Community Weighs In: Explore Chicago’s Hidden Gems

If you were in or around the Loop this October 15-21, then you might have seen Chicago Ideas and our partner Xfinity hanging out at Daley Plaza to highlight Chicago’s communities through The 77 Project. Our ultimate hope for The 77 Project is that it empowers Chicagoans to connect—connect with each other, connect with solution-makers, connect across community lines. And what better way to connect than by exploring corners of our city that you may not have ever heard of before?

In the spirit of connection, we asked Daley Plaza visitors to share the best kept secret in each of their neighborhoods to help us all learn more about the place we call home. The results were incredible, and we couldn’t keep them to ourselves. Below, we’ve rounded up the hidden gems shared with us this October. If you click the map, or the link below it, it will take you to a Google map you can use to plan your next city adventure.


CLICK HERE to access the Google map and start exploring Chicago today


The 77 Project is a storytelling and media project presented in partnership with Xfinity with additional support from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help redefine the narrative of our neighborhoods from the inside out. We’ll spend the remainder of 2018 shining a light on organizations and individuals in each of the 77 community areas of Chicago who are making a positive impact. Know someone we should speak with? Recommend them here.

Vanessa M. Buenger is the director of marketing & content at Chicago Ideas. She is passionate about storytelling and the power it has to change the world.

Comments (2)

  • Sharon Dugan

    I tour the Chicago communities with two friends. We research each one individually and spend one to five days in each one. We keep a book and a photo collage that records each tour. So far we have visited 71 of the 77 communities. This has taken us about 5 years. We hope to finish up in a couple of months.

  • This is an excellent idea and an excellent map! I love finding new places.


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