Things to Do in Chicago

Laveta Brigham

Whether you are looking to admire the neighbor’s decor, watch some scary movies, join a virtual film festival or create your own candy chute, we have got you covered with things to do this Halloween. A drive-through Halloween parade and haunted house, plus streaming performances just for your scare season. […]

  • Things to do, watch, stream this Halloween

    Whether you are looking to admire the neighbor’s decor, watch some scary movies, join a virtual film festival or create your own candy chute, we have got you covered with things to do this Halloween.

  • Top 10 things to do this Halloween, including an ‘upside down’ Chicago parade

    A drive-through Halloween parade and haunted house, plus streaming performances just for your scare season.

  • What are the streaming shows now in Chicago theater and dance — updated with 50+ for Oct. 2020

    Get your Chicago theater fix online: Our updating list of comedy, drama, musicals and more has 50+ shows for fall 2020.

  • Six Flags Great America reopening for holiday lights event with new safety procedures

    Running Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, and marking the first time the theme park will be open this year, the sights, sounds and smells of the holidays are sure to make for a “delightful season,” Six Flags spokeswoman Caitlin Kepple said.

  • Labor Day weekend: ‘Mulan’ on Disney Plus, a taste of the Chicago Jazz Festival and more things to do

    Here are some things to do during Labor Day weekend.

  • Here’s a list of drive-in movie theaters near you

    A list of Chicago’s drive-in movie theaters.

  • A Fourth with no fireworks? Navy Pier has canceled Independence Day firework display

    By late May, the Chicago-area cancellation list has grown for Fourth of July 2020 fireworks. From Arlington Heights to Naperville, we have the latest.

  • Where to eat and drink outside this summer: A running list of Chicago and suburban rooftops and patio reopenings

    Patios are open now in the suburbs and opening soon in the city. Below, you’ll find a running list of sortable outdoor dining options. If you are a restaurant owner with a patio or rooftop, please add your information to our list here.

  • Things to do while you’re stuck at home during coronavirus today

    A list of things to do while you’re quarantined during coronavirus outbreak.

  • Now streaming: New movies available to stream during coronavirus quarantine

    Here are some new movies coming to streaming services during coronavirus quarantine.

  • The best books to read during coronavirus quarantine

    The best books to read during quarantine.

  • Millennium Park at Home music series launches in cyberspace

    Howard Reich previews the newly announced Millennium Park at Home series.

  • Chicago musican Nika Nemirovsky shaped her musical voice like her life was shaped, with bits and pieces of many amazing things

    Chicago musiican Nika Nemirovsky has new music, called Close But Not Too Close

  • Chicago Opera Theater season announcement for 2020-21

    Howard Reich reports on lineup for Chicago Opera Theater’s 2020-21 season.

  • Memorial Day weekend in Chicago: 31 things to do that will put you in a summer mood and help you forget the pandemic

    Creative ways to celebrate the holiday weekend. It may be a bit different this year due to COVID-19.

  • Dislocation and silver linings: Chicago artist Nate Young on showing new work during a pandemic

    When the pandemic hit, one of Nate Young’s spring shows moved online. The other got postponed, and so he kept refining the work for it.

  • ‘Celluloid Skylines’ is an at-home film festival that connects ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ and ‘Columbus’ and ‘Blade Runner’ this weekend

    ‘Celluloid Skylines’ is an at-home film festival ranging from ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ and ‘Columbus’ to ‘Blade Runner’

  • Chicago songwriter Steve Dawson has a new album out during a pandemic — ‘Last Flight Out’ is both poorly timed and timely

    The Chicago singer-songwriter was to have played a record release show May 8 for “Last Flight Out,” the new album from his Funeral Bonsai Wedding band.

  • Summer 2020 book preview: 10 books to read in our Chicago quarantine

    With so much canceled due to COVID-19, books are where it’s at this summer: Here’s a roundup to help plan your reading lists.

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  • With nothing to do, what do you do? DoStuff is finding a useful way to keep going through quarantine, while also helping indie venues

    DoStuff At Home is a new effort aimed at getting people entertainment, and independent venues and performers much needed help

  • Oak Parker stages Zoom plays as COVID-19 benefits, casting Florence Pugh and more young Hollywood actors

    Florence Pugh, Brandon Flynn and Margaret Qualley are all cast in Brando Crawford’s Acting for a Cause livestream plays

  • July 4 will be an all-American, COVID-19 battleground this year. ‘Hamilton’ will be at the center of the fight.

    Public fireworks on July 4, or streaming “Hamilton” from July 3? The symbolism and debate will be too rich to resist.

  • Friday night, McHenry Outdoor Theater packed ‘em in (socially distanced cars, of course). Is this the rebirth of the drive-in?

    We need to get out and start being Americans again,” said one of the drive-in moviegoers who packed the McHenry Outdoor Theatre Friday.

  • Put your movie trivia wizardry to the test, support Chicago movie theater employees

    The Chicago Cinema Workers Fund raised $17,000 to help out furloughed movie theater employees. They’re throwing a virtual trivia contest Friday night to get to $25,000. Twenty bucks to sign up by noon, April 1!

  • Tribune Overdue Film Festival: ‘Destry Rides Again,’ when Marlene Dietrich met James Stewart way out west

    During the coronavirus lockdown, Tribune film critic Michael Phillips is scratching off films on his long-overdue movie list. Today he sees what the boys in the back room will have: “Destry Rides Again.”

  • Here is a list of upcoming virtual races and walks

    Practice social distancing and participate in upcoming virtual walks and races

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