October 2020: With many music venues, bars and theaters closed to the public due to capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the fall iteration of the DO List is still a bit shorter than usual. Thankfully, we've found new ways to celebrate the season by visiting pumpkin patches or taking a trip to Hyde Park to admire the colorful foliage. Plus, you can chow down on Tamale Guy's specialty, slurp a bowl of noodles from Wasabi Ramen or take in a streaming show from the Hideout. 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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