February 12, 2024

Mapping Chicago: What to Do and Where to Go in the City

By Red Line Project staff

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, so finding your way around in the tapestry of ‘hoods can be a challenge. We’re here to help.

Looking for something to do in the city? These maps will help you find some interesting places to go and things to do.

14 Open Mic Nights

Do you participate in an art without anyone to share it with? There are many locations throughout Chicago that offer “open mic nights.” An open mic is a live show where anyone can perform on stage. Whether you are looking for a bar to jam with other musicians or a space to share your slam poetry, Chicago has a place for everyone.

The performers at open mics range from novices to veterans and are accepting of all newcomers. They are great for gaining experience in front of crowds and meeting fellow artists. Open mics typically occur once a week or every other week on weekdays or Sundays. Look at the map below and see when the next open mic is. — COLE CHRISTENSEN

Northwest Side Basketball Courts

From Jan. 24 to Feb. 8 the average temperature in the City of Chicago was 39 degrees, according to TimeandDat.com. This consistent weather we have been blessed with has had residents from all over the city itching for spring and summer to arrive.

Chicago is the place to be during the warm weather months. To be better prepared to assure yourself that you won’t waste any opportunities in our amazing city; make sure to keep your eye out for activities to do.

If you are interested in sports the map below has plenty of park districts with basketball courts to choose from on the Northwest side of Chicago.

From Norwood Park, Jefferson Park, Edison Park, Gladstone Park and Oriole Park, there are  many park districts in these neighborhoods. So use the map to find where to play basketball throughout the summer.

Some parks have better competition than others, to see how you stack up against the Chicago basketball scene be sure to get out and be active this spring and summer. — BRADY BAUER

Music Venues

Believe it or not, Chicago is a city deeply rooted in music, both past and present. Its music culture, which gave rise to genres including house, gospel, urban blues, and modern jazz, persists in flourishing today. Chicago boasts venues to suit every taste, whether you’re a college student enamored with the newest indie act or the parent who never moved on from their 1980s classic rock obsession.

Who knows? Since many of these venues have hosted performers immediately before their big explosion into popularity, you might even catch a show featuring the next big name of the world. For example, just months before becoming well-known, Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa performed at Lincoln Hall to packed houses. Lizzo, on the other hand, charged $15 to perform at Subterranean back in 2016 before her fame exploded. Some of these locations have been operating since the 1920s and are still introducing the next generation of international talent to the world today — a century later.

Plan your next musical venture with the map below. It features locations throughout the entire city. With any, you can’t go wrong. — BRADLEY GAMBOSI

Chicago Museums

Chicagoland is known for its food, its history — and most crucially, its museums. Whether you’re new to the Windy City or been here for years, this list of top 10 museums comes in handy on a rainy day or when you just have a hankering for knowledge.

These museums span the fields of art, history, and science and contain huge exhibits (like the Field Museum) and more niche ones (like the South Asia Institute). Some of the listed may be very familiar but some may be more unknown. Still, all are well worth your visit and are an enriching experience for children and adults alike. — ALIYYAH ZAIDI

Find a Plant Store

Looking to add some green life to your living space? Discover the top 10 plant shops in Chicago. From cozy boutiques to expansive nurseries, Chicago offers a diverse array of plant havens for every enthusiast. Check out my guide below to explore the city’s vibrant greenery scene and find your next favorite plant haven. — ASHLEY CORDOBA

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