Did you know there is a secret Chicago? For a city as large as Chicago that is known for its sightseeing there are still undiscovered, or at least less populated places to visit. But the secret’s out! Visit these best kept secrets of Chicago during your vacation to the windy city.
A hidden garden
Now we know that Millennium park is on every visitors’ “to do list” when they come to Chicago, but some might not know about the green garden that lies just beyond the park. Planted at the southeastern end of the park are towering hedges of conifers and trees that divide the cityscape and the Lurie Garden. This unpretending lush garden offers visitors beautiful landscaping, a quiet place to read a book, and an escape from the noises of the city.
Head underground of the Old Chicago Inn to find the Prohibition era-inspired members-only speakeasy bar, Room 13. A password is required to get in, so if you know someone who is a member or know someone, who knows someone, you’re in! Proper dress is required, so don’t show up in jeans and a t-shirt.
The Chicago Pedway
Sure, everyone knows about the “L”, but most may not know about the other transportation system that resides under the streets of Chicago. The Pedway is a system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges that connect more than 40 blocks within the Central Business District.
Bring on the bubbly
If you like to sip a bubbling glass of champagne, then the RM Champagne Salon is your spot. Tucked away in a quiet alley in the West Loop is a large gathering space that feels like a French bistro inside. Champagne is their focus, but they do serve other refreshments and a select food menu for those who might like a little cheese with their wine.
Be sure to look up if you visit Preston Bradley Hall to take notice of what is claimed to be the largest of its kind, a 1,134 feet of mosaic dome of color and design. J.A. Holzer, the chief mosaicist for Tiffany, was commissioned to design this dome back in the late 1890s (originally for the Chicago Public Library). This gift of art may not be obvious from the outside but is truly spectacular from the inside.
Busy Beaver Button Museum
Did you know that Chicago is home to the only museum dedicated to buttons? Yes, the Busy Beaver Button Museum displays a collection of colorful buttons that date back to the 1800s. This almost lost artform has been revived for all to see. This is one of the most unique things to do in Chicago.
As Chicago’s largest cemetery this piece of history houses many hidden gems that can’t be discovered from outside its walls. Spanning over 350 acres, the Rosehill cemetery is home to beautiful Victorian monuments, ghost stories, and notable memorials, making this one of the best kept secrets of Chicago.
Green Mile Jazz Club
Hang with the mobsters, or at least where they used to hang out, at The Green Mile Jazz Club. This club has a 100-year-old history of serving up classic jazz music and served as a local hangout. During the prohibition era the club was overtaken by Al Capone and the mafia. His favorite seats can still be found in the lounge today. Enjoy a piece of history while taking in the sounds of jazz.
The Penthouse at Grand Plaza
Stay in the heart of Chicago and uncover the secret Chicago by staying at The Penthouse Grand Plaza. Our collection of luxury penthouse condos are the perfect option for your Chicago getaway. Towering more than 50 floors above the city, when you stay with us you get one of the best views in town!
Explore our nine sophisticated Chicago penthouses and book your stay with us today and start to uncover the best kept secrets of Chicago.