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Weekend Alert January 13-15: Chicago's Best Grilled Cheese Competition, 600+ Boats, a Citywide Indie Music Fest and FREE MLK Weekend Offers

Shedd Aquarium

It's another weekend and it's time for you to make the most of it with your weekend alert! Are you a grilled cheese lover, cultural music fan or sailing enthusiast? Well, we've got some Chicago events specifically for you, and some great FREE offerins as well! It's time to make weekend plans with these 8 picks.  

Feel the Magic at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: January 19–29

Rough House

If you think puppets are just for kids, head out to the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and prepare to be amazed. The second bi-annual event will feature talented puppetry artists from Chicago, across the country and all over the globe, for 11 days of performances and workshops.

Score Crafts & Cocktails at Chicago Handmade Market

Handmade Market Chicago

Getting crafty was never as much fun as the popular Ukrainian Village monthly event, Handmade Market. This crafters dream unfolds inside of the Empty Bottle bar on Saturday, January 14, from noon to 4 pm. Cocktails will be served during the market so that shoppers can browse and sip through this free event.

Discount Deals to Our Favorite Productions: Dance, Music, Magic & More! Chicago Theatre Week 2017, February 9–19

Chicago Theatre Week 2017

With over 120 participating productions, Chicago Theatre Week (February 9–19) has a wide array of offerings, from opera to stand-up comedy to magic, and everything in between. Now in its 5th year, CTW celebrates Chicago's vibrant performing arts scene with discounted tickets — including to shows outside of the traditional theatre realm — priced at $30, $15 or less.

Weekend Alert January 6-8: 180 Comedy Performances, Fun Floral Displays, Navy Pier's Mega Festival Finale & FREE Museum Days

Adler Planetarium

It's the first weekend of 2017 and we've already got some amazing Chicago events and activities you won't want to miss, many of which are free! Get ready to laugh at 180 shows at the Sketch Comedy Fest, tour some of Chicago's famous attractions, check out spectacular flower displays and go wild at Navy Pier's indoor fun zone: 170,000 square feet of rides and slides. It's time to make weekend plans... here's your guide.  

Chicago Theatre Week 2017: Exclusive Sneak Peek!

The Bodyguard

Mark your calendars, Chicago Theatre Week is back! Participating productions have not been announced yet, but we have an exclusive sneak peek featuring select shows that are sure to sell out fast. Tickets for Chicago Theatre Week (CTW) go on sale Tuesday, January 10 at 10AM CST. CTW will take place February 9 - 19, 2017.

Weekend Alert December 30-January 1: HUGE New Year's Parties, Special Brunches to Kick Off 2017 + 2 Iconic Ice Skating Rinks

New Year's Eve at JW Marriott Chicago

Who's ready to spend New Year's Eve in Chicago? We've got some of the most memorable ways for you to welcome in 2017 that will have you wishing for the night to never end. From the top hotel parties to fireworks finales and special events (including the rising of a 70-foot star!) to restaurant celebrations, this is the place to be. Don't miss out!


The Largest Sketch Comedy Festival in the Country: Stage 773's 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Fest Opens Jan. 5

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

If your New Year's resolution involves lauhing more, you're in luck. You can start 2017 off on a humorous note at Stage 773's Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the country's largest comedy event. "The raging Lakeview Beast" ("Chicago Tribune") whose "laughs are right on track" ("Chicago Sun-Times") serves up the laughs with its most-anticipated line-up in its 16-year history.

4 Reasons to See This Comedy Revue on The Second City Mainstage

The Winner…of Our Discontent

Comedy powerhouse The Second City has a brand new Mainstage revue, its 105th to be exact, and this one truly slays. Not only does The Winner...of Our Discontent make you laugh, but it makes you think, and it makes you feel, and it opens your eyes.

Weekend Alert December 23-25: Indoor Foodie Tours, Broadway In Chicago Deals, a Seuss Exhibit, Poetry Slam + Christmas Market Final Shopping Weekend


It's Christmas weekend, and we know you're ready to make the most of it! Well, we've got some of the top happenings for you to enjoy, while staying warm here in Chicago. From amazing shows, museum & art exhibits (with Seuss and Snoopy both) to delicious tastings during a neighborhood food experience, this is one the best places to spend your holiday weekend. Here's your guide to making weekend plans.  



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