Chicago Off The Beaten Path

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Chicago

  • 1. Architecture & Public Art (outdoor)

    If you're in the University of Chicago area, have a look at this massive concrete sculpture (it was originally supposed to be carved in granite). It dates from 1915, sculptor Lorado Taft (whose...

  • 2. Cemeteries

    Cemeteries, particularly those with extensive burials from 1840 onward, have always held a fascination for me. I do so mainly to (1) observe the art of how people wish to be remembered and (2) make a...

  • 3. Neighborhoods-other

    Chicago has a number of defined neighborhoods. Somewhat like the Parisian arrondissements they have somewhat of a unique feel and separate identify. One such neighborhood that I had never been to...

  • 4. Suburban delights

    Willowbrook Park, a unit of the Forest Preserves of DuPage County is a wonderful oasis in this urban area. The rehabilitation center houses numerous animals For more pictures see my marsh, and rehab...

  • 5. Museums

    Most recent visit was in March 2014 to see the Gorey exhibit The Loyola Museum of Art is a little known art museum right on the Magnificent Mile nestled in between the Park Hyatt and the Hershey...

  • 6. Beaches and Parks

    Under development since a 1990s road building project allowed for the development of a pedestrian walkway along the Chicago River, the Chicago Riverwalk is still an effort under development. The...

  • 7. Oak Park/Frank Lloyd Wright

    Maher may have inspired with, or competed with Frank Lloyd Wright, both of which featured this style of Prairie home in late 1800's. This home was built in 1897, and is on 217 Home Ave, Oak Park. It...

  • 8. Eating & drinking

    Rainbow Cone This place has been around for 70+ years and its history is as rich as its flavorful ice cream. You will see long lines of families extending from one end of the block to the other just...

  • 9. Bahai Temple

    The Bahai is an independent religion founded in Iran more than 100 years ago. Nowadays it is practiced by more than 5 million people throughout the world. Bahai followers believe that God revealed...

  • 10. Chicago Botanic Gardens

    I love the Botanical Gardens! It is absolutely beautiful and soul-soothing. I definitely recommend the Japanese gardens. It is free to go, but if you are driving then you have to pay for parking....

  • 11. Prairie Avenue

    Prairie Avenue was one of Chicago's most fashionable neighborhoods, home to the likes of Marshall Field (retailer), Phillip Armour (meat packing), William Kimball (pianos) and George Pullman (Pullman...

  • 12. Ravinia Park

    Experience a concert under the stars at Ravinia. Ravinia consists of an amphitheatre and lawn where people of Chicago and the North Shore go to hear classical music, jazz and pop concerts. Attendees...

  • 13. Tours

    I highly recommend going on Chicago Detours' indoor walking tour of the Loop ( It has a real educational angle that teachers would love, and it digs into most main points of...

  • 14. Theater & Music

    Lots of people come to Chicago to see the touring Broadway shows. And not to knock it, but that's not the real Chicago theater experience. Broadway theater tours hit lots of big cities (and they're...

  • 15. Festivals

    Every summer, Grant Park is host for a free outdoor classic movie festival on Tuesday evenings. More information is on the official City of Chicago webpage below. I have not been to one of these yet,...

  • 16. Hyde Park/Washington Park

    If you have time it's worth a trip out and a wander round the central part of the university campus, and to see the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel (see tip). I'm intrigued by the mock-ancient building...

  • 17. Libraries

    On one of my jaunts in Chicago while waiting for a VT Meeting/Dinner to begin, I spent time in the Lincoln Square area checking out the beautiful, huge Conrad Sulzer Regional Branch Library. This...

  • 18. Pullman

    Pullman is something of a cross between a lower middle class neighborhood, and a preserved historical district. It is a living neighborhood that was originally a separate city built by the Pullman...

  • 19. Garfield Conservatory

    Last Visit February 2008 for the Chocolate Festival Garfield Park is on the west side of Chicago, the surrounding area is a little rough but it is worth the trip over to the area to see the Garfield...

  • 20. Chicago's First Bascule Bridge

    I have taken the quoted information below from other sources, so won't take credit for the original text. However, as I was going through my Chicago pictures I...

  • 21. Second Presbyterian Church: an absolute joy!

    I chanced upon a leaflet which led me to this church. It was clearly a journey I was 'meant' to take, for not only was the church open on the day I was in...

  • 22. Find the Chagall....

    I rather like the 'Four Seasons' mosaic by Marc Chagall which you can find in the plaza underneath Chase Tower.I like the numerous figures to be found doing...

  • 23. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

    Located on the south side of the University of Chicago campus a little more on the east side then the west side is the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Open each...

  • 24. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

    In the heart of the University of Chicago campus is the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. It is a neo-Gothic masonry (no structural steel) chapel donated to the...

  • 25. Robie House

    The Robie House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best known houses. It is now a museum and located on the University of Chicago campus. It is open for tours, but...

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