Here’s some alternative ideas off the tourist’s radar…
Agility. Speed. Strength. None of these qualities will be of any use in the highly-competitive world of WhirlyBall. Although it combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way to a crushing defeat. Check out Whirlyball at 1880 W. Fullerton Ave.
You already know Chicago is infamous for comedy, how about some good independent comedy? The Neo-Futurists have been getting laughs for 21 years at their home on Ashland & Foster in Chicago’s Andersonville. Their signature play: “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind,” tackles 30 plays in 60 minutes…. Or check out a newer comedic favorite: Gorilla Tango Theater, their play Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque is back and running due to popular demand.
Take a walk to North Ave. & Clark St. where the city’s largest Farmer’s Market is spread. Vendors/farmers/merchants from the Midwest travel to the city to sell their fresh goods: fruits, flowers, perserves, meats, cheeses etc. Whether you’re looking for a delicious lunch or a memorable gift idea, check out this open market!