Top Things to Do in Near North Side

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

Top Things to Do in Near North Side

Traveller rating
Neighbourhoods
Good for
364 places sorted by traveller favourites
  • Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
Showing results 1-30 of 364

What travellers are saying

  • Uccman39
    North Brunswick, NJ207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful place to visit on a nice day. I stopped in Chicago for the day on my way out west. Chicago is an underrated city for shopping and beautiful lake views. Didn’t have time for the restaurants but would like to return soon
    Written 3 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Life2Travel
    Denver, NC1,599 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed a nice scenic walk along Navy Pier. The ferris wheel was operating and when the weather improves, there are more amusement rides outside. You can get a scenic boat or dinner tour from this location. Inside Navy Pier is a whole different experience with restaurants and shops. The Chicago Children's Museum is located here as well as the new Flyover Chicago attraction. Parking at Navy Pier is expensive.
    Written 16 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Fiona R
    London, UK46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This enchanting and unique place seems to be relatively unknown to native Chicagoans. Not sure why as it is a gem.

    There’s an App guide to help you understand what is on show and provide some context, plus there are explanation boards in each room and knowledgeable and helpful room guides to answer any questions.

    You get a real sense of what it was like to be rich and successful in that age and how wealth was used to create modern (for that time) luxurious interiors by working with the great craftsmen of the day.
    Written 17 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Sanna
    Finland503 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We only walked a small part of the Lakefront Trail (combining it to the Chicago Riverwalk) but it was great for a leisurely walk during sunset, admiring the views over Lake Michigan. It was pretty quiet and serene, water was still and geese were floating on the water. Good activity to end the day with. Loops into Millennium Park.
    Written 19 February 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • sweenee32018
    Knoxville, TN87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended Catholic Mass here. When we walked into the Cathedral we were impressed with the beautiful architecture. They have tours after the 8:00 and 10:00 Sunday masses.
    Written 21 January 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Cashmool B
    Chicago, Illinois, United States76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Who knew such a wonderful theater was tucked into the old Water Tower! We saw Lucie and Charlie’s Honeymoon and absolutely Loved It! So original. So inventive. This theatre is a hidden gem!
    Written 4 June 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Tribune Tower is an impressive neo-gothic skyscraper in downtown Chicago, and it is one of the many iconic buildings that gives the city its reputation as having some of the most impressive architecture of any city in the world. Completed in 1925, it sits at a prominent location near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive where Michigan Ave crosses the Chicago River. The whole area makes for some great photos and can also be experienced by strolling on the Chicago Riverwalk. This was once home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper but has been converted into residences in the past 10 years. It is interestingly decorated on the exterior with rocks embedded into the walls from many famous landmarks of the world.
    Written 10 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Heather B
    Richmond, IN4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were able to go on a free museum day. Kids 3&8 loved the museum. Favorite exhibits were the fire fighters, water and camping areas. It was a little crowded since it was free day, and there temp in the museum was hot (even though it was only 60 outside)
    Written 30 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Marlene
    New York City, NY61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’m a chicago newbie, a NYC transplant and resolved not to buy any theatre subscription( one play is excellent, one terrible , one meh , and one can’t go and no one wants my freebie ticket) but I fell for the hot lineup at Shakespeare theatre.
    I am so glad I did. Loved Notebook and its music, was so very familiar with Measure for Measure and thought it well done and enjoyable ( people sitting next to me knew nothing in advance and were confused and disappointed). I’m a Bronte fan and can’t wait for Wuthering heights. Reviews from London and NY were brilliant and I think Shakespeare theatre will do the same production.
    Written 2 December 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In a city famous for the impressive architecture of its skyscrapers, the Wrigley Building is one of the most impressive and beloved of all. The terra cotta white building with its famous clock tower is especially beautiful when illuminated at night. Completed in 1924 as the headquarters of the Wrigley Gum Company, it was the first building of importance in the city built north of the Chicago River. After crossing the Michigan Ave Bridge, the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower across the street now mark the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Views near the bridge are spectacular and the whole area can also be enjoyed by walking along the Chicago Riverwalk.
    Written 11 March 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Vacation37039941367
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place was great to stop in and have a drink and get a bite to eat. There is plenty of TV’s to watch a game if u are there for a Saturday afternoon to watch a game.
    Written 29 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Tom B
    Worthington, OH477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable area for a walk, jog, or bike ride when staying in the Gold Coast area of Chicago. Provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Adequately marked lanes for jogging/walking and bikes. Limited underground access across the busy multilane Lake Shore Drive. In summer the sandy stretches provide typical beach activities like sunbathing, volleyball, swimming, etc. Personally would have liked more opportunities for bench sitting though the more agile visitors use the stepped lake wall for taking a break or to simply enjoy the views.
    Written 14 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Irina
    United States11,108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago was originally formed as a merger of two churches in 1871. Since 1914 it's been located on E Chestnut Street, and it faces N Michigan Avenue. The beautiful Gothic architecture of the church is unforgettable. It was designed by architects Shaw and Cram, and it looks magnificent, standing out in the surroundings of modern high-rises and skyscrapers.

    The ornate interior and grand auditorium of the church, colorful glass windows, lovely courtyard with a fountain -- everything is very attractive and memorable.

    Fourth Presbyterian Church has always played a significant role not only as a place of worship, but has been also an active participant in the socio-economic development of the city: it reached out to the poor in the nearby neighborhood, helped to create the Presbyterian Hospital in 1884, and has been organizing and promoting many important educational and cultural programs in the city.

    The church was closed during the pandemic; it was such a pleasure to visit it again in September, and to see one of the Friday Noonday Concerts, organized by the church. It was a concert, with pianist and composer Amy Wurtz performing.

    Beautiful sounds of music in this historic, magnificent church! ...
    Written 1 October 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,428 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the place to go if you are in the market for new, high end kitchen appliances or remodel fixtures and you want to see them and talk to peopel who know the differences between all the diff models/products. For those of us who live in small markets and can't actually see the actual appliances and are left to guess with either sales people who don't know squat (eg. Best Buy or small appliance stores that hire your college student on vacation), this is the place to go to really shop.

    Make an appointment with all the show rooms and have them tell you about their products. They don't actually sell you the product, but they are very knowledgeable. Thermador, Bosch, Miele, Wolf, Monogram, Dakor, Waterworks, you name it, it's there.

    One stop shopping with people who know their stuff.
    Written 27 September 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
All Chicago HotelsChicago Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Chicago
All things to do in Chicago
RestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire