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4 Chicago Secrets You Didn’t Know About

A secret? Where?

Chicago – but don’t tell anyone!

Going to the same places can be boring and we get it but did you know that place you just drove past or visited might have a little secret?

Chicago has so many fun and exciting places that not many people know about. Below are a few places that you need to visit especially if you’re a Chicago native. The history behind each place is thrilling. You might already even know about these! If so, A+ for knowing your Chicago facts.

Check out 4 Chicago secrets below:

1. There’s a missing terminal at O’Hare airport
Have you ever flown out of Terminal 4? Probably not unless it was back in the late ’80s. The terminal was poorly constructed and it only existed between 1985-1993. For now, the terminal is referred to as “O’Hare’s ghost’ but may be used in the future.
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2. The famous barbershop at Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
The Barbershop at the hotel is gone now but you can still see the marble floors. Guess who would get a shave and trim at The Barbershop back in the day? Teddy Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Al Capone! Al Capone especially loved the place because it didn’t have any windows. He also had a secret room as a hiding place for his alcohol during police raids. Crazy!
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3. Woodlawn Cemetery holds a zoo underground
A zoo? Yes, you read that right! Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park holds the final resting place for the victims of the Hammond Circus Train Wreck in 1918. It’s guarded by elephant statues.
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4. Costco in Melrose Park used to be an amusement park
From an amusement park to a major wholesale store: The amusement park used to be called Kiddieland which offered pony rides and entertainment for families during the Great Depression. Now, we can stick to Six Flags Great America.
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How amazing are these facts? The history behind Chicago is truly fascinating. What are some other secrets you’ve heard about The Windy City?

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The 5 Most Up And Coming Neighborhoods In Chicago

When you think of Chicago neighborhoods what do you think of? River North, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town. You know – the well known neighborhoods.

With Chicago having so much to offer, there are plenty more neighborhoods that are up and coming. These neighborhoods feature their own taste such as different bars, restaurants and diversity. Needless to say, it’s all beautiful.

With a lot of renovation happening in Chicago, can you guess which neighborhoods are up and coming? If you’re looking to rent, renting in neighborhoods such as these will give you a breath of fresh air.

Below are the 5 most up and coming neighborhoods in Chicago:

  • Avondale: This precious neighborhood is just north of Logan Square. Avondale features some of the city’s most delicious restaurants such as Kuma’s Corner, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and more. Elston Stree runs through Bucktown, Lincoln Park and River West. Apartments is Avondale are mostly low-rise, and multi-unit.
  • Edgewater: This neighborhood is located near Andersonville, Ravenswood and Uptown. Edgewater is a diverse small town where you will find a lot of stores and little restaurants. Residents are in walking distance of authentic eatery’s and markets. Public transportation is always around. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings with a vintage look.
  • Pilsen: Pilsen is only minutes away from downtown. This Chicago neighborhood is known for attracting artistic crowds. This is where street musicians and entertainers call home. Pilsen is known for its authentic Mexican-cuisine. Apartments consist of low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
  • Humboldt Park: Near Bucktown, Logan Square and Wicker Park, Humboldt Park offers properties that are slightly lower in price. This neighborhood is known to be entertaining and lively. The restaurants are great and there are plenty of cocktail lounges. These apartments are also low-rise, multi-unit buildings.
  • Hyde Park: The home of President Obama! Who wouldn’t want to explore this Chicago neighborhood? The popularity of this neighborhood is growing fast and consists of young professionals. Hyde Park has a handful of live-music venues and upscale shops. The area appeals to the University of Chicago residents so you know this is where all the cool people live!

Don’t be scared to venture out of the typical Chicago city neighborhoods. You’ll find enjoyment in each and every nook.

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Top 10 Chicago Boutiques You Need To Visit

Chicago has it all. From the food to the activities to the shopping. Wait, did someone say shopping?

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With summer in full bloom, we’re all out and about. What better way to spend a warm day than shopping around the city? We’ve got a list of amazing Chicago independently owned boutiques you need to visit sometime you are in the mood to shop.

Check out the Top 10 Chicago boutiques you need to visit below:

  • Local Goods Chicago: 5354 W. Devon Ave. Chicago, IL 60646
    • This shop offers amazing locally made merchandise and items that advertise Chicago. You can find Abbey Brown Soaps, sweets from Cheshire Cat Confectionery, and crafts from Muggy Tuesday.
  • Milk Handmade: 5137 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640
    • This Andersonville shop specializes in handmade goods as well as homemade soaps.
  • Alapash: 1944 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This Ravenswood boutique sells everything you need for your terrarium and even D.I.Y. kits!
  • Transistor: 3819 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60613
    • This gallery is stocked with goods from 80s artists. There is even a recording space and its own webcast!
  • Belmont Army: 855 W Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • This 1975 shop has skater gear, trendy fashion clothes and vintage boots! Perfect place to go to when you’re looking for a fun outfit.
  • Heritage General Store: 2959 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
    • A stunning bike store that features handcrafted bikes in Chicago. There is even a coffee shop and retail store.
  • Virtu: 2035 North Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
    • This cute gift shop offers stocks paper goods, jewelry, kitchen wares, and anything else that fits in a a little bag or box.
  • SIlver Moon: 1721 W North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This shop is owned by a former rock-star so you know it’s a place to be! Silver Moon features vintage bridal good and accessories from straw hats to cuff-links!
  • Penelope’s: 1913 W Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
    • This clothing shop has amazing clothing for both men and women. They even have store pugs! Puppies to play with!
  • Open Books: 213 W Institute Pl. Chicago, IL 60610
    • This nonprofit organization gets books through programs, book donations, and more. Who wouldn’t want to donate books and pick another book while they are at it?

Have you ever been to any of these local Chicago boutiques? What did you buy?

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