15 Ways to Seize the Day in Chicago


In Eventbrite’s recent study of the “Most Carpe Diem Cities in America,” Chicago ranked 14th out of 50 in cities where people “seize the day” and grab hold of new adventures. Take that, Polar Vortex!

We’ve had the coldest four months in history, but we made it through, Chicago. To celebrate, here are 15 great ways to Carpe Diem. Every day is worth seizing, so pick the adventure of your choice and tell us how you love to “carpe diem” in Chicago at @BriteChicago.

1. Rent a Divvy bike and ride on the lakefront.


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2. Inhale a Cake Shake at Portillo’s.


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3. Laugh ’till it hurts at iO Comedy.


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4. Challenge a stranger to a game of ping pong at Happy Village.


5. Watch the Cubs lose, then sulk over a beer at Guthrie’s Tavern.


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6. Watch the Sox win, then celebrate with a beer at Maria’s Packaged Goods.


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7. Take a selfie under the bean. Then pretend like it never happened.


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8. Unwind at Music Mondays in Millenium Park.


9. Play hooky and veg out on Big Star‘s patio all day.


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10. Cheer on Chicago Marathon runners at Mile 22 in Chinatown.


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11. Photobomb someone’s engagement shoot in front of Buckingham Fountain.


12.Check out a new band at the Empty Bottle.


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13. Blow your paycheck on a meal at Alinea.


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14. Do the Polar Plunge (and not just because you saw Jimmy Fallon do it).


15. Crowd surf at Pitchfork.


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Tell us how you love to “carpe diem” in Chicago at @BriteChicago.