Near West Side, Chicago Places

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Near West Side, including Girl & the Goat, UIC Pavilion and Harris Club at the United Center.
  • The best place in Near West Side Chicago: Girl & the Goat

    Girl & the Goat

    809 W Randolph St
    Su-Th 4:30-11PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-12AM. $25+. "Top Chef" winner Stephanie Izard offers ten options each from the meat, seafood, and vegetable categories; sharing plates is advised, and pairing with beer is highly encouraged (30 carefully selected brews on tap). Though the menu changes with the chef's creative whims, variations on the "pig face" theme seem to be a mainstay.
    Near West Side
  • UIC Pavilion

    UIC Pavilion

    525 S Racine Ave
    Box office Th-F 9AM-6PM, 2-3 hours before events. Tickets usually $15-35. UIC's campus stadium is remarkably adaptable, hosting college sports like basketball and the school's stand-out ice hockey team (the Flames), Chicago's WNBA team (the Sky), and as concerts for mid-sized to major touring bands.
    Near West Side eat nearby
  • Harris Club at the United Center

    Harris Club at the United Center

    1901 W Madison
    Most games start at $38 for upper level seats, concerts closer to $50. Home of the NBA Chicago Bulls and the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. The United Center doesn't have much in the way of character as a stadium, but the sightlines are great from anywhere in the house, and both teams are on an upswing. Fans of Michael Jordan (who played here from 1996-98) should look for his jersey in the rafters and his statue outside. (Check the statue details — he's wearing stone Air Jordans!) Most games sell out, but it's usually possible to find tickets at or near face value. On off-nights, this is Chicago's second-largest concert venue for big touring bands, the circus (in November), and other random events.
    Near West Side
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    20 N Wacker Dr
    From $31 for weekdays and $42 for weekends. Extraordinary productions of major operas, in the impressive Civic Opera House, overlooking the river; local legend has it that the back-story behind business magnate Samuel Insull's decision to build it was the inspiration for the opera scenes in Citizen Kane. Although highly acclaimed today, there was a minor controversy among purists when they began to project English titles above the stage for non-English operas.
    Loop food nearby
  • The Skydeck

    The Skydeck

    233 S Wacker Dr
    Apr-Sept 9AM-10PM, Oct-March 10AM-8PM; open every day of the year, including holidays. $17.50, $11.00 children; express line tickets $30. Once the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower now has to settle for the title in North America alone, and even that's after a semantic battle with Toronto and the CN Tower. The Hancock Observatory (see Near North) has a nicer view of the city, but the Sears Tower offers an incredible view of its own from "The Ledge", which lets visitors walk out in a transparent balcony suspended 1,353 feet above the street. To avoid the crowds, visit after 4PM.
    Loop eat nearby
  • Erin Gallagher

    Erin Gallagher

    1017 W Lake St
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa noon-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Boutique and custom jewelry by one of Chicago's most reputable designers, although you have a chance to compete a bit by designing your own pieces.
    Near West Side
  • National Hellenic Museum

    National Hellenic Museum

    801 W Adams Ave, 4th Floor
    Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 11AM-4PM. Admission $5. Programs and galleries celebrating Greek culture, both ancient and recent. They'll open a new, expanded facility in fall 2011 at 333 S. Halsted.
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  • Jane Addams Hull House Museum

    Jane Addams Hull House Museum

    800 S Halsted St
    Tu-F 10AM-4PM, Su 12-4PM, M,Sa closed. Free. UIC was built on top of the original Hull House, where the prolific writer and reformer Jane Addams lived and worked to help people in need. This museum is dedicated to her memory in two surviving buildings from the complex, now absorbed into the UIC campus, and features exhibits on local history and social justice throughout the world.
    Near West Side eat nearby
  • Johnny's IceHouse West

    Johnny's IceHouse West

    2550 W Madison St
    If one of the local hockey teams inspires you to strap on skates, Johnny's Ice House offers ice skating year-round for people of all experience levels, and the Chicago Blackhawks occasionally stop by.
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  • Johnny's Ice House

    Johnny's Ice House

    1350 W Madison St
    If one of the local hockey teams inspires you to strap on skates, Johnny's Ice House offers ice skating year-round for people of all experience levels, and the Chicago Blackhawks occasionally stop by.
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  • Primitive Art Works Gallery

    Primitive Art Works Gallery

    130 N Jefferson St
    A large store/gallery packed with so-called "Primitive Art" from around the world. The selection is wide, including (among others): East African jewelry, Native American costumes, old-style Chinese beds, Eastern European stained glass, etc.
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  • National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

    National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

    1431 W Taylor St
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-4PM. $5. Exactly what the name says; this is a glittering, big-budget facility, moved here from the suburbs a few years ago. The collection pays tribute to more than 200 inductees from many professional sports, with Joe DiMaggio held in highest esteem. Space for event rentals (like fundraisers for Italian-American politicians) outstrips the space for exhibits, though.
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  • The Publican

    The Publican

    837 W Fulton Market
    M-Th 3:30-10:30PM, F-Sa to 11:30PM; Su 10AM-2PM, 5-10PM. $20-35. Come hungry and carnivorous, as the Publican delivers mighty plates stacked high with ham, lamb, pork bellies, and other meats. There's also quite a lot of gourmet seafood from around the world. The Sunday brunch will destroy you.
    Near North Side
  • EC Gallery

    EC Gallery

    215 N Aberdeen St
    Sat 11AM-4PM or by appointment. Contemporary art. The primary focus at EC Gallery is the introduction and representation of emerging and mid-career artists whose practices traverse painting, drawing, mixed media and photo media.
    Near North Side eat nearby
  • Rosal's

    Rosal's

    1154 W Taylor St
    M-Th 4-9PM, F-Sa 4-11PM, Su closed. For the "Family" atmosphere in Italian food.
    Near West Side
  • Moto

    Moto

    945 W Fulton Market
    Dinner only, Tu-Sa from 5PM. Ten course tasting menu $135, full tour $195. Chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche star on the television show "Future Food", which chronicles their attempts to make things taste like other things you would not normally expect them to taste like, often with an eye toward ending world hunger. Quite a lot of fun, actually. This is their restaurant. Reservations are a good idea; definitely call ahead if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements.
    Near North Side
  • Moto

    Moto

    945 W Fulton Market
    Dinner only, Tu-Sa from 5PM. Ten course tasting menu $135, full tour $195. Chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche star on the television show "Future Food", which chronicles their attempts to make things taste like other things you would not normally expect them to taste like, often with an eye toward ending world hunger. Quite a lot of fun, actually. This is their restaurant. Reservations are a good idea; definitely call ahead if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements.
    Near North Side
  • Donald Young Gallery

    933 W Washington Blvd
    Tu-F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 11AM-5:30PM. Donald Young's gallery is the place to experience video/film art in Chicago, and the member artists include such big-names as Sol Lewitt, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Don Flavin, and Bruce Nauman. Exhibits tend towards the very experimental and are often neither for the fainthearted nor the easily outraged, but keep in mind that they also often rival exhibits at the world's top contemporary art museums.
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  • Lissa on Maxwell

    729 W Maxwell St
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. $250 for a dress on Maxwell Street? If you can get over that historical incongruity, you'll discover that this is a pretty cool operation, with talented designers not yet featured in places like Michigan Avenue, and biographies provided for each so you can investigate further.
    Near West Side
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep

    1076 W Roosevelt Rd
    Free, though you might call ahead if school is in session. Opened in 1869, two years prior to the Chicago Fire, this impressive building is still a working high school. No tours are offered of the interior, but pieces of famous Chicago buildings from the past have been installed around the campus, including murals from the old Chicago Stadium and intriguing ornament from lost Adler & Sullivan and Burnham & Root masterworks. (Next door, Holy Family Church dates from 1857.)
    Near West Side eat nearby
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange Visitors Center

    20 S Wacker Dr
    The 4th Floor Visitor Gallery is currently closed.
    Loop restaurants nearby
  • Deliciously Vintage

    1747 S Halsted St
    Great clothes boutique filled with colorful and unique visions of the future as seen from the past.
    Lower West Side
  • Harpo Studios

    1058 W Washington Ave
    Morning taping 7AM-11AM, Afternoon taping 11AM-3PM. 'Harpo' is backward for the first name of she who tapes her shows here, Oprah Winfrey. The only way to enter the court of Her Majesty is to be in an audience; reservations are necessary and tickets are hot, so call well in advance of your visit, ideally more than a month before, and be prepared to be flexible. Audience members must be over the age of 18. Programs are taped on weekdays from August through November and then January through May, generally two shows a day. Last-minute reservations may be possible; check the website [1]. The 2010-11 season is her last in Chicago, though, so your time is short.
    Near West Side eat nearby
  • Dubhe Carreño Gallery

    118 N Peoria St, 2nd floor
    Exhibitions of highly evocative modern ceramic art: whimsical, disturbing, and consistently memorable.
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  • Dream Theatre

    556 W 18th St
    Dream Theatre Company presents theatrical productions with a unique style and intensity, providing a multi-layered psychological experience quite unlike any other in Chicago. Voted Best Off-Loop Theatre Company of 2010 by the Chicago Reader.
    Lower West Side food nearby
  • St. Procopius Church

    1641 S Allport St
    This towering stone church was built in 1883 for Czech Catholics in the area. Today, it's impressively weathered and gloomy from the street, but bright and austere if you manage a peek inside. Masses are held in English, Spanish, and Croatian.
    Lower West Side eat nearby
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