Things To Do Near Me (Chicago)

Wondering what to do while Visiting Chicago? Or maybe you just need some fun new date ideas… Either way, expanding y our horizons can be an interesting opportunity to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of a city. Chicago does not disappoint when it comes to options for entertainment.

If you’re looking for for live events, such as concerts, art, comedy, music, theater, etc.. check out our local events calendar. But if you’re looking for other date ideas, or fun things to do near you, check out some of these awesome attractions.

Oak Street

There are various high-end stores and shops here. Whatever you want, be it designer wear or personalized accessories, this place has ‘em all! Oak Street is a kind of ensemble market where you can purchase home furnishings, jewelry, art, music, shoes, and just about anything you can think of! In addition to stores and boutiques, this place has loads of salons and spas where you can spend ample time pampering yourself after a long day of shopping!

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

This museum will be an unusual and exciting experience for the family. A lapidary is a term for an artist who creates decorative items and art by using gems and minerals creatively.  Two floors of this museum contain some of the finest lapidary exhibits, with the top floor, which is a hands-off area, having the most captivating ones. However, kids will get ample opportunity to get a first-hand experience of the elements of gems and minerals downstairs. The location of the museum is also great as it is located in the middle of a beautiful park, where you can take walks and have a leisurely time.

The City of Aurora

Situated about an hour away from the city, this is a perfect chance for the whole family to spend some quality time away from the noise and hustle bustle of the city. The Sci-Tech Hands-On Museum is filled with interesting things to do and exhibits on each floor. This place is referred to as the charming suburb of science fun. An added attraction is the free zoo right in the middle of an amazing park.

Gene Siskel Film Center

This newer theater was renamed after the late film critic in 2000. Situated right across the famous Chicago Theatre, it is presently the sole movie theater in the loop area in downtown Chicago. This venue is renowned for being one of the major art-house showcases in the city. Film festival screenings often take place along with a mixture of classics, independents and more high-profile art films.

Alinea

There is a 24-course tasting menu by owner and master chef Grant Achatz, which takes around 5 hours to finish. The cuisine here is Contemporary American and Achatz is simply a culinary wizard and his experiments with food ingredients and presentation is what makes the place famous. Imagine truffle-juice ravioli with melted leek and bison with multiple preparations of Iranian pistachios.

 

Things To Do Near Me (Austin, TX)

Austin’s attractions are suitable for all age groups. For example, the city has an abundance of green space, sp active travelers can bike in Zilker Park and swim in Barton Springs Pool before an evening of bat-watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge. However, you will be swamped with different options.

If you’re looking for for live events, such as concerts, art, comedy, music, theater, etc.. check out our local events calendar. But if you’re looking for other date ideas, or fun things to do near you, check out some of these awesome attractions.

Baylor Street Art Wall

This is one of those stops that uniquely capture the essence of Austin. Once slated to be a condo project that ended up not materializing, the concert foundation has become a canvas for local graffiti artists. It is constantly changing, just like the city. While visiting, be sure to climb to the top to get a great view of the city.

 

Roam the City in an Electrified Manner

Rocket Electrics gives you a one-of-a-kind way to explore the city. These are not your regular ol’ bikes. They’re electric powered so when you need some extra oomph, no peddling necessary. You can rent them to explore on your own or take a tour – choice is yours!

Explore 6th Street

A trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” wouldn’t be complete without discovering some of Austin’s up-and-coming talent along 6th Street. After drastic restoration took place in an effort by the National Register of Historic Places to save the area from its grungy reputation, this area became the hub of Austin’s music scene in the 1970s. Today, 6th Street, between Lavaca Ave and I-35, buzzes with activity from surrounding shops, restaurants, bars and yes, live-music joints such as Emo’s.

Go River Tubing

Cruise down the river on a tube while you enjoy drinks and get the adrenaline pumping! One of the area’s favorite summer outdoor activities – river tubing with ATXcursions is the most convenient way to float: transportation to and from downtown Austin. You can book it online as well. The prices for tubes, coolers, and ice are included in the same package.

Austin Eats Food Tour

Both locals and visitors enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at some of Austin’s best restaurants. One of the most popular ones is the Eastside option. It takes you to several awesome food trailers, some great brick and mortar restaurants, and a brewery. They offer walking, van, and even electronic bike tours.

So what are you waiting for? This wonderful place beckons you for a holiday – start planning right away in order to book the tickets as soon as possible.