Top Things to Do in Near North Side

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

Top Things to Do in Near North Side

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  • Irina
    United States13,367 contributions
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    It's always enjoyable to visit the Mag Mile (North Michigan Avenue), especially during the week days, when it is not too busy with traffic and people.

    There are new things on The Mile -- new shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, etc, and there are also closures of some famous establishments, mainly restaurants -- a very popular Grand Lux Cafe at 600 N Michigan Ave, and Signature Room with Signature Room Lounge on the 95th floor of John Hancock Center at 875 N Michigan Ave are permanently closed.

    The avenue is now decorated with bright summer flowers and ... cool-looking butterflies, i.e. the art installations of all types of colorful butterflies, with info plaques about the artists and also about the migration habits of butterflies. The exhibition project was organized by the Chicago Park District, and it looks fresh and wonderful!

    The upscale shops are doing very well -- and they are busy with offering new, trendy, city chic summer items. All the attractions nearby welcome public, as well: Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Pioneer Court, Chicago Riverwalk, and many other historic and modern sites of this great and friendly city. I'll be back very soon!
    Written 13 June 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK97 contributions
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    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • Jennifer T
    2 contributions
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    Beautiful home! They take the time to answer questions. The exhibits are very well done. I learned a lot about what life was like for wealthy families during the Gilded Age, which helped me better understand Chicago's history.
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Baybug2
    Macon, GA317 contributions
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    Just be prepared for the wind...........it was nice and warm and people were out and about. It was our first time visiting the Pier. It was nicely done and very spread out so you could move about even when it was busy.

    We will come back for the boat tours and probably some good food as well.

    The view is just absolutely beautiful. It is really hard to believe it is a freshwater lake. Reminded us alot of the Destin FL harbor.
    Written 30 April 2024
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  • CubanWaters
    Montreal, Canada4,003 contributions
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    I got to rent a bike and went on my merry way northward on the bike trail. There is a lot of parkland and some beach areas along this path. A splendid stroll or walk, whichever way you fancy doing it. I did get going the pathway southbound as well but did not have time to sufficiently discover it in that direction. Will do next time, whenever that will be. If you are a bicyclist, definitely try it.
    Written 19 May 2024
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  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
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    When I prepared a list of places to visit while in Chicago this Cathedral was recommended mainly because of its intriguing ceiling. We took red line subway which stopped near it. All comments about the amazing ceiling were correct, it was breathtaking. During our visit the school connected to the Cathedral prepared the space for pupils graduation. The toilets were in the basement and there was an elevator people like me using walking stick, can use. After we came out we saw row of pupils in the graduation dress going in.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Susan S
    Philadelphia, PA1,130 contributions
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    Jason Alexander did a great job--along with the rest of the cast. The pace was quick; the message was good; and the experience was a lot of fun: highly recommended.
    Written 26 April 2024
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  • Cashmool B
    Arlington Heights, IL63 contributions
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    Who knew such a wonderful theater was tucked into the old Water Tower! We saw Lucie and Charlie’s Honeymoon and absolutely Loved It! So original. So inventive. This theatre is a hidden gem!
    Written 4 June 2023
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  • Heather B
    Richmond, IN16 contributions
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    We were able to go on a free museum day. Kids 3&8 loved the museum. Favorite exhibits were the fire fighters, water and camping areas. It was a little crowded since it was free day, and there temp in the museum was hot (even though it was only 60 outside)
    Written 30 October 2023
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
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    The Tribune Tower is an impressive neo-gothic skyscraper in downtown Chicago, and it is one of the many iconic buildings that gives the city its reputation as having some of the most impressive architecture of any city in the world. Completed in 1925, it sits at a prominent location near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive where Michigan Ave crosses the Chicago River. The whole area makes for some great photos and can also be experienced by strolling on the Chicago Riverwalk. This was once home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper but has been converted into residences in the past 10 years. It is interestingly decorated on the exterior with rocks embedded into the walls from many famous landmarks of the world.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,989 contributions
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    At 398 feet tall, it is located on the Magnificent Mile directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. Its two towers in an elaborate style were built between 1920 and 1924

    It is so recognizable; that it hardly needs an introduction. A luminous white beacon known the world over as a beloved symbol of Chicago’s preeminence in architecture and commerce.

    The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. for the headquarters of his company. It was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. If one walks through the center doors, one will enter a secluded park area overlooking the Chicago River.

    The Wrigley Building was sold in 2011 to a group of investors (Zeller Realty Group and Groupon co-founders). The new owners made the building more attractive to businesses by adding Walgreens, a coffee shop, and more.

    I like this quote about the Wrigley Building- “It looks like the city was built just to provide the Wrigley Building with a backdrop.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,293 contributions
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    Water Tower Place is the centerpiece of the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping mecca. Located at 835 North Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the Hancock building, across the street from the historic Chicago Water Tower, it is a large urban, mixed-used development comprising a 758,000 square feet shopping mall within a 74-story skyscraper. When built in 1975, it was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world with a 78-story, 859-foot tall reinforced concrete slab, faced with gray marble, in the tower section. One of the first vertical malls in the world, the eight-level mall features nearly 100 shops, a live theatre and several restaurants, all arranged around a chrome-and-glass atrium with glass elevators. The structure also contains a Ritz-Carlton hotel, 360 condominium units and office space. Today, the mall is anchored by a three-story American Girl store. Other stores include White House Black Market, Chico's, Lacoste, Eileen Fisher, Adidas, Akira, Claire's, Locker Room, Lego, Sephora, J.Jill, Johnston & Murphy's, Bath & Body Works and Sunglass Hut. Also be sure to visit the Chicago Sports Museum. For a break, have lunch at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant & Sports Bar or grab a snack at Garrett's Popcorn Shop or Auntie Anne's cookies.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,293 contributions
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    My wife and I live closer to North Avenue Beach but we often taken Sunday strolls along the lakefront from North Avenue to Oak Street Beach. Located at 1000 North Lake Shore Drive, across the street from the Drake Hotel, at the bend in Lake Shore Drive at Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast, Oak Street Beach is one of the city's most popular beaches. Also one of Chicago's oldest parks, it dates to the late 1800s and has become one of the city's most popular swimming and volleyball destinations. Street parking is limited, however. Beach-goers are encouraged to access public transportation via the CTA's Clark/Division Red Line station or one of three CTA bus routes -- 22 Clark, 36 Broadway or 151 Sheridan. Once you're there, there are plenty of amenities to choose from to enjoy a full day at the beach, including chair rentals, umbrella rentals, concessions, bike rentals, volleyball rentals, restroom facilities, access to the Lakefront Trail via the Oak Street Beach underpass, Wi-Fi, even a massage at Coup De Main. Finally, you can engage in the lively art of people-watching and admire Chicago's spectacular skyline and views of the lakefront and Lake Michigan. Is the view more stunning looking north from Oak Street Beach to North Avenue Beach or looking south from North Avenue Beach to Oak Street Beach? Judge for yourself. It' just another example of the wonderful things that Chicago has to offer.
    Written 17 June 2024
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  • Irina
    United States13,367 contributions
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    Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago was originally formed as a merger of two churches in 1871. Since 1914 it's been located on E Chestnut Street, and it faces N Michigan Avenue. The beautiful Gothic architecture of the church is unforgettable. It was designed by architects Shaw and Cram, and it looks magnificent, standing out in the surroundings of modern high-rises and skyscrapers.

    The ornate interior and grand auditorium of the church, colorful glass windows, lovely courtyard with a fountain -- everything is very attractive and memorable.

    Fourth Presbyterian Church has always played a significant role not only as a place of worship, but has been also an active participant in the socio-economic development of the city: it reached out to the poor in the nearby neighborhood, helped to create the Presbyterian Hospital in 1884, and has been organizing and promoting many important educational and cultural programs in the city.

    The church was closed during the pandemic; it was such a pleasure to visit it again in September, and to see one of the Friday Noonday Concerts, organized by the church. It was a concert, with pianist and composer Amy Wurtz performing.

    Beautiful sounds of music in this historic, magnificent church! ...
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,432 contributions
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    This is the place to go if you are in the market for new, high end kitchen appliances or remodel fixtures and you want to see them and talk to peopel who know the differences between all the diff models/products. For those of us who live in small markets and can't actually see the actual appliances and are left to guess with either sales people who don't know squat (eg. Best Buy or small appliance stores that hire your college student on vacation), this is the place to go to really shop.

    Make an appointment with all the show rooms and have them tell you about their products. They don't actually sell you the product, but they are very knowledgeable. Thermador, Bosch, Miele, Wolf, Monogram, Dakor, Waterworks, you name it, it's there.

    One stop shopping with people who know their stuff.
    Written 27 September 2023
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