Chicago February 10, 2018
11 Of The Greatest Destinations Most Chicagoans Overlook
When you’re tired of going to the same old museums and parks in Chicago, it’s time to start adventuring to some of the city’s more overlooked destinations. It’s unfortunate that so many people forget that these places exist. Get better acquainted with your city by exploring its hidden corners and secret pockets. Scroll on for more information.
1. North Park Village Nature Center (5801 N Pulaski Road)
Comprising 46 acres of nature preserve, this northside attraction is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. In addition to fabulous trails to explore, the center also puts on educational programs throughout the year, mainly for youth.
2. Fountain of Time (Washington Park, 5531 S King Drive)
Certainly one of the most overlooked destinations in Chicago, this sculpture (also known as just "Time") sits on the west side of the Midway Plaisance inside Washington Park on the city's South Side. It is inspired by a Henry Austin Dobson poem called "The Paradox of Time" and is made from steel-reinforced concrete that it is meat to withstand the test of time.
3. National Veterans Art Museum (4041 N Milwaukee Avenue)
This lesser-known museum in the city aims to preserve artwork that was inspired by war. With an emphasis on Vietnam, this collection has been on display since 1981 and primarily features pieces created by veterans. It's the perfect mix of culture, art, and history.
4. Oz Park (2021 N Burling Street)
Part of Lincoln Park, this intriguing place is often overlooked for the nearby Lincoln Park Zoo. It features sculptures of the characters of the Wizard of Oz as well as lovely walking paths.
5. Promontory Point (5491 S Shore Drive)
Jutting out into Lake Michigan, this man-made peninsula is located in Burnham Park. It is an amazing spot to visit for incredible views of the city skyline and lake. It sits on the south side of Hyde Park.
6. Clarke House Museum (1827 S Indiana Avenue)
Built in 1836, this is Chicago's oldest house. Today it is a museum that shows guests how Chicago residents lived in the 1800s. The house has survived fires, moved locations, and been shifted between owners, but is still an amazing sight to see.
7. Osaka Garden (S Cornell Drive)
This garden was a gift from Japan during the 1893 World's Colombian Fair. It is one of Chicago's most overlooked destinations because it is located in Jackson Park near the Museum of Science and Industry. Regardless, it is perfect for a peaceful stroll.
8. Northerly Island (Museum Campus)
This man-made peninsula along the lakefront is where Adler Planetarium is located. It serves as a concert venue and as a gorgeous place for show-stopping photos of the city.
9. Izez Clarke Grave (Graceland Cemetery, 4001 N Clark Street)
This incredible lifelike statue of a young girl who passed away in 1880 comes with a scary story. It is rumored that she died by a lightning strike, and whenever it storms, her statue disappears from its case. If you're not into haunts, you can still visit during the day. The cemetery as a whole is actually very lovely for strolling.
10. Oriental Institute (1155 E 58th Street)
This acclaimed museum of history, art, and archaeology from the ancient Near East will open your mind to empires and cities that are long gone. Founded in 1891, there are galleries devoted to Egypt, Persia, Syria, Mesopotamia, and more.
11. Division Street Turkish and Russian Bathhouse (1914 W Division Street)
Now known as Red Square Spa, this place has been around since 1906. Today, there are separate facilities for men and women, as well as both hot and cold treatments. It is the last remaining traditional bathhouse in the city.
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What other overlooked destinations do you feel deserve more attention? Share your thoughts with us below!