Thursday, August 27, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Andersonville in Edgewater

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Andersonville in Edgewater

Andersonville is Chicago neighborhood shopping at its best.  With very few national or regional chains (so far!), one is bound to find some unique gifts, an amazing meal, or see a live show that will make your entire trip.  Specific attractions include the Neo-Futurists theatre company, the Swedish American Museum, and the Swedish Bakery.

From downtown, take the CTA El’s Red Line to Berwyn Station.  The retail strip is located about 0.5 miles away.

Address:
North Clark Street, from West Lawrence Avenue to West Victoria Street
http://www.andersonville.org/

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Leather Archives & Museum in Rogers Park

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Leather Archives & Museum in Rogers Park

This modest, but very unique, museum is NOT for the kids (no one under 18 is permitted) or those skittish about sex and the BDSM arts.  The first floor includes artwork saved from now-shuttered leather bars from around the country, a vest room, and well-stocked library.  The ground floor includes revolving exhibits on various aspects of BDSM culture.  Looking for that one-of-kind gift?  Check out the gift shop and have some fun.

From downtown, take the CTA El’s Red Line to Loyola Station.  The site is located about 0.6 miles away.

Address:
6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
http://www.leatherarchives.org/

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Graceland Cemetery in Uptown

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Far North Side Lakefront Communities, IL-Graceland Cemetery in Uptown

Expect some strange looks if you ever mention you are visiting a cemetery on holiday.  With maybe the exception of Arlington National Cemetery, few would even consider a visit, let along a few hours, to any cemetery.  Graceland though is an exception.  The final resting spot for a many important Chicagoans, the main office welcomes well-behaved visitors with open arms.  At the main office be sure to pick up a free map and the books that are for sale.  For those wanting a tour guide, the Chicago Architecture Foundation occasionally offers tours.

From downtown, take the CTA El’s Red Line to Sheridan Station.  The site is located about 0.5 miles away.

Address:
4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/

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