Sights

Other Sights, Attractions &Lesser Known Things To Do in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation: A foundation up to the standards of one of the greatest architecture cities in the world.They have tours of many of Chicago’s best architectural attractions. At 224 S. Mich. They offer a wide variety of tours and have a great gift shop.

Chicago Cultural Center: They offer temporary art exhibits, usually local artists, lectures and the best visitor’s center in Chicago. On Mich. Avenue and Washington. It is inside one of the most ornate buildings in Chicago. It is worth stopping in just to look around. A huge and amazing Tiffany dome is on an upper floor and is one of Chicago’s best hidden attractions. The guards will be happy to direct you there.

DuSable Museum of African American History: A 46 year old museum dedicated to the history of African Americans. 740 E. 56th, just west of the University of Chicago. Not easily accessible by public transportation.

Museum of Contemporary Photography: Dedicated to photography with over 9000 photographs, many by the countries leading photographers. 600 S. Mich. Avenue. Free

Chicago River Walk: Running along the south bank from the Lake to Clark Street. It is a pleasant place to take a leisurely walk. There several temporary restaurants in the summer which are a good place to relax, look at the soaring buildings and have a drink or a bite to eat. Cyrano’s is a good choice for a romantic drink and O’Brien’s is the best place to go for a beer and a burger.

McCormick Bridge House and Chicago River Museum: A new museum housed inside the bridge house on the southwest corner of Mich. Avenue and Wacker. It is a look at the history of this historic waterway, just steps from the original site of Fort Dearborn. It is also a chance to see the inner workings of a draw bridge. $4, opens May 10th.

Wrigley Field Tours: A really fun way to see baseball’s second oldest stadium and a Chicago landmark. Tours take you almost everywhere, including the field, dugout, press box and locker rooms. The quality of the stadium’s inner workings is surprisingly bad.

Spertus Institute For Jewish Studies: A center for the study of the Jewish People offering exhibits, public programs and collections. Located in a beautiful building at 610 S. Mich. $7 admission for the galleries.

Brookfield Zoo: A top notch zoo in the suburb of Brookfield. A car is needed to reach the zoo and it is $13.50 as opposed to free as the Lincoln Park Zoo is.

Frank Lloyd Wright House and Studio: Set in the peaceful and historic suburb of Oak Park, just west of Chicago. A tour offered provides a look inside his home and studio. Oak Park is home to several of his best creations and many other really nice homes. A great place to visit for architecture buffs.

Museum Lectures: Chicago’s leading museums offer a lot of free lectures and tours, most often with a paid admission. They cover everything from almost daily talks at The Art Institute of Chicago to leading scientists lecturing at the Field Museum.
Field Museum Art Institute

News Broadcasts: Both Channel 7, 190 N. State, and Channel 2, at the corner of Washington and Dearborn, offer a chance to watch the news being telecast and maybe even to be in the background. Channel 7 almost always shows the crowd outside.

Food tours: Chicago is one of the countries’ leading gastronomic cities and there are several tours that will help you get an insider’s look at eating in Chicago. Two of the best in Chicago are:
Chicago Food Planet Ethnic Market Tours