5 Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Fun Chicago Events, Festivals, & More This Weekend

It’s no secret that every month, Chicago puts on amazing events that will seriously upgrade your weekends. But it’s not always easy to decide what to do and where to go! What are a couple of fun things to do in Chicago this weekend? That’s where we come in.

We have the inside scoop on all of the latest events, festivals, and parties happening this January. Finding parking can be a hassle, but we got you. Other than that, we’re just here to show you fun Chicago events this weekend, which happens to hold a lot of festivals related to theater!

Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Film Festival

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Photo Credit: Gene Siskel

January 3 – 29 @ Gene Siskel Film Center

See brand-new documentaries, some of which are followed by discussions with the directors, during Stranger Than Fiction at Gene Siskel Film Center. Tickets range, so get yours today!

Rhino Fest

Photo Credit: Rhino Fest

January 11 – February 23 @ Prop Thtr

Rhinoceros Theater Festival (Rhinofest) is billed as Chicago’s longest-running fringe theater festival. Choose from dozens of creative new shows for only $15 at Prop Thtr. Closed Tuesdays. Tickets run from free to $15, depending on the show.

Chicago Restaurant Week

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January 24 – February 9 @ Various Restaurants

Feast your way through Chicago’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, and don’t worry, you’re allowed to pack on the pounds during winter. Samples bites from over 350 participating restaurants and, if you’re looking for an exclusive preview, attend the First Bites Bash at Navy Pier. Make your reservations today!

Chicago Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge

January 25 @ Oak Street Beach

From 11 am – 2 pm, some crazy Chicagoans are jumping into Lake Michigan for a great cause. Put together by the Chicago Polar Bear Club, the Polar Plunge invites you to support local families by paying the registration cost of just $30. Tickets to the afterparty are $35, but you can get a solid bundle deal for just $60.

Donut Fest

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January 26 @ Chop Shop

Need we say more? Get your fill of delicious donuts of all shapes and sizes from vendors like Firecakes, Stan’s Donuts, Gurnee Donuts, West Town Bakery, Longman & Eagle, D&D’s Place, GBD Cakes & Sweets, and Downstate Donuts. Purchase VIP tickets for special access from 8 – 10 am or buy general admission for either the 10 am – 12 pm session or the 12 – 2 pm session. Tickets go on sale soon!


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