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11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


St. Patrick's Day 2017 in Chicago: 8 Weekend Picks

St. Patrick's Day Chicago River Dyeing

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, and that means there are lots of fun (and mostly FREE) events in the city. Bookmark this list to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of these St. Patrick's Day holiday happenings starting tomorrow March 11 and throughout the weekend!


All New Show Experiences at Blue Man Group Chicago

Blue Man Group

Unless you've been living in a bunker for the past 26 years, you've probably heard of Blue Man Group. You may have even seen them live. This month, they freshened up their show with some sweet bits that will make you smile, laugh and cheer for more.


3 One-of-a-Kind Magic Shows You Won't Want to Miss: Brett Schneider's Communion, The Naked Magicians & The Magic Parlour

The Magic Parlour

Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.


4 Flower Shows in Chicago Bloom with the Sights & Scents of Spring

Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago

Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.


'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 


Amazing Cubs World Series Memorabilia—See It All Firsthand at the Chicago Sports Museum!

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you'll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports Museum, where a recently unveiled Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit celebrates the grandest moments of the 2016 season with sports mementos that contributed to the amazing victory. Here are five things Cubs fans need to check out STAT at the Chicago Sports Museum.


3 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2017

Fable-ous! by Lifeline Theatre

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can introduce your kids to the magic of live theater. From February 9 to 19, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15–30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2017.


Chicago Children's Theatre Settles into The Station, Its Cool New Home in the West Loop

Chicago Children's Theatre The Station

The children's theater scene in Chicago is always bringing fresh new voices and stories to the city's many stages, opening kids' eyes to fresh new perspectives and encouraging them to think outside the box. This winter, the amazing Chicago Children's Theatre promises to make the children's theater world shine even brighter in Chicago as it opens its doors at to its new home in the heart of the West Loop.


Welcome the Year of the Rooster! Chinese New Year Festivities: January 26–February 9

The Peninsula Chicago Chinese New Year

With one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago welcomes Chinese New Year with a host of celebrations during the end of January and beginning of February. Officially starting on January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be commemorated with parades, dinners, special packages and events all over the city. Many of the festivities are FREE, so mark your calendars to join in some of these cultural celebrations!


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