Things to Do on a Rainy Day


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It’s raining, it’s pouring, but that doesn’t mean your day has to be boring! Chicago is full of indoor activities perfect for uncooperative weather. Don’t let a little drizzle stop you from having a great Chicago experience- check out some of our ideas on how to spend a gloomy day in the Windy City!

Step out of the rain and into a whirlwind of music, comedy, and entertainment galore at Teatro ZinZanni. While it may be considered a restaurant, Teatro ZinZanni offers so much more  than your average dining experience. One of the hottest tickets in the city right now, this ‘dinner and a show’ takes things up a notch with acrobatic and cabaret performances right before your eyes. 

Need more proof that indoor dining on a rainy day doesn’t have to be boring? Embark on a City Cruises by Hornblower dinner cruise on the Odyssey Chicago River and enjoy a two-and-a-half hour float while being wined and dined to the nines. The climate controlled cruise makes for a relaxed evening, no matter the weather outside. 

Nothing says “rainy day activity” quite like the movie theatre. The excitement of watching a film on the big screen with the smell of popcorn in the air makes for a fun outing, while staying dry. Chicago’s Music Box Theatre is the perfect location to elevate your movie-going experience. Built in 1929, this classic theatre takes you back in time with vintage decor and projectors, ensuring a film viewing experience you can’t get anywhere else.

Nothing can lift your spirits on a damp day like a shopping spree! With endless stores to choose from along, the Magnificent Mile is the perfect place for some good old retail therapy. The next time a little rain ruins your plans, head over to the Shops at North Bridge to brighten your day.  

Check out Lips Chicago for the perfect drag dining experience! With nightly performances from some of the best queens in the business, Lips provides a high energy, full night of fun. From celebrity impersonators to Broadway divas, you will see performances like never before.

It’s impossible to be bored in Chicago, even when the weather’s got you down! Don’t let a little rain ruin your parade, the next time your plans get rained out check out these indoor favorites to liven up your day!

Written by: Lindsey LeBeda

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