Things to Do

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

Chicago summer festivals guide
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Chicago summer festivals guide

Ready. Set. Summer.

The best things to do on a first date in Chicago
Sex and dating

The best things to do on a first date in Chicago

First dates are always awkward, but let us help you plan the perfect a first encounter

The best parks in Chicago
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The best parks in Chicago

Of the 600 Chicago Park District facilities, these are the crème de le crème

The best Chicago beer festivals
Bars

The best Chicago beer festivals

Take your beer drinking experience to the next level

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

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to spend a fortune in order to visit some of Chicago's best museums and cultural institutions. If you're willing to plan ahead, you can take in masterpieces at the Art Institute or gaze at tropical fish while strolling through Shedd Aquarium without spending a dime. You'll need to be an Illinois resident to take advantage of many of these offers, but that's one of the perks of living in Chicago. RECOMMENDED: Complete guide to Chicago museums

The best Chicago flower shops
Shopping

The best Chicago flower shops

It can be tough to "pick" the best of the best flower shops

Cheap eats guide to Chicago
Restaurants

Cheap eats guide to Chicago

Your wallet will love these cheap eats almost as much as your taste buds will

The best movie screenings in Chicago this month
Movies

The best movie screenings in Chicago this month

There's much more to film in Chicago than new releases at the multiplex

Events and festivals

Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan
Sports and fitness

Chicago Cubs: A guide for the baseball fan

The Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team

Upcoming concerts in Chicago
Music

Upcoming concerts in Chicago

Your complete calendar for live music in Chicago

Lollapalooza summer music festival
Music

Lollapalooza summer music festival

Chance the Rapper, Lorde, the Killers and Arcade Fire are among the headliners at this year's fest

Chicago White Sox: A guide for the baseball fan
Sports and fitness

Chicago White Sox: A guide for the baseball fan

Nothing seems to rattle the loyalty of Chicago White Sox fans

Chicago Blackhawks: A guide for the hockey fan
Sports and fitness

Chicago Blackhawks: A guide for the hockey fan

Everything you need to know about cheering on our Stanley Cup-winning boys in red

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Time Out shop

Try the best escape room for only $35

Try the best escape room for only $35

Check out The Escape Game in River North 

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Your summer concerts guide

Your summer concerts guide

The 25 best concerts and tours from A-Z

Luzia

Luzia

Get tickets to LUZIA from Cirque du Soleil and save when you book with us

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Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Chicago Architecture River Cruise

Save on a Chicago architecture river cruise when you book with Time Out

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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. 

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

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 to visit some of Chicago's best museums

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 exhibits for kids in the country

10 best Chicago museums
Museums

10 best Chicago museums

Have inspiring encounters with art, history and culture

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Chicago attractions

The most romantic places in Chicago
Sex and dating

The most romantic places in Chicago

If you're looking to make sparks fly or rekindle an old flame, search no further. 

Chicago's best boat tours
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Chicago's best boat tours

There are few better ways to see the sights than by taking a cruise along the river 

A complete guide to the 606
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A complete guide to the 606

Cruise through Chicago's newest park

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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