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63 exciting openings in Chicago in August

There’s so much going on this summer it’s hard to keep track of it all. We’re here to help you cram every nook and cranny of your calendar with the best things to do this month. 

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Music

A closer look at Lollapalooza 2015

The best band photos, crowd shots and our favorite things from Lollapalooza

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Restaurants

Best outdoor restaurants in Chicago

Spend a beautiful day at one of Chicago's best restaurants with gardens, decks and patios

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Theater

Vote in the 2015 Time Out Chicago Theater Awards

We're launching the Time Out Theater Awards—and letting you pick the winners

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Be spontaneous in Chicago

After surviving brutal winters, no one knows how to live it up in summer quite like Chicagoans

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Upcoming Chicago events and festivals

Things to do Buy tickets

Bristol Renaissance Faire

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The Chicago Air and Water Show

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North Coast Music Festival

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Music

Riot Fest music festival

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Summer in Chicago

Bars

The best rooftop bars in Chicago

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Things to do

Chicago beaches | Best beach amenities

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Restaurants

Chicago farmers market guide

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Things to do

Chicago summer festivals guide

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The best of Chicago

Bars

17 new frozen cocktails to try this summer

Bars in Chicago are embracing frozen drinks more than ever before

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Restaurants

Best new restaurants and bars in 2015, so far

It's already been a delicious year at new Chicago restaurants and bars

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Theater

Best new plays of 2015

We've reviewed nearly 100 plays and musicals around Chicago in the first half of 2015

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Bars

Best outdoor bars in Chicago

Our guide to the best outdoor bars, from hidden gardens to sidewalk seats, will give you lots of ideas for places to go this summer

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Museums

Best Chicago museums

Whether you're a local or an out-of-towner, if you have a day off in Chicago, spending it at a museum is a no-brainer

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Life in Chicago

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Chicago named one of the best cities for architecture

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31 things Chicagoans do better than anyone else

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The 6 people you'll meet on the 606

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11 people you’ll date in Chicago

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Chicago neighborhood guides

Things to do

Lawndale

Head to the beautiful West Side neighborhood and enjoy all of the culture and fun it has to offer.

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Boystown

Boystown is home to one of the most vibrant LGBT communities in the world. The neighborhood offers much more than gay bars, though.

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park is home to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, as well as a great cultural scene

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Things to do

The South Loop

Fantastic food, shopping, and music of all kinds can be found in the South Loop

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Wrigleyville

It may be Chicago's never-ending Mardi Gras, but there's plenty of culture to be found, too

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