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Music Box Christmas Double Feature
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Music Box Christmas Double Feature

Holiday Movies at Gallagher Way
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Holiday Movies at Gallagher Way

Ice Skating in Millennium Park
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Ice Skating in Millennium Park

Christkindlmarket
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Christkindlmarket

ZooLights
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ZooLights

Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum
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Illumination: Tree Lights at Morton Arboretum

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Winter WonderFest
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6 things we know about Stephanie Izard’s new rooftop restaurant

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6 things we know about Stephanie Izard’s new rooftop restaurant
12 top Chicago chefs share their go-to delivery orders

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12 top Chicago chefs share their go-to delivery orders
‘The Office’ pop-up bar returns to Replay with five holiday-themed parties

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‘The Office’ pop-up bar returns to Replay with five holiday-themed parties
Look around Hogsalt’s sophisticated new food hall, now open in Gold Coast

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Look around Hogsalt’s sophisticated new food hall, now open in Gold Coast
Peek inside Santa Baby, Wrigleyville’s over-the-top holiday pop-up bar

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Peek inside Santa Baby, Wrigleyville’s over-the-top holiday pop-up bar
The 14 treats you need to eat, drink and buy at Christkindlmarket 2018

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The 14 treats you need to eat, drink and buy at Christkindlmarket 2018
One of the 50 coolest things to do in the world right now is a weekly party in Wrigleyville

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One of the 50 coolest things to do in the world right now is a weekly party in Wrigleyville
The complete CTA Holiday Train schedule has arrived

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The complete CTA Holiday Train schedule has arrived
Pitchfork is hosting a winter music festival inside the Art Institute of Chicago

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Pitchfork is hosting a winter music festival inside the Art Institute of Chicago
We set up two Chicagoans on a blind date in River North—here’s what happened

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We set up two Chicagoans on a blind date in River North—here’s what happened
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The 47 best things to do in Chicago
Things to do The 47 best things to do in Chicago

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Things to do The 25 must-see Chicago attractions

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums The 10 best Chicago museums

The best restaurants in Chicago you have to try
Restaurants The best restaurants in Chicago you have to try

The best Chicago staycation ideas
Travel The best Chicago staycation ideas

Best things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love
Things to do Best things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love

Chicago’s top brunch restaurants
Restaurants Chicago’s top brunch restaurants

The best pizza in Chicago
Restaurants The best pizza in Chicago

The 15 best Chicago music venues
Music The 15 best Chicago music venues

The nightclubs for dancing in Chicago
Clubs The nightclubs for dancing in Chicago

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Hamilton
Theater Hamilton

Don't miss your chance to see the smash hit Broadway musical in Chicago

The Nutcracker
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The Nutcracker

The latest iteration of the classic Christmas will have you humming “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” for days

Amy Schumer
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Amy Schumer

I Feel Pretty star, podcast host and activist Amy Schumer brings comes to the Chicago Theatre for two nights of delightfully dirty stand-up comedy. Schumer recently announced her pregnancy (at the end of an Instagram post encouraging her fans to vote), so some characteristically graphic material about morning sickness and childbearing is pretty much guaranteed.

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A Christmas Carol

The Goodman Theatre’s production of the Charles Dickens classic keeps its seasonal charm intact in its latest iteration

Greensky Bluegrass
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Greensky Bluegrass

This Michigan-based quintet puts a progressive spin on traditional bluegrass music, augmenting mandolin and banjo arrangements with trippy light shows. While its music is a far cry from hat of the Grateful Dead or Phish, Greensky Bluegrass has found a following among jam-band fans thanks to its constantly changing setlists and extended improvisations. The group takes over the Riviera Theatre for four nights at the end of the year, joined by the Jeff Austin Band on December 28 and 29, and Horseshoes and Hand Grenades on December 30. On New Year's Eve, it's three straight sets of Greensky Bluegrass with mandolin solos galore.

Holiday Hike: Festive Chicago Food and Walking Tour
Things to do Holiday Hike: Festive Chicago Food and Walking Tour

Stuff your face whilescoping out the city’s mostbeloved seasonal traditions on thethree-hour Chicago Holiday Strolland Food Tour.  Travel by December 31st, 2018 and save 6% off our previously offered price! 

Art Institute of Chicago: Drag Tours
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Art Institute of Chicago: Drag Tours

The queens behind Art Institute of Chicago: Drag Tours spill the tea on some of the museum’s most venerated art on this two- hour tour.

Chicago Holiday Lights Tour
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Chicago Holiday Lights Tour

Get in the holiday spirit with this 90-minute bus tour that takes you to all of Chicago's most festive light displays. Best of all, you won't have to brave the cold!

Chicago Helicopter Tour With Holiday Lights
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Chicago Helicopter Tour With Holiday Lights

'Tis the season to experience the city lights on a very special holiday Chicago helicopter ride. 

Podcasting 101
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Podcasting 101

Get one step closer to becoming Ira Glass when you learn the broadcasting ropes with Podcasting 101 at Dynasty Podcasts’ home studio.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Holiday prog-rockers Trans-Siberian Orchestra make their annual trip to Rosemont, though you'll have to wait until after Christmas to see this year's seizure-inducing light show set to overwrought versions of seasonal songs. If you're still not tired of hearing the band's inescapable high-octane rendition of "Carol of the Bells," don an ugly sweater and snag a seat at either of TSO's Allstate Arena gigs.

Beginner Pilates
Beginner Pilates

Lengthen, strengthen and tone your muscles in a pilates class at Lou Conte Dance Studio

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Chicago neighborhood guides

Logan Square
Things to do Logan Square

Gorgeous boulevards give way to a flury of restaurants, bars and nightlife

Hyde Park
Things to do Hyde Park

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

Humboldt Park
Things to do Humboldt Park

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

Pilsen
Things to do Pilsen

Pilsen is one of the most recognizable neighborhoods in the city, with vibrant art, food, shopping and more

Boystown
Things to do Boystown

Boystown is home to one of the most vibrant LGBTQ communities in the world

Edgewater
Things to do Edgewater

Located on the shores of Lake Michiagn, this North Side neighborhood is brimming with things to do

Irving Park
Things to do Irving Park

Once a railroad depot, Irving Park is still easy to reach by train (if you're taking the Blue Line) and boasts an array of dive bars and coffee shops that are worth searching out

Roscoe Village
Things to do Roscoe Village

Antique shops and neighborhood pubs make this part of North Center extra special

Avondale
Things to do Avondale

Just north of Logan Square, you'll find beautiful old buildings and delicious Polish cuisine

Midway area
Things to do Midway area

The neighborhoods surrounding the Chicago airport of the same name are more than just flyover territory

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Peek inside Santa Baby, Wrigleyville’s over-the-top holiday pop-up bar
News Peek inside Santa Baby, Wrigleyville’s over-the-top holiday pop-up bar

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News 6 things we know about Stephanie Izard’s new rooftop restaurant

Things to do in Chicago this winter when you’re not hibernating
Things to do Things to do in Chicago this winter when you’re not hibernating

Experience holiday magic at Christkindlmarket Chicago
Things to do Experience holiday magic at Christkindlmarket Chicago

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News Look around Hogsalt’s sophisticated new food hall, now open in Gold Coast

The all-time best Chinese restaurants in Chicago
Restaurants The all-time best Chinese restaurants in Chicago

Pitchfork is hosting a winter music festival inside the Art Institute of Chicago
News Pitchfork is hosting a winter music festival inside the Art Institute of Chicago

Where to see spectacular Christmas lights in Chicago
Things to do Where to see spectacular Christmas lights in Chicago

The 24 best restaurants in the West Loop
Restaurants The 24 best restaurants in the West Loop

Take care of your holiday shopping at these Chicago Christmas markets
Shopping Take care of your holiday shopping at these Chicago Christmas markets

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The 10 best things to do in Wisconsin Dells
Things to do The 10 best things to do in Wisconsin Dells

If you fully embrace the city’s cheesy side, the water park capital of the world won’t disappoint.  

The 20 best things to do in Detroit
Things to do The 20 best things to do in Detroit

The list of the best things to do in Detroit is exhaustive, in all the best ways. 

The 15 best things to do in Milwaukee
Things to do The 15 best things to do in Milwaukee

Milwaukee today boasts big city amenities without the headaches of a metropolis.

The 10 best things to do in Ann Arbor
Things to do The 10 best things to do in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is a humble yet sophisticated slice of Southeast Michigan.

The 24 best things to do in Indianapolis
Things to do The 24 best things to do in Indianapolis

Over the last decade the city has quietly become one of the hippest spots in the Midwest. 

The 12 best things to do in Cincinnati
Things to do The 12 best things to do in Cincinnati

We’ve gathered some of the best ways to get a taste of the eclectic Queen City.

The 11 best things to do in Grand Rapids
Things to do The 11 best things to do in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is a wonderfully progressive, expressive, impressive slice of Michigan.

24 awesome things to do in Cleveland
Things to do 24 awesome things to do in Cleveland

The word is out by now: Cleveland ("the Comeback City") is actually pretty cool. 

The 20 best things to do in Minneapolis
Things to do The 20 best things to do in Minneapolis

Visiting Minneapolis properly calls for an action-packed schedule—we can help.

The 11 best things to do in Illinois
Things to do The 11 best things to do in Illinois

Explore small towns, historical monuments and plenty of awe-inspiring wilderness. 

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