5 Best Things to Do in Chicago (You Never Heard of)

Are you tired of the same lists of the best things to do in Chicago, as if nobody knows about Millennium Park and Navy Pier? Here are five examples of activity in Chicago I promise you won’t find on major websites, and are just as worth your time:

  1. The Chicago Murder Mystery Tour! Immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure with this unique activity that combines history, intrigue, and interactive fun. It’s a must-do for both locals and tourists!
  2. The International Museum of Surgical Science: I want you to picture the largest collection of kidney stones in the world. That is just one of the many medical miracles you’ll uncover here, with antique (sometimes horrifying) medical instruments and anatomical art. Tucked away in the Gold Coast, it is another reason to explore Chicago’s wealthiest neighborhood. 
  3. The Chicago Magic Lounge: Explore secret rooms, witness astounding tricks, and immerse yourself in an old world magic show that’s a hidden treasure in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood.
  4. Charnley-Persky House: Step inside a gilded-age gem, one of the only buildings designed by both Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright! This truly well-hidden gem showcases a marriage of style and excellence that is singular to Chicago.
  5. Jibaritos y Mas: Deep dish and hotdogs are fine, but Chicago’s Puerto Rican community has birthed a slept-on sensation: the Jibarito is a sandwich made with savory warm plantain in place of bread. I recommend Jibaritos Y Mas in Lincoln Park because it is a Latin-owned business (much like The Chicago Murder Mystery Tour), and is relatively easy to access for most first-time visitors.

Andre Baronov

Highlights

  • The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Site
  • The famous alleyway from a legendary crime
  • The haunted Chicago theatre

And a whole lot more!