West Side, Chicago
The West Side is made up of numerous ethnically diverse neighborhoods. It includes the restaurants and shops of Greektown, the unique offerings of Little Italy, the Lithuanian pocket of Brighton Park and the Hispanic center of Little Village. The area is bordered by Washington Boulevard to the north, Des Plaines Street to the east, 31st to the south and Pulaski Road to the west.
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Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
The Mexican Fine Arts Museum is the largest establishment of the kind in the northern United States. It displays the work of both well-known and lesser known Mexican artists and also folk art.There are more than 1,000 objects in the permanent collection including artworks from Mexican masters such as Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. The museum also hosts a regular series of traveling exhibits, special events and educational programs.
Address: 1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608-2706, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: Martin Luther King's Birthday - USA (3rd Monday, Jan), New Year's Day (Jan 1), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
Garfield Park Conservatory
The Garfield Park Conservatory was built between 1906 and 1907 to house one of two historic, publicly owned botanical gardens operated by the Chicago Park District. Thousands of plants grow underneath the glass and metal roof to supply other parks in the city. Noted landscape architect Jens Jensen designed the prairie-school structure, in collaboration with the architecture firm of Schmidt, Garden and Martin and the New York engineering firm of Hitchings and Company. His revolutionary design has been referred to as "landscape art under glass".The Children's Garden inside the Garfield Park Conservatory is a wonderland for children to discover the mysteries of plant life including some unusual specimens.The Demonstration gardens allow visitors to learn about community and organic gardening. The Monet Garden is an adaptation of Claude Monet's at Giverney, France.
Address: 300 North Central Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624-1996, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm; Thu: 9am-8pm
Always closed on: New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24)
Entrance fee: FREE
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Transit: Lake Street "L" or "Greenline" west to Conservatory. Building is one half block north of stop.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
This Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is devoted to the memory of social reformer, welfare advocate and pacifist Jane Addams. Jane lived the house from 1889 until her death in 1935 with her partner Mary Rozet Smith. The interior has been restored to look as it did when Addams and her colleague Ellen Gates Starr established their social settlement. Visitors can see original furnishings, photographs, paintings and other historical exhibits. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is owned and managed by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Address: 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607-4400, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Sun: 12pm-4pm; Closed: Mon, Sat
Always closed on: Martin Luther King's Birthday - USA (3rd Monday, Jan), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Chicago Stadium (closed)
ATTRACTION WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1995.Opened in March 1929, the venerable Chicago Stadium was the home of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks and the NBA Chicago Bulls until it was torn down in 1994 and the teams moved their headquarters to the $175 million United Center located across the street. One of the recognizable features of the stadium was the organ, which reputedly pumped out the same volume as 25 100-piece brass bands playing at the same time.
Museum of Holography (closed)
The Museum of Holography was founded in 1976. Holograms are 3D images created by lasers. The museum promotes and displays artistic pieces in this museum which combines the disciplines of science and art. Four different galleries at the Museum of Holography contain works by national and international artists. There is a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits.
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