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Fun stops between Chicago and Detroit

We'll be flying to Chicago, spending a day or two there, then driving to Detroit. What are some fun, interesting, or picturesque stops between the two cities?
posted by exhilaration on Jun 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Landlord used city lease form for suburban rental, is he bound by RLTO?

We rented a house in Skokie, and the landlord used an office-supply-store-pre-printed lease form for the city. It included a copy of the Chicago RLTO as part of the form. Understanding that YANML, does this incorporate the requirements of the RLTO into the terms of the lease? If so, he'd be required to submit receipts meet deadlines for the return of the deposit. Or is he only bound by State Law (which for a single-family home, seems to require bupkus). He only returned half of our security deposit. Is it worth fighting for the other half ($600)? If I accept and deposit the $600 he sent, am I hurting my chances of getting the rest? [more inside]
posted by Morydd on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Where is a better place to sit/stand at the Allstate Arena?

I have two sets of tickets for Smashing Pumpkins at Allstate Arena and now I am trying to figure out which seats are the "better" seats in terms of having a pleasant concert experience which, for me, means being able to see at least part of the stage for most of the show and hearing the songs played loud through my really nice earplugs. [more inside]
posted by sc114 on Sep 4, 2012 - 4 answers

What fees will I face to register a title transfer a year late

I bought about a year ago car in Chicago, Illinois but haven't yet updated the registration info. What penalties could I be facing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Travel ideas U.S. midwest

[Very last minute U.S. Midwest travel filter] Going to be in Bloomington for a conference and then have a couple days planned in Chicago...what to do with the three extra days? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Afforable day trips around chicago, Metra/public transit accessible

Afforable day trips outside of chicago, Metra/public transit accessible [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Oct 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Ideas on things to do/places to stay in Chicago?

I'm a 26-year old guy travelling to Chicago in August with 2 friends. Where should we stay and what areas/neighborhoods/things should we check out to get the full Chicago experience? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Where and when can my little girl ride a horse?

My five year old daughter loves horses. Are there any good stables or horse farms near Vernon Hills, Il (Lake County, northern Chicago suburbs) for her get some riding lessons? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Got UFO?

Please help me figure out what this UFO in my photo is. I suspect a bird, but it was bloody cold out, and I didn't see any birds in other photos taken that same morning.
posted by MikeWarot on Jan 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Hurry before it gets cold.

Help me find "adventure races" near Chicago. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 24, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I submit a statement to a court regarding the defendant in a hearing?

How can I submit a personal statement to a court regarding the defendant in a hearing in Cook County, Illinois? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld on Jul 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Mocking and Celebrating Chicago's Hoods via Slang

Please help me research and invent nicknames for the neighborhoods of Chicago. Examples include Wrigleyvile, Hans Christian Andersonville, The Crotch, Wes Andersonville, and El Crotcho. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 19, 2010 - 15 answers

Lover's Lane, Chicago IL

What semi-private places in Chicago can two lusty kids go to mess around if they can't go home? Do motels that rent by the hour actually exist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Unemployed troubled friend soon to be homeless, how to help?

I have a friend who I think is likely to be homeless soon. I can't take him in, so what can I do to help him? We are in the northern Chicago suburbs (Lake County). [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Feb 2, 2010 - 18 answers

Heirloom Garlic in NE Illinois

I'd like to find a source in NE Illinois or even Chicago for heirloom seeds and garlic for my Aunt, bricks and mortar if possible. I couldn't seem to find anything promising online, and there are a lot of online places, but I'm in Canada so I have no experience with the U.S. based companies. [more inside]
posted by glip on Sep 20, 2009 - 5 answers

What really happens if you skip jury duty?

What really happens if you skip jury duty? [more inside]
posted by nooneyouknow on Jul 31, 2009 - 21 answers

Will I get stuck in Chicago traffic if I drive from the Milwaukee airport to South Bend, Indiana, starting at 4 pm Friday?

Chicago-driving-filter. If I leave Milwaukee (airport) at about 4 pm on Friday, and drive to South Bend, Indiana, will I spend hours in Chicago rush hour traffic? Can I avoid that somehow? What if I could move my departure time a bit earlier? Is this the route to take? [more inside]
posted by ruff on Jul 15, 2009 - 18 answers

Divorce lawyer, western Chicago suburbs

Need personal recommendations for a divorce lawyer in the western Chicago suburbs (Aurora area). [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Jun 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Romantic getaways in Illinois: Want to take my girlfriend on our anniversary on a romantic getaway for a day or two on the weekend of June 20th. Looking for any ideas.

Romantic getaways in Illinois: Want to take my girlfriend on our anniversary on a romantic getaway for a day or two on the weekend of June 20th. Looking for any ideas. [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Jun 10, 2009 - 13 answers

She works hard for her money, so you betta treat her right.

I found out today that my job as a supervisor with a major electronics retailer is being eliminated. Help me understand unemployment in Illinois. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2009 - 1 answer

Mechanical sculptures in mount prospect

Northern Chicago Suburbs filter: I'm trying to find info about a group of mechanical sculptures which were once installed at Mount Prospect Plaza. They were there around the mid 80's to early 90's. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jan 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Good accountant for a small LLC in the Chicago area?

I'm looking to start an LLC in the near future (as I'd like to start doing web development as a part-time business beyond my day job); considering that my taxes are about to get a bit more complicated, I'd like to find a decent small-business accountant in the Chicago area. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by korpios on Jan 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Where's the best place to watch the Chicago Air show?

Where's the best place to watch the Chicago Air show?
posted by nitsuj on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Miracle fruit in Chicago?

Where can I find miracle fruit in Chicago?
posted by ztdavis on Jun 6, 2008 - 11 answers

I Can Haz Pierogies?

Is anyone going to the Pierogi Fest this year? Has anyone ever been? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on May 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Roadtrip from Chicago to Houston: How and what?

Chicago to Houston in one week, two lovely gals, one Camry: We're taking a road trip the week before July 4, starting in Chicago and ending in Houston. Any route tips? Things to see? Do? Quirky free attractions to see along the way? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on May 7, 2008 - 16 answers

I want to paddle away from the shores of Chicago and visit distant Midwestern lands.

Are there any ferries or boats that take day trips across or around Lake Michigan? (leaving from Chicago...) Right now, Lake Michigan looks like a frozen tundra, but I have dreams of escaping for a night or two during the spring thaw. Are there seafaring adventures to Michigan? to Indiana? to Evanston? Or is this some delusional Gilligan-based fantasy?
posted by melodykramer on Feb 4, 2008 - 7 answers

What to do in Illinois for a day trip outside of Chi-town?

[IllinoisFilter] Just moved to Chicago, have Columbus Day off. I'd like to explore something somewhere else in the state of Illinois (because I haven't been outside of Chi-town yet.) Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by moooshy on Oct 7, 2007 - 16 answers

Chicago psychiatric institution

A family member needs help. Any recommendations for Chicago-area psychiatric institutions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2007 - 10 answers

Or, imagine, being able to be magically whisked away to...Galena.

What would you do on a three-day visit in Galena, Illinois? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant on Mar 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me find hills in the flatlands

Are there any places within a few hours of flat-as-a-pancake Chicago that offer a scenic, preferably hilly hiking experience?
posted by walla on Jan 5, 2007 - 16 answers

How do you get there from here?

Route/restaurant/attraction recommendations for a mid-20s couple on their first mini-road trip, which will be from home in Chicago to a wedding in Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant on Dec 23, 2006 - 17 answers

Help find this plane crash not listed on FAA

Help me find a record/info of this air disaster: January 2/3 either '69 or '70 Peoria Illinois. Aircraft was a DC9 and company was possibly Ozark. Flight departed Chicago. A search of the FAA website reveals nothing! No google luck either. [more inside]
posted by mule on Jul 1, 2006 - 13 answers

Albany Park == good?

I'd like to know if any Chicago folks could tell me more about the Albany Park area than the wikipedia article can, which isn't much. I took a drive around and couldn't even find a coffee shop or anything, let alone a place where I might see some live music. I didn't even see any pubs/bars. Did I drive the wrong roads? (on behalf of twiggy) [more inside]
posted by Count Ziggurat on Feb 13, 2006 - 18 answers

Specific: Good Chicago apartment. General: Avoiding dumps when working kinda blind?

I'm looking for a good Chicago apartment and landlord ... and also, thoughts on how to practically avoid stinkers when you can't talk to and/or don't know the tenants. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Sep 6, 2005 - 19 answers

Old Chicago Parking Tickets?

ChicagoMachineFilter: I left Chicago nearly four years ago, and just last night I received a bill from the Chicago Dept. of Revenue (aka Soprano Family, Midwestern Branch) via some law firm called Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson demanding $670 in fines and penalties for parking tickets incurred in 1995. (the more, she is inside.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Mar 24, 2004 - 11 answers

Chicago in March

Chicago? Going to be there March 4th through 7th. What to do? Where to eat? I'd like some good greek or chinese food, or both. Oh, and I need to find a sports bar there that will be showing the Duke/Carolina game on Saturday night.
posted by corpse on Mar 2, 2004 - 15 answers

Find me a different body for my Pentax ME super lenses

i have a pentax ME super and about a dozen lenses for it. however, it has the defective gasket. since most of the ME supers around have the defective gasket, i'd rather replace it with a fully manual SLR that does not run the risk of a defective part.

i know that sears sold a SLR that fit the same lenses, but i'm having trouble tracking down the name, body style, &c. anyone know? or have suggestions of another camera which will take my lenses? or know a good used camera dealer in or around chicago, illinois?
posted by crush-onastick on Dec 15, 2003 - 10 answers

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