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Everyone says they're close to downtown sights like the Mag Mile, but have they done the math? We have - and we conclude that the giant marshmallow guy from Ghostbusters could hit the Avenue in about 3 steps. We're so close in fact, on some days it's difficult to show up for work! We're smack in the middle of River North - home to hundreds of Chicago's hippest eateries, night spots, and sights.

Check out where to PLAY below - we've included some of Chicago's hottest events coming soon plus cool stuff to do. If you're into the music scene, hit INSIDER for some of the hottest music venues in the city! If you're gonna be here, you're gonna need this!
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Even though baseball season is coming to a close, the World Series Champion, CUBS are still hard at play! You can also check out the notorious 3 B's - Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls this fall and winter! Check their schedules 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 30

Enjoy two days of revelry with Revolution! Check out Revolution Oktoberfest and get your fill of great beer, eats, and live music - all outdoors!

Oct 6 - 7  

We love it when a plan comes together! If you missed Chicago Gourmet, there's no shame in munching down food on wheels! Food trucks are all the rage - and for good reason - so get to the Food Truck Social in West Town and make the rounds


Oct 8

The beauty of the Chicago Marathon is that you can have nearly as much fun watching it as running it . . . (and with half the training!) Between carb loading specials and marathon meet-ups. It's a great weekend in Chicago. Oh yeah, our GM is running it too! Run Jim Run!

Oct 12

Can you hold your own in the ever popular cocktail conversation? If not, you may want to find yourself at The Whisky Extravaganza at the Union League Club and bone up a bit. Here you'll have the chance to taste several whiskeys and even tap into a master class. Just remember, this is a dignified event - no jeans, your shirt needs to have a collar, and you'll need a jacket! 

OCT 12 - 26

It's that time once again for the Chicago International Film Festival to roll into town. If you consider yourself a lover of films - especially independent films, you'll want to check out some of the amazing pieces being showcased this year.

OCT 13 - 14

Wine Riot. The name pretty much says it all. Lots of wine, and a little bit of rowdiness . . . It's at Revel Fulton Market - so the location is super cool for adventuring out before or after the event. 

OCT 28

Get ready to put on your best costume for this year's River North Halloween Pub Crawl. For one price you get a brunch buffet, drink specials, and FREE STUFF from lots of bars and pubs in the hood. the hood. It's from 11a - 6p, so there's plenty of time for a nap and get back out there!

OCT 31

Its the biggest Halloween event of the year! The annual Northasted Halloween Parade in East Lakeview! Hit the streets and be a part of one of the year's biggest celebrations - But be sure to don a costume. A good one. These people don't mess around when it comes to Halloween. 

DO YOUR THING - DIFFERENT! Check out our curated list of cool attractions

  • If you love the great outdoors, get yourself to the 606. An elevated jogging/hiking/biking path that takes you through some of the 312's most interesting neighborhoods like Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and others.
  • Bike your way through town on a Divvy. Those are the blue bikes you see pretty much everywhere . . . We suggest a ride up the Lakefront, coz it will net you some pretty awesome instagram shots!
  • If you've been dying to check out EATALY, you're in luck - it's a block away, and yeah, it's awesome. It's a bustling Italian marketplace that offers some of the freshest fare and authentic Italian foods around. Foodies won't want to pass it up.
  • In season, there are few things cooler than getting out on the cool waters of lake Michigan on your own (rented) jet ski, and worth e-v-e-r-y penny! Or one with the river in your very own kayak. Here you'll get some of the best views of the city, and get in a pretty decent workout too. Of course, both are seasonal.
  • Check out the Riverwalk (hint: it's on the river), and check out the peeps walking and cruising by. It's a great stop for a cocktail, or just to brown bag it.
  • What better way to hold on to a memory than with body ink? Deluxe Tattoo is one of the best tattoo shops in Chicago. We just recommend you visit sober - you know, no regrets and all. 
  • Everybody's heard about the Architectural Boat Tour, now go out and do it. It is def. one of the best "attractions" in Chicago.


If you dig music, you've come to the right city. In addition to the major arena's, Chicago boasts a ton of awesome, more intimate venues that often book the cutting edge talent on the cusp of stardom. You may also see them at one of Chicago's major music festival during the summer. Here is a short list of some of the best venues in the 312 to sit back and jam. -  These even made TimeOut Chicago's best list!