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Things to do in Chicago Art Institute

Free Winter Weekdays

When: Every weekday until February 11th.

Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free for Illinois residents every weekday all day long until February 11th.

More info: The Art Institute of Chicago

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Things to do in Chicago The Wailers

The Wailers at the House of Blues

When: Thursday, January 14th

Where: The House of Blues Chicago, 329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

Aston “Family Man” Barrett has been playing bass for the Wailers since 1969, when an idealistic Bob Marley formed the nucleus of the band. Barrett now tours with a rotating troop of musicians, covering the hits everyone knows and loves. I’ve seen them three times and I can’t wait to hear them again this week in Chicago!

Performance begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale for $38 after taxes and fees here.

Shhhhhh! Groupon is selling tickets for $25 here.

More info: The House of Blues

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Things to do in Chicago Millennium ParkBeyond the Aria

When: Friday, January 15th

Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in association with Lyric Unlimited, presents the return of Beyond the Aria – the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric’s main-stage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago performing together on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion.

Beyond the Aria brings audiences a one-night-only experience with some of the greatest operatic talents of our generation in performances that will never be repeated. To audience’s delight, artists perform a repertoire of their choosing which may include Broadway, American Songbook, Jazz, and more, with accompaniment by pianist Craig Terry. These intimate performances take place “cabaret style,” seated on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park– each is unique and customized by the featured artists.

Single performance tickets are on sale now starting at $40. All single tickets are available through the Harris Theater Box Office at 205 East Randolph Drive, 312.334.7777, and online. For Tables ($150-$500) and series subscriptions, please call 312.334.2460.

More info: Harris Theater Chicago

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free days at The Field Museum

Free Day at the Field Museum

When: Monday, January 18th

Where: The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Basic admission is free today for all Illinois residents at The Field Museum!

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