After college, a good portion of my summers were spent either visiting friends in other cities (mostly St Louis) or hosting friends from out of town. When friends would visit me, I would rack my brain on trying to figure out things to do, specifically where to take these college buddies to show them Chicago. We also had the constraint of not having a lot of disposable income at the time so non-tourist traps were preferred.

Here are some places I discovered. Note: these are not the only places, nor am I saying they are the best. They are simply a few options outside of the standard Chicago Tourist circuit (i.e. Sears Tower, Buckingham Fountain, Shedd Aquarium, etc).  What are some of your own?

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Forgotten Chicago, Life Lessons

Five off the beaten path places you should take out of town guests visiting Chicago

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