Chicago Off The Beaten Path

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  • 1. 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...

  • 2. Neighborhoods-other

    Printer's Row is located south of Congress Parkway, a section of what is becoming known as the South Loop, an area of Chicago that most visitors to Chicago don't wander into. But if you find yourself...

  • 3. 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...

  • 4. 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...

  • 5. 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...

  • 6. Museums

    Last visit January 2015, found a Groupon for 1/2 off Located at the south end of Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum, formerly the Chicago Historical Society, is a great place to visit if you...

  • 7. 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...

  • 8. 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...

  • 9. Rosehill Cemetery

    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...

  • 10. 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...

  • 11. 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....

  • 12. 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...

  • 13. 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,...

  • 14. 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...

  • 15. 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...

  • 16. 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...

  • 17. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

    Well...this is just huge! The Rockefeller Memorial Chapel was dedicated in 1928, and is part of the University of Chicago's campus. It's built of limestone in a sortof-Medieval-European style. It's...

  • 18. Theater & Music

    Climb the stairs up to the elevated train somewhere in the "Loop," our downtown, and just take brown line going north to Ravenswood. You don't take it to the end of the line, maybe just Belmont. Get...

  • 19. Eli's Cheesecake Factory Tour

    Eli's Cheesecake is one of the very few factory tours left in Chicago (presumably due to liability issues). We toured this weekend as part of the Great Places and Spaces weekend but their website...

  • 20. 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...

  • 21. Billy Goat Tavern

    BILLY GOAT & THE BIRTH OF A CHICAGO POPULARITY! ALSO KNOWN AS Birth of a Chicago Legend!!! Let's start telling you how to get there, here is the address and yes if you love eating good hamburger, then...

  • 22. Lincoln Park Beach

    Lake Michigan has many beaches. The region is often referred to as the "Third Coast" of the United States, after those of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The sand is soft and off-white,...

  • 23. Oz Park

    Beyond the Wizard of Oz it's just a nice little park ..with play ground equipment for the kids, several benches to relax .. open area to play or walk the dog. Saw people doing yoga .. I don't...

  • 24. Maxwell Street Market

    Take public transportation one Sunday morning or afternoon to the Maxwell Street Flea Market. Go with extended family; one-stop shopping, and it beats the mall any day of the week. I went on a hot...

  • 25. Graceland Cementery

    Last visit June 2011 We did this tour with the Architecture Foundation the 1st time we went and it was a bit heavy on the architecture and a bit light on the history of the people buried here. A...

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