Chicago city which is found on the shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the United States. There are so many things to do in Chicago. The city is famed for its bold architecture, it has a city skyline bristling with innovative skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, sleek, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city of Chicago is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute and its expansive collections, including noted Impressionist works. Travelers new to the city by Lake Michigan will soon realize there is more to Chicago that meets the eye. The city is sometimes referred to as ‘The Windy City.’ In fact Chicago is home to amazing parks, museums, shopping, hotels and sports stadiums. Explore fascinating buildings, skyscrapers and art galleries to name but a view unique visitor ideas. Chicago in Illinois has featured in many motion picture films such as ‘Risky Business’ starring Tom Cruise and in the popular television drama series ‘Chicago Fire.’
Frank Nitti’s Vault- Chicago is famous for the ever popular Harry Caray’s Steakhouse and Bar. The restaurant’s first doors opened in the late 1980’s on West Kinzie Street. This should be a point of call when choosing things to do in Chicago. Very few people know that Frank Nitti’s vault is located in the basement of Harry Caray’s Steakhouse The site was originally an apartment building dating back to 1895 and owned by Henry Ives Cobb, which features Dutch Renaissance Architecture. Al Capone eventually bought the place for his cheese company. In the late 1930’s, Frank Nitti occupied a room on the fourth floor. He chose to live here because the building was extremely close to the courthouse and was connected to the underground tunnels and secret rooms. His apartment room still exists and can still be seen. However, very few people know that Frank Nitti’s vault is located in the basement of Harry Caray’s Steakhouse, which was a three-door vault that contains photographs, an address book, and newspaper articles about the local gangsters such as Frank. The vault and secret rooms are free to the public during regular restaurant hours. Frank Nitti’s Vault is much deserving of its place on the 10 unique things to do in Chicago.
Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch Museum- The 8,000 square foot museum is located on the seventh floor of the Water Tower Place mall in the Harry Caray’s Restaurant. Sports fans can view sport memorabilia from all the Chicago Sports such as basketballs, signed basketball shoes, various sport jerseys, photos etc. Also see Harry Caray’s glasses, newspaper articles, the 2003 Cubs foul ball, the Hover board from the movie Back to the Future II, Sammy Sosa’s corked bat, Andrew Shaw’s stiches from the 2013 Stanley Cup final games, Blackhawk Stanley Cup rings, and view inside baseballs. What makes this museum interesting and fun to the public are the interactive exhibits such as shooting free throw hoops like Scottie Pippen or hitting baseballs out of the stadium like the White Sox. Diners can visit the museum for free or pay six dollars for adults (three dollars for kids) not dining in. This museum is a must for all Chicago sports fan lovers.