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Discover the best things to do in Chicago, including popular events, festivals, attractions, tours and free activities

The best things to do at home in Chicago
Things to do

The best things to do at home in Chicago

Stuck at home and looking for something to keep you occupied? Us too. Here's how you can experience the best of city life from your couch.  

Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings
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Take a digital tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic Chicagoland buildings

Looking for a quick diversion during a long workday? Go inside a few of Wright's most influential Chicagoland properties.

Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios
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Get your zen on from home with these digital yoga classes offered by local studios

Stop and take a breath with the help of these livestreamed classes and guided meditations

Watch a concert from your couch by streaming these live sets from Chicago artists
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Watch a concert from your couch by streaming these live sets from Chicago artists

Catch all your favorite local acts with these live recorded sets

Here’s how you can foster a shelter pet while working from home
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Here’s how you can foster a shelter pet while working from home

If you can, now's the perfect time to take in a furry friend 

The best things to do in Chicago

The 25 best Chicago attractions
Attractions

The 25 best Chicago attractions

We’ve assembled the city's must-see attractions for your touring convenience.

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

We've searched the city to assemble this list of the best things to do in Chicago.

Free things to do in Chicago
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Free things to do in Chicago

You don't need to break the bank to experience the best of Chicago

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

These well-respected institutions offer informative and inspiring encounters with art, history, science and culture

Events and festivals

The best comic book conventions in Chicago
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The best comic book conventions in Chicago

Batman, Superman and Optimus Prime have visited our city in the past, so the abundance of comic book conventions in Chicago makes perfect sense.

A new Chicago food festival highlights homegrown delicacies like Malört and jibaritos
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A new Chicago food festival highlights homegrown delicacies like Malört and jibaritos

Start brushing up on the difference between a Jim Shoe sandwich and a sweet steak hoagy. 

Lollapalooza 2020 rumors and lineup predictions
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Lollapalooza 2020 rumors and lineup predictions

We’re ready to make some predictions about this year’s Lollapalooza schedule.

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums
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Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

You don't have to pay a dime to see these top-rated institutions.

The best Chicago beer festivals
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The best Chicago beer festivals

Here's where you can try a bunch of new beers in the span of a few hours

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Deals & Giveaways

Win a VIP group package for up to eight people at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel
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Win a VIP group package for up to eight people at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel

Tiger Woods got nothing on you? Well, you can now get swinging thanks to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel. They’re giving away a spectacular ‘crew love’ prize package, an all-inclusive experience for you and up to eight of your favorite friends. And it’s ideal for bachelor and bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays as well as good ol’ get-togethers. First off, you’ll have access to the Topgolf Swing Suite, where you can enjoy luxurious surroundings, a reserved bay for two hours of unlimited gameplay, a complimentary first round of golf and drinks and appetizers. You’ll also have reserved seating for an hour in the Game Room, with two beers or cocktails plus a burger, fries and fried pickles for each person. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Head to Cindy’s bar for the complimentary bubbly on arrival, where your group will have a reserved space to chill out (the Lakeview Couch), or to the on-site Shake Shack to spend your free credits on mouthwatering burgers. And when you’re ready to catch some Zs? Head back to one of the two double guest rooms.  Ready to tee off? For you chance to win this prize, click below and answer a simple question. Good luck! ENTER NOW

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Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

This Chicago architecture tour is a must for entertaining family and friends from out of town or just orienting yourself to the city’s many architectural wonders. With a knowledgeable docent in tow, you'll cruise along the Chicago River from River City north to Goose Island, taking in stunning, unimpeded views of some of the city's most famous skyscrapers along the way.

Chicago Pedway Walking Tour

Chicago Pedway Walking Tour

After you've gotten an overview from the river, get inside some of those buildings with this 90-minute walking tour. Making use of the Pedway, the tour is almost completely indoors, making it a good option for winter visitors (or stormy summer days). Guests share iPads loaded with historic photos, videos and archival maps for additional context.

Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago Helicopter Experience

No Chicago tour will take you higher than the Chicago Helicopter Experience, which offers aerial tours of the city's skyline. You'll board a chopper on the outskirts of Bridgeport and fly up the coast of Lake Michigan to Montrose Harbor and back in about 15 minutes. The cost of the flight might seem a little steep, but the photo opportunities are priceless.

Things to do in Chicago every day

Things to do with kids

11 amazing children’s museums in Chicago
Kids

11 amazing children’s museums in Chicago

These beloved institutions offer fun for the whole family all year.

The best indoor activities for kids
Kids

The best indoor activities for kids

Whether your tot’s an artist, an adventurer or an aspiring scientist

The 26 best things to do with kids in Chicago
Kids

The 26 best things to do with kids in Chicago

The city may be built on world-class institutions and amazing restaurants, but it's also brimming with awesome things to do with kids.

Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
Kids

Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs

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Chicago museums

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

Learn something new while having a bit of fun at some of the most interesting Chicago museums.

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums
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Free museum days at the best Chicago museums

Give your wallet a rest with these free days at Chicago's top institutions. 

The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago
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The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago

There's so much more than the Art Institute and the MCA

Chicago's top children's museums
Kids

Chicago's top children's museums

Chicago has some of the best museums in the country, and many feature exhibits specifically for little ones.

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Chicago attractions

Where to find the best skyline views in Chicago
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Where to find the best skyline views in Chicago

Our photogenic skyline boasts a surplus of beautiful buildings.

The best Chicago boat tours
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The best Chicago boat tours

Take it all in from Chicago's beautiful waterways.

Nine alternatives to the most touristy Chicago attractions
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Nine alternatives to the most touristy Chicago attractions

Don't get stuck in a tourist trap. 

The best Chicago food tours
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The best Chicago food tours

Try Chicago's best pizza in a single afternoon

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Things to do in Chicago neighborhoods

Irving Park
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Irving Park

Irving Park boasts an array of dive bars and coffee shops that are worth searching out

Portage Park
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Portage Park

Explore Portage Park's ornate movie theaters and classic bungalow homes

Roscoe Village
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Roscoe Village

  Find live jazz, vintage theads and great eats in this classic Chicago 'hood

Edgewater
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Edgewater

Kick back on the shores of Lake Michigan in this architecturally historic neighborhood

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More great things to do near Chicago

The 10 best things to do in Wisconsin Dells
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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
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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
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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
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The 10 best things to do in Ann Arbor

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

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