Don’t Listen to People Who Tell You Not to Go to Chicago’s South Side. Visit These 10 Must-See Spots

  • Don’t Listen to People Who Tell You Not to Go to Chicago’s South Side. Visit These 10 Must-See Spots

    The South Side of Chicago isn’t the “danger zone” many have painted it out to be. It’s full of hardworking people, rich history, and awesome restaurants.

    When tourists inquire about visiting Chicago, they’re almost always met with warnings and negative connotations about the South Side of the city. Many of these neighborhoods are only recognized when tragedy is in the headline, prompting conversations that begin with “Don’t go there! It isn’t safe.” But Chicago’s allure stretches farther than Millennium Park and its fancy Lake Shore Drive highrises. I think that now is as good a time as any to talk about how the South Side is the flavor in the melting pot of Chicago. Here are some must-see spots that are sure to spice up your next Windy City visit.

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  • Old Fashioned Donuts

    WHERE: 11248 S. Michigan Ave.

    Mouth-watering apple fritters, cinnamon swirl donuts, and the glazed—a fan favorite–are just a few of the items that “Mr. B” has been serving up for visitors at Old Fashioned Donuts in the Roseland neighborhood for nearly 50 years. If you happen to run across a “Best Donuts in Chicago” list and this place isn’t on it, trust me when I say, that list isn’t legit. The owner says that he can attribute his longevity to quality products and adding a lot of love to the dough. People in the community have taken pride in helping to keep this small business up and running over the years. No matter what part of the city you’re from, these sweet treats are worth the drive.

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  • DuSable Museum

    WHERE: 740 E. 56th Place

    Since 1961, this museum has been a beacon in the community and dedicates itself to the conservation of African American art, culture, and history. From elaborate exhibits to unique artifacts and artwork, the DuSable Museum has played a vital role to both tourists and Chicago natives through their legacy of pushing the message of Black resilience, strength, and beauty to the forefront. From educational displays that include the Civil Rights Movement of freedom and equality to art that showcases the contributions of Chicagoans like Margaret T. Burroughs and her legacy—this place is perfect and highly recommended for families and children. It is a unique educational experience.

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  • Fountain of Time

    WHERE: 6000 S. Cottage Grove

    Located in Washington Park and installed in 1922, the Chicago Park District calls the Fountain of Time one of the most significant historic works of art in the city. Sculptor Lorado Taft spent over a decade creating the masterpiece after becoming inspired by the poem The Paradox of Time, written by Henry Austin Dobson. The sculpture depicts 100 human figures—all different ages—from infants to soldiers. They’re all being watched over by a “Father Time” figure, reminding us not only of how quickly the years go by but serving as a memorial of the first 100 years of peace between Great Britain and the U.S. following the war of 1812.

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  • Pullman National Monument

    WHERE: 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

    The Pullman National Monument was created to act as a worker’s facility center of the Pullman Palace Car Company. The Pullman Palace Company hired African American men (many of them former slaves) in the late 1800s and early 1900s to work in service positions along the rail lines created by engineer George Pullman. The Pullman Porters eventually played a pivotal role in the labor and civil rights movement and the great migration. The district is known for being an industrial hub and, in its early days, many working-class people lived in and took advantage of the job opportunities, beautiful architecture, and safe conditions that this area provided to families in the 20th century. It was designated a national monument in 2015 by President Barack Obama.

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