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5 Things to Do Around Chicago This Weekend

Celebrate that you finally made it through the week with five awesome events around Chicago this week! Every week we at Dream Town scour the city and handpick five things we’re excited about.

From culture and history, to weird culture and history, to checking out some art and theatre; you’ll have no shortage of things to talk about next Monday.


TNK-FestTomorrow Never Knows Music Fest

One of the season’s best bets for plenty of great live music. Organized by local music venues Schuba’s and Lincoln Hall, the festival lines up five days of concerts. See rising bands, local acts, and hilarious comedians at this annual winter music festival.

  • When: Wed Jan 17 – Sun Jan 21
  • Where: Schubas and Lincoln Hallr
  • Hours: See Schedule
  • Admission: Individual shows $12 – $27, 5-day pass $125
  • More Info: tnkfest.com

Ale-Fest-cropChicago Ale Fest

The winter edition of Chicago Ale Fest will celebrate more than 150 American craft beers and local food trucks. Taste samples of stouts, porters, and barrel aged beers from brewers and cider makers while rocking out to DJ spinning your favorite hits.

  • When: Sat Jan 20
  • Where: Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom (840 E Grand Ave)
  • Hours: Session 1: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Session 2: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Admission: $49
  • More Info: chicagoalefest.com

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Polar Adventure Days on Northerly Island

Explore Northerly Island while engaging in fun winter activities. Check out birds of prey from the Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, tour the new Northerly Island Natural Area, and see Siberian huskies, wolves, and other live animals.

  • When: Sat Jan 20
  • Where: Northerly Island 1521 S Linn White Dr
  • Hours: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • More Info: chicagoparkdistrict.com

Johann_Sebastian_Bach_webJ.S. Bach Projecty

The University of Chicago Piano Program presents the Annual Bach Project: Little Preludes, Inventions and Sinfonias. Students, faculty, and guest artists perform pieces by Bach at this exciting event. Enjoy the music along with talks, food and fun!

  • When: Thur Jan 11 – Sat Jan 20
  • Where: University of Chicago Fulton Hall (1010 E 59th St)
  • Hours: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • More Info: humanities.uchicago.edu

Build-it-logo-with-sponsors-1-800x500Kohl’s Children’s Museum – Build It!

Kohl’s Children’s Museum is bringing back their most popular temporary exhibit, Build It!, larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science, and storytelling.

  • When: Through Sun March 4
  • Where: 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
  • Hours: Mon 9:30AM-12:00PM, Tues-Sat 9:30 – 5:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Admission: $12
  • More Info: kohlchildrensmuseum.org

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