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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 dab in the middle of River North - home to hundreds of Chicago's hippest eateries, night spots, and sights. SWEET!
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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Get the skinny on the city's best music venues, performances and hotspots, and experience Chi-Town like a Chicago insider.


Chicago is a sports town, no doubt about it . . . In summer and FALL, we've got the 2016 World Series Champion, CUBS - at the amazing Wrigley Field. Plus you can 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!


If you're a fan of SNL, get yourself over to the Saturday Night Live: The Experience at the Museum of Broadcast for an inside look at this comedy behemoth. Rolling Stone called it "An immersive exhibit packed with SNL memorabilia" and Time Out said "home to every relic a super-fan could desire". And, it's only a few blocks from ACME! We're there! Bye!

NOW - AUG 21

If you're a FILM BUFF, find yourself under a canopy of steel at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. It's all free, and totally awesome! And it only happens on WEDNESDAY's! Pack up a little basket of Nosh, and it takes the notion of 'dinner and a movie' up a bunch of notches . . . It's an impressive first date for sure! 

And don't forget, every Monday and Thursday, you can check out the FREE Music Series at Millennium Park. We're talking a plethora of genres, from indy rock to blues rock, british jazz to vintage reggae! Yeah, the selection will blow your mind! Check out the schedule, and check out a night of free tunes! 

NOW - Sept 1

This is when we really know it's summer around these parts! The Navy Pier Fireworks  blast off Memorial day weekend, and keep on blasting all the way through Labor Day. You can catch them on Saturday nights and weekends - - - plus a few special occasions in between . . . Time to practice your oohs and aahs! 

now - oct 14

A new exhibit is about to Rock the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), and we can't wait! The exhibition, I was raised on the Internet explores specific moments in time since 1998 that the internet and all of it's offshoots have affected life as we know it. It's an early look at its fascinating history! 

Aug 18/Aug 19

The Chicago Air & Water Show returns and of course, so do the US Air Force Thunderbirds! Does this thing ever get old? Uh, no. No it does not. Check it out from North Avenue Beach or just about any rooftop in the city! 

Aug 18/Aug 20

The friendly confines (that's Wrigley Field to most) hosts Pearl Jam for two excellent nights this summer . . .  So go get your tix - Or suck up to a friend that has some! "I'm a lucky man to count on both hands the one I love . . ."

Aug 30 - Sept 2

One of the perennial favorites of the summer for locals and tourists alike, the Chicago Jazz Festival will be blowing out Millennial Park for 3 full days. It's the one spot that all the greats show up for each and every year . . . 

Aug 31 - Sept 2

Tired of all these music updates? Nope, neither are we! Get in tune with the North Coast Music Festival at Union Park. It's one of the last of the season, but certainly not the least!! 

Sept 1/Sept 7/sept 8

Three amazing acts hit Wrigley Field over a two weekend period and it's almost too much to fathom. Check it . . . First up is Luke Brian, then the following weekend sees the return of Billy Joel (YES), followed by, wait for it . . . Fallout Boy . . . the next night! We never want to see summer end, but if it's gotta end, let it be this way! 

Sept 14 - Sept 16 

Bringing up the rear on Music Festival season in Chicago is the loud and proud RiotFest! And this year's line-up does not disappoint! Flogging Molly - Cypress Hill - Bad Religion . . . we could go on for Daze! Get your tix! 

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!