Just 5 days before the Epoch Conjunction of 2016, Venus and Jupiter shine from the western sky this evening as seen from the Chicago area on an unseasonably cool and clear evening. Tonight pair is 5 degrees apart. (See this article for more details.)
Meanwhile Mars, Antares, and Saturn appear near each other in the southwest. Mars is 2 degrees from Antares and 4.5 degrees from Saturn. Watch Mars pass Antares and Saturn this week.