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!
NOW - March 11
Who doesn't love cold steel on ice? Especially when it's your cold steel!!! Skating at Millennium Park opens for nearly 4 months of fun on ice! And btw, you get a
boffo background of the city behind you! So if you want to impress your lady with your high school hockey moves, this is the place too be!
feb 23 - may 9
Renowned photographer Laura Simmons' Exhibit Big Camera Little Camera stars at the Museum of Contemporary Art for a 3 month run. "Simmons creates fictional scenes that mirror and unsettle the American dream of prosperity and feminine domesticity". It will be worth a look, for sure.
Can you imagine 40 beer samples, food, live music and excellent museum exhibits all in one day? Well you don't have to! Find yourself at Chicago Beer Festival at the Field Museum of Natural History.
You gotta love the title Caution World Tour! And Mariah Careybrings it to the United Center for one night only! If you've haven't already gotten tix, phone a friend!
MAR 13 - MAR 17
The Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament returns to United Center for 5 days of nail biting center court action! If you're planning to come to town hoping to see your team make it rain, you'll want to carve out some extra time to take advantage of St Patrick's Day festivities - after all, it's the biggest weekend of the year in the 312.
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy St Patrick's Day in Chicago, but you have to have a load of energy to keep up! The dying of the Chicago river takes place on Saturday, along with a bunch of pub crawls, brunches, parties, parades . . . you name it - the whole town turns green for two solid days of revelry.
Just as enjoyable as the Chicago Marathon, The Shamrock Shuffle steps off March 24. It's a great event to participate in as a runner, or spectator, and mostly, it's for a great cause!
Mark your calendars and get ready to camp out in Wrigleyville, because the Chicago Cubs Home Opener is weeks away. We all know what that means? An exciting brew-filled summer lies ahead . . . It's almost better than the whole groundhog/shadow thing! The friendly confines beckons!
Bands will be announced soon for the biggest music event of the year, LollaPalooza! Stay tuned and start making your plans to get here!
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!