Comprised of cultural attractions and green spaces, the West Side is a major area of Chicago boasting educational museums, enticing ethnic cuisine and many prominent parks. This revitalised region is steeped in history and embraces its natural diversity, home to an array of cultural attractions that range from art galleries to theatre productions.
Things to do in Chicago
The West Side contains many of Chicago’s favourite urban parks, highlighted by Humboldt Park, an 84-hectare recreation area that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can stroll along the inland beach, take in views of the historic field house or visit the boathouse pavilion. The Humboldt Park Stables are home to the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture where you can learn about the captivating Puerto Rican culture in Chicago.
The Garfield Park Conservatory is a must-see, containing one of the largest indoor gardens in the world. You can feast your eyes upon thousands of species of plants spread throughout eight different rooms, stroll through the stunning outdoor gardens and enjoy large contemporary art exhibits.
The Polish Museum of America situated in West Town is a popular attraction where you can see a theatrical production or meander through galleries of Polish American art. The permanent exhibitions include a folk costumes display, maritime room and the Helena Modjeska exhibit which contains artefacts from the famous Shakespearean actress.
To round off your experience on the West Side, catch a concert or Chicago Bulls Game at the United Centre. The arena is also home to the Blackhawks hockey team and has on occasion hosted the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Getting around Chicago
The West Side is well connected by mass transit and the easiest way of getting around is by train or bus. The area is intersected by the main Eisenhower Expressway which makes for easy access to the proximate downtown region. For commuting between destinations, learning the subway routes or Metra train lines is key.