Offbeat Activities in Chicago

You have seen the main tourist attractions and are ready for more. Chicago sprawls in every direction away from the lake with plenty of quirky, interesting, and fun things to see and do. Begin your adventure far north, just beyond the borders of the city at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, where you can wander through acres of beautifully crafted landscape anytime of the year. Continue your peaceful journey at the Baha'i House of Worship. This gleaming structure is one of only seven in the world and its' exquisite design is something to marvel at! West of the loop also offers an interesting escape in Oak Park, home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio, the Robie House, and the Hemingway Museum. Heading south of the Loop grab a cheap and authentic meal in Chinatown, then wander the streets for unique shops, markets, and butchers. Also enjoy a day in Hyde Park, exploring the University of Chicago campus, admiring the historic South Shore Cultural Center and its' surrounding gardens, expanding your visual arts mind at the Hyde Park Arts Center, and finally relaxing in Washington Park, which offers ponds, gardens, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and fountains.

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Chicago Botanic Garden

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1000 Lake-Cook Rd
Just east of Edens Expwy./I-94

Lush and Sprawling Botanic Garden... read more

Bahá'í House of Worship

100 Linden Ave
At Sheridan Rd

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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951 Chicago Ave

Glimpse of the Famous Architect... read more

Robie House

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5757 S. Woodlawn Ave
At 58th St

Architectural Landmark... read more

Hemingway Museum

200 N. Oak Park Ave

The Life of Papa H... read more

Chinatown

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318 West Cermak Avenue

Historic & Colorful Neighborhood... read more

University of Chicago (The)

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5801 South Ellis Avenue

Gothic campus, birthplace of the atomic bomb & breeder of Nobel Prize Winners... read more

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 South South Shore Dr

Turn-of-the-century exclusive club now open to all... read more

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 South Cornell Avenue

Hydden Visual Art Talent... read more

Washington Park Sunken Garden

5531 South Dr Martin L King Drive

Beautifully landscaped park... read more
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