Top Things to Do in Far North Side

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

Top Things to Do in Far North Side

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  • Aydenwood
    Philadelphia, PA180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely historic cemetery, well maintained. Great for walking and exploring. We saw others with picnic baskets and some just walking dogs or jogging. Lots of shade as well as sun.
    Written 14 July 2023
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  • teacher1349
    Billerica, MA4 contributions
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    The Swedish museum is like 2-3 rooms, but it is like walking through "Kirsten's world" from American Girl. It took me an hour or so and I recommend it, but if time is limited, you can also just look in the Gift shop for free, and that was huge. They had good candy there, including chocolate bars and REAL Swedish Fish!!

    The Galleria had tiny little booths for many different craftspeople. There was jewelry and blown glass and cards and a million other things. The Ann Salter restaurant was quite the walk away, but it rounded out my visit with some Swedish treats.

    The RAYGUN store has really funny t-shirts and stationary products.

    I really enjoyed the shops and the feel of this neighborhood and I would like to go back to see what I might have missed.
    Written 6 August 2023
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  • Trail17085061667
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cute strip and stores
    Food was delish! Enjoyed seeing the cultures customs clothing and jewelry.
    Written 27 June 2023
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  • kenatravels
    Chicago, IL66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Montrose Beach is right by our home so we may be a little biased about how much we love it, but nevertheless it is an incredible beach. Make sure to grab a hot dog and wade in the beautiful waves of Lake Michigan.
    Written 16 August 2022
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  • Libra_K1960
    Farnham, UK281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When planning our Frank Lloyd Wright tour of Chicago, we were amazed to discover that we could actually stay in one of the houses he designed. So even though it was very expensive (for just two of us) we booked it for a couple of nights and feel extremely privileged to have stayed there, and enjoyed the space in the house and grounds. It has been very well restored, and everything was very comfortable. Staying there really informed our experience of looking around his other properties.

    The house was beautifully clean and well-presented and the beds were comfortable.

    The only aspect that was disappointing was the kitchen equipment - there were large, catering size pots and pans, but not ones geared to cooking for just two (or even four) people. A minor quibble.

    We understand that rentals will cease at the end of this year, so we feel even more fortunate to have had the chance to stay there.
    Written 24 October 2023
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  • Maysmosaics
    Mount Vernon, IL24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended the tribute to earth, wind, and fire this past weekend, and it was absolutely fabulous. All of the artists are extremely talented, with a special bow to the character who played Philip Bailey. What a gift!!! This is our second time going, and I would recommend this to anyone. It’s extremely affordable, and they could honestly charge more. We loved it.
    Written 9 April 2023
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  • Cathie and Rich
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the local involement in the Civil War.
    Well thought out and participation encouraged
    Written 20 May 2023
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  • Rob GGG
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    really fun time. my wife and i came here prior to covid. hopeully this place is still open and operating, such a nice that is super unique.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • bobx77
    Florida2,356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free parking is around the block!
    Ask at the front desk for directions.

    The adult admission is $ 6 only.
    Therefore you get plenty of information about the Swedish community and why and how emigration and immigration were these days.

    The staff is very helpful and friendly!!

    I do encourage you, to go there and visit this museum!

    If you make it a quick visit and just browse thru the museum = you’ll make it out there under 45 minutes.
    If you take your time and read most of the signs = it’ll take about 90 minutes.

    BTW:
    There is a very good kids museum @ the 3rd floor!!
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • Akira M
    Michigan21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you do nothing else in Chicago go to the Neo-Futurists. A laugh out loud highlight collection of 30 acts in 60 minutes with contemplative, weird, ridiculous, sweet, and moody pieces. Bring your shouting voice! Dynamic and interactive, I went every year for four years in a row, that's how much I love them! Plus if you are feeling risky, you can wait in line for a token and call upon lady luck when you roll dice for your final ticket price. Never a dull moment and tiny pizza slices in celebration if they complete all 30!
    Written 2 December 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Since 1978, when merchants around the intersection of Lawrence, Lincoln and Western on Chicago's North Side persuaded the local chamber of commerce to develop Lincoln Square, a pedestrian plaza that required a controversial rerouting of local traffic, it has become a popular destination for dining and shopping with a wide variety of restaurants and European-style shops. Bounded by Lawrence to the north, Montrose to the south, Clark to the east and Damen to the west, it is one of 77 well-defined communities in Chicago, which includes the Ravenswood residential subdivision and historic Rosehill Cemetery. In the 1830s and 1840s, the area was settled by Swiss, German and English immigrants who established produce farms. Later, the farmland gradually began to fill up with bungalows, two-flats and small apartment buildings. Two new developments, Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens, attracted new residents. After World War II, empty storefronts spurred local merchants to find new ways to attract customers. In 1956, they erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln for whom the area and the major street were named. And in 1978, they developed Lincoln Square. Today, it is home to such restaurants as Cafe Selmarie, Luella's Southern Kitchen, Bourbon Cafe, Garcia's Restaurant and Artango Bar & Steakhouse and such attractions as Gene's Sausage Shop, Quake Collectibles, Ravenswood Used Books, Merz Apothecary, Conrad Sulzer Library, Book Cellar, Davis Theater and Old Town School of Folk Music.
    Written 9 November 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Ed Paschke Art Center in Chicago is a different kind of art museum. All you have to do is examine the exhibit of Vaca Victoria, the controversial cow, and you'll know what I mean. Located at 5415 West Higgins Avenue, in the heart of Jefferson Park, it opened in 2014, on what would have been Ed Paschke's 75th birthday, as a tribute to the legendary Polish-American artist's work and life. Housed in a renovated building, the museum features 2,800 square feet of exhibition space and 1,700 square feet of educational space, alongside a re-imagination of Paschke's Howard Street studio. Paschke was born, raised, lived and worked on Chicago's Northwest Side and, as a Polish American, his ethnic heritage reflects part of the community's own diversity. The museum is open daily from 10 to 7. Admission is free. We were most interested in Paschke's Vaca Victoria. Remember Chicago's "Cows on Parade" exhibit from June to October in 1999, featuring over 300 cow sculptures embellished by local artists that went on public display throughout the city? Did you take pictures of them all? Like us, you probably missed Vaca Victoria, which stood at 215 West Superior in River North for just three days before it was removed because of the controversial gang signs that Paschke covered the cow with. Less controversial were other elements of the composition, like the head painted in the style of the Chicago Bulls logo. He signed his name over the cow's haunches, similar to a cattle brand.
    Written 23 November 2019
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  • The Happy Traveler
    Chicago, IL672 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’m so glad they did something creative and sustainable with this area along the waterfront. The bird sanctuary has so many beautiful flowering plants for birds, butterflies and bees alike to forage and thrive.

    There is a little path that goes through the sanctuary and doesn’t disturb the plants or habitat.
    I was able to catch sight of many species along with a brown furry caterpillar too!

    If you walk a little farther along the waterfront there is also the Montrose dunes.
    Written 19 July 2023
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  • jgbtravels
    Louisville, KY3,712 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is the king of mid century finds. Truly a gem in Chicago. There’s a lot of cool stuff here, however, bargains are hard to come by. Still it’s a great place to browse and marvel at these finds. Staff is friendly and it’s well maintained compared to other antique malls we have been to. It’s metered street parking on Broadway and close in on the side streets. On the plus side you are less than a block away from Ann Sather’s on Granville. Think cinnamon rolls to die for.
    Written 25 May 2021
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  • Stucolco
    Johns Island, SC1,614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took my 11 year old grandson to see “The Man Who Was Thursday” and we both enjoyed this play very much. The acting and staging was excellent, ticket prices for a senior and student very reasonable and the theatre staff very pleasant and friendly. The theatre itself is very well designed, seats very comfortable with apparently no bad seats in the house.
    Written 28 March 2019
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