Things to Do

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

Time Out Love Chicago Awards 2016
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Time Out Love Chicago Awards 2016

Show your Chicago love by nominating your favorite neighborhood bars, restaurants, coffee shops, stores and cultural venues now through September 30

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The best things to do in Chicago

The best corn mazes near Chicago
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The best corn mazes near Chicago

The best corn mazes in and around Chicago offer up some serious challenges, from 30-plus acres of corn in Spring Grove to a haunted maze in Minooka that puts some haunted houses to shame. No matter what kind of autumn outing you're looking for, these make for some great family-friendly day trips. Once you've hit the pumpkin patch and gone apple picking, check out our list of farms for more adventure.  

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Every free museum day in Chicago
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Every free museum day in Chicago

Don't have to spend a fortune to visit the best museums

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The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago
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The 25 best sights and attractions in Chicago

Entertain guests or act like a tourist in your hometown and revisit these iconic Chicago attractions

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The best apple picking near Chicago
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The best apple picking near Chicago

You know apple picking near Chicago is one of the best things to do in fall in the city. Before you hit one of the area's best corn mazes on a family weekend getaway, don't forget to check out our list of the best places for apple picking nearby.  

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Events and festivals

Riot Fest music festival
Music

Riot Fest music festival

North Coast Music Festival bills itself as "Summer's Last Stand"

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Upcoming concerts in Chicago
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Upcoming concerts in Chicago

Look no further for live music

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Chicago Marathon guide
Sports and fitness

Chicago Marathon guide

Whether you're a spectator or a competitor, here's everything you need to know about the 26.2 mile race

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A complete guide to Chicago Cubs games
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A complete guide to Chicago Cubs games

The Chicago Cubs are more than just a baseball team

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Oktoberfest events in Chicago
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Oktoberfest events in Chicago

Halloween is still weeks away, but that shouldn't stop you from getting into the festive spirit of the season at one of the city's many 2016 Oktoberfest celebrations. Welcome fall's colorful foliage and bountiful harvest by having a meal (and a few drinks) at a German restaurant. Whether you're itching to squeeze into your lederhosen or just want to tip back a boot of beer, you'll want to take a look at our list of the best Oktoberfest events in town. RECOMMENDED: Our guide to fall in Chicago

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Things to do in Chicago every day

Things to do with kids

Pumpkin patches near Chicago
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Pumpkin patches near Chicago

It wouldn't really be the fall season without a big ol' pumpkin, right? 

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Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago
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Kid-friendly restaurants in Chicago

Move over, chicken fingers and hot dogs

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8 great playgrounds
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8 great playgrounds

Where to find the best wings, slides, climbing structures and mazes

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Why Chicago is the best city to raise kids
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Why Chicago is the best city to raise kids

25 reasons that will make you fall in love with Chicago all over again—this time as a parent

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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

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The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago
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The best contemporary art galleries in Chicago

There's so much more than the Art Institute and the MCA

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Chicago's top children's museums
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Chicago's top children's museums

Chicago has some of the best exhibits for kids in the country

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10 best Chicago museums
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10 best Chicago museums

Have inspiring encounters with art, history and culture

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Chicago attractions

The most romantic places in Chicago
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The most romantic places in Chicago

Believe it, Chicago is a city of romance. And possibly even more so for all the amorous pleasantries that go unseen during our brutal winters, in sweatpants, under blankets in our heated living rooms with a movie on TV. You know, the unsexy kind of stuff so often portrayed on Midwestern sitcoms. When the weather permits though, we’re out and about like it's nobody's business, which makes Chicago one of the best cities for singles. Whether it's frequenting the nearest watering hole or lazing about Chicago's beaches, there's no shortage of things to do during Chicago's summer months, and a good portion of those places to go and sights to see are loaded with romantic potential.  If you're looking for venues with the best opportunities to make sparks fly or rekindle an old flame, search no further. These are the most romantic spots in Chicago.

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

You can walk the streets of Chicago and look up in awe at the towering buildings (maybe skip the ugly ones), but most of the city's architectural attractions are best appreciated from a different vantage point. In the summer, there are few better ways to see the sights than by taking a cruise along the river or riding up and down the coast of Lake Michigan. Whether you're interested in Chicago's history, want to watch some fireworks or just wave at your friend on the beach, there's probably a tour that will float your boat. RECOMMENDED: Find more to explore on the best Chicago tours

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

Cruise through Chicago's newest park

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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

Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhood guide
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Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhood guide

Tap into the history and culture of this German-American enclave

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Old Town and Goose Island neighborhood guide
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Old Town and Goose Island neighborhood guide

Old Town is a neighborhood that oozes with history, including former speakeasies and ornate churches

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Humboldt Park
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Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park has no shortage of fantastic attractions

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Ukrainian Village and Noble Square neighborhood guide
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Ukrainian Village and Noble Square neighborhood guide

Discover an abundance of restaurants, bars, cheap eats and attractions

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