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Guest Post – 3 Unique Tourist Attractions in Chicago


A butterfly perching on some flowers at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

If you’re planning to vacation in Chicago and want to make your trip more unique, then you might want to do a little research online. Online travel guides, expert advices, travel experiences and reviews allow the travelers of contemporary era to explore the city in a better way. If visiting Millennium Park, strolling down Michigan Avenue and seeing Museum Campus are without a doubt core of any Chicago tour itinerary, venturing out to the bars of Bucktown and Wicker Park will pack a punch. These are all must-sees in Chicago but maybe you’re looking for a more unique experience. For variety, we have picked 3 places which are one-of-a-kind.

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is a serene paradise for the admirers of colorful butterflies. Sprawling over 2700 sq ft greenhouse, Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is a home to over 75 species of butterflies. Visitors are mesmerized with the charismatic ambience created by a wall of windows, rocky waterfall, cascading path and trellis strung with vines. When you enter the room, you may feel a bit afraid to step further for the fear of either running into or stepping on a butterfly. But soon you’ll realize their ability to camouflage and you will enjoy the experience of butterflies landing on your shoulder. It is a fascinating trip to see the process of metamorphosis in the cultivation lab.


Aficionados of karaoke would find no better place than Sidekicks to enjoy an evening full of fun. Sidekicks has been around since even before karaoke was hip.  It opens its doors at 8pm seven days a week and 365 days a year. Besides karaoke, Sidekicks has a hi-tech darts room where you can have fun with friends or play in a league. If you are planning for a holiday party, inform the bar well in advance and they’ll make a video recording of your party and give you its copy on VHS at the end.

If the framed pictures of pizza, beef and onion rings tempt you, there’s a walk-up counter open till late night to satiate your hunger.

Brown Elephant Resale Shop

Located in Chicago and Oak Park, Brown Elephant Resale Shop has an impressive selection of almost everything. The proceeds generated from the sale of goods here are used to fund the Howard Brown Health Center, which supports the local LGBT community and provides services such as Counseling and Psychotherapy, Domestic Violence Support, HIV/AIDS Services, etc.

Even those who are not thrift-store junkies would enjoy plopping down on the cozy couches with A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples or a Life magazine from the ’60.

Rachna has been associated with travel and tourism for 6 years. Presently, she is working with CheapOair, an online travel brand that offers a lowest fares guarantee, to promote tourism in and outside U.S.

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