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Going Rogue: Exploring Underground Chicago

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (Photo: Courtesy Victor Gardens)

Chicago is a city that’s bustling with culture and world-class attractions. Like most cities, it has its share of monuments and malls that are crawling with sightseers on any given day. Instead of going to the popular and overcrowded hot spots of the city, check out these lesser-known gems of Chicago.

The Chicago French Market

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Head underground (literally, it’s beneath the Metra train platforms) to this marketplace of local Chicago restaurants. The market is popular among the thousands of suburban commuters who pass through its doors on their way to work. Grab a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich from Saigon Sisters, colorful macarons from Vanille Patisserie, and wash it all down with a smoothie from Bello Tea. This indoor marketplace has something for every eclectic taste.

International Museum of Surgical Science

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This museum is great for the science-minded individual who doesn’t want to wait in the long lines of Chicago’s high-traffic museums. Located in a historical mansion on the lakefront, the museum houses medical artifacts that tell the story of primitive and modern medicine. Be warned: the IMSS is not for the squeamish. The paintings and sculptures on display depict everything from early x-ray images to severe deformities.

Victory Gardens Theater

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Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (Photo: Courtesy Victory Gardens)

Chicago boasts a fantastic preforming arts scene with over 200 small theatre companies. Check out a production by Victory Gardens at the historic Biograph Theater. The company produces more new works than any other theater company in Chicago, assuring that their plays always have a modern edge.