Your ultimate guide to Chicago

Discover Chicago's best things to do, events, restaurants, theater and nightlife

Restaurants

The best Chicago BYOB restaurants for Mexican food

When you want tacos but don't want to shell out for booze, hit these spots with your favorite craft beer or bottle of wine

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As seen in print

Things to do

Where to see spring flowers in Chicago

Our many parks and gardens grow lush every year at this time with a plethora of things to see in spring

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Bars

These Mexican agave spirits are changing the way Chicago says cheers

Move over, tequila. 

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Theater

Anna D. Shapiro resets the stage at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf's new artistic director has big plans

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Blog

This summer, Navy Pier could actually be...cool?

New places to drink, a new restaurant and, of course, the Ferris wheel

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Blog

Face of the 'hood: Bridgeport

Ed Marszewski manages Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar 

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Upcoming Chicago events and festivals

Art

"Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen"

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Adler After Dark

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Sports and fitness

NFL Draft Town

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Bike the Drive

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The best of Chicago

Restaurants

Chicago's top 20 brunch restaurants

Brunch in Chicago is only getting better and better

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Things to do

The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago

Make sightseeing a lot easier by consulting Time Out's definitive guide to Chicago's best sights

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Shopping

Best bookstores in Chicago

The next time you need a page-turner, browse one of the city's best bookstores

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Restaurants

The best Chicago steakhouses

This is a city that loves its steak

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Movies

The best movie theaters in Chicago

Find the best theaters, whether you want the hottest new release, an indie flick or a classic midnight movie

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Life in Chicago

Blog

18 signs you know you're in Wicker Park

Confusing intersections, the Flat Iron Building, bars as far as the eye can see

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A Chicago landlord honestly answers tenant questions

Who is responsible for mowing the lawn, me or my landlord? 

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The 6 people you'll meet on the 606

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Chicago ranks as sixth most walkable city in America

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Chicago neighborhood guides

Things to do

Lakeview

Whether you're looking to spend an afternoon wandering Boystown, cheering on the Cubs in Wrigleyville or finding the quieter spots of Lakeview, there's plenty to do in the neighborhood

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Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park is a West Side neighborhood with no shortage of attractions

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Little Italy and University Village

The neighborhood is a great place to visit a park, go shopping or admire some historic church facades

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Andersonville

The North Side neighborhood is home to charming shops, restaurants and more

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River North and Streeterville

River North and Streeterville have plenty of appeal for tourists and locals alike

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