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Introduce us to Chicago

We’ve never been to Chicago, but we’re moving there. A reconnaissance trip is in order! I’m looking for some pointers on what to do, where to go--and possibly also how to find an apartment. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden on Jul 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Why is there a fringe curtain at the Jefferson Park CTA stop?

My initial ideas were that it provides shade or shielding, but I don't see any monitors or equipment that it shades, and it only covers a small part of the stop. I haven't noticed fringe at other stops. here is a picture.
posted by bleary on Jul 20, 2015 - 12 answers

I Wanna Get Away™

My boyfriend and I are travel novices, so we need advice about whether this is an OK idea or a stupid plan. (Southwest Airlines/air travel edition.) [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jul 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Do roommate-finding services work for people who are middle-aged?

My current roommate is taking a job across the country. For twenty-odd years, I've roomed with a friend or friends, so the last time I had to actually look for a roommate, I placed an ad in the paper. Ha ha ha. How does a single forty-something woman find a compatible roommate in Chicago nowadays? Note: Please do not suggest that I move out and find a studio or one-bedroom on my own. That is not on the table at the moment. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jul 13, 2015 - 24 answers

Help me get around Chicago on Public Transit

My SO & I will be visiting Chicago next weekend - arriving at O'Hare on Friday morning, staying at the Hilton on Michigan Ave, departing O'Hare on Monday morning. We'd like to be able to use bus/train exclusively, so I'm looking for tips & tricks - what are the best apps to use, helpful hints on how/where to buy tickets, etc. Thanks in advance!
posted by dotgirl on Jul 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Fun parts to not drive be on a freeway from St. Louis to Chicago?

We're renting a tiny sports car and driving from Chicago to St. Louis and back on a 5 day weekend to visit some family. On the way back I would love to take the car off the freeway and maybe drive around some corners. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Jul 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Restaurant Unicorn

We're looking for a *fancy* restaurant with an excellent cocktail menu that has at least one well-thought-out not-pasta-with-sad-veggies vegetarian entree in Chicago that IS NOT Green Zebra. Must take reservations and not be Asian food. Would like an entree option that is meat or fish. Who knew mixed marriage would be so hard? Places that have been suggested and the reasons they are not quite right inside. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jul 8, 2015 - 27 answers

What is the best cocktail class in Chicago? (more inside)

I am looking for a basic, but generally sophisticated/creative cocktail class that my girlfriend and I can attend together. [more inside]
posted by toddforbid on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Queer nonmonogamy-friendly therapist in Chicago?

My partner and I (both bisexual women) are looking for a therapist in Chicago for help with our sexual relationship, in particular with opening it up to new partners and dealing with the negative emotions that come with that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Fare Thee Well...

I am going to the Chicago shows. I have mail order commemorative tickets that are letter envelope sized with some amazing art work on the front of each ticket. I would like to keep the tickets and keep them in pristine condition. If I use them for entry, keeping them pristine much less keeping them at all is highly unlikely. It is a Dead show after all. Things happen. [more inside]
posted by AugustWest on Jun 26, 2015 - 8 answers

Downtown Chicago place to take a family of five for dinner?

I'm meeting some friends for dinner in the Loop Tuesday night and they have three kids ten and under. I need recommendations for a fun place to take them for dinner that is kid-friendly, reasonably priced, interesting, and amenable to conversation. These kids are well-traveled and more adventurous than average, so it doesn't need to be generic and boring, but there should be some hook that will draw them in. Ideas?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Repointing mortar between close buildings

So I own a condo in a building built in the 30s in Chicago. It was repointed in the last few years but there is a wall that is very close to another building that was not touched and seems to have next to no mortar left in it. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jun 11, 2015 - 3 answers

Things to Do in Chicago, Avant-Garde Style

I will be traveling to Chicago June 15-19 for work, but I will have my evenings/nights free Monday-Thursday of that week. I have done all the touristy things more times than I care to admit, so I would like to do some obscure, off-the-beaten path type things that I normally don't get to do back home. What can I do? Or, better, what resources can I be pointed to so I can help myself find something to do? I define "obscure" after the jump. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Jun 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Company/Service that specializes in just packing for Chicago?

We have a move scheduled soon with a company we've used before and are happy with. The SO has about 6-8 medium boxes worth of valuables and delicates she would like professionally packed before the move; the company we have can do this the same day but has indicated this would result in delays and does not recommend it, and they are unable to send someone the day before. Is there anyone that will help us with just the packing part? [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on May 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Feed me To and From Chicago

Where can I eat as I travel from O'Hare to Champaign, IL on a Friday night, and then from Champaign to Midway on Sunday late afternoon? [more inside]
posted by inevitability on May 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Going outside and staying outside

I have spent enough time indoors to last the rest of my life, I want to start sleeping outside more. I'm looking for places to wilderness camp near Chicago and I'm having trouble finding any. I've gone camping at a few drive-in type sites and that's not really what I'm looking for. I don't want to be around people watching TV in their RV. I want to be shitting in the woods. I have a hammock and a stove, where should I go within a days drive of Chicago that is actually wild?
posted by mike_bling on May 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Chicago bachelor party ideas near Wrigley Field?

I'm planning a bachelor party for ~7 people in Chicago. The main event will be going to a Cub-White Sox game. [more inside]
posted by Herschel on May 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Chicago Now

I'm going to be in Chicago this weekend. What should I do? Interests and schedule inside. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 29, 2015 - 24 answers

Italian Beef

I need a good Chicago-style Italian beef recipe, preferably for a slow-cooker. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Apr 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Come and meet the baaaybee! In search of a meet up venue in Chicago.

Chicago Mefites: What public, family-friendly space would work for a casual gathering of a big bunch of friends? [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver on Apr 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Summer road trip from Chicago with infant

My wife and I have a new baby and a serious case of cabin fever/wanderlust. We're considering taking a road trip this summer. Is this a terrible idea? If not, where should we go? Would Gatlinburg, TN be fun? [more inside]
posted by jordemort on Apr 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Furniture Assembly Recommendations in North Side of Chicago?

I have a piece of furniture I fear is too complex for me to assemble. I live on Chicago's north side and am looking for a recommendation for someone to hire to put it together. (Note: I found Assembly Squad Chicago's minimum fee too expensive, and Chicago Assembly Services is too booked.) Any recommendations?
posted by WCityMike on Apr 7, 2015 - 3 answers

Alternate venue for childcare? (Chicago)

I'm organizing a weekend workshop that offers free childcare to attendees. We have a childcare provider; however, for our next event, we ran into the snag that the office space we're using for the workshop itself isn't allowed to host childcare for insurance reasons. [more inside]
posted by anotherthink on Mar 25, 2015 - 4 answers

"Why are Chicagoans so funny?"

Need some help locating a quote. The gist was that everyone in New York wants to be in LA and everyone in LA wants to be in New York, but everyone in Chicago is happy to be in Chicago. I think it was Andy richter answering, it's a pretty foggy memory. May have been on Conan... Clip, quote, any lead would be helpful.
posted by 0bs01337 on Mar 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Miss Spiteful and Pipeworks brewing in Chicago, how can I ship them?

I moved to the Bay Area a year ago and have no complaints about the weather thus far. On the other hand I really miss the Chicago breweries that aren't available in stores out here. I'd love to get my hands on some of their new releases, particularly their stouts and porters. Anyone know if it's legal and possible to ship beer to CA for personal consumption and how to go about it?
posted by Carillon on Mar 10, 2015 - 3 answers

How to look at listed condo units for rent WITHOUT involving broker?

I'm moving for the 4th time in Chicago. By now I have a pretty good handle on what buildings/prices I'm interested in and feel confident negotiating on my own; I would greatly prefer not to have involve a broker. Since condos for rent often provide better value than managed apartment buildings, I would prefer to find a good deal on a condo unit. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Who Made Those Great Little Freebie Maps (Chicago, Brooklyn, etc)

In 2010, coffeeshops and bookstores (etc.) gave away (for free) cool folded local maps on good, thick paper filled with tips for alterno/artisanal lesser-known shops/restaurants/cafes/bars. The drawing, production, and recommendations were all surprisingly good. There were editions for Chicago, Brooklyn, and, likely, elsewhere. I'm trying to figure out who made them, and whether they're still available. Help?
posted by Quisp Lover on Feb 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Chicago Pub Trivia Friday night's

What options are there for live trivia in Chicago on Friday nights? [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 on Feb 17, 2015 - 4 answers

Talking with African American preschoolers about the police?

Part of my job involves reading books and discussing them with preschool students. Sometimes, when those stories feature the police, the tiny kids will talk with me and my coworkers about how cops are "there to arrest you" and about family members who are unfairly in jail. How should we respond? [more inside]
posted by newtonstreet on Feb 13, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I start a choir?

A friend and I want to start a (casual, fun) women's choir, but we don't really know where to start. How do we find people to join? Where do we meet? How much work is this actually going to be? We are in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Feb 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Our landlord left us in limbo -- what happens next?

The landlord for our Chicago apartment got foreclosed on, and we’ve been left without anyone to pay rent to. What happens next, and how can we make sure we don't get evicted? [more inside]
posted by Yo Soy La Morsa on Feb 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Picking a Chicago neighborhood 2015 Edition

Could someone help a bemused dude make the transition from a crappy midwestern city without amenities to Chicago? Bonus complications and questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Feb 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Chicago: Find someone to build a cat's scratching post

How do I find someone in Chicago who can cut an area rug into strips, and then affix it to a 4' tall rectangular block of wood? Please don't suggest D-I-Y, because I have no tools and less-than-no skills. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 31, 2015 - 10 answers

Where the hell is my electricity going?!?

We live in a 3BR townhouse. Our electricity usage spiked really dramatically in December, and it's stayed up in January. I cannot fathom what is causing such a spike, but I don't know a lot about electricity usage. Details below. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 30, 2015 - 40 answers

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How did you find your awesome Chicago apartment?

What's the current best service for finding apartments in Chicago if you know the general area you'd like to live in? I'm checking out Craigslist and Padmapper, but would love recommendations for specific realtors or apartment-hunting services or basically anything you've had luck with. [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Jan 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Christmas Eve in Chicago?

Our Christmas Eve plans in Chicago were cancelled. What should we do instead? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Dec 24, 2014 - 4 answers

cheap Chicago parking for short visit

I'm staying at Hostelling International. It's near the corner of LaSalle and S Michigan, practically adjacent to Millennium Park. I'll try to use public transit as much as I can for the 3 days I'm here, but I expect to use my car a couple times. I'm willing to trade a little convenience to save a little money. Where should I park? Thank you.
posted by stuart_s on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Chicago/Antioch coffee and vegetarian recommendations

Where can we get excellent local coffee and snacks and a great vegetarian meal while in Chicago/Antioch next week? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Something awesome for someone in Chicago

A friend of mine is doing something awesome for me (artistic-wise), but doesn't want to ask/take my money for this. So I want to give him (and/or his family) something awesome in payment. A few things about them inside. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Dec 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there a way to easily check all showings of Chicago art house films?

I used to love cin-o-matic, which allowed you to read about upcoming releases, save certain theaters as your favorites, and track when movies come to town. Is there a way for me to view showtimes at smaller Chicago theaters like the Gene Siskel Film Center, The Logan, the Music Box, and the Landmark Century Cinema on one website? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 11, 2014 - 4 answers

What is a good book on the history of the "L" in Chicago?

I'd like to read a book with more details on this. This is a cool page. "When the Northwestern Elevated Railroad built its Ravenswood branch in 1906, [lots of cool information with pictures]. Are there any books like that? I want to read all about the development of the area, illustrated with historical photos. What kind of cars did they use? Did they have to build through neighborhoods? how did that work? etc etc etc!
posted by bleary on Nov 30, 2014 - 3 answers

Alls you can eat sushi in Chicago

Several years ago I went to an all you can eat sushi restaurant on Chicago's north side. You could order as many rolls as you wanted as long as you finished one before you asked for the next. What is the name of this restaurant? (Or failing that, what is a similar delicious sushi restaurant in Chicago?)
posted by helloimjohnnycash on Nov 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Who is the Senegalese musician in the video in the Field Museum?

When I was on vacation in Chicago last year I stopped by the Field Museum and happened to catch a video in the Senegal exhibit of a musician playing and singing a song that I thought was really beautiful. I recall that he was playing the kora and that the lyrics pertained to a shaman or similar person. I have tried looking on the Field Museum website and sending them an email but no dice so far. Does anyone know who is in the video and/or the name of the song?
posted by capricorn on Nov 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Chicago Mefites: 15 Year Old Chicken Mystery

Please help me remember the name of this Chicago counter-service restaurant based on my sketchy details! The last time I ate there was 15 years ago... The menu was focused around organic rotisserie chicken, and I remember it being so much more flavorful and fresh than Boston Market. [more inside]
posted by Gable Oak on Oct 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Like it - how to put a ring on it?

(soon-to-be) Mrs. B.F.G. and are I planning on getting married. Yay! We'd like to buy a non-diamond engagement ring somewhere in the Chicago area and are looking for recommendations, as well as ring-buying tips generally. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Oct 27, 2014 - 12 answers

What's new in Chicago?

I lived in Chicago for years and generally come back pretty often, but somehow it's been over a year since my last visit. What new/newish restaurants, bars, and attractions — new within the last, say, 18 months — should be at the top of my to-do list on my upcoming trip? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Oct 16, 2014 - 3 answers

What should I see during Open House Chicago?

It's Open House Chicago this weekend. Last year I focused on my area, Lakeview & Lincoln Park, and saw the churches, war memorial and some classic apartment buildings. What cool buildings should I go see this time around? My preference is for ones that are only available for the Open House. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Oct 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Where, specifically, to meet on a weekday morning, near Chicago

Next week, on a weekday morning, I need to meet up with a friend near Chicago. She'll be coming from Peoria in a car; I'll be coming from Logan Square, with a carry-on size suitcase and no car. We'll be driving together to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Can you suggest a specific spot that might work? [more inside]
posted by pril on Oct 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Taxaphobic in Chicago

We hate doing our taxes. Despite a professional familiarity with the basics of the tax code, or perhaps because of it, dealing with all of the paperwork really stresses me out, and my spouse doesn't like to do it either. Can you help us find an accountant in the Chicago area who will be competent and easygoing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2014 - 2 answers

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