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Chicago is a city CHOCK-FUL of amazing stuff to do year-round! If you're looking for the hottest local events, concerts, festivals, look no further than this page! We've got the 411 on all the cool stuff to do that you'll need - There are even direct links to book, ticket, or buy! Welcome to ACME and to our awesome city! 
Chicago Classics
Chicago Classics
Chicago Classics
Nothing beats the classics. Get a true taste of Chicago at world-famous sights like the Willis Tower, Navy Pier or Lincoln Park Zoo.
ACME Insider, Illinois
ACME Insider
ACME Insider
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!

free stuff - all summer-Long

We all dig cool, free, stuff - amiright? Well you're in luck, because Chicago is chock-full of fun free stuff to do all summer long! 

Now - Labor Day:   Check out the Free Navy Pier Fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday night. Yup. Ooh and Ahh yourself all summer long!
Now - Sept 29:       Do you ever wake up and say to yourself, "what am I going to do at sunset"? Check out Art on the Mart. You'll never wonder again!

sept 19/20

All grown up and taking over the world, the Jonas Brothers take center stage at the United Center for two nights of revelry in their worldwide Happiness Begins Tour

sept 19 - Sept 29

The second longest running film festival of its kind, the Chicago LGBT+ International Fim Festival, aka, the Reeling Film Festival returns to The MusicBox Theatre showcasing the best of LGBTQ works including films, videos, features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. 

sept 27

You can never get enough music events, amiright? Check out the The Black Keys at the United Center for one night only in their "Let's Rock" Tour. Ok, Let's! 

sept 27 - Sept 29

Most people love really great (like, um GOURMET) food, right? Well if you do, Chicago Gourmet is a Must DO in Chicago. It's your chance to hob nob with the culinary Gods and Goddesses from around the country, and most importantly, taste their food! Lot's of events to be had - Check out the deets! 

sept 28/29

Chicago's hometown musical hero, Chance the Rapper returns to the United Center for two nights this fall! The tour, called "The Big Day" is said to be a "landmark progression" and was inspired by the multitude of emotions he felt on his wedding day. Don't take a chance, get your tickets NOW! 


The music keeps on playing when The Chainsmokers hit center stage at the United Center in their World War Joy Tour . . . Sure, you may have seen them headlining a fest or two, but can you= ever really get enough? We say NOT! Not enough! 


There's a lot more to the Field Museum than super cool history and rare artifacts . . . Like the Chicago Rare and Wild Beer Fest featuring over 60 breweries serving up samples of rare barrel aged brews. We always knew there is so much learning to be had at your local museums! 

OCT 5 - Oct 25

If you like to get spooked, then you've got lot's of chances to do so at the Haunted History & Ghost Tour! This Tour is narrated by experts (no interns leading the way here) who know the TRUE Ghost stories of Chicago. Did you know that Lincoln Park used to be a graveyard, and to this day, bodies are being dug up? You might be irked to if your grave was being biked and jogged upon on the daily too. BOO!

OCT 13

As Elaine Benis screamed out to marathoners in that old classic Seinfeld episode, "You're all winners"! So are those running and attending the Chicago Marathon. Seriously, even if you're not running it, one such marathoner told us personally, "seriously, the spectator scene gets a little nuts" . . . so it'll probably be fun to get out there and show your support! 

Oct 20 - Jan 26

Andy Warhol returns to the Art Institute of Chicago in the largest exhibit of his works to date - Andy Warhol Fom A to B and back again. But you'd better get your tickets fast, this will be the most anticipated art event of the year, and this is a limited run. 

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!