old-fashioned swing ride and 18-hole mini-golf course. You'll also find the Chicago Children's Museum and a rotating roster of live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage. Most offerings may not turn locals on, but the seasonsal events, indoor activities and great people-watching provide plenty of entertainment, no matter what the weather.

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Chicago Cultural Center

Since being converted to the Cultural Center in 1991 (it used to be the Chicago Public Library), this city-block-wide institution now offers free classical concerts Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Most of the center’s classical offerings take place in Preston Bradley Hall on the second floor near the Washington Street entrance, but the Claudia Cassidy Theater (named for the Tribune’s venom-penned theater and music critic from the ’40s) on the Randolph Street side is used for experimental concerts, too. Concerts are always free.

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Sports and fitness

Wrigley Field

Even when baseball’s not in season, there’s plenty to do at this legendary stadium, erected in 1914 and reinvigorated by an ownership change in 2009. Seasonal tours offer an insider peek at the Friendly Confines, and, come winter, you can skate on an ice rink just outside of the field. Keep your eyes on the website for quick-to-sell-out special events; in the past, they’ve included ice-hockey games, a college football match and inexpensive charity events that allow the public to prance on the field.

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Willis Tower Skydeck

This 1973 landmark put the city in an uproar when insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Ltd acquired the Sears Tower naming rights in 2009. That doesn't change the fact that the building occupies two city blocks and stretches 1,454 feet high, making it the second-tallest building in the U.S. Skydeck views from the 103rd floor allow you to see as far as 50 miles out. While you’re up there, learn about the city’s landmarks from a multilingual computer program and about its history from wall exhibits. If the Skydeck’s newest feature, The Ledge sounds like a horror movie, there’s a reason for that: Crawl into the glass cube structure, and you’re suspended 1,353 feet off the ground.

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Things to do in Chicago neighborhoods

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Andersonville neighborhood guide

Visit one of Chicago's most charming neighborhoods

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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.

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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.

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Pilsen

Explore vibrant murals, the city's best tacos and Thalia Hall

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