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Chicago Travel Tips and Historic Research

Interact with the City – Listen, Watch, Play Here


Chicago Travel Tips and Historic Research

Inspired to learn more about Chicago architecture or just need to figure out things to do here during your visit? These Chicago travel tips will help you connect with the city’s architecture, history and culture, from the past to today. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we hope these Chicago travel tips will help you explore Chicago neighborhoods, museums and attractions. We also have included guidance on conducting historic research.

Interact with the City – Listen, Watch, Play Here

Chicago Video:

Mediaburn – Online archive of independent video

History Makers – African American video archives

Local Radio:

Chirp Radio – Community radio station

WBEZ – Chicago Public Media

Lumpen Radio – Chicago’s non-commercial “radical” radio station

Online Historic Resources:

Chicago Postcard Museum – Art, photography, and history

Chicago World’s Fair – Tour a 3D map of the 1893 fairgrounds

Chicago History Map – Pinpoints famous and infamous events

Chicago Pedway Map – Not interactive, but helpful!

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition put Jackson Park on the map. Image via Wikimedia.

Explore Chicago – Go Here

Overlooked Chicago Attractions:

Historic Pullman – Roots of railroad history on the South side (free)

National Museum of Mexican Art – It’s all in the name, and free (free)

Oriental Institute – Ancient Near/Middle East museum (free)

DuSable Museum of African-American History – African-American history and culture

Museum of Contemporary Art – Engaging center of contemporary art

Chicago Events

Chicago Jazz Magazine – For Chicago blues and jazz

The Reader – Our local alternative weekly

Metromix – Published through the Chicago Tribune

The Local Tourist – Great for neighborhood happenings

Chicago Neighborhoods:

Andersonville – Small-town feel

Bridgeport – Historically working class

Bucktown/Wicker Park – Hip for shopping and dining. (Tour this neighborhood with us).

Chinatown – A cultural microcosm

Hyde Park – University of Chicago campus area

Choose Chicago Guide to Chicago Neighborhoods – Various neighborhoods

Where to Stay in Chicago – Hotels and B&B’s

Andersonville Guesthouse – Condo rentals great for families or group getaways

Freehand Chicago – Hostel-inspired shared rooms & amenities, with private rooms

Ray’s Bucktown B&B – Homey and in a hip neighborhood, cooked to order breakfast

Wicker Park Inn – Comfy rooms, also apartment rentals

Chicago Travel Tips – Etcetera

Kate Joyce Photography – Architectural and documentary photographer

Parking with Spot Hero – Discounted parking

Millennium Garages – You discount parking vouchers when you come on a tour with us

Tour Guides in Europe – Best tour guides for travel outside Chicago

Chicago Traveler – Has things to do in Chicago

Learn About Chicago – Research Here

Chicago History:

Chicago Detours Architecture and History Blog – Regular posts about our buildings, history, & culture

Encyclopedia of Chicago – Photos, maps, and overviews of anything

Forgotten Chicago – A blog about overlooked whatnots

Jazz History Resources – Great compilation of books

The Chicago “L” – Trains, trains, and trains

The Man on Five – Blog full of historic photos and images from Chicago’s history

Chicago Architecture :

Architecture Chicago Plus – Contemporary Chicago architecture blog

Skyscraper Timeline – Where and when of Chicago architecture answered here

Chicago Local News:

Block Club Chicago – Hyper-local news source covering Chicago’s neighborhoods

Food & Drinks Downtown

Lunch at Pastoral – Artisan sandwiches and yummy local products

Frozen Kefir at Starfruit – Kefir yogurt a.k.a. “lovechild of taste and nutrition”

Drinks at Monk’s Pub – Tossing peanut shells on the floor since 1969

Beer and Brats Dinner at the Berghoff – Displaying Chicago’s first liquor license. (Visit it on our 1893 World’s Fair Tour).

Italian Village – Historic, huge, and family-owned. (Hear its history on our Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour).

Whimsical Candy – Fun, artisan candy store.

Local Theater:

Lookingglass Theatre – Recipient of Regional Tony Award.

Goodman Theater – Musicals and dramas, since 1925.

Hot Tix/Chicago League of Theatres – Half-price theatre tix up to 6 days in advance

Other Chicago Tour Companies:

Odyssey Cruises – Evening dinner tours on the lake

Chicago Theatre Marquee Tour – Encompasses historical and architectural highlights, including the grand lobby and majestic auditorium

Absolutely Segway – Stranger things have been done

City Running Tours – See the city while jogging!

Urban Kayaks – Paddle your way down the Chicago River


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