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TODAY - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2022

  • LESSONS OF A DREAM (Der ganz große Traum)
    FREE
    Lessons Of A Dream (Der Ganz GroßE Traum)
    November 30 @ 6pm - 9pm

    Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 North Michigan Avenue #200, Chicago, IL 60601

    The young teacher Konrad Koch (Daniel Brühl) is hired to teach English at a strictly-run German school for boys in 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von ...
  • Wednesday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory Chicago
    FREE Comedy
    Wednesday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory Chicago
    November 30 @ 7pm - 8:30pm. Weekly - Wednesdays

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

    Join us Wednesday night for Chicago's best standup comedy! Chicago's Best Standup Comedy is back and will be better than ever. We know you have been itching to ...
  • THE TRACE (SAMA) (1988)
    FREE
    The Trace (Sama) (1988)
    November 30 @ 7pm - 10pm

    Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

    THE TRACE (SAMA) (Néjia Ben Mabrouk, 1988, 90 min, Blu-Ray) Only the second Tunisian feature film to be directed by a woman filmmaker, THE TRACE presents a ...
  • WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30: PLACES I CAN'T RETURN TO
    FREE
    Wednesday October 30: Places I Can't Return To
    November 30 @ 8pm - 9:30pm

    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 ...
  • Peach Jam (Allman Brothers Tribute)  at 115 Bourbon Street - Front Stage
    FREE
    Peach Jam (Allman Brothers Tribute) At 115 Bourbon Street - Front Stage
    November 30 @ 8pm - 10pm

    115 Bourbon Street, 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL 60803

    WHEN EVENT IS "SOLD OUT" - That simply means we are not taking any more table reservations. We WILL have open tables for anyone who comes early and there is ...

TOMORROW - Thursday, Dec 1, 2022

  • Ascend | Networking Session & Watch Party Home Office
    FREE
    Ascend | Networking Session & Watch Party Home Office
    December 1 @ 9am - 11:30am

    120 S La Salle St, 120 South La Salle Street, Chicago, IL 60603

    Please note: The networking session will be held in the E2B training room. Floor 20.
  • Day With(out) Art 2022: BEING & BELONGING
    FREE
    Day With(Out) Art 2022: Being & Belonging
    December 1 - December 4 @ 9:30am - 5pm

    International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

    The International Museum of Surgical Science is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2022 in presenting Being & Belonging, a program of ...
  • Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
    FREE
    Cookies & Cocoa With Santa
    December 1 @ 4pm - 7pm

    2211 N Elston Ave, 2211 North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

    Santa is coming to town! Join us for an evening holiday fun and complimentary photo with Santa Claus! Crafts, cookie decorating, and hot cocoa will also be provided!
  • Downtown Evanston Warm Bevvy Walk
    FREE
    Downtown Evanston Warm Bevvy Walk
    December 1 @ 4pm - 7pm

    Downtown Evanston, 909 Davis Street, Ste 500 Ste 500, Evanston, IL 60201

    Stroll throughout downtown Evanston visiting shops, restaurants, and other businesses offering warm beverages and other treats. Check out holiday shopping ...
  • Free + Open Exhibition Opening
    FREE
    Free + Open Exhibition Opening
    December 1 @ 5pm - 7:30pm

    Design Museum of Chicago, East Randolph Street ##72, Chicago, IL 60601

    Whether or not we notice it, design is inescapable. Design surrounds us and shapes our world both discreetly and obviously, both for better and for worse. ...

Friday, Dec 2, 2022

  • The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    FREE Party
    The Link Up! (Friday After Work Series)
    December 2 @ 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! ...
  • Analog Photography Leica Meet Up at Tamarkin Camera
    FREE
    Analog Photography Leica Meet Up At Tamarkin Camera
    December 2 @ 5pm - 8pm

    Tamarkin Camera, 213 West Institute Place #403, Chicago, IL 60610

    Please join us on Friday, December 2nd for a Leica meet up and celebration of film photography, from 5-8 p.m. We’ll meet to chat about Leica film photography ...
  • A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’s
    FREE Party
    A Night Out @ Tribe Friday’S
    December 2 - December 3 @ 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 ...
  • Small Works Winter Show: Opening Reception
    FREE
    Small Works Winter Show: Opening Reception
    December 2 @ 5pm - 9pm

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

    The Chicago Fine Art Salon is excited to announce the next group exhibition, Small Works Winter Show. The CFAS challenges artists to submit work that is ...
  • Hard Country Honky Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    FREE
    Hard Country Honky Tonk With The Hoyle Brothers
    December 2 @ 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

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WEEKEND

Saturday, Dec 3, 2022

  • Photos With Santa 2022Kick off the Holiday Season with Photos with Santa in the West Loop!ABOUT ME 
    FREE
    Photos With Santa 2022kick Off The Holiday Season With Photos With Santa In The ...
    December 3 @ 9am - 1pm

    The Learning Experience - West Loop, 1215 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

    Kick off the Holiday Season with Photos with Santa in the West Loop!Mark Kowalik, Realtor & West Loop Dad, has partnered with The Learning Experience to ...
  • Stan's Donuts Grand Opening at Bridgeport Mariano's
    FREE
    Stan's Donuts Grand Opening At Bridgeport Mariano's
    December 3 @ 9am - 12pm

    3145 S Ashland Ave, 3145 South Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

    Visit the grand opening of Stan's donuts Chicago at Mariano's Bridgeport on December 3rd from 9am-12pm for the chance to win with a simple scan of a QR code! ...
  • Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Saturdays @ Good To Go
    December 3 @ 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 ...
  • Oh What Fun! Christmas Party
    FREE
    Oh What Fun! Christmas Party
    December 3 @ 9am - 12pm

    Christ Church Oak Brook, 501 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    We’re putting together everything you’ll want to make meaningful memories with your kids this season. We’ll have a Christmas train, cookie decorating, crafts, ...
  • Vision Boutique - Celine and Dior Trunk Show
    FREE
    Vision Boutique - Celine And Dior Trunk Show
    December 3 @ 10am - 2pm

    Vision Boutique | Eye Doctor | Optometrist, 942 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

    Special appearance from our Dior and Celine rep! We will be viewing full collection of eyeglass and sunglasses . Stop by and enjoy free refreshments and laughs ...

Sunday, Dec 4, 2022

  • Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    FREE Party
    Brunch & Beatz Sundays @ Good To Go
    December 4 @ 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 ...
  • For the Love of Christmas
    FREE
    For The Love Of Christmas
    December 4 @ 10am - 1pm

    Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge, 1675 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068

    Our "For the Love of Christmas" holiday event features photos with Santa, arts and crafts, story time, music, light snacks and elves on hand to help out!!! We ...
  • Holiday Family PhotoshootKick off the Holiday Season with a FREE Holiday Photo Session with your Family!ABOUT BRANDI HAMPTONABOUT ROCKET ACADEMY
    FREE
    Holiday Family Photoshootkick Off The Holiday Season With A Free Holiday Photo ...
    December 4 @ 1pm - 6pm

    CrossFunction Flexible Workspace, 1033 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60302

    Kick off the Holiday Season with a FREE Holiday Photo Session with your Family!Brandi Hampton, Team Lead of The Hampton Collective and Oak Park Realtor, is ...
  • Photos with Santa
    FREE
    Photos With Santa
    December 4 @ 2pm - 5pm

    3942 N Central Ave, 3942 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634

    This event will be located at Fairway Team Correa Office: 3942 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
  • HolidayPop Up Shopping
    FREE
    Holidaypop Up Shopping
    December 4 @ 2pm - 6pm

    WineStyles Chicago, 6182 N. Northwest Highway Norwood Park, Chicago, IL 60631

    Spend some time with us for a Sunday Funday-Holiday Edition!! We'll have various local businesses popping up at WineStyles & Illuminated Brew Works for you ...

Monday, Dec 5, 2022

  • USBG Chicago Membership Meeting
    FREE
    Usbg Chicago Membership Meeting
    December 5 @ 12pm - 3pm

    La Josie, 740 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661

    Hello Members, The USBG Chicago chapter invites you to our final membership meeting of the year. Cone join us as we review the year and gather your ideas and ...
  • Walt Disney's Birthday Celebration in Hermosa
    FREE
    Walt Disney's Birthday Celebration In Hermosa
    December 5 @ 5:30pm - 6pm

    2156 N Tripp Ave, 2156 North Tripp Avenue, Chicago, IL 60639

    Join us for a sidewalk celebration of Walt's 105th Birthday at his birthplace home in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago. The celebration starts at 5:30 PM ...
  • BLCK VC Midwest Chapter: Holiday Party
    FREE
    Blck Vc Midwest Chapter: Holiday Party
    December 5 @ 6pm - 9pm

    Virtue Restaurant, 1462 East 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615

    We're excited to host BLCK VC Midwest members for an end of year holiday party! Think friends, dinner, open bar and DJ. All the things we need to have a great ...
  • Victorian Christmas
    FREE
    Victorian Christmas
    December 5 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    311 Windy Point Dr, 311 Windy Point Drive, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

    Visit the Historic House at 311 Windy Point Drive on the first Monday in December 5 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and experience what a "Victorian Christmas" might have ...
  • Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    FREE Comedy
    Free Tickets Monday Night Standup Comedy At Laugh Factory
    December 5 @ 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 ...

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022

  • 2022 LASAC Holiday Luncheon
    FREE
    2022 Lasac Holiday Luncheon
    December 6 @ 12pm - 1pm

    DePaul University - Lincoln Park Student Center, 2250 North Sheffield Avenue Room 314AB, Chicago, IL 60614

    Please join the Dean for our annual LASAC Holiday Luncheon. The sit-down lunch will be held in Room 314AB of the Student Center on Tuesday, December 6th at ...
  • 4 / Quattrocento Florence: dr. Jamie Gabbarelli
    FREE
    4 / Quattrocento Florence: Dr. Jamie Gabbarelli
    December 6 @ 6pm - 7pm

    Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, 500 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

    Drawing and Printmaking in Botticelli’s Florence Presented by dr. Jamie Gabbarelli Using works from the Art Institute of Chicago as points of departure, in ...
  • We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    FREE Party
    We Love R&B Taco Tuesdays At The Wild Hare
    December 6 - December 7 @ 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: Mariah Keener
    FREE
    Colvin Concerts: Mariah Keener
    December 6 @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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

    Mariah Keener is a 27 year-old singer-songwriter that currently lives in South Bend, Indiana. Since her first performance at the age of three, she has picked ...
  • Short Export - Made in Germany 2022
    FREE
    Short Export - Made In Germany 2022
    December 6 @ 7pm - 10pm

    Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 North Michigan Avenue #200, Chicago, IL 60601

    With the program Short Export – Made in Germany 2022, a compilation of outstanding German short films once again travels the world! The six films were selected ...

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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