January 2021: Cold weather and snow have returned to Chicago, while restaurants, bars, museums and most indoor attractions remain closed to visitors. But there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the city and support local businesses, like taking a trip to Chinatown, ordering a new novel from Pilsen Community Books or watching a streaming movie curated by the Music Box Theatre. And if you're comfortable venturing out into the world, you can have a meal inside a yurt at Swift & Sons or head to Blue Island to see a drive-in screening at Rock Island Public House. 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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