The best attractions and things to do in Avondale

Avondale’s rich cultural history has cultivated a neighborhood with attractions that feel distinctly "Chicago"
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Chicago is often described as a cultural mosaic, where historically ethnic communities live near each other but within distinct neighborhoods. That's not the case in Avondale, which is unique in that it encompasses a wide variety of communities and cultures. Home to a strong Polish community, incredible Latino artwork, not to mention some of the best craft beer in Chicago, Avondale embodies so many things that make us love Chicago.  So while you’re in Avondale enjoying the best fried chicken or Korean cuisine in the city, spend some time soaking up these fantastic attractions and things to do in the Northwest Side neighborhood.

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Attractions and things to do in Avondale

Revolution Brewing
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Revolution Brewing Tour

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Take a peek behind the scenes of Chicago’s craft beer world at the tour at Revolution Brewing. As one of the largest breweries in Illinois, Revolution’s Kedzie Avenue facility makes dozens of Rev brews in-house.  Learn from the brewers themselves about how they craft the unique, flavorful drinks Chicagoans just can’t get enough of. Plus, two beers come with your tour ticket. Private tours are available by request.

Museums, Art and design

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

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The 15-year-old Humboldt Park arts organization opened a new arm in a sweetly rehabbed fire station. See exhibitions or enroll in violin and cuatro lessons.

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Art, Outdoor art

Avondale Mural

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This 100-foot stretch of Addison Street under the expressway is certainly not your average underpass. The mural was designed by Rafael Lopez, an artist and children’s book illustrator. Lopez’s piece is neither political nor historical—it’s simply positive, whimsical imagery that beautifies the street and neighborhood. While it’s technically in Avondale, the mural is really at the intersection of several different North Side communities, connecting and enriching all kinds of people.

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Things to do, Cultural centers

Basilica of St. Hyacinth

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The Basilica of St. Hyacinth is a historic, Polish-style, Roman Catholic Church in Avondale. It’s been a longtime home to Polish-Americans in Chicago, ever since its founding in 1894. St. Hyacinth embodies elements of American church architecture, Baroque design, and many statues of various Catholic Saints within the church itself.

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Avondale Park

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This recreational park offers a playground, swimming pool, outdoor basketball courts and gymnastics equipment.

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Art, Arts centers

Hairpin Arts Center

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The Hairpin Arts Center is a non-profit arts center established by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts in 2011. It resides in a building built in 1930, which was once home to the Hump Hair Pin Manufacturing Company. The Arts Center offers year-round arts and cultural programming for the neighborhoods of Logan Square and Avondale. 

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