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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 - ocT 21

The Chicago International Film Fest returns with over 150 short and feature length films from 50 countries around the world. If you love film, it's a great event, and if your single? It's a great first date. Oui?

NOW - Dec

Love Art? Then check out art on theMart now through December! It's a dazzling show of custom digital art projected on the 2 1/2 acre exterior of the Merchandise Mart facing the Chicago River! Every Wednesday  - Sunday starting at 7:15 for two hours. It's totally cool! And instagrammable!  

NOW - Dec 31

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". PLUS, it's just a hop from ACME!


Oct 19/22

The United Center will be buzzing with these bands taking center stage in October!!! Check of Florence The Machine on the 19th . . . and Phil Collins takes the stage Oct 22, with "Not Dead Yet, Live!" Show. Awesome title btw! 

Oct 26/27

You might be wondering why this next one gets his own listing, but when you see that it's for Sir Elton John, well, then, it should be obvious! Elton John brings his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour for two nights only to the United Center (we just hope it's not actually farewell for good) . . . Elton John. No words. 

Oct 31

If you're into being WOWED for Halloween, find yourself at the Northalsted Halloween Parade. THIS, is serious Halloween stuff! Stepping off at 7:30 at Halsted and Belmont, it's the Halloween spectacle you've never seen! The music, the costumes, the revelers! Jump on the "L" and treat yourself to a real parade! 

Nov 9 - nov 11

Who doesn't love a really good laugh? Get to the Chicago Comedy Film Festival and check out some true comedic talent . . . If it's in Chicago, you KNOW it's gotta be funny! 

Nov 16 - Dec 24

Who's up for some hot cider, crisp brats, and a whole lot of other stuff German, and holiday? Get yourself to the Christkindlmarket and enjoy all the aforementioned goodies, and a whole lot more . . . And with two locations, (Daley Plaza and Gallagher Way at Wrigley Field), it's a lot easier to manage, even if the spelling of it remains somewhat challenging! 

Nov 17

Nothing sparkles and shimmers quite like the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! Amiright? We hop out our front door and east a few blocks and BAM! We're running into Mickey and the entire crew! It's an awesome way to kick off the holiday season! 

Nov 17 - 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! 

Nov 20 - Dec 2

If you missed The Book of Mormon on it's first hilarious trip to Chicago, don't miss it the second time! It's at the Oriental Theatre - So get your tix now! 

Nov 24 - jan 7

There are few better ways to ring in the holiday (and New Year) than at ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo. It's a spectacle that lights up the zoo! PLUS, check out the events going on within the event like Brewlights on Dec 6 (you get 12 samples of beer!) . . . then bundle up, and get to the Zoo! 

dec 6

Travis Scott takes the stage at the United Center for his Astoworld Wish You Were Here Tour - Don't miss this one! One night only!

dec 6 - dec 9

Ever wish you could find that one-of-a-kind gift for that one-of-a-kind person on your list? Well, you CAN if you go to the One-of-A-Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart! Featuring artisans from all over the world with gift ideas from apparel, to jewelry, housewares, and decor, this show is a gift-givers dream! (And we bet you'll find some cool stuff for yourself too)!

dec 30

IF you're into avoiding the New Year's Eve crowds, but still want a nice night out, hit up Eve of the Eve at the Merchandise Mart. It's a charity gala with good food, good drink, and awesome people meeting! And the best part . . . it's black tie OPTIONAL . . . So you can sport the swag . . . or not! 

jan 16 - jan 20

Chicagoans have proven time and time again that they dig live tunes year round . . . and the TNK Music Festival (Tomorrow Never Knows) is where you'll find them in January. Held at multiple venues (Lincoln Hall/Metro/Schubas/Smartbar/Hideout/Sleeping Village), this festival is for anybody who's love of music is greater than their fear of the cold! Check it out! 

jan 18 - jan 20

The boys of Summer, yup the Chicago Cubs, had a banner 2018, but now it's time to look ahead to 2019 at the Chicago Cubs Convention. You know the drill . . . get cool stuff, buy cool stuff, and rub elbows with some of the playas! It's a Cubs fan's Dream come true! 

jan 25 - feb 7

Chicago Restaurant Week returns for a week of deals and it's well worth coming out of hibernation to enjoy! Hundreds of restaurants partake in this special week just to show off their good eats at special pricing. If there's a place you've been wanting to try, now is definitely the time! 

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!