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CHICAGO IS OPEN and the Fall of 2021 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 this Fall!


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. 


Do you love yourself a Super Hero? Then check out the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes 80- years of Marvel at the Museum of Science & IndustryThis is one Exhibit chock-ful of super powers! Reservations are required so hit the link, book your visit, and iron that cape! 


NOW - OCT 31

The Art of Banksy made its splash in Chicago August 7 and it promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the largest collection of this infamous street-artists' work under one roof . . . keep in mind, this is an unauthorized exhibit, a compilation of Banksy works from a variety of private collections. PS, we've been there. Done that. And loved it! Get your tickets now, or they'll be as elusive as the artist himself! 

NOW - NOV 28

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit continues to thrill audiences at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club in the Gold Coast. You'll see Van Gogh like never before. Seriously, book yourself some tickets and GOGH! 

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 AquariumArt InstituteMuseum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago History Museum, and of course the wonders Wndr Museum.

MUST DO's in the 312

Chicago is fraught with tons of cool stuff to do this Fall! And we're stoked to share them with you! Check out ACME's recommendations for a good time in the 312 this Fall! 

NOW - NOV 25
Wanna see a really cool art installation that's absolutely FREE! Check out Art on the Mart! Designed by renowned artist, Barbara Kruger, this installation is def one for the gram! Check it out from the River Walk between Wells and Franklin. And psst! It's FREE! Every night from 7:30 - 8P! 

NOW  -  OCT 27
BOO! You likely didn't even know that Lincoln Park Zoo has a ghostly past, but it does . . .  Check out the Haunted History Tour hosted by Adam Selzer, host of Mysterious Chicago Tours, for a spooky walkabout that digs into the zoos cemetery roots. Get it?  It's roots! This event occurs Tuesday's and Thursday's! 

Oct 18 - Oct 31
Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo is a FREE (YUP, FREE) event featuring a festive pop-up bar, you can pick your pumpkin, enjoy live pumpkin carvers, and festive musical entertainment. And course, there are the animals . . . always the animals to see!

OCT 23
How does 24 hours of horror sound? Get to the 90th anniversary of the Music Box of Horrors at (you guessed it, The Music Box theatre) for some truly spine tingling scares! to get everybody in the Moowa -ha ha Mood for Halloween!

OCT 31
If you're a Halloween lover, THIS is the event for you!!! The 24th Annual Haunted Halsted Halloween Parade steps off at 6PM and promises to be the Halloween event of the year! We're talking some of the most elaborate costumes you've ever seen! Plus there's an after party, natch! 

Nov 7
Runners take your Mark!! Now is your chance to show your running prowess without going all in on a marathon in the annual Hot Chocolate 15k. Plus, there's tasty hot chocolate waiting at the end. One marshmallow or two? 

NOV 19 - DEC 24
German style pretzels, brats, spiked wine, cool crafty ornaments, spiked wine (not a typo of duplicity), and lots of holiday cheer awaits you at Christkindlmarket! It's become a must do holiday tradition around these parts. And its in two locations, Daley Plaza, and Gallagher Park at Wrigley Field. Come to one, Come to both. The Market at Gallagher Park is open until Dec 31!

NOV 19 - JAN 2 
It's back! The most LIT event of the year. Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo! This year features an array of all new displays. If you haven't been, get there, and start making it a holiday tradition!

NOV 30
Turn it On!! At the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! It's without a doubt the blingiest night of the year on the Mag Mile, as millions of sparkling holiday lights come to life as the parade passes by! This is a great event for families, but it's also a great event to shoot for your gram . . . Seriously, go! 


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. 



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! 
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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.


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!