Tucked away in suburban Hodgkins, Blue Nose Brewery has a more low-key vibe than some of Chicago’s other craft breweries. Suds lovers could easily while away an afternoon touring the premises and sampling a flight or two. The list of beers on tap changes regularly, but recently included Two Fuses double IPA, Basic Bitch unfiltered wheat ale and Sticky Wicket English mild ale. Games of giant jenga, darts or pool will keep you busy between pints.
The typical itinerary for a weekend away in Chicago includes hitting the city's biggest attractions, checking out the best museums and nabbing reservations at the top restaurants. The only problem? You'll be rubbing elbows with dozens of other visitors trying to do the exact same stuff. For a much less crowded weekend, follow this guide to lesser-known places that will help you dodge tourists. There’s still plenty of things you can only do in Chicago on this list, including unique bookstores, interesting museums and gorgeous outdoor spaces.