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!
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!
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!
The Chicago Air & Water Show takes off for two days of spectacular entertainment. Grab a blanket and head to North Avenue Beach, or find a lakeside rooftop to get the action up close!
AUG 29 - sept 1
The Chicago Jazz Festival returns and promises to be better than ever. Celebrating it's 41st appearance, the Jazz Festival has become a favorite for locals and jazz enthusiasts worldwide.
AUG 30 - sept 1
One of the last festivals to wrap up the summer season, get to the lakefront and enjoy The North Coast Festival . . . it'll be an easy-breezy weekend with lots of food, drink, and tunes!
Wrigley Field, here we come! Hands down, one of the best places in the 312 to see a concert, Luke Bryan returns to Wrigley with Sam Hunt. Get there, and enjoy the post concert party in Wrigleyville afterwards!
sept 7/Sept 8
If you're an uptown girl, know an uptown girl, or just love the song "Uptown Girl", then go see Billy Joel at Wrigley Field. Billy returns to rock Chicago's favorite Northside destination and it promises to be epic! Of course, if Billy's more your parent's jam, come the next night for Fall Out Boy at Wrigley! Either way, it'll be a rockin' weekend in Wrigleyville.
sept 13 - sept 15
Just because Fall has arrived, doesn't mean we can't squeeze one more outdoor concert into the mix! RiotFest returns for 3 days of Rock, roll, and a whole lot more So keep those fanny packs and sunglasses nearby and get ready to, well, have a riot!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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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!