YOU ARE HEREEveryone says they're close to downtown Chicago attractions like the Mag Mile, but have they ever done the math? We have - and we conclude that the giant Marshmallow guy from Ghostbusters could hit the Avenue in about 3 steps from ACME.
We're so close in fact, on some days it's difficult to show up for work! We're smack-dab in the middle of River North - home to hundreds of Chicago's hippest eateries, night spots, and attractions.
Check out our map below plus our list of cool unique stuff to do. Keep scrolling for the 411.
One of the best parts of summer in the Chi? FIREWORKSON THE LAKEFRONT! Navy Pier Fireworks roll every Wednesday night at 9:30 and Saturday's at 10:15.
Now - Fall
Get an early start on Sunday Funday at Comedy Brunch - Second City's Sunday Bloody Sunday. It's great food, good laugh's and Bloody Mary's - what could go wrong?
Aug 13 - 16
Mangia! Mangia! Chicago's Little Italy is all the rage during Taylor Streets' Festa Italiana, which by our definition is a 3-day food orgy. All we can say is wear pants with an elastic waistband. Delizioso!
Remember in the 80's when people said "Get a Clue!"? . . . Well now you really can, at the Xperience Adventure! It's a high adrenaline 5k that has you chasing all over the Chi in search of clues . . . Think, "The Amazing Race, without all the world travel, and 500k prize! We call it "running with purpose" - It's fun!
Aug 27 & Aug 29
Summer isn't summer 'til you've seen a concert at WRIGLEY FIELD. The Piano Man, Billy Joel is back August 27, and Foo Fighters show up Aug 29 - Dude, Just make it a weekend! AWESOMENESS!
You had us at Buh . . . check out the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest on the North side and mingle with the cool kids. Your tix include a BBQ lunch and tastings from amongst 35 different Beers, Bourbons and Whiskeys . . . Um, yes please!
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In case you haven't noticed, Chicago bike riders are pretty much like the USPS when it comes to dedicated riding through sleet, snow, hell or high water! Get your Divvy and ride the city like a local, they're practically at every street corner. If you're a tad on the laid back side - a segway may be more your speed . . . we've got those too!
If you love to eat as much as we do, you've gotta check this out . . . Chicago Food Planet offers a full array of food tours. Take a big bite out of Chicago, then come back to ACME for a long snooooooze.
If you've been dying to check out EATALY, you're in luck - it's a block away, and yeah, it's awesome.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then head over to the Willis Tower and the Ledge. It's a glass box extended over the street, 103 stories in the air. Or, go for the all new TILT at the Hancock, and lean over the city like never before. Enough said. Tweet that Twitterverse!
If you love all things four legged and furry, you'll love the Lincoln Park Zoo. A leader in wildlife conservation, the zoo features super cool animals of many many species. If you don't believe us, ask our associate Eve - She goes APE for LPZoo. Plus . . . it's F-R-E-E!
The Mag Mile -
You've heard of it . . . now see it for yourself. Walk out of the ACME, turn right and go straight for 2 ½ blocks and you have arrived at one of the most famous avenues in the world. Chock-full of flagship stores, restaurants, boutiques, and more. The Magnificent Mile is a sight to behold. Don't forget to check out the famous Water Tower, one of the few thing that pesky cow didn't take down, as well as the varieties of blooms that are planted on a seasonal basis up and down the avenue.
Kayaking on the Chicago River -
imagine, rolling down the river amongst towering skyscrapers!
Wateriders offers a selection of themed tours from educational to eerie, as well as Kayak rentals so you can explore on your own. If you want to do something Facebook worthy, check this out! firstname.lastname@example.org
Jet Ski Lake Michigan -
Tell the locals that you jet-skied Lake Michigan and I'll bet they'll say "I never knew you could do that . . . " Well, you can. With Jet Ski Chicago, you can take a tour, or go out on your own. Of course, this is a seasonal activity . . . The ice bergs become rough to navigate in Chicago's winter. https://www.jetskichicago.com
Chicago Segway Tours -
Whose up for a little adventure on two wheels but with minimal exertion on your part? Yup, we thought so. Check out Chicago Segway Tours. Enjoy the city, and the wind in your hair . . . http://www.chicagosegways.com/
Chicago Food Planet Tours -
If you love to eat as much as we do, you've gotta check this out . . . Chicago Food Planet offers a full array of food tours. If you are looking to take a bite out of Chicago, check it out - then come back to ACME for a long snooooze. www.chicagofoodplanet.com
Hubbard Street & Rush Street -
Chicago is known for some really lively nightlife, and between Hubbard Street right around the corner and the uber-famous Rush Street, your nightlife possibilities just got rather large. Both destinations are a short walk away and offer tons of dining, music, shopping and musing possibilities.
Willis Tower -
Formerly known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower stands tall. In fact, at 1,450 feet high,(that's 103 stories) it's the western hemisphere's tallest building. Boasting over 3.8 million square feet of office and retail space, Willis Tower is the biggest draw for Chicago-based businesses. And if you've got the guts, don't forget to experience The Ledge - A glass box that extends out of the building 103 stories in the air! Tweet that Twitterverse! For more information, visit http://www.willistower.com/ .
Concert Venues -
Whatever your musical tastes, there's a concert venue in Chicago to satisfy it. Check out everything from major arenas like the United Center and Soldier Field to such classic clubs as the House of Blues and Bourbon Street. For more information, visit www.centerstagechicago.com
Millennium Park -
In 2001, Grant Park, Chicago's main downtown park, was expanded with the creation of Chicago Millennium Park. Highlights of Chicago Millennium Park are an outdoor music pavilion, an ice rink, and a below-the-ground theater. The two parks are joined by a 935 foot-long footbridge. For more information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Field Museum of Natural History -
It got its start as the Columbian Museum of Chicago in 1893. Today, the Field Museum of Natural History, which was named for its first big-time benefactor, Marshall Field, is well-respected for its artwork as well as its archaeology, science, and history exhibits. For more information, visit www.fieldmuseum.org
Historic Oak Street -
Historic Oak Street is a decidedly different destination. It IS Designer Row. Discover many upscale shops, full spa facilities and world-class restaurants. And Barney's New York is just around the corner. You can easily spend an entire day on Oak Street browsing, buying or both. For more information, visit www.oakstreetchicago.com
The Shops at North Bridge -
Nearly around the corner, The Shops at North Bridge has some outstanding shops! Forget some of your favorite cosmetics? Stock-up at Sephora. And Nordstrom is there, with is world famous shoe department. Don't miss this exciting shopping experience - there is something for everyone.
Art Institute of Chicago -
A first-rate art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago is home to an incredible collection of everything from paintings and prints to sculptures, and photographs that cover 5,000 years. Enjoy one of the many daily educational programs that include lectures, workshops, and performances. For more information, visit http://www.artic.edu.
The 900 Shops -
Located on the north end of the Magnificent Mile at 900 North Michigan Avenue, the 900 Shops is beautiful to look at and a joy to shop in. Anchored by Bloomingdale's, the upscale mall features 70 luxury retailers that run the gamut from Gucci to Montblanc to The Silk Trading Company. For more information, visit www.shop900.com.
Lincoln Park Zoo -
One of America's oldest zoological gardens, the Lincoln Park Zoo is just north of downtown Chicago in Lincoln Park. A leader in wildlife conservation, the zoo features such interesting animals as lowland gorillas and black rhinoceroses. AND IT'S FREE ! For more information, visit www.lpzoo.com.
John Hancock Observatory -
Get a truly bird's-eye view of Chicago 94 stories up at the Chicago John Hancock Observatory. There's no glass separating you from the Magnificent Mile below but a high-strength stainless steel screen that allows you to feel the Windy City's mighty breeze in your hair. For more information, visit www.hancockobservatory.com.