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

Things to do in the summer in Chicago
Things to do

Things to do in the summer in Chicago

Follow our summer bucket list, which is packed with activities that are better in the sun

The 24 best Chicago beaches
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The 24 best Chicago beaches

It's almost time to start planning some afternoons spent on the sand

The best summer festivals
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The best summer festivals

Figure out where you'll spend the coming weekends drinking, eating and dancing outdoors

Where to see outdoor movies in Chicago this summer
Movies

Where to see outdoor movies in Chicago this summer

Pack a blanket and stock up on popcorn

31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms
Bars

31 best Chicago breweries and taprooms

Need a drink? We've got a few suggestions...

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
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.

The 17 best cheap eats in Chicago
Restaurants

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

Riot Fest music festival
Music

Riot Fest music festival

What better way to send off summer music festival season than with a weekend of rock, metal and punk?

The best Chicago summer festivals
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The best Chicago summer festivals

Start making weekend plans filled with food, music and art with our guide to Chicago summer festivals and street parties.

Every free event happening in Millennium Park this summer
News

Every free event happening in Millennium Park this summer

We're so ready for picnic season.

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 complete Ravinia Festival lineup
Music

The complete Ravinia Festival lineup

Pack a picnic for sets from Weird Al, Kesha, Steely Dan and more

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Deals & Giveaways

Win a beachfront vacation in Miami

Win a beachfront vacation in Miami

Enter for a chance to win a two-night stay at Nautilus by Arlo.

Win the ultimate Chicago staycation

Win the ultimate Chicago staycation

Enjoy a $150 Time Out Market card and a two-night stay at The Hoxton Chicago.

Hamilton

Hamilton

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

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Morrissey

Morrissey

Everyone's favorite vegan (remember when he shut down all of the hot dog, taco and burger stands at Riot Fest?) makes his first appearance at Raivinia, headlining the summer-long festival's penultimate performance (which will probably be mostly meat-free, unless security starts confiscating salami from picnic baskets). The former Smiths frontman is touring behind his recent album, California Son, a covers record on which Moz takes on tracks by the likes of Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Carly Simon. As usual, we can't be entirely sure that Morrissey will even show up—he's canceled several recent concerts in Chicago due to illness, and September is a opportune time to catch a sudden end-of-the-summer cold.

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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
Kids

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
Attractions

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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