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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!

NOW - ???

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 TimeOut said "home to every relic a super-fan could desire". And, it's only a few blocks from ACME! We're there! Bye!

NOW - JAN 21

If you dig theatre, grab yourself some tix to Red Velvet at Chicago's Shakespeare Theatre. The TimeOut NY called it "fiery and funny" . . . we can't wait!

Now - Mar 4

Ice, Ice Baby . . . . If you've got the moves, get to FREE Ice Skating at Millennial Park! Show your best figure skating or hockey moves with the most wicked skyline view of the city! They even offer free lessons if you find yourself slipping up . . . Get it? Anyway, you've gotta do it once, just to say you did!

Now - Jan 7

Time to turn it on at Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo! Honestly, you've never seen the place look so cool! Most dates are FREE to the Public, others are ticketed events or private - but click the link to see what's up . . . after all, who wouldn't want to get lit with dozens of exotic animals?

JAN 11 - JAN 21

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival takes the stage at the Stage 773 and features an array of seriously funny sketch comedy troupes from around the country. Laughing really hard is an outstanding alternative to the January cold! 

JAN 16

Check out the Killers at the United Center as they debut their highly anticipated new album, Wonderful Wonderful. This will be one of their first stops on their 2018 tour, and one you won't want to miss! 

JAN 17 - JAN 21

Summer was months ago - But the tunes didn't end there. Lift yourself out of the mid winter doldrums for 5 days and get to the TNK Fest at Schuba's, Lincoln Hall and other hot venues. TNK features the hottest up and coming musical talent - so hot, that you just might see them
again at LaLa next summer. 

JAN 26 - FEB 8

Good eating is pretty much a staple here in the 312. In fact, the hardest part about eating out here is deciding on which awesome place to go to! Don't miss Chicago Restaurant Week when all the major players strut their stuff at pre fixe menu's and price points. It will not disappoint! 

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!