With One Direction far away in America while they're on tour with Big Time Rush, there's already a hole in our hearts and an empty void in our lives.

HOWEVER, thanks to the genius of the interweb, we can pretend they're still breathing the same air as us as we gaze upon them from afar (in a totally non-creepy way) in these pictures and videos of the boys performing in Chicago.

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Niall, is that a coke bottle in your pocket or are you just pleased to see us?

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The boys headed down to the Cola Lounge in Illinois, Chicago to perform an acoustic version of What Makes You Beautiful, meet fans and answer questions.

Nice pipes, America.

Zayn, Niall and Harry had a crack at doing an American accent. Whose do you think was the best?

Also, props to the girl who shouted out Larry Stylinson for no reason. We wonder if she's seen this video?

Anyway, click next to see pictures of Harry and Zayn's tattoos in all their glory, and more gorgeous snaps of the boys.

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We like to think there was a moment when everyone stood up for a key change and WHIPPED their jackets off in one swift moment of sexy rage.

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Apart form Liam, obviously. He's far too sensible for that.

Click next to hop on the close-up pleasure boat...

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We're assuming Zayn's kept the spot on his other arm free for the Sugarscape logo to be inked on?

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We wonder if Harry can flex and de-flex his bicep to make the star wiggle around....

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