Want to learn more about Chicago?? Check out the 11 Best Kept Secrets and how to get an exclusive invite!!
- Chicago’s Secret Bat Cave- With almost no information nor existing photos of this 2.5-mile street (rare photo below), this may be Chicago’s most well-kept secret. This exclusive express route is built alongside the Metra Electric/Illinois Central Railroad tracks and runs underneath Millennium Park and the Art Institute. Bypassing local traffic and Lake Shore Drive, this mini-highway reduces travel time between downtown and the lakefront convention center to an average of 8 minutes. But before you start jumping for joy, you must know that only a limited number of people have access to this unique road. This could be the reason why it’s so unknown.
- RM Champagne Salon- Yes, you read correctly, an entire salon dedicated to bubbly wine. If you’re a champagne enthusiast, head to the West Loop for this lavish 1,500-square-foot space tucked-away in a secluded cobblestone alley. RM Champagne offers a huge selection of estate-grown wines, as well as a full dinner and cheese menu. But don’t start reaching for your shoes just yet – this salon has a long wait list so making an advance RSVP is a must!
- Historical Home Tour- Navy Pier and Willis Tour are a couple of Chicago’s greatest sights, but they’re also the most popular. Instead, head to the Magnificent Mile for a tour of the Intercontinental Hotel, which was built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club. This tour allows you to step back into the Roaring Twenties with prohibition-era decor complete with crystal chandeliers, intricate wood carvings and knights in shining armor. Not a guest of the hotel? No problem. Guests and non-guests can simply head to the concierge desk for a complimentary, self-guided audio tour.
- Fairways Golf Bar- Okay, so this may not be a secret. But it’s definitely a gem. This reservations-only golf lounge offers an extensive food menu, a wide selection of craft beers and HD golf simulator flat screens. Now you can spend your Friday night with links & drinks at this laid-back environment.
- Hoosier Mama Pie Company- The Hoosier Mama Pie Company, located on Chicago Avenue, is an insanely-delicious bakery offering a plethora of baked goods made by hand. We can promise that you’ll have the best muffin or pie you’ve ever tasted!
- Twin Anchors- Located in a historic Old Town building, Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern was founded in 1932, making it one of Chicago’s oldest restaurants. As one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite food stops, this restaurant has received a lot of publicity over the decades and has even been featured in two major motion pictures – one being The Dark Knight. While you might question why this spot made our list if it’s already received so much publicity, it’s because many Chicagoan’s have yet to venture to this neighborhood tavern that serves some of the most tender, barbecued back-ribs you’ve ever tried.
- Millennium Park’s Hidden Garden- It’s no question that Millennium Park is a public attraction for many tourists, but it’s what lies beyond the park that makes it a hidden gem. Separated from the city bustle by a 15-foot-high hedge of conifers and trees, the Lurie Garden is an understated natural beauty that serves as the perfect environment for reading a book or having a summertime picnic.
- Andersonville’s Dinner Crawl- This Chicago-based event at the Swedish American Museum is a foodie’s dream come true! The Taste of Andersonville Dinner Crawl is an annual summertime event that allows you to enjoy your favorite neighborhood restaurants, find new spots to dine and meet lots of new people. Are you a vegetarian? Don’t worry. The dinner crawl offers a variety of specialty plates to satisfy your cravings!
- Chicago’s Speakeasy Bar- Believe it or not, the Windy City has its very own speakeasy. In a discreet alleyway entrance to the left of the Old Chicago Inn, there lies a member-only, 1920’s themed speakeasy called Room 13. Once you find the red-lit gate with the “RM-13″ logo, knock on the door and you’ll be greeted by a doorman asking you for the password. Then head inside where you’ll enjoy old slot machines and prohibition-era cocktails.
- ROOFtop Bar on theWit- If you’re from Chicago, you can probably agree that cold winter temperatures make you want to curl up and hibernate. That’s what makes Chicago the greatest city in the summer. But you don’t have to wait until May to enjoy drinking with a view. Instead, curl up in front of the fireplace with a handcraft beer at Chicago’s coziest rooftop bar. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, the ROOFtop Bar on theWit has striking views all year-round.
- The Chicago Pedway- Used by tens of thousands of pedestrians each day, the Pedway is a system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges that link more than 40 blocks in the Central Business District. This pedestrian way system connects to public and private buildings, CTA stations and commuter rail facilities. It may surprise a lot of Chicagoan’s that there’s a more quick, convenient and safe way to travel around the city – and it’s all underground.