Things to Do in the Chicago Area

Things to Do in the Chicago Area
Chicago, also known as the Windy City, is nestled along the southwestern shoreline of Lake Michigan. The most famous tourist attractions include the various amusement venues along the Navy Pier, the Adler Planetarium and also the Lincoln Park Zoo. First-time visitors are delighted to learn that there are also some things to do in the Chicago area that are slightly off-the-beaten tourist path, and instead appeal to locals and the occasional visitor who did a bit of research on the exciting entertainment opportunities the city has to offer.

Participate in Chicago Ghost Investigations

Discover the lore of Chicago by participating in a paranormal investigation. A tour guide accompanies interested tourists to a variety of allegedly haunted venues, some of which became infamous due to their use as mob hangouts. Tour operators equip all participants with quintessential ghost-hunting equipment, such as night-vision goggles and thermal scanners, and teach them how and when to use the gadgets. The starting point for the tours is Chicago's Old Water Tower at the corner of Chicago and Michigan Avenue. A tour lasts a little over two hours and departs twice daily; the cost starts at $45 for Monday through Thursday events, and $55 for Friday through Sunday tours.

Chicago Ghost Investigations
446 North Wells St., Suite 272
Chicago, IL 60610
(773) 935-6332

Ride the Lakefront Bike Path

The lakefront bike path provides 18 scenic miles of bike riding, jogging or inline skating opportunities. It takes you past the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium, as well as Navy Pier, which is a premier entertainment venue. As you peddle past the marina, consider stopping for a bit and enjoying the vista from one of the benches placed along the path. Children will enjoy the playgrounds that are along the way, where you can stop and let them play for a bit. This is a popular bike path in the spring and summer months, and at some spots you need to slow down significantly because of pedestrians and heightened bike traffic. If you want to ride at a brisk pace, consider making it a sunrise ride and enjoy the early-morning air and beauty of the sky, when fewer riders are on the path.

Lakefront Bike Path
Lake Michigan Shore
Starts: South Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Drive
Ends: North Sheridan Road and West Hollywood Avenue

Visit the Noble Horse Theatre

The Noble Horse Theatre presents an interesting mix of dinner theatre and horse show. Situated in Old Town Chicago near a number of tourist venues, this indoor theatre holds a number of hour-long shows on a daily basis. Horses and their riders show off synchronized and daredevil riding and other exercises against the backdrop of themed shows, such as "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," "Quadrille" and "The Nutcracker." The meal is served banquet style at long tables. Children may interact with the horses after the show and feed them apples and carrots. Reserve a spot for dinner and bring your own beer or wine to the performance. Ticket prices vary; early shows---without the meal---start at $18, while the dinner shows start at $24, which does not include the cost of the meal.

Noble Horse Theatre
1410 North Orleans
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-7878

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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