Hidden Treasures
in Chicago, IL

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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.
360 Chicago
360 Chicago

(888) 875-8439

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611   Directions

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Get a 360-degree view of Chi-town from the 360 Chicago tower formerly John Hancock Observatory. The view spans across 80 miles, and you can see four neighboring states from the lookout. For those not afraid of heights, venture out onto Chicago's only open-air skywalk and dare to look down.

Adler Planetarium
Adler Planetarium

(312) 922-7827

1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60605   Directions

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Twinkle, twinkle little star, get a closer look at the night sky at the Adler Planetarium. The planetarium's exhibits and attractions focus on planets, galaxies, telescopes, the solar system, space travel and a whole lot more.

The Adler Planetarium was the first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere and is the oldest in existence today. The planetarium was founded by philanthropist Max Adler and built in Chicago in 1930.

There are three full-size theaters at the planetarium. The Adler Planetarium presents the night sky in its various forms on the the dome covering the Sky Theater planetarium. The projector is capable of recreating every aspect and movement of the night sky. The Definiti Space Theater was added in 1999, complete with a digital fulldome video environment.

Outside the planetarium, there are sculptures, including one called Man Enters the Cosmos that depicts a sundial; and another is a statue of famous astronomer Nicholas Copernicus. Other works of art decorate the museum like the lobby's dedication plaque. The plaque depicts the gods and goddesses that represent each planet, with the exception of Pluto because it wasn't discovered at the time of the plaque's design.

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Architecture Foundation

(312) 922-3432

111 E Wacker Dr Ste 1321
Chicago, IL 60601   Directions

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See some of the greatest architectural achievements in the city on a tour given by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Walking tours, bus tours, and boat tours are just a few of the available options for touring.

Grant Park
Grant Park

(312) 742-3918

337 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601   Directions

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Stroll through downtown Chicago's Grant Park to see the beautiful Buckingham Fountain. The fountain operates from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features streams of water accompanied by dancing lights and music.

Harold Washington Library Center
Harold Washington Library Center

(312) 747-4300

400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605   Directions

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Find some peace, quiet and books at the Harold Washington Library Center. The main branch of Chicago Public Libraries offers 750,000 square feet of WiFi, art, exhibits and, of course, books.

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

(773) 755-5100

2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions

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Get up close to more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and stunning bird species at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Find some from the Southern hemisphere in a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never seen before in our region at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Lincoln Monument
Lincoln Monument

(312) 742-7726

1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614   Directions

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Pay homage to a great American leader by visiting the "Standing Lincoln" sculpture. The bronze statue depicts the 16th President rising from a chair to give a speech. It is considered one of the most significant sculptures of Lincoln. Also enjoy some of the other sculptures in Lincoln Park.

Monument to the Great Northern Migration
Monument to the Great Northern Migration

(312) 744-5000

345 E Eastgate Pl
Chicago, IL 60616   Directions

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Visit the Monument to the Great Northern Migration and gain a new respect for the millions of African-American men, women and children who traveled far to make Chicago their home in the early 20th century. The statue depicts a traveler with worn luggage, waving toward Chicago.

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

(312) 648-1021

700 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661   Directions

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Step into a piece of Chicago history and a structure that was built to survive. The Old St. Patrick's Church was built in the 1850s and is one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The building reflects the architectural design of the Celtic Revival and is a magnificent piece of Chicago architecture.

The Rink in Chicago
The Rink in Chicago

(773) 221-2600

1122 E 87th St
Chicago, IL 60619   Directions

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Enjoy open roller skating at The Rink in Chicago. The building has three different floors, which include a main skating rink and a practice rink. Offering skating classes for learners of all ages and between skating play pool or other recreational activities. The smaller 3rd floor is a stepping floor reserved for dancing. The host private skating parties for a variety of groups or have birthday party during public sessions.

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