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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Science Museum
“This museum is a favorite and is very close. Located in the southeast side, take a bus 1/2 block from home and arrive within 10-15 minutes. If you're here for Christmas, it's a MUST SEE for beautiful Christmas trees from around the world.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Looking for a big kid day? Visit the Science and Industry museum, by far my favorite museum that Chicago has to offer. They always have cool and new exhibits and events”
  • 60 locals recommend
Golf Driving Range
“Jackson Park is a 500-acre park. Yes, it has it all! Beach, boat harbor, track, football, soccer, tennis, bocce ball, golf, baseball and basketball. 6401 South Stony Island Avenue ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Beach
“Clean beach, bathrooms, concessions. The views are amazing! One of the best beaches in Chicago.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Garden of the Phoenix is a small Japanese garden within Jackson Park. It was established for the 1893 World's Fair Colombian Exposition held in Chicago. Yoko Ono recently installed Sky Landing, a sculpture composed of 12 large steel lotus petal! This park epitomizes all that is Japanese: Small yet ornate, isolated and serene. The garden resides on Wooded Island which is accessible with two bridges, one on the north and one on the south. Cheap parking is available off of E. Hayes Dr.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Jackson Park is a 500-acre park located at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue. It extends into the South Shore and Hyde Park nearby neighborhoods, bordering onto Lake Michigan and several neighborhoods. This historic 18-hole golf course has mature hardwood trees protecting the fairways and greens putting emphasis on accurate shots, and it's Tiger Woods projected gold conglomerate.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“The Osaka Garden is a beautiful and serene place to gather one's thoughts & observe the peaceful nature.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“63rd Street Beach is located at 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive. (E. Hayes Drive @ Lake Michigan) in Jackson Park. Beach goers can enjoy a wide array of amenities at this beach. The historic beach house also offers beach goers amenities that include restrooms, interactive water fountains, showers, and meeting rooms. The beach house is available to rent.”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“Wooded Island, The Garden of the Phoenix, Yoko Ono's "Sky Landing" and a lot of urban wildlife. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Other Great Outdoors
“Haven't been here in awhile, but used to be my go-to spot when I lived in Hyde Park to pretend I wasn't in the city! Good little nature spot, near the Museum of Science & Industry. There's an awesome Japanese garden near here too, but it's closed right now for renovation. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Future Home of Barack Obama’s Presidential Library Just a walk away at the corner of 63rd and Stony Island, Barack Obama's Presidential Center will be arriving soon! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“Curated Wilderness: Walk the paths of Olmstead's Wooded Isle! Check out the Japanese Garden, and further south the Statue of the Republic. North you'll meet up with the lakeshore path. Stunning views ”
  • 1 local recommends
Transit Station
“Pick up the Jeffrey Express, 15 minutes to downtown. Go to cta.org for more details and schedules.”
  • 1 local recommends