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 specially curated list of cool, unique stuff to do. Keep scrolling for the 411.
If you're a sports fan, then you're visiting the right city! Our Stanley Cup wielding BlackHawks are in full cold-steel-on-ice mode. Check out their schedule and check out the excitement!
now - sept
After last season's dramatic results, we are PSYCHED to see where the Cubbies will take us this season! Get to Wrigley Field this summer to see what the Cubshave in store this season!
If you're a southside fan, the Chicago White Sox are in full swing (pun duly noted)! Grab some tix, a hot dog and brew and watch the season unfold!
april 28 - 30
The NFL Draft was a gigantic hit last year and it's coming back to the 312 for an encore return! If you missed it last year, you'll wanna get in on the action this time . . . FUN!
april 30 - may 1
THE BACON RETURNS! Yep . . . BaconFest Chicago returns for 2 days of deliciousness at the UIC Forum. Everybody will be there - Like, the Cooking Channel, iconic chefs, Nueske's! How can you not love this celebration of MEAT!?
may 2 - may 8
Get your LOL's going at the 19th annual Chicago Improv Festival. Multiple shows take place at multiple locations across the city. Look, Chicago invented this stuff, so you know it's gonna be FUNNY!
"Chicago's largest beer festival returns to Soldier Field on May 7". Hey, those are their words, who are we to argue with such enormity? It's the Chicago Beer Classic, and it promises to be BIG!
". . . all the single ladies, ooh, ooh, ooh . . . ." that's right the queen of all things music, um, yeah, Beyonce, will be gracing the 312 at Soldier Field on May 27. No tix? scalp 'em! It'll be worth it!
We heart Beyonce!
THE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVALS ARE COMING! . . . Pitchfork opens the season July 15-17 at Union Park. Lollapalooza 2016happens July 28 - July 31 (tix on sale 3/22). Not to mention, amazing concerts all over the 312! Like Phish at Wrigley June 25, and Pearl Jam Aug 20/22!
Want more? Check out these Chicago mainstays!
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! email@example.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.
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.