Chicago is a city CHOCK-FUL of amazing stuff to do year-round! If you're looking for the hottest local events, concerts, festivals, look no further than this page! We've got the 411 on all the cool stuff to do that you'll need - There are even direct links to book, ticket, or buy! Welcome to ACME and to our awesome city!
Nothing beats the classics. Get a true taste of Chicago at world-famous sights like the Willis Tower, Navy Pier or Lincoln Park Zoo.
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!
free stuff - all summer-Long
We all dig cool, free, stuff - amiright? Well you're in luck, because Chicago is chock-full of fun free stuff to do all summer long!
Did you know that Edouard Manet once challenged a man who wrote an insulting article about him to a duel? Yup! That's one spirited artist! Check out the ultimate exhibit of one of the greatest impressionist artists (and apparent dueling enthusiast) of all time! Manet and Modern Beauty comes to the Art Institute of Chicago. Be sure not to miss this one!
July 19 - July 21
Get yourself to Union Park for one of the most epic music events of the summer! Pitchfork! Featuring the Isley Brothers, Mavis Staples, Haim, Stereolab, and a ton more, This will be music to your ears. Well, literally.
AUG 1 - AUG 4
It's the biggest music event of the year, and 2019 will does not disappoint! LollaPaloozawill be featuring headlines Arian Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The ChainSmokers, Flume, The Strokes, Tame Impala, and SO MANY MORE! If you don't have tix, hyou need to friend somebody who does . . . and FAST!
AUG 8 - AUG 9
If you still haven't had enough of Queen, (and let's face it, who has?), Check out their Rhapsody Tour with Adam Lambert at the United Center. It will, it will ROCK YOU!
Seems there's never a lull in Chicago's music scene - and we couldn't be happier! The Back Street Boys turn it up at the United Center for their DNA World Tour for one night only!
AUG 10 - aug 11
It's the event of the summer, and the largest street festival in the midwest! Northalsted Market Days returns with 4 live stages, over 200 vendors, and all the food and drink you could ever want. Stretching 1/2 mile of Halsted in boystown, this is the festival to get to\ - it'll give you a chance to meet up with 200,000 of your bff's, or certianly make some new ones! Seriously, it's a good time, and a quick brown/purple or red line ride away.
AUG 17 - aug 18
The Chicago Air & Water Show takes off for two days of spectacular entertainment. Grab a blanket and head to North Avenue Beach, or find a lakeside rooftop to get the action up close!
AUG 29 - sept 1
The Chicago Jazz Festival returns and promises to be better than ever. Celebrating it's 41st appearance, the Jazz Festival has become a favorite for locals and jazz enthusiasts worldwide.
AUG 30 - sept 1
One of the last festivals to wrap up the summer season, get to the lakefront and enjoy The North Coast Festival . . . it'll be an easy-breezy weekend with lots of food, drink, and tunes!
AUG 30 - sept 1
Wrigley Field, here we come! Hands down, one of the best places in the 312 to see a concert, Luke Bryan returns to Wrigley with Sam Hunt. Get there, and enjhoy the post concert party in Wrigleyville afterwards!
sept 13 - sept 15
Just because Fall has arrived, doesn't mean we can't squeeze one more outdoor concert into the mix! RiotFest returns for 3 days of Rock, roll, and a whole lot more So keep those fanny packs and sunglasses nearby and get ready to, well, have a riot!!
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!