Off Beaten Path Attractions in Chicago

Tourist attractions only show one side of a city, so in order to delve a little deeper under the surface, discover what truly gives Chicago its character. Find a kitschy coffee shop where you can get your caffeine fix and check email, shop for unique finds and great deals at local boutiques, and devour the best deep dish pizza, the way true Chicagoans like it! Foodies will want to try Chicago's selection of famous restaurants, but there are plenty of hole-in-the-wall restaurants and caf├ęs that keep even the local's mouth watering. Try just a few of these off the beaten path options, and you might walk away knowing one of Chicago's best kept secrets!

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Garfield Park Conservatory

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300 North Central Park Avenue

Landscape Art Under Glass... read more

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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951 Chicago Ave

Glimpse of the Famous Architect... read more

Ahlgrim Family Funeral Services

201 North Northwest Highway

Community room and mini golf... in a funeral home?... read more

Kohl Children's Museum

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2100 Patriot Boulevard

Everyday items are ready for fun... read more

Arlington International Racecourse

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2200 W. Euclid Ave

Bet Some Money... read more

Glessner House Museum

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1800 South Prairie Avenue

Architectural Landmark... read more


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954 W Belmont Ave

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


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318 West Cermak Avenue

Historic & Colorful Neighborhood... read more

Robie House

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5757 S. Woodlawn Ave
At 58th St

Architectural Landmark... read more

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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2430 N Cannon Dr
Fullerton Ave. and Cannon Dr

Where Science and Nature Equal Fun... read more

Sea of Happiness

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640 N Wabash Ave

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum

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1300 S. Lake Shore Dr

Explore the Celestial Skies... read more

Museum of Holography

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1134 West Washington Boulevard

Where the art seems to jump out at you... read more


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551 N Ogden Ave


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21 West Elm Street

Hair Salon & Spa For Men... read more

The Other Dance Festival

3035 N Hoyne

Small companies, big turnout!... read more

Chicago Detours

25 East Washington St., Ste. 1500

Interactive Cultural and Historical Tours... read more

Chicago Kids Bookstore

3453 North Southport Avenue

Kids Are Their Biggest Customers... read more

Buy Choice Resale

3860 North Lincoln Avenue

Friendly Boutique Masquerading as a Resale Shop...
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