Jul 2, 2012 — Every time our parents come to town they insist on going to Navy Pier. What is it with old people and Ferris wheels? Maybe they help with digestion.
Every time our parents come to town they demand a photo in front of The Bean in Millennium Park. What is it with old people and giant mirrored sculptures? Maybe it reminds them “of the ol’ funhouse at the carnyyyyy!”
Every time our parents come to town they want to go to the top of Willis Tower. We’re not sure how many more times we can take them there before we jump off the damn thing.
In the meantime, to help us prepare for the next episode of Chicago’s Most Touristy Hotspots, we like to hit places throughout town that don’t see the same tidal waves of traffic. Our hidden gems certainly aren’t unknown (that, by the way, would be awful for business) but there’s something that sets them apart from the bigger destinations you find on the front page of all the guidebooks. Maybe they’re a little harder to get to, maybe they’re in areas you wouldn’t expect, or maybe they’re hiding right in plain sight.
Will everyone agree that these are gems? Of course not. You want to complain about it? Talk to our parents.
2917 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
3740 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613
2045 Lincoln Park West
(address of Lincoln Park Cultural Center)
Chicago, IL 60610
954 North California Avenue
Chicago IL 60622
1829 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622