Best Chicago Hidden Gem Attractions

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Best Chicago Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • MojoLad
    Graton, CA305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went here just to check out the famed Tiffany Dome, but as there was a free docent-led tour starting, decided to take in the whole experience. It was wonderful! And free! The building itself is something else, with jaw-droppingly beautiful mosaics throughout, recently cleaned and now in their full original glory, and of course the Dome, which just in itself is worthy of a visit. There's also a cool little (unafiiated) gift shop with very interesting art & souvenirs for sale entirely created by local Chicago artists. Strongly recommended.
    Written 22 April 2024
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  • Jennifer T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Outofdodge_10
    Santa Fe, NM1,338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Garfield Park Observatory is a beautiful place for an event with all of the indoor foliage. There is plenty of room to have dinner, dance and wander around the trees and flowers. About a block away, it can get a bit sketchy, so I thought it was better to Uber than park a car. Especially at night. Uber took care of that.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Anuja V
    Toronto, Canada31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This little museum is such a worthwhile stop if you are visiting Chicago! Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic, tickets are reasonably priced, and there is a lot to see, do, and learn. There’s a great kid lit room that’s perfect for kids who might just want a quiet space to read/chill. Lots of interactive exhibits to check out. Kids especially liked the typewriters and the digital mad libs. Free bookmarks for everyone was a nice touch!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, GA864 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant oasis near the zoo that is well worth a visit. It is pretty small, but has a beautiful set of plants grouped into several rooms by local.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • Member24
    Berkeley, CA21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small museum flies somewhat under the radar, but it has a world-famous collection. It's on the University of Chicago campus just across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. In the first half of the 20th century the University's Oriental Institute, funded by John D Rockefeller, led excavations in Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Palestine and Egypt and brought home treasures including important neolithic and bronze age artifacts and some truly monumental sculptures from Assyria, Babylon and Persepolis. The collection is housed in a beautiful art deco building (thanks again to John D) and is very well displayed and interpreted. A short (1.5 hour) visit and extremely worthwhile.
    Written 15 June 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ907 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was an excellent tour of one of Wright's best prairie homes. Our docent was outstanding, guiding us through the rooms and embellishing the classic Wright designs with the flow of the home. This is our ninetieth Wright structure, and have become familiar with his work. Just as fascinating as the design is the history of these homes, normally ending with a Historic preservation trust. Wright designed the house for the entrepreneur and inventor Fredrick Robbie in 1910. This house might better be called and The Wilbur home, as in 1911 Robbie fell into financial trouble and sold it to David Lee Taylor, who died a year later then passing it to the Wilbur family. The Wilbur family sold the property in 1926 to the Chicago Theological Seminary for use as married-student housing. They twice proposed tearing down the house leading to grassroots protests that included Wright himself. The building was saved and transferred to the University of Chicago until 1997, when it executed a lease with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Photos are permitted and you're not required to cover up footwear. Most of the furnishings were lost during the transitions and the house is now mostly empty. Tours are busy so reservations are a must. In 2019, Robbie House was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Miguel Gómez
    Monterrey, Mexico33 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a very interesting place, you will probably learn new things about America’s currency, the american dollar. I learned too many things, and the interactive games helps you to understand it a little bit more easy and friendly. To enter to this museum you need to pass through a security inspection, just like if you were in the airport, I don’t know if it was part of the experience but that called my attention. Oh, and you have to be at least 18 to enter. I recommend you to check this museum out.
    Written 24 June 2024
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA4,744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a tour on a weekday to see this hidden gem. We enjoyed the stories and information about the Rookery. The staircase is the star here. The lobby is beautiful architecture highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. There is a small FLW store here, too. It is worth a look.
    Written 25 April 2024
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  • Dorothy S
    Kalamazoo, MI1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dang what a beautiful Quad, which is pedestrian and so lovely to walk through in springtime! The neo-Gothic architecture is stunning. I also know several people who went her for undergrad and graduate school —both of which are superb. Challenging, scintillating, and superb. One of the great institutions of Higher Learning in the world.
    Don’t miss the Midway from your car, and explore Robin House (Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece) and Rockefeller chapel.
    Written 8 May 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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  • skylite0
    Canton, IL345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but colorful museum in the Pilsen area. Three different exhibits to browse and a gift shop. Admission is free. Staff very friendly.
    Written 9 October 2023
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  • Aydenwood
    Philadelphia, PA166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely historic cemetery, well maintained. Great for walking and exploring. We saw others with picnic baskets and some just walking dogs or jogging. Lots of shade as well as sun.
    Written 14 July 2023
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  • Wanda H
    Mascoutah, IL395 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This house was AWESOME along with the furniture and decorations! Different than a normal house from the same period. Such a jewel to still have and be able to view! The docent we had wasn't the greatest for our interest (more about the house and family and less about other people). The difficult part of this tour is that some carpets are not supposed to be walked on, and some rooms are not to be entered. But there is no roping off of these places. Just the docent correcting you very sternly as you happen to venture onto or into one of these places. It would be SO easy for them to mark these areas, leaving less room for misunderstanding.
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • GBoseman
    Orange, NJ112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a short Mother- Daughter (Young Adult) trip to Chicago for Memorial Day week-end – a city we had never visited, included a visit to DuSable Museum of African –American History. It was raining heavily that Sunday – however with a break in the weather we took a rideshare to the museum and it was worth it – a poetry reading (spoken word) performance was going in at the time, so we sat for a short period before moving on to view the exhibits – which we interesting and informative = particularly the animatronics that presented Mayor Harold Washington’s political life and impact on Chicago till his untimely death. And the small presentation on EQUIANO.STORIES were interesting and I think children will like them – the entire visit was about one and one-half hours – the trip from the town center to the museum is about 20 minutes and you will see a different part of Chicago but I recommend the effort.
    Written 29 May 2024
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