How to get around and what to see in Chicago? Caveat: I'll be staying in Skokie.
I'll be visiting Chicago (well, Skokie) on business in the middle of July for about 10 days. It's my first time to Chicago, and while I've perused several older threads about sightseeing and dining in the city, there are few regarding staying in the suburbs. How can I best make use of my time (most weekdays after 5:00 PM and one weekend) when I'm so far from the center of the action?
A few requests and things to keep in mind:
- Staying in Skokie is non-negotiable, as the hotel (the Doubletree) has already been booked.
- I will not be able to rent a car.
- I'm used to taking public transport, both in the US and Japan, so cleanliness or timeliness (or lack thereof) doesn't faze me too much.
- While I'm definitely interested in seeing Chicago's main sights (Mag Mile, Art Institute, ), I also enjoy walking around neighborhoods, especially unique or ethnic ones. Nearby suburbs (Evanston, are okay, too.
- Related: I definitely want to sample some of the local cuisine (deep-dish, italian beef, etc.), and while I have some ideas (Lou Malnati's, Al’s No. 1), I'm open to more convenient and/or more delicious places. Also, I'd like to have some authentic Mexican (if they serve chorizo or lengua, so much the better), since it's practically nonexistent in Tokyo.
- Any recommendations of funky or off-beat stores, museums, or other locations would be warmly appreciated. Interesting events, too.
I'm going to keep looking through older threads, so there's no need to repost links to them wholesale, but links to particularly useful previous answers are welcome. (I'm also using Wikitravel
as a reference.)