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Things to do in Chicago today

The day's best things to do in Chicago—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

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One of the iconic views of the Chicago skyline from Willis Tower.

Looking for something to do this evening? Have a friend coming into town who wants to see the sights? You're in luck, because Chicago is a city filled with attractions and things to do (including some that cost absolutely nothing). Seize the moment with our list of today's best concerts, shows, activities and more.

Silence

Summoning his deepest conviction, Martin Scorsese transcends his filmography with a tale of Christianity in crisis

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Hidden Figures

This true story of ’60s-era African-American NASA workers has sentiment on its side, even if it’s a touch overblown

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Fences

Viola Davis's soulful performance is the main reason to see this otherwise stagy adaptation of August Wilson’s play

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Sing

The makers of Despicable Me deliver a fun animated musical about animals pursuing their dream—to be singers

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Neruda

The famous Chilean poet comes to life in an unusual drama with literary ambitions and a wavering focus

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Passengers

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are marooned on a spaceship years from help in this disappointing romantic drama

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La La Land

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in a piece of musical euphoria that's as attuned to the genre's past as it is to today's anxieties

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Chris F
Chris F

The Laser Comedy Show is at 8pm on Tuesdays 1462 N. Ashland - opening with a variety comedy showcase $12 The Laser Comedy Show is unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Sumeja F
Sumeja F

You mostly post plays for things to do in Chicago. We want to see actual fun things to do, not a list of 15 plays every day. There's so many other exiting events happening in Chicago that you don't post about.

Stephanie L
Stephanie L

I'm visiting from San Diego with my husband and found something we will both like to do! Thank you for the informative calendar!

Leo M
Leo M

To Hank, Now we know what the A stands for Hank.

Hank A
Hank A

Really....you can only tell me one thing to do today, May 16th in Chicago, DOH!!!  


Good luck in your future endeavors.