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.  



Special Offers For Top Museums
January 13-16 // FREE ADMISSION for Illinois residents

Nature Museum

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Celebrate the Nature Museum's 160th birthday on January 14 for historical scavenger hunts, full access to the iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and the chance to see exotic amphibian species in Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. The museum will also host additional opportunities to win prizes, participate in art projects and other hands-on activities and discover more about the Chicago Academy of Sciences' legacy.


Shedd Aquarium
Meet 32,500 creatures from aquatic habitats around the world. Explore Shedd's Abbott Oceanarium, where you can get face to face with beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and penguins. Museum hours for this date have extended to 6 p.m.


Adler Planetarium
Spend your MLK day with the Adler Planetarium's scientists, historians, and educators that inspire the next generation of explorers and invite all to explore space.


Field Museum
The Field Museum is Chicago's most elegant and unique setting for special events. Descend into an Egyptian tomb and see 23 Egyptian mummies and 5,000 year-old hieroglyphics, shrink to 1/100th of your natural size and get a bug's-eye view in Underground Adventure and much more!



Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail® Show
January 11-15 // Adults $14 | 15 years and under FREE | $10 seniors (62+)

Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail® Show 

This annual winter show is the premier destination for boating, sailing and outdoors enthusiasts to view, board, and buy everything needed for upcoming summer adventures spent on the water. The show features the best deals on over 600 power and sailboats, dozens of RVs and outdoor and marine accessories. The show also features plenty of hands-on, interactive, family activities for all ages, plus an extensive boating and sailing seminar series making the show the most comprehensive sailing program in the U.S.! 



Tomorrow Never Knows Fest 
January 11-15 // $15-$20 per show | $100 for five-day pass

TNK Fest

TNK brings together some of the best rising local indie artists as well as acclaimed national acts, including musicians and comedians. This is the chance for you to see one-of-a-kind local and national indie musical acts over five days! The Tomorrow Never Knows Festival returns in 2017 with performances at various local music venues including Schubas, Lincoln Hall, Hideout, Metro and SmartBar.



Experimental Dance at Links Hall: Sleeptalk
January 13-15 // $10


Sleeptalk is a collaborative, experimental dance work about sleep talking and our relationship to the unconscious. it explores the revealing, disturbing, and even humorous things that can surface, translating them through an appropriately dreamlike mix of media. As the performance unfolds, you'll discover threads that link the dancer's stories and the mysterious power of the unconscious that connect us all. 



Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah
January 14-15 // $29-$68

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Karen Marie Richardson and legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, along with a choir of over 100 choir members and musicians, for two performances that will unify, inspire, and delight. Called "one of Chicago's favorite annual events" by ABC-7, this high-energy, feel-good production puts a contemporary spin of jazz, gospel, and blues on Handel's Messiah. 



Grilled Cheese Meltdown
January 15 // $22.50

Taste your way through the best grilled cheese Chicago has to offer at Time Out Chicago's inaugural Grilled Cheese Meltdown. Time Out Chicago editors have challenged the city's best restaurants to offer creative takes on this cheesy classic to enjoy along with beer pairings. Head to Thalia Hall for tastes from Gayle's Best Grilled Cheese Ever, Toasty Cheese and many more! It's weekend fun your arteries won't forget.



Plan further ahead with our Ultimate Guide to Chicago Festivals which breaks down the biggest events of 2017 by month. You can also pick a neighborhood to explore, try our Chicago itineraries, or create your own with our Ultimate Chicago Bucketlist.