Top Things to Do in Near West Side

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Near West Side, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Near West Side

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  • Arielle
    Mobile, AL119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I visited during a time that no games were happening, but I still wanted to visit the Bulls/Blackhawks shop to get some gear, and visit the Michael Jordan statue. It was very nice. Lots of cool items inside.
    Written 19 April 2024
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  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, NJ903 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After arriving on the Zephyr, my wife and I had a rough time traversing thought the subterranean maze, collecting our suitcases, and exiting to find Ubers. There's lots of construction in the abyss, and as such there's little helpful signage and direction. It was difficult for us as seasoned travelers; we did ask questions multiple times and finally found our way to street level. I was excited seeing the famous staircase filmed in the Untouchables where Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia captured the bookkeeper! Of course I couldn't resist reenacting the scene - "Got him"
    Written 7 June 2024
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  • Vicky E
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing! Arrived much later in the day than anticipated, but was still welcomed in to take photos. I didn’t get the name of the firefighter who showed me around as a call came in and they had to rush off before I could really see inside (apart from the bay) but he was so friendly and took pictures of me in the fire engine. I felt so welcomed and it really was the icing on the cake of my whistlestop weekend in Chicago! Thank you!
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • Brian
    Miami, FL4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went to Goose Island to do the tour and was lucky enough to have Eliseo as our guide. Great tour! Came in not knowing which beer I wanted to try, finished the tour wanting to try every beer.
    Written 20 March 2024
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  • THINGS2LIVE4
    Rocky River, OH2,170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Irish Roman Catholic Church in downtown, Chicago. We need to preserve these awesome historic inner city/downtown churches. St. Patrick’s is an easy walk from the Sears/Willis Tower.
    Written 16 April 2023
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  • Lisa Johnson
    Fort Worth, TX184 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great authentic Chicago home. To tour is free but they request you go online and get a tour time set. Lots of antiques to look at. Two floors and the dining hall is a separate building.
    Written 14 September 2022
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL3,043 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Greektown's easy to access as a visitor to Chicago; it's just west of the Kennedy expressway, is not far away from the Loop (downtown), and is the gateway to the West Loop, full of hip bars and restaurants. Easy public transit access via bus or CTA blue line stops.

    Perhaps some of the character of Greektown has been reduced in recent years. This is due to some of the classic Greek restaurants along Halsted St. closing, due to either families deciding to get out of the business or shifting business conditions; the closure of some of the Greek-focused retail; and the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood, now one of Chicago's most affluent. That said, it still has a Greek feel: there's the Hellenic museum; cool, Greek-focused architectural details; Greek street art; and a number of excellent Greek restaurants at which you can still get an authentic Greek meal and Greek hospitality.

    Worth a visit!
    Written 1 December 2019
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  • Sue B
    Edinburgh, UK8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great selection of food, desserts, and international cuisine, even without all of the vendors being open when we were there!
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Kathie R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My son and I went there, first time ever throwing axes. We had a lot of fun! LA was a great coach! We were the only ones there at that time.
    Written 6 November 2023
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  • Wanderer46466119091
    Toledo, OH21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We came to Chicago for many reasons but the street murals were one of them. We took so many pictures and were in awe of all the beautiful art! Great job Chicago to showcase your artists!
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • Lori C
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Usa11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I live in Milwaukee, long drive so slow with traffic! I don't know how people that live around there can deal with the traffic! Mix of old and new and things re-crafted? not to many vendors as I went in Dec and it's an indoor market only. I hear it's crazy in summer as there are many more vendors taking up the entire parking lot. I collect vintage Christmas and Jewelry and did find a few things
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • EGHartrum
    Ludington, MI28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If taking cool photos for your instagram feed is your thing, then this is the place for you. I’m not usually one to spring for a contemporary art experience like this, but it was interesting and held my attention for the duration of our visit. Most of the exhibits are interactive and had a digital component which was really cool. In our time in Chicago, this ticket was the second most expensive one that we purchased (right behind Shedd Aquarium) Do I think it was worth the price? Maybe. Like I said, if you love taking cool photos that you can post with your friends, you’re going to have a great time. I don’t think I would find a reason to come back here again, but for a “one and done” experience, I really can’t complain that much. You are encouraged to buy your tickets ahead of time for a certain time slot, but we were able to get in right when we got there (you can purchase tickets at the door) Staff was very friendly and the gift shop was well curated.
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • Jay L
    Minneapolis, MN153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visitors to Chicago should use this valuable transportation resource. We were able to cover a lot of ground at a fraction of the cost of ride share cars. Get advice from locals if your have concerns about safety on specific routes at specific times of day but we always felt safe when we traveled.
    Written 18 November 2023
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  • Carlanmcd
    Brooklyn, NY380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute place to take photos and that’s about it! Nice places to eat around the area but in regards to Big Monsters, it’s cool for aesthetic
    Written 17 January 2021
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  • AndiM
    Scottsdale, AZ539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I booked a cocktail making class here at the distillery. Upon arrival, we had a really great welcome cocktail that they made for us. We were given a tour of the distillery and learned all about the family run business. It's actually a pretty cools story. It was also really awesome to hear about how they work with places like City Winery, Goose Island, Metric coffee, the Aviary, etc. After the tour we got a quick overview on cocktail tools and a little cocktail 101. We all made a basic cocktail on our own together. Then we were challenged to create our own signature cocktail drink. We were free to taste and try to combine anything on our own before we submitted our final drink to be judged. We made a few bad flavor profiles but we finally found one that we like. We mixed it up wrote up the recipe and submitted it. The staff there was a blast and we had a lot of fun mixing a few cocktails with them and our classmates.
    We couldn't leave without buying a bottle of the oak aged apple brandy. The evening was about 2 hours and was a ton of fun. I recommend this as something fun to do after dinner.
    Written 20 January 2019
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