The best things to do in Chicago
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
Events and festivals
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Acrobats, illusionists, dancers, jugglers and stilt-walkers take the stage in this kinetic holiday show, which channels European cirque performances and Broadway glitz. Cirque Dreams Holidaze features more than 300 festive cotumes, 20 acts and original music that celebrates important dates throughout the holiday season, presented over through course of a two-hour show.
I Feel Pretty star, podcast host and activist Amy Schumer brings comes to the Chicago Theatre for two nights of delightfully dirty stand-up comedy. Schumer recently announced her pregnancy (at the end of an Instagram post encouraging her fans to vote), so some characteristically graphic material about morning sickness and childbearing is pretty much guaranteed.
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Things to do with kids
Check out Rockin' Jump at the Buffalo Grove. It's perfect for birthday's and more.
Amazing Mirror Maze
Explore a maze with 1,800-square-foot stretch of wall-to-wall reflective surfaces