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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

Just moved here, may I walk your dog/serve your burger/tutor your child?

Just how tough is the minimum wages and/or temping jobs market? If I were to move to Chicago tomorrow, how long would it take me to get some sort (any sort) of employment? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

I've got some real estate here in my bag

Long bus / train trip with a couple of long stopovers. How to amuse myself? Things to do in Buffalo & Chicago? [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Best stops between Montreal and Chicago?

Where to stop and sleep on a road trip between Montreal and Chicago? [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Sep 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Apartment hunting with a mold allergy (Chicago)

I have a rather serious mold allergy. How should I go about finding a mold-free (or almost mold-free) apartment in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Sep 16, 2012 - 3 answers

.SUNDAY...FUCKING AWESOME I GUESS I MEAN WHO KNOWS

Is there a technical weather-related definition of the word "glorious"? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Sep 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Rahm v. CTU

Help me understand the Chicago Teachers Union strike! [more inside]
posted by masterscruffy on Sep 12, 2012 - 9 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

Chicago wedding photographers

Please recommend a reasonably priced wedding photographer in Chicago! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Sep 2, 2012 - 6 answers

One Day in Chicago

I'm going to be in Chicago for 30 hours at the end of September on an international layover. I've never been before and want to squeeze in a lot in the time that I have. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Aug 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Where should a Chicago girl move?

Is there a place in this world for a picky Chicagoland girl to move? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Aug 28, 2012 - 28 answers

How do I change careers into the UX field without further education?

What's the best way to move into a career in UX/interaction design without professional experience or the degree to match? I'm moving to Chicago and looking to start a career change, and I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Aug 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Kind of maybe moving, Mr. Landlord

Job opportunity has quickly come up in new city, but nothing settled. Would have to be there October 1 though, what do I tell landlord? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I find actual currants in Chicago?

Where in Chicago can I buy black or red currants? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Pre-teen boy in Chicago in mid-September: what should he do/see? The sky's the limit....

Fun things for an eleven-year-old boy to do in the city of Chicago, September 14-17. Money is no object. I need as many interesting suggestions as possible! [more inside]
posted by chonus on Aug 18, 2012 - 28 answers

Residence near Argonne National Laboratory

Chicago Area Filter: International co-op student trying to find a 6-month housing lease near Argonne National Laboratory on the outskirts of Chicago. What areas around there should I search? Are there any I should avoid in my search? [more inside]
posted by TimeStove on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Where can I get a really great haircut in Chicago?

Where can I get a really great haircut in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by mai on Aug 10, 2012 - 14 answers

What did we see in Chicago this morning?

What did we see in downtown Chicago this morning - was it a very strange and awful accident, or a TV/movie film location? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Preschool in Chicago

I need information about preschool daycare options in Chicago. Neighborhood is restricted to 45 minutes door to door commute (in good weather) to both the Loop and the Medical District WITH NO DRIVING. Bus or train is fine, but no more than one transfer. This is not a "which neighborhood to live in" question--it's a "What are available preschool daycare options in neighborhoods that meet these commute parameters" question. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Aug 9, 2012 - 4 answers

A tale of two tailors

ChicagoFilter: I need two tailors. A cheap one for skirts and such that are out of my range to hem or take in. Also a good tailor who might be able to get me an inch on a vintage dress. [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Aug 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Please suggest a comedy show in Chicago (Second City show is sold out).

Does anyone have a suggestion for a comedy show tomorrow night in Chicago? The Second City show I was interested in is sold out. I am visiting Chicago and tomorrow is my only night to see a show.
posted by hazyspring on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to consign in Chicago?

I'm looking for recommendations for consignment stores in or around Chicago where I can sell my collection of vintage clothes. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Quintessential Chicago video

Chicago filter: I want to create a time-lapse/stop-motion ode to Chicago like this one of Paris. Please recommend some good sites/spots to shoot! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 31, 2012 - 13 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

British-friendly bar in Chicago for Olympics viewing

Suggestions for a British-friendly bar in Chicago, for Olympics viewing? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Bike sharing in Chicago

Does anyone know what's going on with Chicago's bike sharing system? I'll be visiting in October for 1.5 weeks and planned to sign up for a month-long membership with b-cycle but am not so sure anymore. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jul 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Should my friend risk a verbal lease in Chicago in an owner occupied 3-flat?

My friend is moving from out of state, and she had us go look at an apartment for her. We didn't like it very much, but the neighborhood is not bad and we walked around the block looking for 'for rent' signs. While out walking, we saw a mailman, so went up to ask him if he knew of any good places to rent. He immediately told us about this couple in a flat who have a floor to rent by word of mouth. He said they are nice people and have been living there for a long time. The mailman introduced us, and we checked the place out and recommended it to our friend. The friend called and the owners don't do written leases. While she'd really likes the sound of the place, she's uncomfortable about living in a place with a verbal lease and is worried she could lose her deposit (they want one month's rent). Is this normal? Do people often ask for verbal leases? Should she run away?
posted by bleary on Jul 20, 2012 - 25 answers

Gift ideas for someone moving to Chicago

One of my best friends is moving to Chicago at the end of September, got any gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Recommending good non-profits?

My cousin is moving to Chicago. He is working in the social service field, as a Manager and will be looking for jobs when he gets out there. Anyone know of non-profits they would recommend as good places to work or look into? He has experience in mental health, youth and homelessness but is open to broadening his focus. Thanks!
posted by Equiprimordial on Jul 18, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I fight this tow?

My girlfriend's car was towed from the street on a potentially bogus claim here in Chicago. How can we fight this? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jul 16, 2012 - 23 answers

How on earth to sell this object?

How best to value and sell a beautiful, large, fragile antique desk in the suburban Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 12, 2012 - 1 answer

Movers from Milwaukee to Chicago

Any recommended movers for moving from Milwaukee to Chicago? [more inside]
posted by cycleback on Jul 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Crab Legs in Suburban Chicago?

Where are the best crab legs in suburban Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Jul 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Chicago for middle-aged Chinese folk?

My (middle-aged, Chinese) parents and sister are coming to Chicago with me for a week this August to attend my graduation, and would like to make a vacation of it while they're here. Unfortunately, I'm enough of a homebody that few of my pastimes in Chicago are appropriate for groups, so I don't know how to entertain them for a week. We have a few ideas, and would love if the hive mind could offer advice on those or suggest additional ones. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Jul 8, 2012 - 17 answers

First gun range experience: Glock?

I want to shoot my first gun at a firing range and I am thinking of starting with a Glock. Is this goal realistic for an inexperienced woman with small hands? Possible further complication: I live in Chicago and do not own any guns.
posted by agregoli on Jul 6, 2012 - 37 answers

Hyde Park or Flossmoor?

Chicago Question. My husband and I both work for the University of Chicago and are planning to buy a home in the next year. We are debating between Hyde Park and a condo or a single family home in the burb of Flossmoor. Where should be buy? [more inside]
posted by mcbietila on Jul 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Purse repair in Chicago

Anyone know a good handbag repair shop in Chicago? I've got an expensive (leather, fabric lining) purse that I broke the zipper on and would like to have it fixed. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on Jun 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Lombard ---> ORD

What's the best/cheapest way to get three people from a hotel in Lombard, Illinois to O'hare on a Tuesday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 28, 2012 - 7 answers

I-80 road food?

Driving from Sacramento to Chicago along I-80. Any must-stop restaurants along the route (breakfast/lunch/dinner), without too much of a detour? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jun 27, 2012 - 12 answers

What to see and do less touristy in Chicago?

Chicago: Not The Band Or The Musical! What would you do on a long weekend there? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Jun 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me park with Pride

Chicago PRIDE Parade parking question. What's my best bet for parking in the vicinity of the step-off point? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Jun 23, 2012 - 6 answers

looking for therapist recommendations in Chicago

does anyone know of a good therapist in chicago? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Jun 23, 2012 - 4 answers

When and where did I see Chicago on the "Chicago 16" tour?

Does anybody really know what time it was (in 1982, or 1983, when I saw my first concert...)? For a piece on first-ever concerts, I'm trying to figure out when I saw Chicago on their "Chicago 16" tour. I'm guessing it was 1982 and it was in St. Paul, Minnesota, so probably at the St. Paul Civic Center, though I can't swear to that. Are there any master concert lists for the band Chicago, or a ticket stub somewhere? I'd also be curious to see what we paid and if there was an opening act...
posted by GaelFC on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Used bikes in Chicago

Where can I get a used bike for cheap on the north side of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Who's that guy?

Are you familiar with the circa 1960 Chicago White Sox? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 18, 2012 - 12 answers

"Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land." "I was not aware of that."

Road trip: what should we check out in Wisconsin and Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jun 15, 2012 - 38 answers

Where can I find shoes I saw in the window?

I was in Chicago this morning and saw an awesome pair of shoes in the window of Akira Men's on North Ave, that I would love to buy, but I don't live in Chicago and it doesn't look like they sell their men's clothing/shoes online. Where could I find these shoes? [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Jun 13, 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

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