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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.

Ben-Hur

Sinking to the bottom of a heap of monolithic summer flops, this remake fails both as action fare and as a spiritual parable

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Kubo and the Two Strings

A mature and gorgeous stop-motion–animated film about feudal Japan and a family’s mythical legacy? Summer movies should always be this smart

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Pete's Dragon

Here's a solid remake of Disney's 1977 adventure story about a boy and his pet dragon

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Hell or High Water

The spine of this dusty Texas crime story is well-worn and cracked, but its simple pleasures hold up

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Sausage Party

Think you're headed for indigestion with this talking-food sex comedy? Healthy toppings go a long way.

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Jason Bourne

Matt Damon returns to his signature role for an undistinguished sequel nobody wanted or needed

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Nerve

A temporary rush at best, this teencentric drama about an online game should appeal to the ADD crowd

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Ghostbusters

Go in with an open heart, and you won’t get slimed: Yesterday’s summer blockbuster is today’s brainiac guilty pleasure

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3 comments
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.