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What's the surrounding area like?
Humboldt Park is located in West Chicago, a culturally diverse area with many different kinds of foods and shops to experience. The park itself is worth spending some time exploring, as it features more than 200 acres of greenery, tennis courts, ponds, swimming pools, and, in the summer, a series of movies in the park.
How can I spend the day in Chicago before heading to a concert?
The Field Museum of Natural History
It's no overstatement to say that Chicago's Field Museum is one of the most famous museums in the world - and it's no wonder why. Few museums, after all, will have you walking through a restoration of an Egyptian tomb, let alone past a full model of a T-Rex named Sue. The exhibits will take you on a journey from China to Norway and back again as you travel through the ancient and natural worlds.
For baseball fans, the historic Wrigley Field is a can't-miss experience. Here you'll get a privileged behind-the-scenes glimpse into the players and other characters that have made this venue famous. A guided tour will give you sneak peeks of the locker room, and you'll even be able to pretend you're a famous sportscaster as you settle into the media room.
Willis Tower Skydeck
You'll tower above it all at the Willis Tower Skydeck, which stands at 110 stories and is the second highest building in the Western hemisphere. On clear days you can see straight into other states, just over the breathtaking Chicago skyline. You can even test your nerves on a glass platform, which will have you looking all the way down to the street. Try not to get dizzy!
Chicago Architecture Cruise
Chicago is known the world over for its distinctive architecture, and you can experience it firsthand when you take this fascinating architecture cruise. Operated through the Chicago Architecture Foundation, you'll find yourself winding across the rivers, under the bridges and past historic buildings with histories you couldn't have dreamed up if you tried. Viewing it all from the water provides a unique perspective you won't want to miss.
Where are the best places to eat and drink near Humboldt Park?
Thanks to an influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico in the 1960s, the area around Humboldt Park offers some of the world's best Puerto Rican food.. La Palma is particularly notable, featuring traditional chicken, beef and fish dishes as well as delectable treats like fried plantains. Definitely a must on your way to the park.
Located just on the edge of the park, Rootstock offers wine and beer that's as delicious as it is convenient. And don't forget the full food menu; with burgers, croquettes, salads, and oysters, you won't soon go hungry.
Any other important information users should know?
The museums and many other Chicago attractions are top notch, but admission costs can add up. Consider buying a Go Chicago Card or a Chicago CityPASS to bundle tickets and bring those costs down.
More general info is on the visitor website.
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What's the best way to get to Humboldt Park?
There are CTA bus stops on each side of the park, and buses that will link you to the L (the local train). The number 70 bus is one of the most frequent and convenient. Check the CTA trip planner for exact directions.
Is there any parking?
Both street and lot parking are available, and some within the park as well (though in-park parking will be limited during events).
What kind of food and drink can visitors expect?
Thanks to relaxed laws inside Chicago parks, there is a thriving food truck scene inside Humboldt Park. The food you'll find here mostly draws influences from south of the border, with a variety of Latin American street food and taco trucks well-equipped to fill your belly.
If you're looking for more of a sit-down venue, head to the Boathouse Café, which sits just on the edge of the Humboldt Park lagoon, and features beer and wine, delicious pies and more, with 3 floors of dining. The proximity of any of these restaurants to your event will depend on where the event is located in the park.