Want to know what’s happening this weekend in Chicago? Look no further. There’s a whole calendar of exciting events, exhibits, and activities taking place all over the city. This weekend, catch immersive pop-up experiences, winter ice rinks, exhilarating theatrical productions, and so much more. And check out our New Year’s Eve guide for even more festive things to do.

Check out just a few of the top things to do this weekend in Chicago, Dec. 31, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022.

Please note that all events are subject to change. Contact event organizers or ticket vendors for the latest information.

NEW YEAR ON THE PIER
Dec 31 – Jan 1
NEW YEAR ON THE PIER

Navy Pier will host the party of the year on the biggest night of the year, Friday, Dec. 31, in the opulent and historic Aon…

Friday December 31, 2021 — Saturday January 1, 2022
@navypier
600 E. Grand Ave
Chicago’s NYE Blast!
Dec 31 – Jan 1
Chicago’s NYE Blast!

Party like it's 2022! Welcome in the New Year with Chicago's NYE Blast! This mega-event offers multiple options for dining, parties, and hotel accommodations at…

Friday December 31, 2021 — Saturday January 1, 2022
Chicago River
151 E Wacker Dr
Illumination: Tree Lights
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum

The ninth annual Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns as a walking experience. Explore 50 acres of the Arboretum's majestic trees during this one-of-a-kind spectacle of color,…

Saturday November 20, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
morton arboretum
4100 ILLINOIS ROUTE 53
Winter Flower Show
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Winter Flower Show

Discover a winter oasis at this colorful flower show, set inside the stunning Garfield Park Conservatory.

Monday December 13, 2021 Sunday January 9, 2022
Jack's Winter Walk
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Jack's Winter Walk

Join us for the most festive interactive pop-up experience to hit Chicago, with ice skating, bumper cars, Christmas trees, and more.

Thursday December 2, 2021 Sunday January 2, 2022
ZooLights
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

ZooLights Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition is back and better than ever in 2021 with our new Pepper Family Wildlife Center at the heart of the…

Friday November 19, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Light Up the Lake
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Light Up the Lake

Brighten the winter season with Chicagoland’s biggest indoor, temperature-controlled light garden, featuring large-scale light-sculpture displays with more than 600,000 lights; Alpine ice rink with free…

Friday November 26, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
Lightscape
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Lightscape

This event is sold out. The popular holiday event is back, with a new path and exciting new delights! We’ve got inventive new installations and all your favorites too.

Friday November 12, 2021 Sunday January 2, 2022
Chicago New Year’s Eve Ball at The Congress Plaza Hotel
Dec. 31 – Jan. 1
Chicago New Year’s Eve Ball at The Congress Plaza Hotel

ALL-INCLUSIVE EVENT:  FOOD, DRINKS, ENTERTAINMENT, & MORE! GA Tix Include: 4.5 Hour Premium All-Inclusive Package! VIP Tix Include: 5.5 Hour Top Shelf All-Inclusive Package! 6…

Friday December 31, 2021 — Saturday January 1, 2022
520 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
520 S. Michigan Ave
New Year’s Eve Party at Hilton Chicago Michigan Avenue
Dec. 31 – Jan. 1
New Year’s Eve Party at Hilton Chicago Michigan Avenue

ChicagoNYE.com and 103.5 Kiss FM are teaming up to host the best New Year’s Eve event in the city!  They aren't just hosting a typical…

Friday December 31, 2021 — Saturday January 1, 2022
720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Ice Rink at Gallagher Way
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Ice Rink at Gallagher Way

ICE SKATE NEXT TO WRIGLEY FIELD Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 sq.ft. ice rink is…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Sunday February 20, 2022
Gallagher Way
3635 North Clark Street
Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Ice Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Prices: ALL reservations include Gogh Skating – there is not an additional fee. Monday-Thursday -Skate Rental $16 on-line + tax $18 walkup + tax Skate with…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Sunday March 13, 2022
Maggie Daley Park
337 E. Randolph Street
Love Actually – The Unauthorized Musical Parody
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Love Actually – The Unauthorized Musical Parody

The Off-Broadway hit and holiday season sendup of the iconic romantic comedy and Christmas movie “Love Actually” debuts in Chicago this holiday season. Written by musical parody duo Bob and…

Wednesday November 17, 2021 — Sunday January 2, 2022
Apollo Theater Main Stage
2550 N Lincoln Ave
Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin and the Art of War
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin and the Art of War

Pritzker Military Museum & Library Launches Virtual Exhibition of Legendary Political Cartoonists Bill Mauldin’s Work View A One-of-a-Kind Virtual Exhibit That Tells the Real Story…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Saturday April 30, 2022
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
104 S. Michigan Ave. 2nd Floor
Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable

Ray Bradbury: Inextinguishable honors the incredible writing and enduring impact of one of America's most celebrated writers. Featuring personal artifacts from Bradbury's life like his…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Tuesday May 31, 2022
American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants
Jan. 2
Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants, Jan 2, 12:00PM. Tickets are on sale at TicketNetwork.

Sunday January 2, 2022
The Dr. Seuss Experience
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience is an imaginative, interactive, Instagram-able immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss. ​ This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes each guest…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Friday December 17, 2021
Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames
Jan. 2
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Calgary Flames, Jan 2, 6:00PM. Tickets are on sale at TicketNetwork.

Sunday January 2, 2022
United Center
1901 W Madison St
The Play That Goes Wrong
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
The Play That Goes Wrong

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash…

Tuesday December 14, 2021
A Brunch of Drag
Jan. 2
A Brunch of Drag

Join us every first Sunday of the month for "A Brunch of Drag" hosted by Jasmine Phoenix! Each Brunch seating includes 3 performers w/ one…

Sunday January 2, 2022 — Sunday January 1, 2023
Simone’s Bar
960 W. 18th St.
The String Cheese Incident
Dec. 31 – Jan. 1
The String Cheese Incident

Colorado jammers The String Cheese Incident will perform live at Auditorium Theatre on Dec 30-31 and Jan 1. Tickets are on sale at TicketNetwork.

Thursday December 30, 2021
Auditorium Theatre
50 E Ida B Wells Dr
Shark Feeding Tour
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Shark Feeding Tour

Witness mealtime with the ocean's most dynamic, and misunderstood, predators in this 60-minute behind-the-scenes feeding tour. Beyond spotting all sorts of underwater life from corals…

Saturday January 1, 2022 — Sunday June 26, 2022
Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Disney’s Frozen
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
Disney’s Frozen

From the producer of The Lion King and Aladdin, Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, is now on tour across North America and the critics rave,…

Thursday December 30, 2021 — Saturday January 22, 2022
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St.
The Office Experience
Dec. 31 – Jan. 2
The Office Experience

This fall, get ready to be transported to the world of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company when The Office Experience makes its debut in Chicago on October 15.…

Sunday January 2, 2022 — Monday January 17, 2022
The Shops at North Bridge
540 N Michigan Ave

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