Museums Top the List of Places To Visit Near Chicago's United Center

Visitors to Chicago’s United Center on the city’s west side have several museum attractions to enjoy within a few miles since it’s close to the Loop, Greektown and Little Italy.

Well-known museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and lesser-known cultural institutions like the National Hellenic Museum and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame are easily accessible and near the busy indoor sports arena and performance center.

Don’t miss your chance to get a photo taken on The Ledge at Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) which is just two miles away straight east on the United Center.

Popular sightseeing spots like Millennium Park and Navy Pier are a bit farther but still a short cab ride away. The Chicago Lakefront Trail is enjoyable any time of the year but especially during warmer days when you can walk the trail.

If hockey is part of the reason you’re visiting, don’t miss your chance to see the NFL Stanley Cup championship winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, practice for free at Johnny’s IceHouse West. 

Restaurants are plentiful within a few miles from the United Center and we list our top 10 here. Several restaurants offer free shuttle service to the UC so after you’re done sightseeing, be sure to get some great food before venturing to see the performance or game.

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
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Seeing Chicago's architectural beauty from the decks of a river cruiser is a must for both locals and visitors. One of the city's most unique tours, the CAF River Cruise takes visitors along the north and south shores of the lake. Guests will...  Read More

Chicago Lakefront Trail
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The city really comes alive when the weather warms up enough for its residents to hit the Lakefront Path. Located east of Lake Shore Drive, the Lakefront Trail is an 18.5 mile linear path that stretches from the far north part of the city to the...  Read More



Since 1916, Navy Pier has been home not only to the military but to scores of special attractions. Now purely commercial, the Pier offers everything from an IMAX theater to performances by a Shakespeare troupe. You can view dancing in a grand...  Read More



Millennium Park is Chicago's crown jewel. With the change of seasons, the park attracts thousands every day. Summertime means a stellar line-up of concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion (during the day, on most Tuesdays through Fridays, the Grant...  Read More



A highlight of any trip to Chicago, this museum is home to one of the best and most diverse art collections in the world. People are drawn first to the vast Impressionist collection, including the world's largest group of Monet paintings. But...  Read More



Located in the heart of Little Italy, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame fills visitors in on Italian athletes and their accomplishments, from well known greats like Rocky Marciano and Joe DiMaggio to Lou Retton, Ron Santo and...  Read More



Located in the heart of Chicago's Greektown, the National Hellenic Museum aims to interpret the American experience through the history of Greek immigrants and their contributions to the American landscape while celebrating their history and...  Read More



Named after the first female to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum pays homage to her work in social justice, education, immigration and child welfare. A quest for social reform and belief in equal opportunities for...  Read More



Standing 1454 feet high, this skyscraper is easily Chicago's most dominant structure and still holds the title of tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors can shoot to the top of the 110-story building via a 70-second elevator ride...  Read More



Want to watch Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, practice? For Free? Visitors can watch the practices, which are open to the public, for free at Johnny's IceHouse West, the professional hockey team's official practice facility and...  Read More


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