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!
Nothing beats the classics. Get a true taste of Chicago at world-famous sights like the Willis Tower, Navy Pier or Lincoln Park Zoo.
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!
It'll be just about time for the first signs of Spring just about the time Bon Jovi takes the stage at the United Center. Check out this 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee in this 2018 World Tour, "This House is Not For Sale"
Jeff Tweedy, you know, the front man for Wilco, will be jammin' solo at the Vic Theatre for two nights this Spring. The Vic is an awesome music venue, and Jeff is an awesome musician - so it's pretty much a win win! We can't wait!
Tickets are on sale now for the Chicago Beer Classic! You know the one . . . lots of mini breweries, music, and FUN! It's at Soldier Field, so there's even a tailgate party, stadium tours, and you can even meet the mix masters! Love Beer? Get here!
MAY 18 - May 25
Still haven't gotten your fill of awesome brew? Then check out Chicago Craft Beer Week. That's the week that tons of local bars, pubs and restaurants celebrate crat beer (and the people who drink them) by offering lots of cool events and specials . . . The schedule is fluid (get it?), so keep an eye out for updates!
Who doesn't love food on WHEELS? Through in some exotic animals and you've got a pretty decent day laid out! It's the Food Truck Social at Lincoln Park Zoo, or the LPZ as us locals call it. From lobster rolls to donuts, to gourmet eats on a stick - Food Trucks RULE!
U2returns to the Chi for their eXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE World Tour (Not a typo)! It's at the United Center of course . . . because you need a lot of room for tons of screaming fans!
MAY 25 - 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!
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.
CHICAGO'S MUSIC SCENE
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!