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CHICAGO IS OPEN and the SUMMER OF 2022 is going to be the BEST EVER! There's so much to do and see the city, and with just a bit of a nip in the air, well, it's the perfect place to visit. . . so start planning your getaway and adventures - Below is a snapshot of what we'd do, in the 312 RIGHT NOW!!
 

TAKE A CULTURE TRIP!

Some of Chicago's greatest cultural institutions are now welcoming back visitors! HOORAY! Of course, visitors can once again enjoy the plethora of cultural experiences that Chicago has to offer. Of course Chicago has a wealth of cultural experiences just waiting for you. Check out all the museums here - All are open with reservations. Field Museum, Shed Aquarium, Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago History Museum, and of course the wonders Wndr Museum.

NOW
Prince, The Immersive Experience is called, "a multi-sensory celebration of this musical genius." So if you're a fan of this musical legend and his purple universe, take 60 minutes out of your busy life to immerse yourself with prince. Bonus, it's a short stroll from ACME! 

NOW - SEPT 5
Lego's are more than a kids toy, and something for parents to wrench their feet on when they come across them in the dark. The  Art of the Brick is currently at the Museum of Science and Industry, and it'll change your whole perspective about what is, and isn't, child's play.

NOW - DEC 18
If you love an eclectic mix of handmade crafts, resale housewares, and clothing, all accompanied  by live music and street food, Maxwell Street Market is the place for you each Sunday. 
 

MAY


MAY 20 - MAY 22
Lincoln Park turns up the volume every spring to bring you the one and only Mayfest! It's food, and drinks, and bands . . . does it get any better than that? Find it at the corner of Armitage and Sheffield. 

MAY 28 - MAY 29
Not to be outdone by Lincoln Park, Lakeview answers back the very next weekend with the Belmont/Sheffield Music Fest. It's a great time, with even more food, drink, and music . . . 

JULY 12 - AUGUST 30
Who doesn't love a good flick, in the middle of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers as your backdrop? The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, and if you love the city, and movies, this is the place to be. Every Tuesday! It's definitely better than Netflix at home! 
 

JUNE


JUNE 3 - JUNE 5
It's not summer without the Do Division Fest. Here you'll experience all that this funky little neighborhood has to offer as they roll out the best in live music, fashion, art, and yup, you guessed it, food and drink! It's a whole thing - so get to it, and plan to spend at least one day at this neighborhood favorite. 

JUNE 9 - 12
There's nothing like the blues in Chicago, and there's no better place to enjoy them than the Chicago Blues Fest where some of the biggest names in the biz show up to give you the best of what they've got. Millennium Park - don't miss it.

JUNE 10 - JUNE 12
They say the best BBQ can only be experienced in the South, but the Chicago RibFest blows that theory to smithereens! Check out some of the best BBQ north of the Mason Dixon, while enjoying multiple live stages of music.  Bring wet wipes. Lincoln and Irving Park!

JUNE 11 - JUNE 12
Pay attention art lovers, because the Old Town Art Fair is BACK! A summer tradition for decades, this art fair attracts juried artists from far and wide to show and sell their masterpieces. And did we mention, there's lots of food and drink to go around. 

JUNE 11 - JUNE 12
Once you've done the OTAF, pop next door for the Wells Street Art Festival. Can you imagine? Two mega-art fests back to back - there's nothing better! You'll find arts in all forms, food, drink, and live bands each night. 

JUNE 17-19
Randolph Street has become a foodie Mecca over the years, and nothing shows that off more than Taste of Randolph. Booths line the streets featuring neighborhood food, with bands to add to the ambience. It's a food lovers dream come true, and one of our favorite summertime mainstays. 

JUNE 18/19 
Show your pride at The Northalsted PrideFest featuring live music by headline artists and local favorites, 3 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/crafts vendors, DJ's and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, sponsored presence, games, giveaways and more. It's a massive celebration of the country's first recognized LGBTQ communities. Anything goes at this proud celebration.

JUNE  26
As a cap to Pridefest, the Chicago Pride Parade steps off the curb in Lakeview East to celebrate Pride in all its glorious forms. It's a day of revelry and celebration and one not to be missed! 

June 27
Music is everywhere in Chicago - especially in the summer . . . but sometimes, it's actually indoors! The Bare Naked Ladies take the stage at the Chicago Theatre for one night only. Get your tickets! 
 

JULY


JULY 8
Ready for a night chock-ful of your favorite throwback bands and at one of Chicago's premiere venues? Check out Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jet . . .  all performing in The Stadium Tour at Wrigley Field

JULY 8 - JULY 10

And another neighborhood heard from! Lincoln Square hosts the Square Roots Festival (YAY) and every summer, bring more music, more, food, and (you guessed it), more drink! It's a stalwart event around these parts. So get yourself north via the El, and enjoy.

JULY 8 - JULY 10
Not enough music packed into one weekend for you? Get woke at the Spring Awakening Festival at United Center. Never been? Give it a go! 

JULY 9
There is nothing, and we mean nothing, like experiencing a live concert at Wrigley Field. And with the Zac Brown Band . . . how much better can it get? 

JULY 12 - AUGUST 30
Who doesn't love a good flick, in the middle of the city, surrounded by skyscrapers as your backdrop? The Millennium Park Summer Film Series returns, and if you love the city, and movies, this is the place to be. Every Tuesday! It's definitely better than Netflix at home! 

JULY 14 - JULY 16
Always good for  A LOT of laughs, John Mulaney brings his brand of funny back to Chicago with his From Scratch at United Center. You've likely seen him on all the late night shows, guest hosting on SNL, and on Comedy Central. He is a force on the comedy scene, and well worth the price of entry! 


 

TURN IT UP! 

If you love music, there's nothing better than LIVE Music in Chicago! Chicago's stages are open and bands are scheduled to rock your world! Check out some of our favorite venues like Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Thalia Hall, The Metro, The Vic, The Green Mill, and tons more! 
 

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The famed Chicago Architecture Tour is ready to guide you on an epic journey of discovery . . . Truly! You'll see some beautiful sites, enjoy a cocktail, and a "cool" river
breeze in the heart of Chicago. Other Riverboat cruises are available too, check out Shoreline, Wendella, Mercury, and a ton more!

 

We're so lucky that Chicago has some of the best city parks and outdoor spaces in the World, and now is a great time to appreciate them in all of their splendor! Take a stroll through Millennium Park and The Bean, Grant Park, or Lincoln Park and see the dramatic backdrop of the city behind them. Or check out the Chicago Riverwalk and enjoy some outstanding public art and sculptures, eat, drink, and listen to live music! Feeling robustly athletic? Get yourself to the Lakefront Trail with a rented divvy or your own two feet! And if you're an animal lover, the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo are waiting to give you a warm welcome. 

 

SHOPPING, ANYONE?

Chicago stores and boutiques are open for business. If you fancy a new winter wardrobe, or just some browsing, you'll find most major retailers and boutiques are open. Just be sure to mask up and keep your distance! 
 
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.
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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.
 

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!