February 2021: It's still cold and snowy in Chicago (it's winter, after all), but you'll find plenty of new things to do throughout the city this month now that some museums have reopened as a result of relaxed restrictions. The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Art Institute of Chicago are welcoming visitors back this month, offering a chance to see exhibitions that were closed for much of 2020—just make sure you purchase tickets in advance. You can also explore the Museum of Illusions in the Loop, see the sights from atop the 360 CHICAGO observatory or brave the elements and have a beer on Metropolitan Brewing's riverfront patio in Avondale. While you're enjoying all of the wonderful things to do in Chicago, don't forget to wear a mask, follow social distancing recommendations and keep yourself (and others) safe.
No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to get excited about in this no-nonsense Midwestern metropolis. The best things to do in Chicago run the gamut—from seriously fun to awesomely educational. Looking for culture? Spend a day exploring Chicago museums. Hungry? You've come to the right place. There are tons of amazing restaurants in Chicago that highlight the city's rich and diverse culinary landscape. (And plenty of uniquely Chicago bars that do the trick, too.) We've searched all across the city to assemble this list of the best things to do in Chicago. Follow it and never get bored here again.
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