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

How to celebrate Easter in Chicago
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How to celebrate Easter in Chicago

Find the best egg hunts, Easter Bunny visits and more with our guide to the spring holiday

The 21 most beautiful Chicago parks
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The 21 most beautiful Chicago parks

With more than 600 facilities throughout the city, the Chicago Parks District boasts something for everyone, whether you're looking for a tiny neighborhood playlot for the kids or a vast swath of green space. Chicago parks are more than just places to workout, ride your bike or play tennis, they also offer plenty of cultural programming, such as the Millennium Park summer concert series or outdoor movies. Most importantly, these Chicago attractions provide a space to relax and momentarily forget that you're in the middle of a large city, filled with people, buildings and cars. Not sure which Chicago parks you should visit? Leaving aside Chicago beaches (unfair advantage, honestly), these are some of our favorite parks in the city.

Where to see outdoor movies in Chicago
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Where to see outdoor movies in Chicago

See some classic flicks under the stars this summer

Check out Gallagher Way's summer movie lineup
Movies

Check out Gallagher Way's summer movie lineup

See Wayne's World and Jurassic Park beside Wrigley Field this summer

31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms
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31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

Need a drink? We've got a few suggestions...

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

You don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit some of Chicago's best museums and cultural institutions.

The 17 best cheap eats in Chicago
Restaurants

The 17 best cheap eats in Chicago

We searched high and low to find awesomely inexpensive culinary delights.

Events and festivals

Everything you need to know about Lollapalooza 2019
Music

Everything you need to know about Lollapalooza 2019

Looking for the biggest music festival in Chicago? Welcome to Lollapalooza 2019.

Here’s every free event happening in Millennium Park this summer
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Here’s every free event happening in Millennium Park this summer

We're so ready for picnic season.

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

The complete Ravinia Festival lineup
Music

The complete Ravinia Festival lineup

Pack a picnic for sets from Weird Al, Kesha, Steely Dan and more

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

Find your tribe at some of the best comic book and fan conventions in Chicago

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Deals & Giveaways

Win a $500 Ocean Prime promotional gift card
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Win a $500 Ocean Prime promotional gift card

To celebrate the launch of their brand new Chicago restaurant, Ocean Prime are offering Time Out users the chance to bag a very special complimentary gift card worth a cool $500. And sure, dining without having to put your hand in your pocket is pretty good in itself but what should really grab your attention is that it’s at an award-winning modern-American group from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Their new Chicago venue looks incredible. It’s located on the second level of the London Guarantee Building, on the corner of Michigan and Upper Wacker, and is designed by Mark Knauer, who’s kitted the place out with metallic pillars, glittering chandeliers, marble bar tops and nods to Chicago luminaries and personalities.  And the food? Think prime steak tartare, white truffle caviar deviled eggs, sushi, Chilean sea bass with whipped potatoes and a champagne truffle sauce and prime steaks, seasoned and broiled at 1200 degrees. That’s pretty hot, fyi.  So, of course you want to eat here, right? Well all you need to do is click the link below to be in with a chance of bagging that $500 promotional gift card. Good luck, people.   ENTER NOW

Hamilton

Hamilton

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

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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. 

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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour
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Gangsters and Ghosts Tour

This tour visits the locations frequented by some of Chicago's most notorious gangsters along with many of the most haunted locations in Chicago

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Things to do in Chicago every day

Things to do with kids

Rockin' Jump

Rockin' Jump

Check out Rockin' Jump at the Buffalo Grove. It's perfect for birthday's and more. 

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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

Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
Kids

Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs

Amazing Mirror Maze

Amazing Mirror Maze

Explore a maze with 1,800-square-foot stretch of wall-to-wall reflective surfaces

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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
Art

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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