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

The best summer festivals
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The best summer festivals

Figure out where you'll spend the coming weekends drinking, eating and dancing outdoors

How to spend Memorial Day weekend in Chicago
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How to spend Memorial Day weekend in Chicago

Take advantage of the day off by checking out the best the city has to offer.

The 24 best Chicago beaches
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The 24 best Chicago beaches

It's almost time to start planning some afternoons spent on the sand

Your guide to the World Naked Bike Ride
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Your guide to the World Naked Bike Ride

Strip down and hit the streets.

55 things to do in Chicago in May
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55 things to do in Chicago in May

Fill your spring itinerary with the help of our May events calendar.

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.

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.

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.

Events and festivals

Chicago Pride 2019: Everything you need to know
LGBT

Chicago Pride 2019: Everything you need to know

Let your rainbow flag fly, Chicago!

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
Bars

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

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Deals & Giveaways

Hamilton

Hamilton

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

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The Who

The Who

Keith Moon died in 1978, John Entwhistle in 2002, but that hasn't stopped Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from singing about their generation. The Who's latest tour arrives alongside new material from a forthcoming album, which contains the band's first batch of new tunes since its 2006 release, Endless Wire. Of course, anyone coming to hear hits like "Pinball Wizard" and "Baba O'Riley" won't be disappointed—after decades on the road, the Who is finely-tuned legacy rock and roll machine that knows which side of its bread is buttered.

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Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood

Throughout much of her new album, Titanic Rising, it's clear that Natalie Mering (a.k.a. Weyes Blood) has the end of the world on her mind. But the looming threat of climate change doesn't stop Mering from writing love songs, even if they're unconventional ones that consider the purpose of and desire for intimacy in an age when people are content to stare at their phones and disconnect from reality. Channeling the lush arrangements of ‘70s folk-singers like Joni Mitchell and Carole King, Mering embraces the melancholy nature of her songs and finds comfort in nostalgia—but she doesn't lose sight of the future we're all barreling toward.

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Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande

Between the tragic Manchester Arena bombing, the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and the very public end of her brief engagement to SNL star Pete Davidson, the past year has been a rough one for Ariana Grande. But amid the turmoil, the singer released Sweetner, her most impressive collection of songs to date, filled with empowering anthems and soaring R&B ballads (not to mention the inescapable single “God is a Woman”). The former Nickelodeon star will take her latest album on the road this spring, including a stop at the United Center, where Grande can fill the cavernous venue with her expansive vocal range. No word yet on whether or not her pet pig, Piggy Smalls, will make an appearance, but we're keeping our fingers crossed. Tickets for Ariana Grande's United Center show will go on sale Monday, November 5 at 10am.

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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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