Things to Do

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

47 amazing things to do in Chicago
Things to do

47 amazing things to do in Chicago

From world-class museums to chef-driven restaurants and iconic attractions, these are the all-time best things to do in Chicago right now.

The best things to do in the fall in Chicago
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The best things to do in the fall in Chicago

Colorful leaves, amazing concerts, seasonal festivals and more things to do as autumn arrives

Thanksgiving events in Chicago
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Thanksgiving events in Chicago

We've cooked up your Turkey Day plans so you can focus on feasting

10 things to do during the holidays in Chicago
Things to do

10 things to do during the holidays in Chicago

When the city morphs into a magical winter wonderland, your calendar is gonna be packed

The best Chicago staycation ideas
Travel

The best Chicago staycation ideas

You deserve room service, amazing views and a comfortable robe

The best things to do in Chicago

Best things to do in Chicago that locals and tourists will love
Things to do

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

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

Events and festivals

Concerts in Chicago in November
Music

Concerts in Chicago in November

Sax savant Kamasi Washington, the month-long Red Bull Music Festival and more great shows to see

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 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

Chicago Bulls: A guide for the basketball fan
Sports and fitness

Chicago Bulls: A guide for the basketball fan

The glory days of the '90s may be over, but the Bulls are still loved in Chicago

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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Best sellers

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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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

The Goodman Theatre’s production of the Charles Dickens classic keeps its seasonal charm intact in its latest iteration

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

See the much-loved story relived in musical form in this super-limited engagement

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Jack White + The Nude Party

Jack White + The Nude Party

White's live show is built around the bluesy riffs of his previous bands, including the White Stripes

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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

Free museum days at the best Chicago museums
Things to do

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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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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