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If you’re looking for must-see hidden spots in the area, you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you’re looking for to enjoy the town – whether for a few, fun vacation days or as a new resident. The area is full of quaint little plazas and gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.

Among hidden treasures, you will also find important memorials and historic buildings that you won’t want to miss during your outing. Below you’ll find a detailed description of each location, along with their address, phone number, and website, to check out more information. We also have a useful map to easily plan your visit to every spot you want to hit.
Adler Planetarium
Adler Planetarium

(312) 922-7827

1300 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605   Directions Website

The Adler Planetarium is a must-visit spot for astronomy enthusiasts and those interested in space exploration. Founded by philanthropist Max Adler in 1930, it was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and remains the oldest.

The planetarium boasts three full-size theaters, including the Sky Theater planetarium, where visitors can enjoy various shows and presentations about the night sky. The Sky Theater projector can recreate every aspect and movement of the night sky, giving visitors an incredibly realistic experience. The Definiti Space Theater, an addition made in 1999, comes equipped with a digital full-dome video environment for an immersive experience. Visitors can also enjoy sculptures outside the planetarium, such as the "Man Enters the Cosmos" sundial and a statue of renowned astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. The lobby's dedication plaque is also a work of art, depicting the gods and goddesses that represent each planet, except for Pluto, which had yet to be discovered at the time of the plaque's creation.

Buzzed by Zea Salon & Bar
Buzzed by Zea Salon & Bar

(773) 248-0600

3707 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60613   Directions Website

Buzzed by Zea seems like a fantastic place to treat yourself and unwind in Chicago. Unlike other speakeasies in the city, Buzzed by Zea doesn't conceal its dual identity. It provides a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere where you can relish a refreshing cocktail prepared with fresh ingredients and premium spirits while getting your hair done. Moreover, you can relax at the bar without booking a hair appointment.

At Buzzed by Zea, the expert stylists are committed to continuously improving their skills and knowledge through education. They are up-to-date with the latest designs and trends to help you achieve the perfect look, whether you are seeking a subtle change or a complete makeover. While you wait for your hair appointment, feel free to relax with a Manhattan during the day. After hours, the salon transforms into a late-night cocktail lounge with a traditional atmosphere, where you can unwind and enjoy a drink. The unique ambiance of the salon chairs adds to the overall experience.

Chicago Magic Lounge
Chicago Magic Lounge

(312) 366-4500

5050 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640   Directions Website

Discover the hidden gem of the Chicago Magic Lounge, where a blend of magic and sophistication awaits you. It's the perfect place for a thrilling, unforgettable night of mystery and entertainment. Whether celebrating a special event, planning a romantic date night, or looking for a unique outing with friends, the Chicago Magic Lounge offers an experience like no other.

As soon as you step inside, you'll leave the ordinary behind and enter a secret laundry entrance into a luxurious retro-inspired "speakeasy." Here, you can indulge in handcrafted cocktails and savor delectable small plates while enjoying some of the most impressive acts performed by the finest magicians in the industry. It's a unique opportunity to witness the art of magic up close and personal, and you'll be amazed by the genuine moments of astonishment that await you.

Greektown Chicago
Greektown Chicago

(312) 255-7280

801 W Adams St Ste 209
Chicago, IL 60661   Directions Website

If you want to experience Greek culture, Chicago's Greektown is a must-visit neighborhood. This vibrant district offers a variety of nightlife spots, restaurants, gift shops, and galleries that celebrate Greek heritage. It's the best place to sample Greek culture outside of Athens and has become the city's go-to destination for Greek food, nightlife, and rich cultural traditions. With many establishments dedicated to preserving old-world traditions, visitors can truly immerse themselves in Greek culture in this neighborhood.

Apart from dining and nightlife, visitors can explore The National Hellenic Museum, ride the Greektown Trolley, witness the annual Greek Independence Day parade, and indulge in the Taste of Greece festival. These activities make Greektown the perfect destination for anyone interested in learning more about Greek heritage in Chicago.

Hideout
Hideout

(773) 227-4433

1354 W Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL 60642   Directions Website

The Hideout is not your typical bar; it's a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of whether they fit in. This prohibition-era bar may be small, but it's been a community space for independent music and performance in Chicago for over 25 years.

On Saturdays, you can enjoy live music and dancing at The Hideout. It's a hub for music, art, performance, plays, poetry, rock, and rebellion. The bar is rooted in complex, hard-playing, creative artistic expression and intellectual freedom. It's more New Deal than New Age, and while it's not for everyone, it's for anyone who wants to experience something unique and authentic.

Lambs Farm
Lambs Farm

(847) 362-4636

14245 W Rockland Rd
Libertyville, IL 60048   Directions Website

Lambs Farm is a fantastic destination for learning about farming and understanding how farmers manage their crops and animals. This fully operational facility offers visitors a comprehensive and informative learning experience about the various aspects of farming. Moreover, visitors can take a break from farm work and enjoy fun outdoor activities such as playing mini-golf, riding the mini-train or carousel, and petting adorable animals at the petting zoo.

Lambs Farm is an exceptional place that supports and cares for people with developmental disabilities to help them lead happy, fulfilling, and productive lives. It connects people with the human spirit that resides in all of us. The residents of Lambs Farm feel at home in a safe and nurturing environment. They become a part of an extended family of peers while contributing to the community and striving to be self-sufficient.

Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement

(630) 420-6010

523 S Webster St
Naperville, IL 60540   Directions Website

Naper Settlement is an outdoor museum showcasing downtown Naperville's rich history. Spread over 13 acres, it offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with the area's cultural heritage and foster a sense of community. The museum's vision is to encourage conversations, enrich educational opportunities, and provide engaging experiences for visitors, businesses, and the local community.

Naper Settlement is an excellent place for families to visit as it offers interactive learning opportunities for people of all ages. The site boasts 30 historic buildings that visitors can explore to learn about the connections between the past and present. Additionally, the museum hosts special events, programs, and on-site activities throughout the year, giving visitors a unique chance to engage with the area's rich cultural heritage.

Old St. Patrick's Church
Old St. Patrick's Church

(312) 648-1021

700 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661   Directions Website

Old St. Patrick's Church is a historical landmark in Chicago that was designed to withstand the test of time. Built in the 1850s, it is among the few structures that survived the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The church's architecture is rooted in the Celtic Revival movement, making it an outstanding example of Chicago's unique architectural style.

Today, Old St. Patrick's Church is a vibrant community of more than 3,000 members, warmly welcoming visitors from diverse backgrounds. Located at the intersection of Chicago's diversity, the church celebrates its rich historical legacy while looking toward a promising future. Apart from Sunday masses, the church organizes guided tours and annual block parties, fostering community and joyous celebration.

The Rink in Chicago
The Rink in Chicago

(773) 221-2600

1122 E 87th St
Chicago, IL 60619   Directions Website

The Rink in Chicago is an excellent destination for roller skating enthusiasts. The facility consists of three floors, each offering a distinct skating experience. The primary skating rink accommodates skaters of all skill levels, while the practice rink is ideal for beginners. A smaller third floor is also dedicated to dancing, providing a unique and exciting alternative to traditional roller skating. Overall, The Rink is a must-visit location for anyone who loves roller skating.

The Rink offers skating classes for all ages, making it an ideal spot for family recreation and aerobic exercise. Along with skating, guests can also enjoy other recreational activities, such as the play pool. The venue also hosts private skating parties for various groups, or you can celebrate your birthday during public sessions. The Rink boasts the best skating floor in Chicago, made of beautiful hardwood maple, ensuring you have a great time while skating or celebrating. With a 45-year legacy, The Rink is the perfect choice for a fun-filled day out.

The Walt Disney Birthplace
The Walt Disney Birthplace

(312) 744-2400

2156 N Tripp Ave
Chicago, IL 60639   Directions Website

Imagine a world where every child, family, and community could reach their fullest potential because a single life story inspired them. Walt Disney is an example of someone who dreamed big and overcame humble beginnings in a small Chicago community. At The Walt Disney Birthplace, his determination, hope, and bravery are a source of inspiration, showing us that anything is possible.

Walt began his incredible journey on the house's second floor, which his parents built from scratch. Although his family relocated to Missouri when he was around four or five years old, it all started with a man born in Chicago who would later give birth to a mouse. The house was renovated to its original 1901 condition when Walt was born. The current owners, who are Disney fans, recognize the home's historical importance and have great plans for its future.

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