Things to Do


At Emil Bach House and Lang House Chicago, you don’t have to go far to find things to do or see. Only blocks away you can stand at the shore of one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water, an inland ocean, Lake Michigan. The list goes on, expanding northward to Evanston and Northwestern University and south to Loyola University. Conveniently located on the north side of Chicago, you can catch a quick train into the city, see a baseball game at Wrigley Field or visit one of the many world-famous museums.

This list of things to do will get you started in your surroundings. If we can help you navigate your way into the city with recommendations or tips, please just ask.

Anto Pizza & Pasta
1547 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, USA

Relaxed, modern eatery offering Italian starters, salads, pasta & pizza

Charmers Cafe
1500 West Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

Just a short walk to this neighborhood cafe, perfect for breakfast and lunch

The Lakefront Restaurant
2401 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

An upscale tavern located in the historic Theater on the Lake building. The Skyline Patio, open seasonally, provides stunning views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline.

Peckish Pig
623 Howard Street, Evanston, IL,

Evanston’s first brewpub with a fun, vibrant atmosphere

815 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Simply prepared Italian dishes using local ingredients in a comfy space

Khmai Cambodian Fine Dining
2043 West Howard St., Chicago, IL 60645

Reservations Only

Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, USA
Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

The Chicago Mosaic School
1127 West Granville Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, USA

The Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Loyola Park
1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Take a stroll on the walking trails in the local park with views of the lake.

Loyola Beach
1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
Enjoy a serene walk down the white sand beaches of Lake Michigan, just blocks from the house.

Wrigley Field
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
See the historic Wrigley Field home of the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society
7363 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, USA

Established by local residents who believed their part of Chicago was a place with much to celebrate, the Society today serves the community through its publications, neighborhood tours, Living History programs and other educational and outreach efforts.

Evanston History Center
225 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL 60201
The Evanston History Center, located in the historic Charles Gates Dawes House, strives to capture and teach Evanston’s rich history.
Chicago Architecture Center
111 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
312-922-TOUR (8687) to book a tour

Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
CHM’s mission—to share Chicago’s stories, serving as a hub of scholarship and learning, inspiration, and civic engagement—is the foundation of the Museum’s programs and events, exhibitions, educational initiatives, publications, and collecting activities that touch the lives of all Chicagoans and help them make meaningful and personal connections to history.

Wrigley Field
1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613
See the historic Wrigley Field home of the 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.

The Chicago Mosaic School
1127 West Granville Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660

Northwestern University
633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208

Loyola University
1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626

Morse Fresh Market
1430 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
5516 N Clark Rd, Chicago, IL 60640
Sonnys Food Store
7001 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
Whole Foods
6009 N Broadway Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Picnic Wine and Provisions
7301 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
Bark Place
1775 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626,
Bark Bark Club
5943 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Grooming by Galdy
7007 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
Chicago Architecture Center
112 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601
If you are looking for the ultimate Chicago architecture experience, and the #1 boat tour in North America according to USA Today Readers’ Choice 2021 Awards, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) hosts this fun and educational tour.  For more than 25 years, the CAC’s expertly trained docent volunteers have led the river cruise, sharing fascinating stories behind more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. Hear how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In just 90 minutes, you’ll get the best overview of Chicago’s architecture and its history.The boat tour launches from the Northeast corner of Michigan Ave. and E. Wacker Dr. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance, 112 E. Wacker Dr.  For a full immersion experience also visit the CAC building at 111 E. Wacker Drive, just east of Michigan Ave.  The center is convenient and fun and has excellent souvenirs of your visit to Chicago.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park
951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302

Frank Lloyd Wright’s first home and studio (1889-1909) was the birthplace of an architectural revolution. Wright used his home to explore design concepts that contained the seeds of his architectural philosophy. In his adjacent studio, Wright and his associates developed a new American architecture – the Prairie style. The historic district surrounding the Home and Studio has the greatest number of Wright-designed residences worldwide.

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Robie House
5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

Completed in 1910, the Robie House (1908-1910) is the consummate expression of Wright’s Prairie style. Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture that still reverberates today and is considered one of the most important buildings in architectural history. The house is a masterpiece of the Prairie style and a forerunner of modernism in architecture.

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The Rookery
209 S. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604

The Rookery Building in the heart of Chicago’s financial district stands testimony to the resilience and creative spirit of late-nineteenth century Chicago. The rebirth of the city in the wake of the Great Fire of 1871 gave rise to the multi-storied office building that would transform the landscape of America’s cities.

The Rookery is also home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, featuring a wonderful shop for unique architectural items and literature.

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