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Everyone 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 specially curated list of cool, unique stuff to do. Keep scrolling for the 411.
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If you're a sports fan, you're def in the right city! Because the notorious 3 B's - Chicago Bears, BlackHawks, and Bulls will all be in play this fall! Check their schedule and plan to spend a few nights in the Chi - even if you don't score tickets - there's plenty of fist-bumping and high-fiving to be had on game days at like a gazillion sports pubs around the city. Bear down! 
 
Sept 27
The "every award under the sun" Broadway Musical Hamilton hits the stage at The PrivateBank Theatre. We know, tickets are $$$, BUT . . . there's a daily digital lottery that, with a little luck, may score you some tix for 10 bucks . ..  seriously - 10 bucks, hit the link above!
 
Sept 30 - Oct 1 
Who doesn't love food trucks sprinkled amongst a bunch of really cool art? The West Town Art Walk & Food Truck Social returns with lots of artful eye candy , and deliciousness for your belly. Check it out!
 
Oct 1
Um . . . 80 beers, over 30 bacon-infused dishes, bacon eating contest, Soldier Field. The Bacon & Beer Classic. :drop mic:
 
Oct 5
Drake + Future hit the stage at the United Center and it promises to be an epic night of righteous tunes! The UC is a quick Uber from ACME . . . save us a seat! 
 
Oct 9
Who remembers the old Seinfeld episode when Elaine yells out the window to the Marathoner's "You're all winners" . . . yeah, that'll be us as the Chicago Marathon steps off with 45,000 runners! Side note, our rockstar GM is running this year . . . don't blink, or you might miss him - dude is fast!  
 
Oct 13 - Oct 23
Forget 'Night at the Museum', we've got Museum Week! That means all sorts of discounts and especially special exhibits happening to celebrate Chicago's a-ma-zing museum scene. If you haven't seen some of these - get here (and no, your 4th grade field trip doesn't count)! 
 
Oct 13 - Oct 27
Check it out . . . over 150 indie, foreign, and under the radar films all in one theatre for like, 14 days! What? It's the Chicago International Film Festival. If you love film, or just want to sound super cool and indie at this year's holiday parties, grab some tix and enjoy ! Don't forget the popcorn! It's a few blocks away at AMC River East 21.
 
Oct 16
Ok, so we loooove old stuff, so we could be bias on this one . . . but if you love it too, get to Vintage Garage for the season finale of selling old stuff! They've got some great finds - and besides their holiday market they won't be back 'til next spring!  
 
Oct 29
The beauty of the iconic Elvis Costello is that even if you've seen him live, it's never even near the same experience twice! Coming off of rave reviews from their UK tour, Elvis Costello and the Imposters will ignite the stage at the Chicago Theatre for one night only. Get there . . . 
 
Oct 31
Next to St Paddy's day, Halloween is one of the biggest parties in the Chi . . . THere's probably like a 1,000 parties happening, but we recommend hitting the Northalsted Halloween Parade for some of the most outrageous costumes anywhere. They have a costume contest too . . . But be warned . . . these costumes are gooood - you have to practically be a REAL zombie to win!
 
Nov 5
The cheesiest event of the year (and we mean that in the most respectful of ways), returns for more gooey deliciousness. The Mac & Cheese Fest is gluttony at its best! We'll save you a place in line! 
 
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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! info@wateriders.com

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.
Chicago Willis Tower, Illinois

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/ .
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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
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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
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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.

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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.
Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo, Illinois

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.
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