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Spiral staircase in Chicago?

I would like to take some photographs of spiral staircases. I’m looking to capture the basic construction of the object from its components, rather than any particular aesthetic beauty. Simpler would be better, and emphasizing the engineering over the architecture. If possible, I would prefer to take my photographs at a quiet time in a public building walkable from the loop in Chicago. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by Fiery Jack on May 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Won't you help me solve a thirty-year-old puzzle?

Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on May 14, 2013 - 186 answers

Cocktail bars in Richmond, VA

Your favorite high-end cocktail bar in Richmond, VA, please. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Apr 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Road Trip in a Hurry

My friend and I are planning a one-way road trip from Denver, CO to Rochester, NY this June. The catch? We would like to complete it in around 7 days. I'm looking for your insight on how to make the most of the cities along our route in a limited amount of time (probably about 5 hours of exploring), suggestions for a better route, or general road trip advice. [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

How to decide between 2 Grad Programs: Chicago vs Boston

Hey All, I would love some advice. I am not sure what to do. So I am going to grad school in health policy. Option A is to attend a University in Boston. I have applied and been accepted. Now Boston is twice as expensive as the local university in Chicago. However, I plan to apply for a scholarship to attend Boston. I will not find out if I am awarded this scholarship until the summer. If I am a recipient of the scholarship it comes with a 50% tuition waiver. One of the benefits of the scholarship is that there is a leadership development component and you are assigned a mentor, who is a leader in the field, in the Boston area. To apply for the scholarship, I have to commit and accept the offer to attend the school. However, if I do not get the scholarship, I would financially not be able to attend the school. So you might be able to see where this is going. On the one hand, I would like to start looking for housing and a roommate in Boston (I understand cost of living is much higher than Chicago, so I am a little freaked about that) right now, but how can I do this if I do not know if I will be attending the program? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Apr 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Places for a lunch meeting in Chicago (near the Hilton...)?

I had to do this last year for San Francisco. This year, it's in Chicago! I'm looking for a place that can comfortably seat a group of 7 for an informal lunch meeting. It has to be within a five-minute walk of the Chicago Hilton, reasonably priced, decent food, and have a semi-quiet environment. I see some possibilities on Yelp, but it's hard to judge from there whether they'd actually be suitable. Any kind of food is fine, but vegan/vegetarian recommendations are especially welcome. Thank you for your help!
posted by mariokrat on Apr 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Bars in Oak Park, Ill.

Getting married in Oak Park, I'll., this weekend and I'm looking for recommendations for a bar that would be good for a small group of people to hang out in at night after the planned events are over. [more inside]
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Moving to Chicago. Help?

Where to live, what am I overlooking, huge step and pivotal moment in my life. I need to know where to look for apartments for rent in Chicago in a safe, student friendly neighborhood that won't cost a fortune. [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Apr 19, 2013 - 25 answers

Tell me what you love about Chicago

Might be moving to Chicago in near future; not crazy about the idea. Help me adjust my attitude about the Windy City. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Apr 13, 2013 - 48 answers

Chicago Database of Bars seachable by beers

My friend just told me of a website that had a listing of Chicago bars, restaurants, and liquor stores that you could search by beer brand. He can't remember the name or url. Can you?
posted by Uncle on Apr 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Making Sure I Get the Security Deposit Back

Just moved into a new apartment. YAY! The apartment is in terrible shape. Boo. Our move-in condition form has the following clause, "I understand that the management company has also performed an inspection of the property, including digital photographs of all areas, and said report will prevail in any instances of conflicts." They will not show me their inspection report. How do I ensure that theirs doesn't say that everything is fine, and we get dinged for a whole ton of stuff that's already bad. Jurisdiction: Chicago. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Apr 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Meditation Center/ (Buddhist) in Chicago and Buddhist therapist

I used to practice at a Buddhist Center in Columbus, Ohio (KTC, on Grubb St). I am trying to find a center in Chicago. I really love the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. I also enjoy podcast teacher Gil Fronsdal from the Insight Meditation Center in Cali, which is in the Vipassana tradition. I also enjoy Deer Park Dharma cast which is associated with Thich Nhat Hanh. I would like to find a center in Chicago to help me build a mediation practice, and obviously, mediate with others. To be able to listen to great dharma talks in person, not just on my ipod. And, to be a part of a community. It just doesn't feel the same listening on my ipod, you know? I do not have a car. I have gone to weird a$$ places in Asheville, NC, where random people start there own sangas and ask you for $, and I and not up for that. So, I thought it to be better to ask here than to do the google search. Please let me know if you have thoughts on where I can find a practice center. Also, I know that there is a school of Buddhist Psychology. Where might I find a Buddhist Therapist in Chicago?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Mar 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Where to stay in Chicago for easy access to Kendallville, Indiana?

Asking for a friend... just what it says on the tin. She's visiting her partner while he's on an extended work trip; he's in Kendallville, Indiana, but there are no decent accommodations there. His office suggested she stay somewhere in Chicago. Where's someplace nice in the Chicago area, not too spendy, and within easy reach of Kendallville?
posted by kythuen on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to buy a car in the Chicago area?

We're interested in areas with lots of dealerships in close proximity, so we can see the models we're curious about without having to head all over town. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cub

Seeking funny novels about Chicago, Wicker Park, and if possible the Cubs. Prefer to avoid genre fiction and the self-published. [more inside]
posted by BWA on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

fun teen chicago outing

I have a few 14 year old suburban girls to escort on a fun day into the city of Chicago. Looking for a mild adventure, but I am somewhat new to the area. If we were back in the DC area, I might take them by metro up to GWU for a tour and lunch, then walk down to Georgetown for some shopping and then walk down to the river and take a boat back to Alexandria, seeing a few highlights along the way. Anything similar we could do for a day in Chicago? Wicker park? We can come in on the UP-NW Metra.
posted by southeastyetagain on Mar 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Pre-wedding brunch restaurant in Oak Brook, Illinois

I'm planning a nice pre-wedding brunch on a Saturday in May for a friend who lives in Oak Brook, Illinois, but I live in LA and don't know any restaurants in that area. Any suggestions from Chicago MeFites? [more inside]
posted by McPuppington the Third on Mar 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Aiport shuttles in Chicago? Is this a workable plan?

How does the airport shuttle work at the Embassy Suites Chicago - O'Hare/Rosemont? [more inside]
posted by Eumachia L F on Mar 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Mechanics: how do they work?

[Chicago Filter] My car needs new brakes, like, a year ago. (Seriously.) I need to find a good (reasonably priced, will get the job done) mechanic in Chicago because the Toyota dealership wants payment in first born children. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 12, 2013 - 14 answers

Help us troubleshoot our vacation to Chicago, April 1-5:

This will be the biggest vacation yet for our family of four (son age 10, daughter age 12). Our vacations tend to run unsmoothly--some ugly surprise always pops up--and I'd like to get opinions from people who know Chicago before we set out. This will be a kid oriented trip. [more inside]
posted by mattu on Mar 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Chicago Laundry Delivery

I need to find a service (in Chicago) that will pick up my dirty laundry and bring it back clean on a weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Mar 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What is my best cycling route to the Western Ave Metra in Chicago?

What's the best cycling route from my place in the Ukrainian Village to the Western Ave (at Hubbard) Metra? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Mar 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to go dancing in Chicago?

We like a range of music: house, soul, funk, techno, some of the recent top40, nuwaveglitchhopstep, daytime disco(?). Emphasis on the beat and getting down. The other patrons, similarly, should have a pro-dancing agenda and friendly vibe. [more inside]
posted by mai on Feb 26, 2013 - 3 answers

What would you do with 8 hours in Chicago?

What would you do with 8 hours in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Feb 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Something Fun to Do in Chicago on Sunday?

What's a good place in Chicago to take 5-7 people in their early 20s for dinner/some sort of entertainment on Sunday? Note that not all are over 21. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Feb 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me pick the best seats for this concert at Wrigley Field!

So, I managed to score 3 pairs of tickets to the Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field in July. I'd like to keep the best seats for myself, and I need some help! I've never been to Wrigley Field, or to a concert at a baseball field, so I'm struggling to decide which tickets are the best. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Feb 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Who, oh who, will finally save my poor teeth?

Chicago MeFites: please tell me of your glorious dentists! Or warn me off of the terrible ones. I need a dentist for cleaning, probably at least one filling, and no doubt a referral to an oral surgeon (impacted wisdom teeth.) North side or Loop vastly preferred, as I have no car. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Why is there a wall at this intersection in Chicago?

At what should be the three-way intersection of Paulina St. and W. Rosehill Dr. in western Edgewater in Chicago, there is a cement wall (looking north, looking south) that prevents you from turning from one of these streets onto the other, turning Paulina into a dead end. Why? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jan 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Trying to donate a TV, or give it away for free. Failing. Help?

I have a Toshiba 35" TV from the mid-90s that still works perfectly. I still have the manual it came with, and the original remote. The TV stands on a custom TV stand that was built by the manufacturer specifically for it. Unfortunately, I don't want it anymore, the TV weighs 165 lbs., and I cannot carry it myself. Options I've exhausted include: [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 20, 2013 - 28 answers

No credit check for an apartment on the North Side of Chicago?

Poor credit and varying work hours, but mom needs a new apartment in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jan 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Chicagoans: which bars are good for groups?

My Chicago nonprofit is putting together a series of social events for our amazingly wonderful volunteers, including some bar nights. Our usual venue for such revelry recently reconfigured its space and is less group-friendly now, so we are on the hunt for great new places. Where should we explore? [more inside]
posted by picopebbles on Jan 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can we our host our event in Chicago and San Fran?

I'm frantically looking for a certain type of event venue in San Fran and Chicago. Please help! (Snowflakey details inside.) [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jan 14, 2013 - 19 answers

Need a place to watch football with kids and beer!

I need a kid friendly place in Chicago to watch the Bears game. [more inside]
posted by repoman on Dec 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Please convert Chicago neighborhoods to DC equivalents for me

Where in the DC area might I find my kind of community? Would love if you can explain the vibes of DC's neighborhoods in terms of the vibes of Chicago's neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Dec 19, 2012 - 20 answers

Where to work tonight?

Help me find non-Starbucks coffee shops open late on Sundays in Chicago! [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

From a California Craftsman to a Chicago Bungalow

What are the best neighborhoods around Chicago to buy a classic bungalow for under $350k? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Dec 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Is there a central Chicago pizza database?

Does there exist some resource that would let me break down the extant pizzerias in Chicago by, say, date of opening? Or adherence to local/New York/Neapolitan-style?
posted by Iridic on Dec 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Have degree, won't travel (outside Chicago)!

I've been in school my whole life and now am a licensed psychologist in Chicago. Help me get paid! [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

I like teenagers. (Really, I do!)

Are you now or have you ever been a substitute teacher in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Nov 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Recs requested: Chicago therapists who will talk in session?

TherapyFilter, Chicago. Can you help my friend find a therapist he can jive with? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Nov 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Neighbor feels threatened, asked for help

My upstairs neighbor stopped me on the street today to describe a man that she thinks is following her. She said that at various places she's been going with her son, she's seen him parked watching her. She sounded very worried. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Nov 12, 2012 - 7 answers

What's his naaaaaame?!

Help me remember this notable (Chicago?) activist guy. [more inside]
posted by nile_red on Nov 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Single Seats Book of Mormon

Has anyone been to Chicago's Bank of America Theatre? Should I get these tickets for the Book of Mormon? They're all the way in Balcony Right and we wouldn't even be seated next to each other... [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Nov 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Early morning Chicago breakfast suggestions?

I'm looking for somewhere exciting to eat breakfast VERY early on a Sunday in Chicago. The more ethnic the better. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Oct 29, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I find a financial planner in the Chicago Western Suburbs?

Is there a best way to go about finding and hiring a financial planner? I'm in the Western suburbs of Chicago and am not sure where to start the process or what are the key things to look for. [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Oct 29, 2012 - 7 answers

A moving company to get from Chicago to Boston.

Asking for a friend: What's a good moving company to go from Chicago to Boston with the contents of one bedroom apartment? (Clothes, kitchen stuff plus dining table, bedroom furniture, living room stuff like a big couch and some chairs, a bookcase etc. Might also include the moving of a Honda Civic.)
posted by CrazyLemonade on Oct 22, 2012 - 7 answers

What to do when to depressed and anxious to get therapy for depression and anxiety?

What to do when too anxious and depressed to get therapy for one's anxiety and depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 22, 2012 - 25 answers

Should we move back to Boston after a month?

My fiancee and I moved to Chicago from Boston, a couple of months ago, and the both of us are just longing to go back to Boston. We can afford to move back, and she has job prospects out there. Should we go or wait it out? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Oct 18, 2012 - 24 answers

Halloween week in Chicago

My partner will be visiting Chicago at the end of October, arriving the morning of the 27th and departing the morning of the 31st. She's interested in checking out anything Halloween related that may be going on in the city during this time. [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces on Oct 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Need to eat some roses.

Best way to buy or otherwise acquire edible (not treated with any kind of sprays, basically) rose petals in Chicago. Nope, can't grow roses myself (condo with no yard) and can't ask someone to grow them for me. Is this even going to be possible? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Oct 13, 2012 - 12 answers

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