The Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower and the Shedd Aquarium are essentials when visiting the Windy City. Even if you’re a frequent visitor to Chicago, there are many hidden gems scattered throughout the skyscrapers and bustling streets. We found some of the best for your next weekend away.
National Museum of Mexican Art: For those who frequent the Art Institute of Chicago, check out the National Museum of Mexican Art, where over 10,000 objects call this home, and is one of the largest collections in the country. There are four special exhibits that change throughout the year and a full list can be seen on their website.
The museum is free to the public, and hosts fun-filled galas and events to support the museum and maintenance of the artwork on display.
Room 13: For those of you who didn’t know Chicago still had a speakeasy (don’t worry, I didn’t either), you may have just found a great late-night adventure. Room 13 is an authentic speakeasy that transports you back to the 1920’s. Guests are encouraged to make a reservation and appropriate dress code is required. Men are asked to wear a dinner jacket, no jeans or athletic wear and women can wear dressy clothing with the same guidelines as men.
You must have a password in order to enjoy this unique experience or if you’re a guest of the Old Chicago Inn, you will receive an invitation.
Garfield Park Conservatory: The beautiful conservatory has six greenhouses and two beautiful exhibition halls that showcase the wide variety of plants and flowers. The conservatory has houses and rooms to educate about plants that thrive in all environments, as well as a kid-friendly garden that allows children to learn hands on with interactive displays.
Admission is free and there are events year round to show support and help maintain healthy greenhouses.
Andy’s Jazz Club: For the music aficionado, Andy’s is an intimate, fun jazz club to have dinner and listen to talented musicians. Patrons under the age of 21 are welcome to attend the first band’s performance at 5 & 7pm, while the second band’s performances at 9:30 and 11:30 pm are open only to those over the age of 21. If you’re planning on having dinner, it is advised you make reservations to ensure you have a table, and don’t have to wait. While there is an admission fee for all guests, the proceeds go towards paying the performers.
Visit Andy’s for the many specialty events, monthly Legends of Jazz lunches and nightly performances.
What are your favorite Chicago hidden gems? Share them in the comments below!
By: Sarah Masa-Myers