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January 2021 events calendar for Chicago

Begin the new year with events, festivals, concerts, theater and more great things to do in Chicago in January
Written by
Emma Krupp
Zach Long

It's official: We made it through 2020! Celebrate by exploring the best that our city has to offer in the first blush of the new year. The world of concerts, art exhibits and events still looks pretty different in 2021—for now, at least—but you'll find that there are still loads of things to do in Chicago this month. If you haven't already caught any of the shimmering displays of Christmas lights in Chicago, make that a priority; most installations come down after the first weekend of January. For more outdoor fun, lace up your skates and head to a Chicago ice skating rink or wait for a snowfall and go sledding in Chicago. Prefer to hibernate in your apartment? Check out the roster of virtual events and concerts happening throughout the month. For more advice on how to ring in 2021, check out our list of the best things to do this January in Chicago.

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