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TODAY - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023

  • Bytes Over Bites: Sophia Wennstedt, Co-Founder & CEO of Blip Energy
    FREE
    Bytes Over Bites: Sophia Wennstedt, Co-Founder & Ceo Of Blip Energy
    January 31 @ 12:45pm - 1:45pm

    Kaplan Institute, 3137 South Federal Street, Chicago, IL 60616

    Join us for Bytes over Bites, a lunch series at Illinois Tech’s Kaplan Institute. This monthly event will offer you the chance to connect with thought leaders ...
  • Human Rights in a New Key: Podcast Launch + Study Break
    FREE
    Human Rights In A New Key: Podcast Launch + Study Break
    January 31 @ 5pm - 6pm

    Social Science Research Building, Tea Room, 2nd Floor, 1126 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

    Join us for the launch of Human Rights in a New Key and a study break! Listen to the trailer, come eat food, and get some much needed rest from school work. ...
  • Year Up Chicago 2023 Graduation Watch Party
    FREE
    Year Up Chicago 2023 Graduation Watch Party
    January 31 @ 5:30pm - 7pm

    Guild Row, 3130 North Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60618

    Join us as we welcome the next class into Alumnihood! Light refreshments and cash bar will be available.
  • We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    FREE Party
    We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    January 31 - February 1 @ 6pm - 12am. Weekly - Tuesdays

    The Wild Hare & Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary, 2610 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

    Who love Tacos? Come hang out at The Wild Hare and get a couple of Tacos and a 7 drinks. We start at 7pm. We got Dj Sean Mac cranking the RB Vibes. The ...
  • Colvin Concerts: Parting Glass
    FREE
    Colvin Concerts: Parting Glass
    January 31 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Colvin House, 5940 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

    The "Parting Glass" Trio : a string band playing Assorted Roots, Irish, Blues, Bluegrass, and World Music John Neafsey , vocals and guitar. John is a native ...

TOMORROW - Wednesday, Feb 1, 2023

  • Trailside Museum of Natural History walk
    FREE
    Trailside Museum Of Natural History Walk
    February 1 @ 10am - 12pm

    Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305

    Established in 1932, Trailside Museum served as the first public nature education facility for the Forest Preserves. Let's see the inside of the Victorian ...
  • DAME MYRA HESS MEMORIAL CONCERTS | ANITA GRAEF, CELLO & LOUISE CHAN, PIANO
    FREE
    Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | Anita Graef, Cello & Louise Chan, Piano
    February 1 @ 12:15pm - 1pm

    Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist, 55 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

    DAME MYRA HESS MEMORIAL CONCERTS | ANITA GRAEF, CELLO LOUISE CHAN, PIANO
  • Just DePaul Sustainability Network Weaving (Lincoln Park)
    FREE
    Just Depaul Sustainability Network Weaving (Lincoln Park)
    February 1 @ 4pm - 6:30pm

    John T. Richardson Library (Room 103), 2350 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

    We cordially invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners to build community and engage in ideation around sustainability during our ...
  • Grand Opening - Zita's Novelty Gifts
    FREE
    Grand Opening - Zita's Novelty Gifts
    February 1 @ 5pm - 9pm

    2020 Oakton St, 2020 Oakton Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068

    2020 Oakton Park Ridge IL 60068 5:00PM - 9PM Please share with all you know to help us celebrate our Grand Opening! We are very excited to be part of the ...
  • Game Night Social
    FREE
    Game Night Social
    February 1 @ 6pm - 9pm

    H&C Pour House, 2470 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

    Join us for our first game night. Play one of our games, or bring a game you've been wanting to play. Reservations for larger groups suggested, please make ...

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023

  • 2023 Reparations United Mayoral Candidate Forum
    FREE
    2023 Reparations United Mayoral Candidate Forum
    February 2 @ 2pm - 4pm

    Malcolm X College, 1900 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60612

    Reparations United Mayoral Candidate Forum hosted by Reparations United, the Conrad Worrill Community Reparations Commission and Malcolm X College - Student ...
  • Celebrate Black History with Jewel-Osco!
    FREE
    Celebrate Black History With Jewel-Osco!
    February 2 @ 3pm - 7pm

    Jewel-Osco, 9400 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

    Join us for our 24th Annual Black History Celebration! Visit us in store for: -Product showcases from more than 35 minority-owned brands like Ma's Best, Goode ...
  • New York Cider Pop-Up Happy Hour
    FREE
    New York Cider Pop-Up Happy Hour
    February 2 @ 5:30pm - 7pm

    Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

    You're invited to celebrate CiderCon and Chicago Cider Week 2023 with New York Cider! Well-crafted cider begins with great apples that are full of personality ...
  • Condos and Cocktails
    FREE
    Condos And Cocktails
    February 2 @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Roots Handmade Pizza- Old Town, 1610 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60610

    Meet our All Star lineup of professionals who play a key role in real estate transactions and will offer expert advice for buying in Chicago; Lender, Realtor, ...
  • Musicians Ian Antonio and Ben LaMar Gay respond to work by Assaf Evron
    FREE
    Musicians Ian Antonio And Ben Lamar Gay Respond To Work By Assaf Evron
    February 2 @ 6pm - 7:30pm

    201 E Ontario St, 201 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611

    Thursday February 2 Evening Public Program: Music Musicians Ian Antonio and Ben LaMar Gay interact with Assaf Evron’s Collage for The Arts Club of Chicago ...

Friday, Feb 3, 2023

  • The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    FREE Party
    The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    February 3 @ 4pm - 8pm. Weekly - Fridays

    BAR22, 2244 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

    The Link Up is the newest social event in Chicago! Food, Drinks, and Vibes! Come out and get your weekend started off at the hottest weekly social The Link Up! ...
  • A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’s
    FREE Party
    A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’S
    February 3 - February 4 @ 5pm - 2am. Weekly - Fridays

    Tribe Supper Club, 1239 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

    Friday nights just got so much better. We are pleased to announce an ALL NEW 'Night Out' experience you won't forget taking place at the newly opened and black ...
  • West Town First Fridays
    FREE
    West Town First Fridays
    February 3 @ 5pm - 8pm

    1407 W Chicago Ave, 1407 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

    Creative Coworking has been an advocate for the arts since our original location in Evanston opened almost 12 years ago! Over the years, that space has ...
  • Chicago Fine Art Salon Featured Artist: Riley Valentine
    FREE
    Chicago Fine Art Salon Featured Artist: Riley Valentine
    February 3 @ 5pm - 9pm

    Chicago Fine Art Salon, 2623 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

    Chicago Fine Art Salon is proud to announce the solo exhibition of Riley Valentine as the month's feature artist in conjunction with West Town's First Friday ...
  • Inspired Stories: CAVA's Spring Exhibition
    FREE
    Inspired Stories: Cava's Spring Exhibition
    February 3 @ 6pm - 9pm

    Dwell Studio Co., 7449 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634

    There’s a story in every work of art. We all live in a sensory world. It is the nature of creative people to express their heightened sensibility through their ...

WEEKEND

Saturday, Feb 4, 2023

  • Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    February 4 @ 9am - 3pm. Weekly - Saturdays

    Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, 711 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA

    Join us every Saturday for BRUNCH BEATZ @ GOODTOGO located on the north side of Chicago where you can enjoy all the vibes without having to deal with the ...
  • Verse NFT Gallery: A Chicago NFT Community Field Trip
    FREE
    Verse Nft Gallery: A Chicago Nft Community Field Trip
    February 4 @ 10:50am - 2:30pm

    Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    For those who attended our last field trip, we hope you enjoyed our time at the Art Institute to enjoy Bridget Riley and David Hockney's works as well as the ...
  • Kids Jam with Miss Dawn Marie
    FREE
    Kids Jam With Miss Dawn Marie
    February 4 @ 11am - 11:45am

    Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

    Join us for sing along with Dawn Marie. This class is geared towards kids 6 & under
  • Sister to Sister  "Veteran Only" - Vision Board Party - 2023
    FREE
    Sister To Sister "Veteran Only" - Vision Board Party - 2023
    February 4 @ 11am - 2pm

    Healing Temple Church/Arthur Lockhart Resource, 4941 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, IL 60651

    Join the fun as we bring the new year in with relaxation, meditation, celebration, and vision. We will focus on what we have accomplished thus far and build ...
  • IEi Open House
    FREE
    Iei Open House
    February 4 @ 11am - 1pm

    Imagination House, 6407 South Honore Street, Chicago, IL 60636

    Our Open House is taking place at our Imagination House, located in West Englewood. Come check out our program space, meet our program partners and dynamic ...

Sunday, Feb 5, 2023

  • Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    February 5 @ 9am - 3pm. Weekly - Saturdays

    Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine, 711 Howard St, Evanston, IL 60202, USA

    Join us every Sunday for BRUNCH BEATZ @ GOODTOGO located on the north side of Chicago where you can enjoy all the vibes without having to deal with the ...
  • Vegan Brunch Sunday @ XMarket Uptown
    FREE
    Vegan Brunch Sunday @ Xmarket Uptown
    February 5 @ 11am - 3pm

    XMarket Uptown, 804 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

    Come with your family and friends and sample some brunch vegan food! Sampling Vegan Brands: Earth & Star Eat With Aliens Clover Botanicals Carolyn's Krisps
  • Crafts & Drafts: Craft Market @ Elmhurst Brewing
    FREE
    Crafts & Drafts: Craft Market @ Elmhurst Brewing
    February 5 @ 11am - 3:30pm

    Elmhurst Brewing Company, 171 North Addison Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126

    Join us Sunday 2/5/2023 for this year's first Crafts & Drafts craft market at Elmhurst Brewing Co.. Event is indoor and outdoor and from 11am to 3:30pm. ...
  • Big Mike Birthday Celebration
    FREE
    Big Mike Birthday Celebration
    February 5 - February 6 @ 12pm - 6pm

    The Wild Hare, 2610 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614

    Come out and Help Big Mike celebrate her birthday At The wild Hare Rum Punch Brunch. Free Entry w/Rsvp, Bottle Service Available
  • Writing Together
    FREE
    Writing Together
    February 5 @ 1pm - 3:30pm

    4001 N Ravenswood Ave, 4001 North Ravenswood Avenue Suite 204-C, Chicago, IL 60613

    In this workshop, participants will be invited to write short stories and poems through prompts in response to survivor artwork on display in Awakenings’ ...

Monday, Feb 6, 2023

  • Super Bowl Tailgate Game Night: Hosted by FFC South Loop
    FREE
    Super Bowl Tailgate Game Night: Hosted By Ffc South Loop
    February 6 @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    FFC South Loop, 1151 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

    FFC South Loop is hosting a Super Bowl tailgate game night! Snag a spot to enjoy various fun activities to get you ready for the big game. Non-members are encouraged!
  • Henrys 40th birthday movie night
    FREE
    Henrys 40th Birthday Movie Night
    February 6 @ 7pm - 10pm

    ShowPlace ICON Theatres at Roosevelt Collection, 1011 South Delano Court, Chicago, IL 60605

    Its a movie night!
  • Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    FREE Comedy
    Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    February 6 @ 7pm - 8:30pm. Weekly - Mondays

    Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

    Chicago's Best Standup Comedy is back and better than ever. We've compiled the absolute best standup lineup that you will ever see. Some of today's biggest ...
  • First Monday Jazz Featuring The Miyumi Project
    FREE Music
    First Monday Jazz Featuring The Miyumi Project
    February 6 @ 7pm - 8:30pm. Monthly - 1st Monday

    Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

    Chicago's avant-garde jazz and Japanese traditional music experience. The MIYUMI Project The MIYUMI Project is one of the longest standing amalgams, drawing ...
  • MONDAY FEBRUARY 6: LATE NITE OPEN MIC
    FREE
    Monday February 6: Late Nite Open Mic
    February 6 @ 8pm - 11pm

    The Comedy Bar - Chicago Main Stage, 162 E Superior St 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60611

    THIS IS A FREE TICKET FOR OUR OPEN MIC. FREE TICKETS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE SEATED EARLY FOR THE PAID SHOW BASED ON SPACE AND AVAILABILITY. — Most tables seat 4 ...

More Free Things To Do in Chicago Every Day

Besides many free events listed in our Free Events Calendar in Chicago above, here are some more on-going Free Chicago Events every day:

Garfield Park Conservatory
Considered the best free attraction in Chicago by many, Garfield Park Conservatory is a celestial, mystical space that has been described as a form of landscape art contained under glass by admirers ever since its opening back in 1908. One of the largest buildings of its kind, 4.5-acre Garfield Park Conservatory dazzles guests with more than 120,000 plants representing hundreds of species. Many people come specifically to admire the palm exhibit! 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL | https://garfieldconservatory.org/visit/

Maggie Daley Park
Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park situated in Chicago's Loop community. Its position near the Lake Michigan shoreline makes the park a dreamy spot. During the summer months, a sprawling play area inspired by classic childhood books delights visitors. The period from the middle of November through the middle of March marks Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon skating season. Reservations are required to skate. This majestic park also offers tennis courts, picnic groves, walking paths, and a 30-foot suspension bridge to delight guests all year long. 337 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Home to more than 33,700 students, UIC is Chicago's largest university. The beautiful campus is located just a mile from the Loop. The university provides campus maps for self-guided tours. 1200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL | https://maps.uic.edu/

The 606
Also known as the Bloomingdale Trail, the 606 is a gorgeous 2.7-mile elevated park trail that weaves over several Chicago neighborhoods. The trail was built over an abandoned rail line as a way to provide walkers, joggers, and cyclists with amazing scenic views. In addition to green spaces and lookout points, the trail also features eclectic art murals. 1805 North Ridgeway Avenue, Chicago, IL | https://www.the606.org/

Lakefront Trail
Showing off the western shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago's Lakefront Trail is a 18.5-mile route with partial paving that is a favorite for walking, jogging, cycling, and skateboarding. It runs from Ardmore Avenue on the north to 71st Street on the south. In addition to being a favorite spot for everyone from marathon runners to eco-friendly commuters, Lakefront Trail also provides easy access to the lake's recreational activities. https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/lakefront-trail

Walking Tour of Wicker Park
Home to many of Chicago's priciest residential properties, Wicker Park is a great neighborhood for strolling. The neighborhood was the setting of MTV's "The Real World: Chicago." A Hollywood favorite, Wicker Park is also featured prominently in the NCB Chicago franchise of shows.

The Harold Washington Library Center
One of the largest public libraries in the world, the Harold Washington Library Center is a sight to behold. This massive library fills up an entire Chicago city block. In addition to housing more than 13 million published works, the library is also home to the stunning Winter Garden atrium. 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL

Lincoln Park Zoo
One of the only free-admission zoos in the country, Lincoln Park Zoo spans 35 acres. In addition to being a free zoo, this institution dating back to 1868 is one of the country's best zoos. Enjoy polar bears, penguins, gorillas, big cats, and hundreds of other animals. 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL | https://www.lpzoo.org/

16th Street Murals
Chicago's 16th Street murals span from the river to Western Avenue. This living art exhibit covers an old railroad embankment with vibrant, emotional, and inspiring splashes of color. Street artists from around the world have contributed to the murals.

Graceland Cemetery Chicago
Graceland Cemetery is the burial place for Chicago royalty. Founded in 1860, the cemetery is the final resting place of Marshall Field, Roger Ebert, Daniel H. Burnham, and many more. Free audio tours are available. 4001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

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