So Much to do, Let's Make the TimeThis vibrant neighborhood offers an abundance of stunning diversions, from trendy shops to dazzling dining to exciting theater and nightclubs. As one of Chicago's more established lakefront neighborhoods, Lakeview East is a diverse place to visit and explore. For the baseball fan, our hotel is blocks from historic Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs. Outdoor enthusiasts can embrace the lakefront beaches, get things moving on the running and bike paths or launch a boat at Belmont Harbor. It's also host to some of Chicago's biggest annual events including Halsted Street Market Days, the Annual PrideFest and Pride Parade, and the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts for all day (and night) art, live music and outdoor dining. Of course, there is no lack of night life with the Elbo Room, The Vic and Park West boasting some of the greatest musical talent the city has to offer. If you're a theater buff, Blue Man Group performs at the Briar Street Theatre just blocks away, and continues to thrill audiences year after year.
Chicago hosts some of the best events any place in the world, and during summer months, the action really lights up with truly exciting and FREE things to do! Check out these free Chicago traditions next time you're in town!
Now - Labor Day: It doesn't have to be a holiday for Navy Pier to shine bright! Free Navy Pier Fireworks display every Wednesday and Saturday night.
Now - Sept 29: If your love all things digital, get yourself to Art on theMart. Sunset, every day!
Now - August 20: Millennium Park Summer Film Series - every Tuesday night
Now - August 15: Millennium Park Free Music Series - Monday' & Thursday nights
June 17 - August 27: Grant Park Music Festival is back. This free music series features 32 FREE concerts by the Grant Park Orchestra
June 22/23 + June 28/29
June is National Pride Month, and nobody shows their true colors better than Chicago! This year, there will be two full weekends of festivities to come out and celebrate! The celebration kicks off with PrideFest on the 22nd and 23rd. It's right here in Boystown and features live music on 3 stages, food, drink, plus 100's of vendors. You can also get in on drag shows, a pet parade, and a whole lot more! The pride continues on June 28 with the all new Pride in the Park Event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Pride Parade - and it stars Iggy Azalea, in Grant Park. Finally. On Sunday, the Pride Parade steps off in boystown. It's the 50th, so expect exciting things!
July 5 - July 6
More ribs? Of course, it's Chicago! Check out the Windy City Ribfest in Uptown for some delicious fun! You can never have too many ribs?
July 13 - July 15
If you love a solid neighborhood festival, check out the Square Roots Festival in Lincoln Square. It's a hop, skip and a jump to experience the local cuisine, regional craft beers, unique market vendors, and free concerts!
July 19 - July 21
Pitchfork is back in Union Park featuring some of the hottest acts on the music scene like Mavis Staples, Stereolab, and The Isley Brothers. Tickets are slim, so phone a friend and get yourself to this music lovers paradise.
Aug 1 - Aug 4
Unless you've been living under a rock (and we assume you have not), Lollapalooza returns with a stronger than ever line-up. Of course, you probably also know that it's sold out - but don't let that deter you! You've got a bit of time to cozy up to some ticketed friends!
Did you love the film Bohemian Rhapsody? Then find yourself at Queen for The Rhapsody Tour at the United Center. Adam Lambert is the front man, and he does Freddy Mercury proud, imho.
Aug 17 - Aug 18
Find yourself at North Avenue Beach, or any rooftop along the lakeshore and take in all the excitement that is the Chicago Air & Water Show. It's two days of thrills!