You’re asleep on a plane soaring over the Midwest. When sunlight hits your face, you blearily open your eyes to see, spread out in shiny blues, greys, and golds below you, the glorious metropolis of Chicago. A familiar old Blues song creeps into your head and you hum along to the lyrics, “Back to that same old place, sweet home Chicago.”
Except – the song may be familiar, but the city is not because this will be your first time in Chicago.
Whether you’re traveling to Chicago for a weekend retreat or work conference, training session or company-wide meeting, you’ll want make the most of your trip to one of the greatest cities in the world. So here’s how to find out what’s going on in Chicago at any time.
Pick up a copy of the Redeye, a free newspaper you can grab outside almost any train station. It’ll list a host of things you can do or see, as well as food and event deals.
Find music, parties, and seminars for any weekend in Chicago here on Eventbrite.
Take a look at the Thrillist and for more frequent updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up for their daily Chicago email.
For some of the biggest, don’t-miss events, check out the TimeOut Chicago page and search through their monthly calendar.
On Choosechicago you can find events. It’s also great site for getting into the nitty-gritty on every city neighborhood.
Field Trip is an app that can help you find the best bars, breweries, museums, and more along with price and ratings.
On Like a Local you can even book a local to help show you around. Or you can just browse the sights, tours, restaurants, and shops suggested to tourists by city locals themselves.
If you need more options, check out these helpful event apps. If you're looking for a place to cowork, head to Free Range Office in Wicker Park for a great atmosphere, free coffee and printing in an exciting neighborhood. Otherwise, good luck and have fun in the city of big shoulders, the October sort of city, even in spring.