Your perfect weekend | AIC free days + Winter Bike to Work Day

Five events for mid-January

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing Photograph: Dave Jordano

Friday, Jan 20

On this date 27 years ago, O’Hare’s thermometer read negative 27 degrees. This winter, sunshine and the I-can-still-feel-my-fingers temps have made biking to the office much more inviting. Hop on your two wheels and stop by Daley Plaza for Active Transportation Alliance’s annual Winter Bike to Work Day. Indulge in a breakfast of gratis Caribou Coffee drinks and Eli’s Cheesecake. Nab free cold-weather gear, enter to win a fold-up bike or get a complimentary safety check. Daley Plaza, Washington St at Dearborn St (312-427-3325). 6:30–9am; free.

If your holiday funds were too low to escape Chicago and spend Christmas museum-trekking in Europe, try the Art Institute of Chicago free days. For Illinois residents, the whole shebang is free today and every weekday through February 10. The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave. 10:30am–5pm; free.

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