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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 - Dec 30

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!

Nov 9 - 12

CIMMFest, otherwise known as the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (what is with these long names???) is BACK and better than ever . . . CIMMfest brings more than 100 screenings and concerts celebrating movies about music and music about movies . . . and if you love either, you gotta go!
But if you're more about the comedy, get to the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. Events occur at various locations featuring short programs as well as long format. Either way - it's all about the funny!

Nov 18

Michigan Avenue gets LIT at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Get their early to cop a squat curbside for the best seats!

Nov 17 - 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!

Nov 24 - 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?

Dec 5

Jay-Z hip hops the United Center in his 4:44 Tour Dec 5 - - - and if you don't have tickets . . . well, hopefully you've got a buddy that does!

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!