1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 744 3200
Once upon a time, before Potter Palmer relocated to the swampy North Side around Schiller Street, this was the premier residental street in Chicago for the social and economic elite. George Pullman, Philip Armour and Marshall Field are but a few of the luminaries who once dwelled on what was considered Chicago's Fifth Avenue. Stately houses with gilded lobbies and huge mansions were the norm before the turn of the century. Today, this part of the city is tired, ravaged by years of economic blight and poverty. Still, parts of this once fabled stretch of road are intact and worth a look. Tours are run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Glessner House museum.
1709 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 +1 312 287 6565
It was once believed that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by a cow, owned by a woman named O'Leary, which when she tipped over a lantern. A competing legend exonerates the hapless bovine, placing guilt on Peg Leg Sullivan, who not only started the blaze, but also framed the cow. The Fire Truck Tours recount these stories and fill in any missing details. Climb aboard a vintage fire truck and view the damage caused by Chicago's famous conflagration.
615 West 41st Street The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company Chicago, IL 60609 +1 773 648 5000
Ride through Chicago on an open-air, red or green trolley, and enjoy a narrated Windy City tour led by a knowledgeable and entertaining driver. Take time at the various stops to explore some of Chicago's first-rate museums and attractions, and catch a meal at the Rain forest Cafe or other nearby restaurants. Re-board at any stop along the 13-mile route. Call for departure times and locations. Tours are open year-round.
61 West Superior Street Chicago, IL 60654 +1 312 787 7070
Established in 1911, Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, celebrates the existence of poetry in literature. However, the foundation found a permanent home in Chicago only in 2010. Various activities like summer camps, weekly poemtimes etc. are organized here for children and teens to make poetry easier to understand and thus, inspire future poets and thinkers. It also organizes readings and discussions, giving an apt platform for budding talent in the literary circle. This place is a must-visit for those with a soft corner for poetry.
4257 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 +1 773 248 4038
Half Acre Beer Company is a company that produces and distributes beer from its small brewery in the North Center in Chicago. Although Half Acre Beer has been available at select Chicagoland locations since 2007, it wasn't until 2009 that the retail side of the brewery opened. Here just a few feet away from where beers like their year-round Half Acre Lager or their specialty Baumé, an American Chocolate Rye Stout, are brewed, customers can sample beers from an in-wall draft box and purchase Half Acre brews and paraphernalia. Half Acre frequently sponsors events and tastings of new brews across Chicago and hosts scavenger hunts that earn winners free beer. If you're interested in checking out the brewery, register via email for their 1p Saturday tours. - Betsy Mikel
5255 North Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60630 +1 773 539 8442 /+1 708 788 8442
The Bohemian National Cemetery was founded in 1877 by the members of Chicago's Czech community. Covering 126 acres (50 hectares), the cemetery was built through the efforts of Bohemian, Slovakian and Moravan immigrants. The Cemetery also houses two sculptures by Albin Polasek. It has a beautiful limestone gatehouse that contains artworks and photographs of those who were buried here. Burials here are not subject to racial or religious restrictions, as this Cemetery accepts burials from different nationalities and regions.
A neighborhood the embodies the cultural diversity of the entire city, Pilsen is where immigrants from Eastern Europe and Mexico have found a thriving home. The first to inhabit the neighborhood were the Czechs, who named the area after the city of Plzeň of the Czech Republic. Today, however, the Eastern European population has been dwarfed by the growing population of Mexican immigrants, who have brought the vibrant Latin culture to Pilsen. Among the attractions here include the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Church of St. Procopius, and the Shrine of St. Judas. It is the wealth of culture and architecture that has earned Pilen the title of a National Historic Register District. See the website for more information.
1431 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607 +1 312 226 5566
National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, was started by George Randazzo as a result of his hobby of collecting boxing memorabilia and photos. Since 1977, it houses memorabilia and other precious artifacts like Rocky Marciano's first heavyweight championship belt, Matt Biondi's Olympic Gold Medals, Mario Andretti's Indy 500 race car and photographs of a few boxing legends. Over the past, the halls existence truly lies in creating an awareness about the achievements of Italian-American sporting heroes.
This Lower West Side address used to be home to a Coke distributor, but now it's just a large slab of empty space. Normally the area is pretty unremarkable, but sometimes festivals and other events occur on the lot. The 21 bus will take you here.
4448 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60653 +1 773 268 8281
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. Located on the Wabash Avenue, it is dedicated to Islam and betterment of Muslim community. It was built in 1922 and is also called Wabash Mosque. Prayers, meetings and discussions are held to keep the community informed.
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