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

16 amazing ways to spend the holidays in Chicago
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16 amazing ways to spend the holidays in Chicago

Celebrate the season with gorgeous light displays, festive theater productions, outdoor markets and spirited live music.

The absolute coziest things to do in Chicago
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The absolute coziest things to do in Chicago

Don't despair when the weather gets chilly—here's where you can stay toasty

Our guide to Christmas in Chicago
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Our guide to Christmas in Chicago

Find the most festive events and the biggest trees with the help of our holiday guide

Raise a mug at Christkindlmarket Chicago
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Raise a mug at Christkindlmarket Chicago

With locations in the Loop and Wrigleyville, this holiday market is a beloved local tradition

The 9 best ice skating rinks
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The 9 best ice skating rinks

Strap on your skates and take a few laps around these remarkable local rinks

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
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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 Architecture Biennial
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Chicago Architecture Biennial

Learn about archiecture from around the world during this city-wide event

ZooLights
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ZooLights

2.5 million bulbs light up the night at Lincoln Park Zoo's winter display

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Winterland at Gallagher Way
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Winterland at Gallagher Way

Skate, shop and eat by Wrigley Field while the Cubs are hibernating for the season

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Lightscape
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Lightscape

Walk through an epic new light show at the Chicago Botanic Garden 

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Winter WonderFest
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Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier brings all of the winter fun indoors, with skating, rides, cocoa and more

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3 out of 5 stars
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Deals & Giveaways

Hamilton

Hamilton

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

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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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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Mean Girls

Mean Girls

After debuting on Broadway in 2018, the musical version of Tina Fey's high school comedy Mean Girls is going to try to make "fetch" happen in Chicago. The James M. Nederlander Theatre will host the touring production of the stage adaptation for a five-week engagement from December 25, 2019 to January 26, 2020. Boasting a book by Fey, the Mean Girls musical follows home-schooled teenager Cady Heron as she begins attending a high school in the Chicago suburbs and contends with Regina George, the most popular (and meanest) girl in her class. Time Out New York theater critic Adam Feldman awarded the original Broadway production four stars, calling it "A canny crossbreed of Heathers and Hairspray... updated to reflect the new realities of smartphones and social media." Tickets for the Chicago production of Mean Girls will go on sale soon and, just like the touring production of Dear Evan Hansen, they're likely to sell out extremely quickly.

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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
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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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