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Things to do on a rainy day in Chicago

You'll find plenty of things to do on a rainy day at Chicago's indoor attractions, museums, art exhibits and more

Don't let a day of bad weather in Chicago give you the blues. Even when the heavens open up, you can still get a bite to eat at one of the best Chicago restaurants, head indoors to explore a Chicago attraction or just find a bar and sit down for a craft beer. There is no shortage of things to do on a rainy day in Chicago, so grab an umbrella and cheer up.

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Go to a museum

The 10 best Chicago museums
Museums

The 10 best Chicago museums

See art, historical artifacts and interactive exhibits at the city's top institutions

Free museum days
Things to do

Free museum days

Being an Illinois resident has its advantages when it comes to museum admission

12 free art museums and galleries
Museums

12 free art museums and galleries

You don't have to spend a dime to see great art in Chicago

The best contemporary art galleries
Art

The best contemporary art galleries

Check out engaging art from rising talent at these key contemporary art galleries

Watch a movie

Critics' picks
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Critics' picks

Our critics select the cinematic cream of the crop

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New movie reviews

Our best bets for your trip to the multiplex

The best movie theaters in Chicago
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The best movie theaters in Chicago

Pick your film and head out to one of the city's premiere theaters

Best upcoming movies
Movies

Best upcoming movies

Here are the blockbusters and indies that we're looking forward to

Get cozy in a bar or café

The best coffee shops
Restaurants

The best coffee shops

Warm up with a quick cup of drip coffee, pour-over, Chemex, cappuccino or latte

The best cocktail bars
Bars

The best cocktail bars

Find the finest liquid courage to power through a gloomy day

The best beer bars and brewpubs
Bars

The best beer bars and brewpubs

Dark clouds call for some dark beers in some the city's best bars

The best wine bars
Bars

The best wine bars

Pour yourself a glass (or two) and forget about the damp weather

Keep the kids entertained

Top indoor playgrounds for kids
Kids

Top indoor playgrounds for kids

A rainy day doesn't mean you have to miss out on a trip to a playground

The 50 best family movies
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The 50 best family movies

Curl up on the couch with one of these family-friendly films

The best kid-friendly restaurants
Kids

The best kid-friendly restaurants

These restaurants have amped up their kids' menus with selections that would make any adult jealous

Kid-friendly bars and pubs
Kids

Kid-friendly bars and pubs

Find a place where you can have a beer while your little ones don't drink beer

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