One of the best known suburbs of Chicago, Oak Park is so close, it can easily be visited in just half a day. Simply hop on the Green Line downtown and take it west to the Oak Park station. From here, you can begin your exploration with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s only surviving pubic building from his Prairie period. The Unity Temple was built in 1909 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970. Tours of this masterpiece of modern architecture are available Monday through Saturday for $15, lasting about an hour.
As a long time resident of Chicago, I often tell people the only thing that makes me willing to put up with our nasty winters is our amazing summer. From bike rides to boating to baseball, there is nothing quite like summer in Chicago.
Did you know that more than 200 movies have plots that take place in or around Chicago? While the Blues Brothers and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are some of the best known Chicago-based films, here are ten that you may want to watch as you get ready for a visit to the Windy City.
Cutting through the heart of downtown and flowing into Lake Michigan, the Chicago River is a must-see for any visitor to Chicago. Getting down to river level gives you a unique perspective that you just don’t get while walking the streets or riding a trolley or bus.
Created in 1998, Chicago’s Museum Campus is a must for any visitor to Chicago. A green space along Lake Michigan, it is home to jogging paths, walkways, sculptures and three of Chicago’s most popular museums: the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.
With its world class restaurants, a vibrant theater scene and internationally renowned museums, Chicago may seem too expensive for visitors who don’t want to break the bank. Luckily, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While you may not find yourself with front row theater seats or dining at a five star restaurant, there are plenty of ways to see Chicago on a budget.
Brunch is almost as much of a tradition in Chicago as deep dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs or the Cubs losing. It may seem like almost every restaurant you pass offers brunch specials, general lasting from around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or later on Sundays (and sometimes Saturdays). While it is probably impossible to crown the best brunch in Chicago, here is a look at some brunch spots worth checking out.
Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood is the second largest Chinatown in the United States. Located just south of downtown, it is easily accessible by public transportation – bus, train and even water taxi!
Located on the north side of Chicago, about two miles north of Wrigley Field and just west of Lake Michigan, Andersonville is Chicago’s historically Swedish neighborhood. Once the site of a cherry orchard, the neighborhood now known as Andersonville began to grow following the Great Fire of 1871 as Swedish immigrants moved to the area to build the wooden homes that had been outlawed in Chicago. They continued to settle into homes and build businesses along Clark Street until the early 20th century. In the 1960s, the area was officially rededicated as Andersonville and the Swedish tradition of celebrating the summer solstice emerged as Sommarfest, which has become one of the Chicago’s most popular street festivals.
Summertime in Chicago means one thing – street festival season! From mid-May to early October, you don’t have to go far to find one of these neighborhood get-togethers featuring traditional fair food, cold beverages and live music. Indeed, more than 400 neighborhood festivals take place in Chicago each year. With so many to choose from, here is a closer look at some of the best street festivals in Chicago: