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Things to do in Chatham

Chatham is a residential community more than a tourist destination. This is the South Side neighborhood where Chance The Rapper and Former Senator Roland Burris. Chatham is composed of two neighborhood areas –the Garden Homes Historic District and the West Chatham Bungalow Historic District. There aren’t many major attractions or anything to draw in the crowds. Chatham is a humble and historic neighborhood with a couple of signature features.

Lem’s Bar-B-Q

Chicago’s “most famous rib tips” can be found at this family-owned restaurant right in Chatham’s town square. Lem’s Bar-B-Q was opened in 1951 by the Lemons family and has become iconic for its barbeque street food. Other great items on the menu include the chicken and hot links. This restaurant has received critical praise from several news and food publications. They’re also known for smoking their ribs in an aquarium tank for extra flavor.

Lem’s Bar-B-Q

311 E 75th St,

Chicago, IL

60619

Right in the community of Chatham

West Chatham Park

The only major recreational activities Chatham has is their parks. West Chatham Park is the community’s pillar when it comes to it. There are seasonal spray fountains, baseball diamonds, courts for basketball and tennis, and a playground. The day camps and schools often use this park because kids love it so much.

West Chatham Park

8223 S Princeton Ave,

Chicago, IL

60620

Right in the community of Chatham

Museum of Science And Industry

Of course, one of Chicago’s major attractions is just five miles from Chatham –the Museum of Science And Industry. See the Pioneer Zephyr train, the German submarine U-505, and the command module of Apollo 8. There are several specialized exhibits showcasing humanity’s approach to science and technology over the years. Everything is unforgettable, like their chicken hatchery and model train railroad.

Museum of Science And Industry

5700 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL

60637

About five miles from Chatham