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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Chicago: Not The Band Or The Musical! What would you do on a long weekend there? [more inside]
Chicago PRIDE Parade parking question. What's my best bet for parking in the vicinity of the step-off point? [more inside]
does anyone know of a good therapist in chicago? [more inside]
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...
Where can I get a used bike for cheap on the north side of Chicago? [more inside]
Are you familiar with the circa 1960 Chicago White Sox? [more inside]
"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]
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]
[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]
My wife and I will be moving across an ocean(the atlantic - from Birmingham, UK to Chicago) in a couple of months and in the process I will be abandoning 87.6% of my stuff (everything but sentimental knick-knacks, some clothing and laptops). I'd like advice on rebuilding my stuff collection - furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils and all the other stuff you need to make an apartment livable. What would you do if you could do it all over again? [more inside]
Is it legal to advertise by taping posters to telephone poles, bus shelters, boarded up storefronts, etc? Do outfits like Poster Giant have some kind of special exception? [more inside]
Road trip! My wife and I are taking our two kids on our first real road trip, from the mid-Atlantic to the Midwest. I’d like advice on routes, activities, and must-see stops along the way. Lots of details and specific questions after the jump. [more inside]
I've got a four-hour layover at Chicago O'Hare tomorrow afternoon, during which I'd like to buy a charger and spare battery for my Fuji X100. [more inside]
Opinions on gentrification from a gentrified neighborhood's non-gentry residents? [more inside]
I need to transport about 30 people half a mile in downtown Chicago very cheaply. It seems like the cheapest thing to do is just get 10 cabs since it's expensive to hire a bus or party-van-thing for one short trip. I was wondering if anyone had any different suggestions or have tried to orchestrate something similar.
Where/what to eat in Chinatown (Chicago)? [more inside]
I need a recommendation for a good transmission shop on the northside of Chicago. Bonus points for Evanston, Rogers Park, and the surrounding areas. [more inside]
Where can we get a clear view of the western horizon at sunset to see the transit of Venus, in or near or within a few hours' drive of Chicago? [more inside]
I would like to get a new job in Chicago. What are some things I can do over the summer to maximize my odds at finding employment in the windy city? My field is software engineering. [more inside]
How do talented but isolated creative snowflakes jobhunt from the UK? Two indie game folks seek new life in Chicago. [more inside]
I know that "nice" and "cheap" are mutually exclusive in the world of suit buying, but my fiance has put off purchasing his wedding suit till the last minute and we're sort of broke. [more inside]
The post about Chicago bars got me to thinking about a 4 o'clock bar I spent some time in, and, more specifically, about the bartender who worked in that bar. I do not know the name of the bar and I don't much care, though I guess it'd be fun to know. I do not know the bartenders name, and about that I care very much. [more inside]
I am considering a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) main campus. Where in Chicago should I live?
Where in Chicago should I live if I take a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology? [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of all (or most) of the paintings exhibited at the 1893 Chicago Worlds' Fair, and have so far come up with nothing. Does such a list exist? And where could I find it? [more inside]
We're going to Chicago this weekend! Despite a 50% chance of rain (BOO) I am determined to have an awesome time. We will be staying in Wicker Park and plan to rely mainly on bikes and the L to get around. We aim to eat, shop and explore. Where do we start? [more inside]
What can we do to make a really awesome checkpoint for a live action street chase game? [more inside]
What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago? [more inside]
Did a plane have me in its headlights? [more inside]
How much to spend on a used Bike? (Chicago) [more inside]
I'm in downtown Chicago today and we're looking for a good place to watch the Final Four games this evening. Requirements: good food, reasonable beer selection, and a laid back area where we can grab a table and hang out for a couple hours. Thanks in advance!
I'm leaving the country for three months. Where do I store my car in Chicago during that time? Graduate student, so the cheaper the better...
Does anyone know any good caterers for a wedding in Chicago? [more inside]
Why is a sheet cake at Whole Foods so expensive? Can I do better (in Chicago?) It doesn't need to be decorated, just tasty. [more inside]
What is the easiest and cheapest way to go sailing in Chicago without buying a boat? [more inside]
MakeMyMindUpForMe-filter: If you were a not-so-young-anymore grad student to be, and had to choose between spending the next 6(ish) years of your life in Durham or Chicago, which would you choose on a purely lifestyle basis (academic/$$ considerations being relatively equal), and why? Looking for experiences of those who have lived (not necessarily studied) in either (or both!) places. Semi-relevant details inside. [more inside]
I am a Canadian expat currently living in the UK and I might be moving to Chicago. What kind of things do I need to consider? What are the differences in employment benefits that I need to look out for? I'm married. What are the work visa issues for spouses of someone with a work visa? Where in Chicago can you live (rent) without a car and still have a garden? What am I forgetting?
Help with moving to Chicago! [more inside]
Stores selling used football gear in Chicago? [more inside]
Looking for a lesbian/bisexual lady bar in Chicago. I'm in my mid-20s and looking to meet other women. [more inside]
I am returning from Chicago to NY on a foodie's birthday. What, if anything, can I bring back for him? Limitations/details inside. [more inside]
The Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal has just been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Will this complicate efforts to keep Asian carp out of Lake Michigan? [more inside]
Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
I'm looking for a famous photo from the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention: a policeman, carrying a club, has his arm back ready to strike the photographer. The cop has a helmet, a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, and a bored expression, looking right at the camera. [more inside]
What do you get the guy who has nothing? I'm looking for practical going-away gifts for a friend who's about to pack up his few belongings in his car and move cross-country, broke. [more inside]