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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.


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!


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.  


Groove To Global Beats: Wired Fridays Dance Party + Funkadesi, Ugochi

Wired Fridays at Chicago Cultural Center

In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.


An Architectural Look at the Cultural Center's Mecca Flats Blues Exhibit

Mecca Flats Blues

Only a few days are left to experience the "Mecca Flat Blues" exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. Let's look at this exhibit through an architectural lens. Through May 25th, you can see the contrast of two very important Chicago buildings, both significant to Chicago architectural history and built on the same site in Bronzeville. 


Stunning Stained Glass of Chicago

Chicago Cultural Center ceiling

So often we think we need to hop on a plane to appreciate architectural details like stained glass window, but actually you don't need to go to Rome or Paris to see breathtakingly beautiful works of stained glass. America has had many stained glass masters, the most famous of which was Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany became so known because he was an innovator in making glass with new colors and textures, and his windows eventually eliminated the


Three Unexpected Architectural Adventures for the Holidays

Daley Plaza - Christmas Tree - Blog With friends and family visiting town, you probably already know of some of the Chicago traditions. You can always look at the holiday windows of Macy's on State Street, go shopping on the Mag Mile, and brave the cold for ice-skating in Millennium Park. But a magical part of holiday traditions can also be the spaces that we step into, and I'd like to give you some alternative architectural explorations for your holiday season.


Chicago Architecture & Preservation: The Value of History

Chicago Cultural Center's Tiffany Dome

A sad truth about buildings is that they often come down. A great architect can build a great building and a savvy developer can buy it, demolish it and build a new one. In Chicago, with all our wonderful architecture, this is a song well sung.


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