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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!


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

NOW - AUG 21

If you're a FILM BUFF, find yourself under a canopy of steel at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for the Millennium Park Summer Film Series. It's all free, and totally awesome! And it only happens on WEDNESDAY's! Pack up a little basket of Nosh, and it takes the notion of 'dinner and a movie' up a bunch of notches . . . It's an impressive first date for sure! 

NOW - Sept 1

This is when we really know it's summer around these parts! The Navy Pier Fireworks  blast off Memorial day weekend, and keep on blasting all the way through Labor Day. You can catch them on Saturday nights and weekends - - - plus a few special occasions in between . . . Time to practice your oohs and aahs! 

June 15 - June 17

Chicago peeps looove their food, and one of the best places that proves that out is at the annual Taste of Randolph. The 3 day festival features over 20 live bands plus 16 of the most awesome Fulton Market restaurants will be present! Check it out - It's a highlight of the summer! 

June 16/June 17/June 24

Help Chicago celebrate the LGBTQ community at the annual PrideFest on North Halsted street! The weekend prior to the Pride Parade is chock-full of live entertainment, a pet parade (awww), 100 plus arts and crafts merchants, DJ's, dancing, plus plenty of food, and drink! Don't miss this amazing weekend! Of course, this is the exciting weekend that leads up to the Chicago Pride Parade on June 24. The Parade steps off at noon! 

JUNE 19 - AUG 21

Every Monday and Thursday, check out the FREE Music Series at Millennium Park. We're talking a plethora of genres, from indy rock to blues rock, british jazz to vintage reggae! Yeah, the selection will blow your mind! Check out the schedule, and check out a night of free tunes! 

June 22 - June 24

Chicago's biggest lakefront Country music festival, Lake Shake Festival will feature Country star headliners like Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley. Plus you'll see some of the most awesome skyline views to be had. Grab your boots and your hat - and get ready to Rock Country!

June 23 - oct 14

A new exhibit is about to Rock the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), and we can't wait! The exhibition, I was raised on the Internet explores specific moments in time since 1998 that the internet and all of it's offshoots have affected life as we know it. It's an early look at its fascinating history! 

June 29 - July 1

The Windy City Ribfest is back and bigger than ever . . . It's in uptown - a brilliantly diverse and eclectic neighborhood just an "L" ride away! 

JuLY 4

About the same time every year, Google is bogged down by the same nagging question . . . When are the Chicago 4th of July fireworks? Well, the answer is here - Fireworks take place on the 4th of July! 9:30 sharp . . . so get to Navy Pier, the park, a rooftop, or the lakefront for one of the best firework displays ANY PLACE! 

JuLY 6 - JULY 8

West Fest is back, and we're guessing as boffo as ever. Locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, this event is chock-ful of local offerings (get a cool sense of the hood), Live bands, DJ's food, and more. Check it out. It's a good time! 

JuLY 13/July 14

If you want to experience Wrigleyville transformed into Margaritaville, then get to Wrigleyville for the Jimmy Buffet concert at Wrigley Field. Tickets are on sale, and goin' fast! If he's sold out, you can try to catch Def Leppard & Journey at Wrigley Field on Saturday the 14th! 

JuLY 20 - July 22

One of the most anticipated music events returns July 20 for a weekend packed with awesome bands and tunes! Get yourself to Pitchfork for one of the best music festivals in the country featuring such headliners as Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, Chaka Khan, and a ton more!!! 

JuLY 29/July 30

Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field comes together for two nights in July. They've been there before, and we LOVED it! Tickets are going fast.

Aug 2 - aug 5

It's Lollapalooza Weekend folks. Need we say more? Arctic Monkees, Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Vampire Weekend, Jack White, Odessa. Ok, there's a little more . . .

Aug 11 - aug 12

Northalsted Market Days returns to the north side with live music on 4 stahges, 200 plus vendors, arts, crafts, f=drinks, food, and 200,000 of your closest friends. It's a riot. Seriously. A riot. Don't miss it! 

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!