10 Best Attractions Within Walking Distance of Chicago's UIC Pavilion

Chicago’s UIC Pavilion may play host to UIC’s basketball teams, the Windy City Rollers and other events throughout the year but its very close proximity to the Loop and downtown attractions make it easy to score some sightseeing.

Three short blocks south from UIC Pavilion is Chicago’s famous Little Italy complete with restaurants and recently opened National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Down the block to the east is the Jane Addams Hull House Museum which pays homage to the social justice leader and first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Less than one mile away is another new museum to the city’s cultural landscape: the National Hellenic Museum as well as the much-enjoyed Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower).

A bit more picturesque and worth a visit is Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood just south of the Pavilion where the National Museum of Mexican Art makes its home. If you head to Pilsen, stop by Chocolat Uzma Sharif for some handmade exotic chocolates or partake in a chocolate making class if time allows.

Just a couple of miles east and you’ll hit Lake Michigan, Millennium Park and the beautiful Chicago Lakefront Trail.

Whatever the reason for your visit to UIC Pavilion, there are plenty of attractions, hotels and restaurants within walking distance to make your visit complete and enjoyable.

Chicago Lakefront Trail
Photo courtesy of Photo by Jamie Bartosch

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Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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