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Things to Do in Chicago - January 2018

Our Concierge team has compiled a list of their favorite things to do in Chicago this January. From giggles to delicious eats, the city has plenty of fun activities to please all visitors. Pick your favorite and make a trip out of it!


If you have any questions or would like to create a customized Chicago adventure, our Concierge team will gladly assist. To connect, just email




The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival gathers writers, performers, and comedy lovers together to create and celebrate in the comedy capital of the world.


The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is now the largest in the world. It hosts over 180 groups from around the globe, performing nearly 200 shows over 8 days. Every hour, on the hour, performances take place on each of Stage 773’s four performance spaces. The festival averages 20 shows a night!


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Get ready for 14 taste bud satisfying days. Chicago Restaurant Week 2018 returns on January 26 and continues through February 8. That’s two weeks of dining deals!


Over 350 restaurants take part in this food focused celebration. This gives patrons a chance to taste the diverse flavors of Chicago’s restaurant scene: Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese and more.


Between the neighborhood favorites and downtown hot-spots, you can feast on delicious multi-course menus all across the city and suburbs.


The 11th annual culinary celebration features special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch and lunch, and $33 and/or $44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).


Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile’s Chef Greg Biggers will feature several great brunch, lunch and dinner prix fixe menus at Café Des Architectes.


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Chicago has amazing museums with unbelievable artifacts. These pieces include a 67 million year old T. rex, moon rocks, dolphins and one of the most extensive displays of rare art this side of the Louvre.


Chicago’s museums offer an unforgettable experience for visitors and are a symbol of cultural pride for locals. As an added bonus, many of these institutions offer free or discounted admission days for Illinois residents (proof of residency required).


Adler Planetarium:  3, 4, 7-12, 15-19

Art Institute:  every Thursday 5:00pm – 8:00 pm

Chicago History Museum:  every Tuesday 12:30 – 7:00pm

Field Museum:  2, 3, 15, 27 & 28

Museum of Science and Industry:  8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31

Museum of Contemporary Art:  every Tuesday

Shedd Aquarium:  15, 18, 19, 22-26




January’s list of concerts includes a pleasant mix of genres. Concert-goers could see G. Love & Special Sauce one week then Shakira the next.


If you’re coming to Chicago from out of town to see a concert, check with our Concierge team for transportation and dinner details. They have wonderful suggestions that will craft quite the exciting evening of entertainment.


Here is a list of concerts in Chicago in January.


3rd – Black Label Society at the House of Blues

6th – Sons of the Silent Age at Metro

10th – Tom Cochrane at City Winery

11th – Flobots at City Winery

11th – Lana Del Rey at United Center

12th – St. Vincent at the Chicago Theatre

13th – G. Love & Special Sauce at Thalia Hall

16th – The Killers at United Center

20th – Think Floyd at Park West

23rd –  Shakira at United Center

26th & 27th – Led Zeppelin 2 at House of Blues

27th – Alejandro Escovedo at City Winery

31st – George Clinton at Thalia Hall


Our team of knowledgeable Concierges is ready to assist you with recommendations on how to make your visit to Chicago the most memorable. Email them at or call at 312.324.4059.


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