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FALL is approaching and it's going to be the BEST ever! Truly! 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  some of Chicago's world famous museums like the Field MuseumShed Aquarium, Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art.  Or let your imagination run wild at the Wndr Museum and the all new Museum of Ice Cream. Spectacular!!

 

NOW - Oct 9

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 - 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. 

 

NOW - APRIL 30

The New York Times called it "boozing rowdiness and debauchery", Time Out said "A live-action ‘Drunk History', and Slate said "The best thing to ever happen to the theatre" . . . Who are we to argue? Get to Drunk Shakespeare because it sounds like BIG FUN!!  It's at the Lion Theatre.
 

SEPTEMBER

 

SEPT 22 - Sept 25

If you're a foodie, you've got to find yourself at Chicago Gourmet. Chock full of top-notch chefs, deliciousness beyond. Check out the favorite Hamburger Hop, Late-night Gourmet after party at Tao, and this year, there's even an Oktoberfest wrapped into the weekend. Tickets are available . . . get ‘em while they're hot! 
 

SEPT 22 - OCT 2

Can you b believe it's the 40th edition of the Reeling Film Festival? I know! But that's what their site says! Get your tickets now for Chicago's LGBTQ+ International Film Festival taking place for 2 weeks this fall. Screenings take place at 3 area theaters, including one of our very favorites, The Music Box Theatre. To learn more about the films, and see some previews, hit the link! 
 

SEPT 23

With his very own brand of hilarious, Kevin Hart takes center stage at the United Center for his Reality Check Tour. Get your tickets and have yourself a laugh-riot of a night! 
 

OCTOBER

 

OCT 1 - OCT 2

WingOut Chicago - at St Michael's Church  in the West Loop is the place to be if ya love wings . . .they've got 'em jerked, smoked, spicy and everything in between. from all over Chicago - Plus live stage and music. But don't just wing it . . . they've got general admission AND VIP tickets . . . VIP? Those gotta be some might good wings! 
 

OCT 4/5, 11/12 18/25/26

Get ghosted at Lincoln Park Zoo's Haunted History Tour hosted by famous author, Adm Selzer. Didn't know LPZoo was haunted? Well you do now, Boo!
 

OCT 31

The Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade steps off the curb on Halloween night, and you better bring it. We're talking some of the most out-of-this-world costumes, no plastic face mask with an elastic band at this parade! It's a once in a lifetime experience - a Must SEE! 
 

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
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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!