TOURIST ATTRACTIONS



NAVIGATING THE CITY

  • Car Rental Guide

  • Chicago Transit Authority
    Customer Service: 888.YOUR.CTA (7am - 8pm)
    The CTA offers you direct train service from airports to downtown and to surrounding areas in Chicago..

  • Greyhound Bus Station
    Harrison at Jefferson Streets
    Chicago, IL
    312.408.5883

  • Mapquest
    National Online Map to help you get from point A to point B! Don't get lost - Use it!

  • Metra
    Northwestern Station - On Canal Street at Washington.
    Chicago, IL
    312.322.6900, 312.836.7000
    Runs commuter trains from downtown terminals to Northwestern Suburbs and surrounding areas. for route, fare & schedule information. Pace Traffic Map

  • Traffic Bulletin

  • Union Station
    Jackson St. at Canal St.
    Chicago, IL
    312.558.1075
    Amtrak & Metra lines. Runs trains all over Illinois, to destinations by Amtrak - New York, Philadelphia & surrounding states.




PLACES TO SEE

  • Adler Planetarium
    1300 S Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL
    312.922.STAR

    Discover all the wonders of the Universe... Venture into StarRider Theater, where you control your journey from the armrest of your chair! With Space Odyssey, Interactive galaxies, and the new Space Walk - where you experience the feeling of stepping into infinite space! Hours: Monday-Thursdays 9-5; Fridays 9-9; Saturdays-Sundays 9-6. $5.00 Admission, $4.00 seniors/children over three. Tuesdays FREE

  • Art Institute of Chicago
    111 South Michigan at Adams Street.
    Chicago, IL
    312.443.3600

    Art Exhibits and Installations of the finest and most prestigious artists - all genres and styles. Hours: Open Mondays-Fridays 10:30-4:30, Tuesdays till 8pm; Saturdays-Sundays 10-5. $8.00/ $5.00 students, seniors & kids five& older. Under five, admitted free. Tuesdays FREE Performance space (room 012), 280 S. Columbus

  • Bike Chicago Rentals
    Navy Pier 312.755.0488 or North Avenue Beach 773.327.2706.
    Rents bikes and in-line skates along Chicago's 18 mile lakefront bike path. Operating dates 8am - 10pm April 1 - October 31.

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation
    224 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    312.922.3432 OR 312.922.TOUR
    Over 65 tours by bus, bike or on foot and offering their famous "Architecture River Cruise".

  • Chicago Botanical Garden
    1000 Lake Cook Rd.
    Glencoe, IL
    847.835.5440 OR 847.825.0790
    A festival for every season.

  • Chicago Children's Museum
    Located at Chicago's Navy Pier
    Chicago, IL
    312.527.1000
    Dr. Seuss, and many more quality exhibits and activities for young minds. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Thursdays FREE

  • Chicago Historical Society
    Clark Street at North Avenue.
    Chicago, IL
    312.642.4600

    Presenting a photo exhibit of pictures taken by soldiers during the Vietnam War coinciding with a photo exhibit of England's Beatles invasion. Both historical events, respectively and ironically, took place at the same time. Hours: Nondays-Saturdays 9:30-4:30; Sunday noon-5. $5.00 Admission; $3.00 students/seniors; $1.00 children ages 6-12. Mondays FREE

  • Chinatown
    2169 China Place
    Chicago, IL
    For more information call 312.326.5320
    Chicago's most celebrated spot with the springtime Lantern Festival, the Chinese New Year Parade, the Summer Fair, and the Autumn Moon Festival.

  • The Field Museum
    1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL
    312-922-9410

  • Funeral Parlour Mini Golf
    Says it all really.

  • Graceland Cemetery
    Corner of Clark St. and Irving Park.
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago's most beautiful cemetery offering the Getty Tomb 1890 designed by Louis Sullivan and wandering spirits. Open Daily.

  • International Museum of Surgical Science
    312.642.6502

    Presenting "The Art of Pathology", photographs of medical specimens, and permanent exhibits feature surgery related artifacts, with galleries dedicated ti X-rays, anesthesia, polio, and the medical histories of various regions. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-4. $5.00 admission, $3.00 students/seniors.

  • Lincoln Park Zoo
    Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway.
    Chicago, IL
    312.742.2000
    Chicago's FREE Zoo!! Beautiful manicured Park Atmosphere with a Snake House, a Primate House, a Seal Haven, and a Petting Zoo, just to name a few.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    Chicago, IL
    312.280.2660

    "more than just art"! They have performances, interactive exhibits, video installations and mind bending ideas. Hours: Tuesdays 10-8. Wednesdays-Sundays 10-5. Tuesdays FREE $7.00 Admission, $4.50 students/seniors. Modern Facility with an amazing performance season full of international dance performance companies.

  • Museum of Science & Industry
    773.684.1414

    "Titanic" artifacts from the famous shipwreck. Visit their Omnimax Theater to see "Titanic" the documentary and recovery expedition. Ongoing exhibits the 1930's Pioneer Zephyr, NASA's Saturn probe, a simulated coal mine, computer imaging exhibits, and pseudo-scientific gadgets. Hours: Mondays-Fridays 9:30-4; Saturdays-Sundays 9:30-5:30. Thursdays FREE. $6.00 Admission; $3.50 children over three.

  • The Music Box Theatre
    3733 N. Southport Ave.
    Chicago, IL
    (773)871-6604
    The place to go to see "big-screen" independent, unique, and hard to find films.

  • Navy Pier
    600 East Grand
    Chicago, IL
    312.595.PIER

    See their variety of HUGE IMAX 3-D Movies, food, Shakespeare, and fun. EB Smith Stained Glass Window Museum.

  • Oriental Institute
    The Egyptian Hall has a 17ft statue of King Tut standing in the entrance!

  • Quadricycle Rental
    312-755-0488
    Navy Pier Bike rental. Old Fashioned fun! Rates: $20-25/hour.

  • Rosehill Cemetery
    5800 Ravenswood Avenue.
    Chicago, IL
    A Chicago Historical Cemetery. With Grande tombs and gothic architecture.

  • Shedd Aquarium
    1200 S. Lakeshore Drive
    Chicago, IL
    312.939.2438
    Great awe-inspiring sites - it just makes you feel good! Great gift shop for fun and educational gift items!

  • The Chicago Trolley Company
    312.738.0900
    A great way to see downtown Chicago!

  • Ugly Duck Cruises
    http://www.duckcruises.com/
    Chicago, IL
    630.916.9007
    An affordable boat cruise with lunch or dinner and a good view of the Skyline! Big fun - Small bill!




PLACES TO STAY

  • Abbott Hotel
    721 W. Belmont Ave.
    Chicago, IL
    773.248.2700
  • Best Western Inn of Chicago
    312.787.3100

  • City Suites
    933 W. Belmont
    Chicago, IL
    773.404.3400

  • Days Inn Lakeshore
    644 N. Lakeshore Drive
    Chicago, IL
    312.943.9200

  • Days Inn Lincoln Park
    644 W. Diversey
    Chicago, IL
    773.525.7010

  • Holiday Inn - Evanston
    1501 Sherman
    Evanston, IL
    847.491.6400
    Reasonable rates, but be sure to book in advance - they are right next to Northwestern University and can be completely booked!

  • The Homestead Inn
    1625 Hinman
    Evanston, IL
    847.475.3300
    A Historic Inn founded by Northwestern University in Evanston. Just a 15 minute train ride into Chicago!

  • Margarita European Inn
    1566 Oak Avenue
    Evanston, IL
    847.869.2273
    Another Historic Inn founded by Northwestern University. The atmosphere is truely like being in a European castle! Accomodations are fair and Evanston is only 15 minutes away from Chicago!




OTHER CHICAGO RESOURCES

  • Boulevards: Chicago
    http://www.boulevards.com/chicago/
  • Buzzine
    An online listings of events of all types of entertainment.

  • Center Stage
    Venue schedules in Chicago!

  • Chi-town
    A resource site for Chicago based Netizens.

  • Chicago Fun News
    - A comprehensive yet succinct reference to Chicago entertainment resources, intended for residents, with a leaning towards the offbeat. Was selected by About.com as a "Best of the Net". NEW photos page.

  • Chicago Fusion

    Club Nightlife WebSite

  • Chicago Magazine

  • Chicago Mosaic
    - A website about Chicago - with information about Chicago's history and some souvenirs and artifacts for sale.

  • Chicago Movers
    These guys are great for moving in Chicago! Goth friendly and proffessional - not to mention good pricing!

  • Chicago Reader
    Free newspaper out every Thursday PM - covering Events: Music, Dance, Performance, The Arts, Reviews, Happenings, Articles, Classifieds, Job Listings and so much more!

  • Chicago Reader's Early Warnings Page
    Early warnings of Events/Shows coming to Chicago soon!

  • Chicago Sidewalk
    Check here for the answer to many of your questions about Chicago!

  • The Chicago Tribune
    Yours truly - Gothic Chicago - were mentioned in the article "Denizens of the Dark" about Gothic Related things in Chicago.

  • Chicago Weather

  • City of Chicago Information

  • DigitalCity Chicago

  • Heresy Productions Chicago

    Heresy Productions Chicago is a new promotions group in Chicago focusing on industrial/gothic/ebm/synthpop music

  • Hot Tix
    Chicago Loop, 108 N. State St.; Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E Pearson at Michigan Avenue; Tower Records, Clark Street at Belden (Cash Only basis)
    Chicago, IL
    1.900.225.2225
    Show and Theatre Information. Hot Tix sells half-priced theater tickets. Tickets are sold day-of-performance Sunday thru Thursday. On Friday, many half-priced tickets for many weekend performances are on sale.

  • M.K. Ultra
    3023 N. CLARK ST. #365
    Chicago, IL
    773-871-3886

    MK Ultra hosts various underground music nights around Chicago. Since 1995: "Because life is too short for mainstream entertainment."

  • Metromix
    Bars and Clubs listings online.

  • Newberry Library
    60 W. Walton St.
    Chicago, IL
    3129439090

    The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts.

  • Q101
    Concert Info for Chicago Shows

  • Ticketmaster
    312.559.1212
    To order tickets to a variety of overpriced shows in Chicago. If it were up to us we would list an alternative to this silly company - we will keep you posted.

  • Virtual Tourist Chicago
    http://vt.cs.uchicago.edu/chicago.html

  • Visitor Bureau
    312.567.8500
    Foreign Consulates Brazil - 312.464.0244 British - 312.346.1810 Canada - 312.616.1860 France - 312.787.5359 Germany - 312.580.1199 Greece - 312.335.3915 Italy - 312.467.1550 Japan - 312.280.0400 Mexico - 312.855.1380 Spain - 312.782.4588 Switzerland - 312.915.0061 Turkey - 312.263.0644

  • WXRT Chicago
    Chicago Information and Resources.

  • Yahoo! Chicago

  • Yahoo's Chicago Reader
    Listing of Events, etc. just like our own Chicago Reader - hmmm.