Top Things to Do in North Side

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in North Side, Chicago

Top Things to Do in North Side

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  • Patrick L
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    Booked tour directly through MLB/Cubs. Great trip through its history. Must do for any baseball fan. Learned about the rooftop bleachers and visitors clubhouse. Tour guide did not have amplification so it was hard to hear him at times. Had a snack at neat local spot called Wrigleyville dogs (on N Clark) before the tour then had a larger meal at Murphys Bleachers tavern (right behind centerfield) on corner of Waveland/Sheffield. Great place with lots of memorabilia.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • Sara A
    Kihei, Hawaii21 contributions
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    The zoo lights were a truly magical experience! The way that the entire zoo was lit up was incredible. I found the singing porta potties to be hilarious and the entire experience to be a highlight of my trip. I recommend stoping by the fires to warm up and make sure to go into the tiger building - they were sleeping right by the windows!!!
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Jill E
    Easley, SC267 contributions
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    What a glorious gem of beauty in the middle of the bustling city! And free! (We made the suggested donation of $10 per person, but it is not required for entry.) There are four beautiful rooms - palm; fern; show; and orchid. Each is filled - to the roof in some cases - with incredibly lush plants/flowers/trees. (The orchids are amazing!) There are a few benches throughout if you want to stop and soak up the beauty. The outdoor gardens are also included, though there wasn’t much to enjoy there during our visit, since it was still fairly cold. I suspect when in bloom, the outdoor areas are equally as lovely as the indoor. What a perfectly lovely way to spend an hour or so in Chicago! Highly recommend!
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Irina
    United States11,108 contributions
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    Lincoln Park was established in the North Side of Chicago in 1860, and in 1865 the park was named to honor the assassinated US President Abraham Lincoln.

    Lincoln Park is the largest city park, that stretches for 7 mi (11 km) along the Lake Michigan and Lake Front Trail. The 490-hectare park is very attractive: it has a lot of trees and grass grounds, winding walkways, a zoo, ponds, fountains, statues and monuments, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago History Museum.

    The park also has many facilities for recreational activities: playgrounds, various sports courts and fields, golf course, beaches and boating facilities. The park is very pet-friendly, and squirrels are very friendly towards the visitors! Street parking is available near the park, and also on the parking lot in front of the zoo.

    We spent several hours -- mainly in the south area of the park -- walking around, admiring nature, looking at statues, and enjoying the picturesque views of the Chicago Skyline.

    The artworks we saw in Lincoln Park are unforgettable: the sculptures of the world-renowned writers -- Schiller, Goethe, Shakespeare, Andersen, the monuments of the prominent US public figures and statesmen -- Franklin, Hamilton, Grant, Lincoln.

    We visited Lincoln Park a week ago, and enjoyed it very much. I imagine, how beautiful Lincoln Park must be in summer!

    Lincoln Park is one of the most visited public parks in the US: about 20 million people visit the park every year.
    Written 19 February 2024
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  • VivJos
    Auckland Central, New Zealand30 contributions
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    Loved this museum! Welcoming friendly staff right from the front desk, cloak room (Michael was super welcoming) through to the tour guide and the crossroads of Chicago tour. Great interactive and diverse exhibits and lots to see and learn. Great value and a Chicsho must do!
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
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    Follow me to the site of Chicago's picturesque postcard, a spectacular and panoramic view of the city's breath-taking skyline that dwarfs anything this side of Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Am I exaggerating just a little? Maybe so. But see for yourself. Walk east on North Avenue, past the Cardinal's mansion, go through the tunnel under North Lake Shore Drive, climb the grassy knoll, step across the concrete checkerboards, be alert for bikers and proceed along the path leading to North Avenue Beach and the breakwater in Lake Michigan. Find a comfortable spot on the grass, looking south across the water toward Oak Street Beach, the Drake Hotel, the Hancock Building and beyond. What a sight! On a clear day, you can see the high-rises along Lake Shore Drive, the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Lake Point Tower, the Aon Building, the Willis Tower, Trump Tower, Aqua Tower, Water Tower Place and Vista Tower. No, you can't see the United Center or Millennium Park or the Chicago River. But it's Chicago. No doubt about it. It's a picturesque postcard you don't see in New York City or Los Angeles or Boston or Miami or Houston or Seattle. Do any of those cities have a beach within steps of their busiest downtown thoroughfare? With a backdrop of Lake Michigan, like a colorful prop in a Hollywood movie.
    Written 23 August 2023
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  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, UK1,350 contributions
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    As we queued up outside in preparation for opening amongst the many Mums with their toddlers and pre school children we were a bit concerned that there wouldn’t be anything of value for us to see. But on entering this small but informative nature centre we were pleasantly surprised.
    Wandering around the exhibits we learnt a great deal and particularly enjoyed the Without a Trace photographs and could have sat and watched the Mike McDonald photography sequence over and over again, it was just stunning!
    We loved the butterfly garden, took loads of photos and enjoyed this moment of calm.
    Written 18 June 2023
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  • FrequentFlier753436
    7 contributions
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    Amazing choice of gay bars and clubs. Shops and diners. Lively atmosphere. Rainbows everywhere :) friendly staff. Reasonable prices. Loved it! Great night!
    Written 7 July 2023
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  • JazzyShar
    Chicago, IL86 contributions
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    The Mercury Theater is a very quaint and intimate theater. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The sound was excellent. I attended the Women of Soul production; it was awesome.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Jezzmond
    130 contributions
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    Discovered this park by chance when walking around, wow!! All the main characters from the wizard of oz in a park in Chicago 😳 yes! This is another place to visit and some great photos to be taken
    Written 27 September 2023
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  • yuanwai
    Chicago, IL236 contributions
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    A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired garden, in the middle of the city, by the lake. Just a fantastic place to visit and sit around. One of the quintessential part of Chicago!
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • Cindy B
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    Delta did a great job with the tour. She was so knowledgeable and added a great amount of Chicago history to the tour. Definitely recommend!
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • Andrea v
    Taylor, MI3 contributions
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    AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!!!!! My girlfriends and I were in in Chicago a couple of days during the week and one of us happened to see that the show would work with the days we had. It was the BEST show. I have seen so many plays and musicals and this was definitely one of the best. Nonstop energy, the cast was so talented and fun. Highly recommend!!!!!
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,314 contributions
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    Although I've been to Chicago dozens of times (my family is from old Harvey in the days it was filled with Polish, Irish and Italian newcomers), I never got to this beautiful church until this visit.

    Being of solid Polish extraction, I attended Sunday mass in the language I'd heard so much of as a child.

    This is a basilica, which means that the Holy Father has granted it special privilege due to its historical significance. The bright Vatican yellow and white adorned umbrella can be seen at a side altar. There is also a splendid collection of precious relics and golden monstrances on display.

    Being the main church of the Polish American community Chicago is famous for means there are special touches, like a wonderful painting of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe, and an altar dedicated to His Holiness, St. John Paul II.

    The artwork is phenomenal, especially on the ornate dome. But despite being a living museum of sorts, it's also the heart of the largest Polish community outside of Poland. Definitely worth a visit. And I'm glad I got the chance.
    Written 31 July 2023
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  • BaggageConveyorBelt
    Kansas City, MO298 contributions
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    Went to comedy and music shows at Lincoln Hall.

    Terrific staff, great sightline of the stage, and excellent sound. Great bar, clean restrooms, great location. I had floor seats - far side for one show, center aisle for another.

    I didn't check out the balcony, but people up there seemed happy during the shows.

    Be sure to check out the Dillinger mural in the alley across the street!
    Written 15 April 2023
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