Secret Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois

Secret Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is an iconic city with a wide variety of off-the-beaten path activities for everyone in the family. Whether you're hungry for the outdoors or just want to see the best of Chicago, you won't leave disappointed. If you're ready to see the secret side of Chicago, you're in for a real treat, as there are some great hidden spots in the Windy City.

The Baha'i House of Worship

The Baha'i House of Worship is one of Chicago's architectural gems. It's located just outside the city and contains a hidden natural gem inside. The temple has a pond onsite covered with exotic lotus blossoms. The temple is especially rare because it is one of only seven anywhere on the globe. The beautiful gardens are a treat for those outdoor enthusiasts that prefer a little nature in their urban environments. Admission is free.
The Baha'i House
112 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-2300

Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is a perfect off-the-beaten path tourist destination for nature lovers. Take a gardening workshop or bring the kids to the conservatory's Little Green Thumb workshops. Learn about composting and organic gardening in one of their informative classes. Watch a live bee demonstration and learn about the importance of bees in our lives. Garfield Park offers fun for the whole family and admission is free. The cost of a particular workshop depends on the length and nature of the workshop. Parking is also free.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-1945
(312) 746-5100

Prairie Avenue District

Chicago is known for its architecture. One way for outdoor enthusiasts to witness this city's innovative architecture is by touring the city's many neighborhoods. This way you can see the city and enjoy the outdoors. The Prairie Avenue District is one of the oldest parts of the city. This area was home to the wealthy upper class in the late 1800s. The historic homes that remain give a true taste of the city's early glory. Check out the Clarke House and the Glessner House, two stunning mansions that still remain intact. Many others were sadly demolished and replaced by newer developments.
Prairie District
Runs from 1800 and 1900-blocks of S. Prairie Ave., 1800-block of S. Indiana and 211-217 of E. Cullerton Rd.

Article Written By Catherine Madison

Catherine Madison is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel and food. She has written for "Stir Magazine," My Food Place, Hispanic Kitchen and Sustainability. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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