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Five Hidden Gems in Chicago

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Secretive Spots in the Second City

Sailing at Lincoln Park in Chicago.

Sailing at Lincoln Park in Chicago.

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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. 

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    Chicago Beer Experience

    Drinking Activity / Outdoor Activity / Tour

    Chicago Beer Experience - Drinking Activity | Outdoor Activity | Tour in Chicago.
    Lakeview

    2917 North Sheffield Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60657

    312‑841‑0456

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    Gingerman Tavern

    Dive Bar

    Gingerman Tavern - Dive Bar in Chicago.
    Wrigleyville

    3740 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60613

    773‑549‑2050

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    Lincoln Park

    Beach / Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park

    Lincoln Park - Beach | Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in Chicago.
    Lincoln Park

    2045 Lincoln Park West
    (address of Lincoln Park Cultural Center)
    Chicago, IL 60610

    312‑742‑7726

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    Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

    Bar / Restaurant / Wine Bar

    Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar - Bar | Restaurant | Wine Bar in Chicago.
    Humboldt Park

    954 North California Avenue
    Chicago IL 60622

    773‑292‑1616

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    Arami

    Japanese Restaurant

    Arami - Japanese Restaurant in Chicago.
    Ukrainian Village

    1829 West Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60622

    312‑243‑1535

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User Comments

Alex K. Jul 31, 2012
I used to love the Shedd Aquarium when I was younger. Plus, it's situated on Lake Michigan so you can enjoy the view and parks all around it.
Anonymous Jul 30, 2012
Hidden depends on who you are and where you live, so some of these may or may not be hidden, but they took me a year or two to discover: -The Map Room is kind of between neighborhoods, but it is a great bar with a laid-back atmosphere, free pool (I think it was free), and quality imports. -Quenchers has one of the best jukeboxes in the city, esp. if you love indie music. -Empty Bottle and The Hideout are hidden if you live in Lakeview but standard for the Wicker Park/Bucktown/Ukie Village hipsters - well worth the annoying trip from Lakeview
Anonymous Jul 28, 2012
Drinking and 'exercising' for Chicago's Beer Experience. It's kinda perfect for Chicago.
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