Chicago, Illinois is full of interesting places and attractions to visit! If you’re considering planning a trip to this beautiful city, you may be looking for what to add to the itinerary. If you’re looking for some out-of-the-box options, we’ve got you covered. From cat cafes to magic shows, here are 10 quirky, fun, and memorable things to do in Chicago in 2021.
1. Visit Treehouse Cat Cafe
Looking to mix things up a bit while getting some caffeine? Why not visit Treehouse Cat Cafe. This fun location offers both great coffee and the opportunity to visit with some adorable cats. Reservations are currently required to visit the cats, though a reservation is not needed to just grab a coffee.
2. Take A Trip To Oz
This public park has some of the typical features you would expect – a playground, gardens, basketball courts. However, Oz Park also contains some unique attractions. The park is home to several Wizard of Oz-themed statues, including a Tin Man Statue and a Cowardly Lion statue!
3. Conquer Your Fear Of Heights
This one might not be for the faint of heart – the Willis Tower Sky Deck Ledge hovers 103 stories above the city below. Visitors are able to step out onto a glass ledge, giving a unique – and somewhat scary – view of the city below. If you’re feeling adventurous, though, a stop here is sure to create some unforgettable memories.
4. Check Out Woolly Mammoth Antiques And Oddities
Here’s the perfect stop for some eccentric and one-of-a-kind souvenirs! This curiosity shop offers all sorts of unique wares, including antique taxidermy and books. The shop requires face masks and only allows a limited number of guests inside at once, currently.
5. Enjoy A Drink At The Violet Hour
Looking to grab a drink? Check out The Violet Hour! This chic and sophisticated cocktail bar features an unassuming outside with a somewhat hidden entryway. Once inside, you’ll be treated to excellent and creative drinks, candlelit tables, and a marble bar.
6. View A Collection Of Miniature Rooms
Located at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Thorne Miniature Rooms are a set of intricately detailed model rooms. Created by artist Narcissa Niblack Thorne, there are 68 shoebox-sized rooms all built in painstaking detail.
7. Check Out The Wabash Art Corridor
Experience some of Chicago’s vibrant street art with a visit to the Wabash Art Corridor! The corridor is home to dozens of murals, as well as also hosting live performances and various other art installments. This is not only a great place to see an authentic side of the art scene in Chicago, but also a great opportunity to get some stunning pictures!
8. Visit The World’s Largest Tiffany Glass Dome
See the world’s largest Tiffany glass dome at the Chicago Cultural Center! This awe-inspiring construction is 38 feet in diameter and was originally built in 1897. The dome was restored in 2008, meaning you can now go view it in all of its original glory!
9. Stop By Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co.
This quirky shop also has a great mission – it’s the storefront of 826CHI, a nonprofit organization that aims to support writing skills for youth! The store sells quirky souvenirs and gifts, such as mustache disguise kits and voice changers!
10. Watch A Show At The Chicago Magic Lounge
Do you believe in magic? Regardless of the answer, a visit to the Chicago Magic Lounge is sure to provide entertainment! This unique venue features live performances by magicians, as well as offering a variety of cocktails and small plates. A great option for those looking to add something both fun and memorable to their trip, the Magic Lounge’s upcoming lineup is available online!
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