Five Off-Beat Ideas You Have To Explore In Chicago

on July 22, 2013

If you are a regular visitor to the Windy City or just live in Illinois and are simply struggling to come up with new things to do in Chicago, these unique ideas might offer the ideas you have been looking for.

1. Bookman’s Corner

2959 N Clark St., Chicago IL

While we have become accustomed to buying books only at places like Chapters and Indigo in Canada or Barnes & Noble in the States, the best reads can often be picked up at small nook and cranny bookshops. In that vein, Chicago’s Bookman’s Corner might be the best. Owned and operated by John Chandler since 1984, the shop sells both new and used volumes. As you’d expect, Chandler is as much of a storybook character as the novels he proliferates and it is worth the trip to Bookman’s just to converse with him. Just make sure you watch your step as it’s more than likely at least one will fall on your head before you exit.

2. St. John Cantius Church

825 N Carpenter St., Chicago IL

While most major cities have churches that are all worthy of making it into the pages of architectural magazines, St. John Cantius Church is particularly atmospheric. Situated in the Windy City’s Bucktown neighborhood, the church was built in 1893 and recently underwent a major renovation under the direction of pastor Father Frank Phillips. The stained glass windows are simply breathtaking.

3. Devon Avenue

Chicago’s version of Little India, Devon Avenue is a mixture of both the Indian and Pakistani culture. Politics are thrown out the window as the cultures combine to not only coexist but to also offer some of the best dining options in town. Annapurna is a local favorite, specifically because of its $3.50 lunch special but any of the spots in the area are there for a reason. Tourists will love all of the delectable delights on Devon!

4. The Money Museum

230 S LaSalle St., Chicago IL

Cha ching! The Money Museum is located inside Chicago’s Federal Reserve Bank where you can see and have your photo taken with rare and precious coins and bills. The $5,000 and $10,000 bills are both on display. If you’re thinking about making a Weekendtrip out of the visit, there are free 45-minute guided tours available on Fridays at 1 p.m. The best part is undoubtedly picking up a “Fed Shred” bag on your way out which is $300 worth of shredded and uncirculated money.

5. The Old Town School Of Folk Music

4544 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

The Old Town School of Folk Music hosts a free jam session on Saturdays from 12 – 1 p.m. at Lincoln Park It’s almost like an outdoor version of the Bluebird Café on Nashville where you can listen to great music and meet musicians from the city itself.