Top Things to Do in Near West Side

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Near West Side, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Near West Side

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  • Arielle
    Mobile, AL32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited during a time that no games were happening, but I still wanted to visit the Bulls/Blackhawks shop to get some gear, and visit the Michael Jordan statue. It was very nice. Lots of cool items inside.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ859 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After arriving on the Zephyr, my wife and I had a rough time traversing thought the subterranean maze, collecting our suitcases, and exiting to find Ubers. There's lots of construction in the abyss, and as such there's little helpful signage and direction. It was difficult for us as seasoned travelers; we did ask questions multiple times and finally found our way to street level. I was excited seeing the famous staircase filmed in the Untouchables where Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia captured the bookkeeper! Of course I couldn't resist reenacting the scene - "Got him"
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • Louise0100
    Worthing, UK44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience ♡
    We visited the Firehouse last week and it was a dream come true. We were greeted by a real life Firefighter Michael Maclauglin who showed us round and was an abundance of knowledge, not only about the show but also the Firehouse. I even got to sit in the Fire Truck! This is a working Firehouse so for Michael to give up his time and spend time with us was so kind of him and it literally made my day. They have gifts that you can buy at reasonable prices. My husband bought a t-shirt and it was lovely to give something back. A wholesome experience for sure.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Brian
    Miami, FL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to Goose Island to do the tour and was lucky enough to have Eliseo as our guide. Great tour! Came in not knowing which beer I wanted to try, finished the tour wanting to try every beer.
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • THINGS2LIVE4
    Rocky River, OH1,253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Irish Roman Catholic Church in downtown, Chicago. We need to preserve these awesome historic inner city/downtown churches. St. Patrick’s is an easy walk from the Sears/Willis Tower.
    Written 16 April 2023
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  • Lisa Johnson
    Fort Worth, TX85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great authentic Chicago home. To tour is free but they request you go online and get a tour time set. Lots of antiques to look at. Two floors and the dining hall is a separate building.
    Written 14 September 2022
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL3,252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greektown's easy to access as a visitor to Chicago; it's just west of the Kennedy expressway, is not far away from the Loop (downtown), and is the gateway to the West Loop, full of hip bars and restaurants. Easy public transit access via bus or CTA blue line stops.

    Perhaps some of the character of Greektown has been reduced in recent years. This is due to some of the classic Greek restaurants along Halsted St. closing, due to either families deciding to get out of the business or shifting business conditions; the closure of some of the Greek-focused retail; and the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood, now one of Chicago's most affluent. That said, it still has a Greek feel: there's the Hellenic museum; cool, Greek-focused architectural details; Greek street art; and a number of excellent Greek restaurants at which you can still get an authentic Greek meal and Greek hospitality.

    Worth a visit!
    Written 1 December 2019
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  • Sue B
    Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great selection of food, desserts, and international cuisine, even without all of the vendors being open when we were there!
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Kathie R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My son and I went there, first time ever throwing axes. We had a lot of fun! LA was a great coach! We were the only ones there at that time.
    Written 6 November 2023
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  • Wanderer46466119091
    Toledo, OH15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came to Chicago for many reasons but the street murals were one of them. We took so many pictures and were in awe of all the beautiful art! Great job Chicago to showcase your artists!
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • Dave S
    Austin, TX15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely an interesting museum for looking at art from a different perspective. Most reviews say it takes about 45 minutes to complete and that is pretty accurate. They only take online tickets and the price is substantially higher than other musuems in Chicago. If you only have 1 day, spend it at the Field Museum or the Art Institute...you will spend a whole day of higher level learning rather than 45 minutes of a cotton candy experience.
    Written 17 June 2024
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  • Lori C
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Usa11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I live in Milwaukee, long drive so slow with traffic! I don't know how people that live around there can deal with the traffic! Mix of old and new and things re-crafted? not to many vendors as I went in Dec and it's an indoor market only. I hear it's crazy in summer as there are many more vendors taking up the entire parking lot. I collect vintage Christmas and Jewelry and did find a few things
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • Jay L
    Minneapolis, MN158 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitors to Chicago should use this valuable transportation resource. We were able to cover a lot of ground at a fraction of the cost of ride share cars. Get advice from locals if your have concerns about safety on specific routes at specific times of day but we always felt safe when we traveled.
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • Carlanmcd
    Brooklyn, NY342 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute place to take photos and that’s about it! Nice places to eat around the area but in regards to Big Monsters, it’s cool for aesthetic
    Written 17 January 2021
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  • AndiM
    Scottsdale, AZ503 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I booked a cocktail making class here at the distillery. Upon arrival, we had a really great welcome cocktail that they made for us. We were given a tour of the distillery and learned all about the family run business. It's actually a pretty cools story. It was also really awesome to hear about how they work with places like City Winery, Goose Island, Metric coffee, the Aviary, etc. After the tour we got a quick overview on cocktail tools and a little cocktail 101. We all made a basic cocktail on our own together. Then we were challenged to create our own signature cocktail drink. We were free to taste and try to combine anything on our own before we submitted our final drink to be judged. We made a few bad flavor profiles but we finally found one that we like. We mixed it up wrote up the recipe and submitted it. The staff there was a blast and we had a lot of fun mixing a few cocktails with them and our classmates.
    We couldn't leave without buying a bottle of the oak aged apple brandy. The evening was about 2 hours and was a ton of fun. I recommend this as something fun to do after dinner.
    Written 20 January 2019
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