How to make Chicago (even) better

Chicago is already an awesome city, but there are a few ways to make it an even more amazing place

Illustration: David Alvarado

We can’t think of anywhere better than Chicago—that’s why Time Out Chicago exists, after all. From Rogers Park to Pullman, our Midwestern mecca is packed with talented people, delicious restaurants, world-class architecture and a wealth of culture (not to mention a few teams that occasionally win a championship). We’re not discounting our city’s glaring political, financial and social issues, but we firmly believe that making day-to-day life more enjoyable can lead to lasting change. That’s why we’ve laid out ways our metropolis can continue making your friends who don’t live here extremely envious—brutal winter weather notwithstanding.

Keep Chicago’s stellar restaurants open
Restaurants

Keep Chicago’s stellar restaurants open

Chef Edward Kim has a few ideas about how you can keep your favorite spots afloat 

Make that zip line across the Chicago River a real thing
Things to do

Make that zip line across the Chicago River a real thing

It may seem far-fetched, but this could be the best riverfront attraction of all time

Create an express train to Madison, Wisconsin
Things to do

Create an express train to Madison, Wisconsin

It's not just about the beer and cheese—we want to be able to ride the rails to every major Midwestern city

Do improv for improv’s sake
Comedy

Do improv for improv’s sake

Improv veteran Susan Messing explains why the art form is more than just a line on your acting résumé

Make Chicago a craft beer tourism destination
Bars

Make Chicago a craft beer tourism destination

Vice District Brewing cofounder Quintin Cole explains how Chicago can become a beer nerd mecca

Quit hanging your hopes on Chicago rookies (and their jerseys)
Sports and fitness

Quit hanging your hopes on Chicago rookies (and their jerseys)

You can be a passionate sports fan without purchasing an embarrassing piece of laundry

Put a Three Floyds taproom in Chicago, already!
Bars

Put a Three Floyds taproom in Chicago, already!

The Indiana brewers have hinted at the possibility of Chicago outpost for years and we're ready for it to happen

Put this public art in Chicago, stat
Art

Put this public art in Chicago, stat

Our readers dreamed up some public art installations that we'd definitely take a few selfies in front of

Keep smaller, scrappy theater companies in Chicago
Theater

Keep smaller, scrappy theater companies in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Greta Honold explains why collaboration between big and small theaters is key

Ensure that the Chicago film industry is a safe space for all
Movies

Ensure that the Chicago film industry is a safe space for all

Local film Angie Gaffney explains how she's helping craft guidelines that will keep Chicago film sets safe

Get your way on the CTA
Things to do

Get your way on the CTA

We asked our readers to come up with ways that their commutes could be improved

Give Chicago another hip-hop music festival like Chance's
Music

Give Chicago another hip-hop music festival like Chance's

Someone should follow Chance's lead and bring another hip-hop–centric fest to the city's South Side

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M Davis C

It would also be great if the Milwaukee District-N Metra line would come all the way up to Lake Geneva, WI, instead of its last stop in Fox Lake, IL.