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Chicago off the beaten path

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Chicago off the beaten path
Take the L (that's Chicagoese for elevated train) to explore Chicago neighborhoods like Chinatown and Wicker Park. Or visit a museum that many locals haven't even been to like the National Museum of Mexican Art or the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.
Good for: Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Richard H. Driehaus Museum
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Richard H. Driehaus Museum

Take a step back in time to the Gilded Age with banker Samuel Nickerson's mansion. Explore all three floors of the museum and discover how the Nickerson family lived and socialized. The museum is closed on Mondays. Tours are an extra $5, but well worth it.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Wicker Park
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Wicker Park

Wicker Park is the former meca of the Chicago art community and location of the bi-annual "Around the Coyote" art festival.  The area has experienced... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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National Museum of Mexican Art
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National Museum of Mexican Art

Enjoy one of the country's largest collections of Mexican art and culture, including a vibrant textile collection including indigenous outfits and weavings, folk art including masks and Día de los Muertos artifacts and ephemera documenting the Chicano Movement. Open daily 10am-5pm, closed Mondays.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Chinatown
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Chinatown

Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum
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Jane Addams' Hull-House Museum

This museum honors Jane Addams, the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her social work with immigrants and affecting national public policy. Explore the National Historic Landmark settlement house including the residents' dining hall and an arts and crafts building. Closed Mondays and Saturdays.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Smart Museum of Art
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Smart Museum of Art

As the art museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation. Free and open to the public.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Chicago Greeter
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Chicago Greeter

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them... More

Chicago Greeter highlights more than 40 special interest areas and more than 25 neighborhoods for visitors to explore. Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city knowledgeable local with a visitor for a two - four hour FREE informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Through the Chicago Greeter service, visitors meet with a greeter who takes them around the city and demonstrates its walk-ability and the user-friendliness of its public transportation system. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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