A new year means new things to do in Chicago. While many events might look a little different this year, there’s still plenty of cool things to do outside and online — ice skating rinks, virtual exhibits and shows, cocktail classes, streaming movies, and more. Plus, it’s a great way to support your favorite Chicago theatres and restaurants.

Here’s a few of the top things to do in Chicago this January 2021:

Silent Cinema at Music Box Theatre (Jan. 4)

Mini Concierto from the National Museum of Mexican Art (Jan. 9)

Let It Shine Drive-Thru Lightshow (through Jan. 9)

Driving through holiday lights

Virtual Winter Flower Show at Garfield Park Conservatory (through Jan. 10)

Music Box at Home (various dates)

CAC Live: Art Deco Gods and Goddesses (Jan. 13)

KOVAL Virtual Prohibition Era Cocktail Class (Jan. 14)

Virtual Urban History Seminar from the Chicago History Museum (Jan. 14)

City of Chicago’s 35th Annual MLK Day Interfaith Celebration (Jan. 15)

Pork Cookery: Virtual Cooking Class from The Chopping Block (Jan. 16)

The Dreamscape from the Museum of Contemporary Art (Jan. 16)

King Day Virtual Performance from the Art Institute of Chicago (Jan. 18)

10th Annual MLK Day Celebration by the Black Ensemble Theater (Jan. 18)

Virtual MLK Day Celebration by Hyde Park Art Center (Jan. 18)

Virtual Filmmaker Sessions from Gene Siskel Film Center (various dates)

National Geographic Live at Auditorium Theatre (Jan. 19)

Celebrating the Poets of Forms & Features by Poetry Foundation (Jan. 21)

Intelligentsia Home Brew Class (Jan. 21)

Virtual Pasta Making Class with RPM Italian (Jan. 22)

Potatoes and Legumes: Virtual Cooking Class from the Chopping Block (Jan. 23)

CAC Live: Tiffany in Chicago (Jan. 27)

Virtual Green City Farmers Market (various dates)

Virtual Yoga at Garfield Park Conservatory (various dates)

Virtual Chicago Cultural Center Tours (various dates)

The Great Migration, Reconsidered by the Newberry Library (Jan. 28)

Ice skating at Maggie Daley Park (all month long)

Nocturnal Night at North Park Nature Center Park (Jan. 29)

The Magic Parlour at Home (various dates)

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral by the Neo-Futurists (various dates)

Hideout Online (various dates)


ComedySportz Chicago: Virtually Live! (various dates)

Fire and Ice Pop Up at Recess (all month long)

Book discussion with the American Writers Museum (Jan. 27)

Notorious RBG virtual tour from Illinois Holocaust Museum (various dates)

Ice skating at The Forge (all month long)

Virtual Otter Encounter from Shedd Aquarium (various dates)

Virtual Polar Plunge (Jan. 30)

Steppenwolf NOW (various dates)

Virtual Young Playwright’s Festival (through Jan. 31)

BOKA Group virtual cooking classes (various dates)

Joffrey Ballet studio series (various dates)