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Things To Do in a Few Days

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Things To Do in a Few Days

Sightseeing
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous people from Oak Park, and possibly the greatest American architect in history. Tours at the home are very informative and I highly recommend doing this and a walking tour during your stay.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Avenue
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Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the most famous people from Oak Park, and possibly the greatest American architect in history. Tours at the home are very informative and I highly recommend doing this and a walking tour during your stay.
Ernest Hemmingway is one of America's greatest authors, and he grew up right here in Oak Park. The house is worth a visit, particularly if you are a fan.
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Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Museum
339 North Oak Park Avenue
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Ernest Hemmingway is one of America's greatest authors, and he grew up right here in Oak Park. The house is worth a visit, particularly if you are a fan.
This is a signature work by Frank Lloyd Wright. Very unique and a cool place to swing by while around the downtown or Hemmingway district.
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Unity Temple
875 Lake Street
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This is a signature work by Frank Lloyd Wright. Very unique and a cool place to swing by while around the downtown or Hemmingway district.
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Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street
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This is a beautiful mansion set on a nice park close to downtown Oak Park. They often have events going on so check out their calendar before you go in case you want to go inside.
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Pleasant Home
217 Home Avenue
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This is a beautiful mansion set on a nice park close to downtown Oak Park. They often have events going on so check out their calendar before you go in case you want to go inside.
Elizabeth F Cheney Mansion
220 N Euclid Ave
Iconic location in the heart of Chicago. It's a really nice area to spend an afternoon walking around and taking in the city.
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Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St
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Iconic location in the heart of Chicago. It's a really nice area to spend an afternoon walking around and taking in the city.
Grant Park is a wonderful area with amazing views of the city, especially near Buckingham Fountain, which you must stop by if you go here. It's also near our old Chicago neighborhood, the South Loop. Most of the big summertime events in the city happen here.
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Grant Park
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Grant Park is a wonderful area with amazing views of the city, especially near Buckingham Fountain, which you must stop by if you go here. It's also near our old Chicago neighborhood, the South Loop. Most of the big summertime events in the city happen here.
It's the most iconic building in the city, so I'm sure you'll want to stop by. Be sure to plan ahead if you want to go to the Skydeck since it can take hours if you're getting a walkup ticket.
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Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive
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It's the most iconic building in the city, so I'm sure you'll want to stop by. Be sure to plan ahead if you want to go to the Skydeck since it can take hours if you're getting a walkup ticket.
I've never been inside, but this building is just so nice to look at, and is also one of the Chicago's premier architectural attractions.
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The Wrigley Building
400-410 North Michigan Avenue
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I've never been inside, but this building is just so nice to look at, and is also one of the Chicago's premier architectural attractions.
Another example of Chicago's fine architecture. People say the view from here is even better than the Willis Tower's.
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875 North Michigan Avenue
875 North Michigan Avenue
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Another example of Chicago's fine architecture. People say the view from here is even better than the Willis Tower's.
Fantastic views of the city and the lake! Great people watching too.
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Buckingham Fountain
301 South Columbus Drive
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Fantastic views of the city and the lake! Great people watching too.
This is a really nice place to walk around, and a common starting point for activities on the lake. There's also an IMAX theater here.
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Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
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This is a really nice place to walk around, and a common starting point for activities on the lake. There's also an IMAX theater here.
Other things to do
This is a fun escape room to do in an evening in the area. This also happens to be one of the highest rated in Chicagoland, and the site of our first personal victory!
Escape Factor
7228 Madison St
This is a fun escape room to do in an evening in the area. This also happens to be one of the highest rated in Chicagoland, and the site of our first personal victory!
This is the most realistic laser tag I have ever done. This place has arenas, guns with realistic weights and a series of tactical games they will put your group though. You can always join open games if you don't have enough people. I had a blast doing this with some friends on my birthday. You will need a car to get out there though and it takes about 25 minutes from our place.
iCOMBAT Chicago
5050 N River Rd
This is the most realistic laser tag I have ever done. This place has arenas, guns with realistic weights and a series of tactical games they will put your group though. You can always join open games if you don't have enough people. I had a blast doing this with some friends on my birthday. You will need a car to get out there though and it takes about 25 minutes from our place.
Chicago has world class museums, and Field is my personal favorite. The building is beautiful, the setting is impeccable, and the exhibits are informative as you'd expect. They have things to entertain children as well, like the IMAX. If you're into museums, put this one on your list.
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Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
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Chicago has world class museums, and Field is my personal favorite. The building is beautiful, the setting is impeccable, and the exhibits are informative as you'd expect. They have things to entertain children as well, like the IMAX. If you're into museums, put this one on your list.
Quite simply one of the finest art museums in the country. If you like art, you'll definitely enjoy your visit. It's easy to spend a good chunk of your day here though.
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The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
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Quite simply one of the finest art museums in the country. If you like art, you'll definitely enjoy your visit. It's easy to spend a good chunk of your day here though.
This is one of the biggest and most impressive conservatories in the country. There are other such places in the city, but none like this one. Just please do not hang around the area at night.
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N Central Park Ave
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This is one of the biggest and most impressive conservatories in the country. There are other such places in the city, but none like this one. Just please do not hang around the area at night.
Neighborhoods
This is the top nightlife neighborhood in the city with lots of restaurants, bars and clubs.
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River North
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This is the top nightlife neighborhood in the city with lots of restaurants, bars and clubs.
This is the downtown and central hub of the city. You'll find most of the theatre scene here as well as attractions like the Willis (fomerly Sears) tower.
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Chicago Loop
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This is the downtown and central hub of the city. You'll find most of the theatre scene here as well as attractions like the Willis (fomerly Sears) tower.
Very trendy area east of River North that goes toward the lake. Lots of restaurants and plenty of shopping at the nearby Magnificent Mile.
Streeterville
Very trendy area east of River North that goes toward the lake. Lots of restaurants and plenty of shopping at the nearby Magnificent Mile.
Another trendy part of the city. Big concentration of restaurants and just a super pleasant place to be.
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West Loop
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Another trendy part of the city. Big concentration of restaurants and just a super pleasant place to be.
Food scene
In my opinion, the best brunch spot in Oak Park
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Delia's Kitchen
1034 Lake Street
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In my opinion, the best brunch spot in Oak Park
This is our favorite local restaurant, and one of the best Latin restaurants in the area. There's a nice terrace in the back you should ask about.
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Maya Del Sol
144 South Oak Park Avenue
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This is our favorite local restaurant, and one of the best Latin restaurants in the area. There's a nice terrace in the back you should ask about.
This is a place in downtown Oak Park where you can get some really solid Vegan/Vegetarian food. They do a really nice brunch as well. You'll like it even if you're not vegan.
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Munch
104 North Marion Street
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This is a place in downtown Oak Park where you can get some really solid Vegan/Vegetarian food. They do a really nice brunch as well. You'll like it even if you're not vegan.
Hole in the wall Mexican joint in downtown Oak Park with really delicious steak burritos.
Boss Burrito
1110 Westgate St
Hole in the wall Mexican joint in downtown Oak Park with really delicious steak burritos.
Very good Middle Eastern/Moroccan restaurant near the Hemmingway district. The pitas and falafel here are the best, and they have plenty of options for dinner too.
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Grape Leaves Restaurant
129 South Oak Park Avenue
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Very good Middle Eastern/Moroccan restaurant near the Hemmingway district. The pitas and falafel here are the best, and they have plenty of options for dinner too.
Another impressive Latin restaurant. This one's in the Hemmingway District.
Amerikas Restaurant
734 Lake St
Another impressive Latin restaurant. This one's in the Hemmingway District.
Giordano's is our favorite deep dish place. There are a number of these in the city, but this is the location for you in Oak Park. People here are split between here and Lou Malnati's as to which is the best. You should try both if you can.
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Giordano's
1115 Chicago Avenue
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Giordano's is our favorite deep dish place. There are a number of these in the city, but this is the location for you in Oak Park. People here are split between here and Lou Malnati's as to which is the best. You should try both if you can.
Quintessential Chicago deep dish chain right in downtown Oak Park. People here are split between here and Giordano's as to which is the best. You should try both if you can.
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Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
1038 Lake Street
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Quintessential Chicago deep dish chain right in downtown Oak Park. People here are split between here and Giordano's as to which is the best. You should try both if you can.
Delicious BBQ restaurant in downtown Oak Park. My favorite is the brisket sandwich, but all of the meats are good and they have a good selection of sauces. I have been told that you can't compare anything BBQ from here to Texas, so if you are from there, you might just skip this one.
Q-BBQ Oak Park
124 N Marion St
Delicious BBQ restaurant in downtown Oak Park. My favorite is the brisket sandwich, but all of the meats are good and they have a good selection of sauces. I have been told that you can't compare anything BBQ from here to Texas, so if you are from there, you might just skip this one.
Another chain with a location in Oak Park. This is a South African chain that features Afro-Portuguese Peri Peri chicken. The only US markets these are in right now are Chicago and DC. It is absolutely delicious, has a nice ambience and you should go check it out.
Nando's PERi-PERi
1138 Lake St
Another chain with a location in Oak Park. This is a South African chain that features Afro-Portuguese Peri Peri chicken. The only US markets these are in right now are Chicago and DC. It is absolutely delicious, has a nice ambience and you should go check it out.

Consejos para la ciudad

No te pierdas
Chicago is famous for rooftop bars and restaurants
These can be found all over the main parts of the city. There's even one in Oak Park!
No te pierdas
Take an architecture tour along the river
This is the best way to take in the city and learn about Chicago's unique architecture and history.
Antes de que te vayas
Willis Tower Skydeck
It can take hours otherwise as it gets pretty busy