23 Hidden Gems You Must Visit In Chicago

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to send us what they think are the best hidden gems in Chicago. Here are the results.

5. Ferrara Original Bakery

2210 W. Taylor Street, University Village

"You can stop in and have a delicious lunch at a reasonable price! If you go on a weekday, you can expect to dine next to Chicago's finest boys in blue or lawyers from the court building a few blocks away. A few scenes from the Chicago Fire TV show were also filmed here!"

Submitted by Debbie Kopsky, Facebook

6. Myopic Books

1564 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wicker Park

One of Chicago's largest and oldest used bookstores, Myopic Books buys and sells over 80,000 editions of books. And they have a strict no–cell phone policy.

Submitted by Sarah Hon, Facebook

7. Original Rainbow Cone

9233 S. Western Avenue, Beverly

The shop has been around since 1926 and serves a signature layered cone that includes chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio, and orange sherbet flavors.

Submitted by Quinlin Kelly, Facebook

9. Rub BBQ

6954 N. Western Avenue, West Rogers Park

This homestyle BBQ restaurant serves HOME-SMOKED kettle chips and coleslaw with almost every meal, and has some really genius, unique items on its menu — including custard-filled cornbread, pictured above. Wipe up your drool.

Submitted by Megan Medina, Facebook

10. Maggie Daley Park

407-461 S. Columbus Drive, The Loop

The park has slowly been opening, and currently the ice skating ribbon and playground are open to the public. The ice skating ribbon has been noted for its breathtaking views of the skyline.

Submitted by Sarah Fisher, Facebook

13. Pizano's Pizzeria

864 N. State Street, Near North Side

"This place is truly a family restaurant. The pizza is Mama Malnati’s (of Lou Malnati's restaurant fame) original famous recipe, and the wings are out-of-this-world amazing."

Submitted by nataliek4215f0766, BuzzFeed

5153 N. Ashland Avenue, Andersonville

"The theater troupe, The Neo-Futurists, are the longest-running troupe in Illinois, and this show is comprised of 30 plays in 60 minutes. The cast throws an after-party pizza show if they sell out, and you roll a die for what you pay."

Submitted by ryannc2, BuzzFeed

Central Business District

This underground walking system is used by tens of thousands of pedestrians each day and connects to CTA trains and buildings over roughtly 40 blocks in the Central Business District.

Submitted by William Zambole, Facebook

21. Chicago Pizza And Oven Grinder Co.

2121 N Clark Street, Lincoln Park

"Rumor has it, the house above the now-restaurant served as a lookout post for Al Capone's henchmen. The atmosphere is gorgeous and homey and warm and gorgeous. For dessert, DO NOT SKIP THE TORTONI. A local Chicago Italian ice cream shop makes this special just for for CPOGC."

Submitted by Kari Shrode, Facebook

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