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.
Nothing beats the classics. Get a true taste of Chicago at world-famous sights like the Willis Tower, Navy Pier or Lincoln Park Zoo.
There are hundreds of things to do in a city as vast and cultural as Chicago . . . Sure - you should take a minute to see the usual suspects, but here, we like to curate a custom list of happenings we think our guests specifically might truly dig, but may not be as widely publicized. Need more? Simply ask. Now get out there and enjoy the city!
Now "batta, batta, batta, SWING!" Baseball season has begun and the World Champion CHICAGO CUBS are in the house! Check their schedule and get to 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 in Wrigleyville and around the city.
Now - May 21 Have you ever thought about creating music and art with seesaws? Yup. Seesaws. Now you can at the Impulse interactive exhibit at Navy Pier. There's nothing else like it around - Check it!
Now - July 30 Love the Rolling Stones as much as we do? Then find your self at the Rolling Stones Exhibit at Navy Pier. Billboard called it "an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from." Need we say more?
Now - Sept 4 Tattoo at the Field Museum is so hot it was just extended to September. Learn about the history of ink, and meet some of the most renown tattoo artists around. Maybe you'll be inspired to get some ink of your own . . .
April 29 - April 30 If you dig old stuff . . . but like, coolold stuff, aka, "vintage", get yourself to the Randolph Street Market. Shop inside or out for furniture, jewelry, fashion, hardware, home decor . . . if you want it, they probably got it. Plus there's live music, and good eats. They even have fresh flowers (the flowers aren't old!) If you don't get there this month, no worries - it happens the last weekend of every month! Cool!
May 6 Here's an no-brainer recommendation . . . theChicago Beer Classictakes place at Soldier Field featuring several gallons of local brews and 100 yards of fun! It's considered the unofficially official kick-off to summer festival season!
May 12 Dig the smooth sounds of Leif Vollebekkwhen he stops by Lincoln Hall on his National tour. Get tickets in advance, we have a feeling it'll sell out!
If you're an art lover, get yourself to the 2nd Friday Gallery Night hosted by the Chicago Art District. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the art and the artists - and it's free admission. Worth a check for sure!
May 13 The beauty of the Chicago music scene is that you don't have to go to a major arena to hear outstanding talent . . . Check out Ty Segall at The Metro. When he's not busy cutting an actual album, you'll see him entertaining live.
May 18 - May 25 Chicago loves the craft beer scene so much, we've dedicated a whole week to celebrating it during Chicago Craft Beer Week. For a full week there are events all over the city celebrating these fine brews . . . events like "Beauty & the Brews", and "Beer under Glass", just to name a few. Check out the events and see what best suits your belly!
May 28 - May 29 For a real neighborhood vibe, jump on the red line and get yourself to the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival . . . It's one of the biggest neighborhood fests of the year and features multiple live stages from some very cool local and national bands, a TON of food, and of course, beer and drink vendors galore. There's also some fun arts and goods for sale - Wait . . . did we mention it's FREE? (although they do ask for a 5 buck donation at the door) - it's way more than worth it!
June 2 Lap up the local flair at one of several street festivals that occur every summer like the Do Division Street Fest featuring Live music, DJ's, sidewalk sales, food and booze.
June 9 - June 11 Whether you've got the blues or just LOVE the blues, there's no better than the Chicago Blues Festival at Millennial Park. It's all Blue baby!
June 20 Hop the L and check out the re-issue of Evan Dando's first album, "Baby, I'm Bored", LIVE at Lincoln Hall . . . Tickets are available in advance.
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 love to eat as much as we do, you've gotta check this place out, just moments around the corner. 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. 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.
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!