Best of 2015: Arts & Entertainment

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Live Music Venue

Ravinia (North Shore)

This winner came as no surprise: You’ve chosen this outdoor music venue every year since 2012. 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, 847-266-5000

The Chicago Theatre (Chicago)

Don’t miss upcoming shows by Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth and Janet Jackson175 N. State St., Chicago, 312-462-6300

Live Theater 

Writers Theatre (North Shore)

Writers will continue to bring great theater to the suburbs from its new home, currently under construction. 321 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-242-6000

Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago)

Steppenwolf always wows with their all-star performances. 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago, 312-335-1650

Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Date Night 


Live music? Check. Food and wine? Check. A gorgeous venue? Check. 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park, 847-266-5000


The Art Institute of Chicago

One of the best museums in the world is just a quick train or car ride away. 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-443-3600

Family Outing

Cubs Game

On Kids Sundays, your little fans can run the bases after the game. 1060 W. Addison St., Chicago, 773-404-2827

Place to Go on a Rainy Day

The Art Institute of Chicago

With so much to see, you can get out of the rain and spend a few hours among world-class art. 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-443-3600

Charity Event

Lincoln Park Zoo Ball

This ball has raised more than $24 million for the zoo since 1977. 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, 312-742-2296

Comedy Venue   

Second City

There’s no better place for a laugh- out-loud night out. 1616 N. Wells St., Chicago, 312-337-3992



Old Town Art Fair

This can’t-miss fair takes place in the picturesque Old Town Triangle District each June. Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street, Chicago, 312-337-1938

Photo by Laura E. Meyer.

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