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Social change summer?

What are some awesome non-profits/other social change organizations based in Chicago or the surrounding areas (northern suburbs would actually be ideal)? [more inside]
posted by kylej on Jan 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Show me your awesome neighborhoods, Chicago!

I need advice on awesome Chicago neighborhoods. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jan 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Live in the city, work in the suburbs?

Chicago-specific question: I'll be accepting a job in the northwest suburbs. Is living in the city and working in the suburbs doable? [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Help us print things!

Does anyone know of a good printer (online or in Chicago or DC) that can print small-run, custom-sized, double-sided, durable cards? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for last-minute Chicago Christmas charities

Good morning, MeFi's! It's not to late for me to make Christmas better for some deserving kids and families in Chicago, is it? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Dec 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Guns, butter, widgets.

I attended the University of Chicago Law School. I know almost nothing about economics, much less the Chicago school, but people keep expecting me to. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Dec 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Chicago Recreation

Is it totally nuts for an outdoor loving backpacking tree hugger to move to Chicago for work? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Dec 6, 2011 - 17 answers

What to do in Chicago with a child

What to do in Chicago with 10-year old daughter tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Are there placement agencies that help people find jobs they would never have thought to look for on their own?

Is there some version of a headhunter or career advisor who takes into account the skills you have beyond your resume, and helps you find jobs you wouldn't know about that fit those skills? [more inside]
posted by chonus on Nov 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Heirloom Engagement Ring--is this possible?

My girlfriend and I are planning on getting engaged soon--hooray! She would like to use some family heirloom stones for the engagement ring. We're not sure how to best proceed. [more inside]
posted by notswedish on Nov 28, 2011 - 20 answers

WANTED: Chicagoland therapist specializing in ADD assistance

I am a woman in her early 30's who has been diagnosed with ADHD (or ADD, I don't remember what behavioral health folks call it now) by four different pdocs. I am looking for a therapist in either the NW Suburbs or North Shore suburbs (preferrably those accessible via 294) of Chicago who specializes in dealing with people in my situation. [more inside]
posted by princesspathos on Nov 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Vasectomy in Chicago?

Please recommend a doctor to perform a vasectomy in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 - 3 answers

We're needing a (writer's room) of our own in Chicago...help!

Where in Chicago should I look for a pleasant, airy, well-designed space for a single (very long) day for two writers needing a change of scenery to get some collaboration done? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Nov 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Coming-of-age fiction in Chicago (c. 1980ish)

Please help me find fiction (especially coming-of-age stories; so-called Bildungsromans, the internet tells me; I didn't pay close attention in high school and college lit classes) set in 1970s through 1980s Chicago! [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Nov 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Anyone know of a good wine bar in Chicago for a bday meet up?

Anyone have suggestions for a good wine bar in Chicago to have people meet up at for a bday party? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Secondhand Smoke in Chicago

Any experience in Chicago with resolving secondhand smoke disputes? The neighbor across the hall in the condo I live in smokes incessantly when she is in town. I have reported that the smoke bothers me via the building management, but the smoke from her unit has only increased. It fills the hallway, as well as the unit I am renting. I went through cancer treatment about a year ago, so I am particularly sensitive to cigarette smoke now. I experience headaches and nausea from the smoke. My unit smells like smoke-furniture, clothes, towels, etc. I am worried I will get cancer again. I tried to seal the front door, but am not sure if I have done it the best way. (I'm not too handy.) I am also looking into filing a complaint with the department of public health. I live in a private high-rise residence; however, a good portion of the building is used for short-term corporate and vacation rentals. My neighbor owns her unit. Thanks for any ideas.
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Who booked all the hotel rooms in Chicago next week?

Why can't I get a hotel room in downtown Chicago early next week? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Hip Chicago bar for mom to meet boyfriend at

*CHICAGO FILTER* My shy, relatively new boyfriend  is meeting my mom for the first time while she is in town. Whats a low key hip spot to go for  dinner & drinks. [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

What are some interesting places to eat in Chicago's south side?

Help me plan a food tour of Chicago's south side by bicycle. I'd like to make a little loop starting and ending in Woodlawn, covering < 50 mi and stopping several times to eat small, interesting things. Can you suggest some good destinations and routes? Note that we'll be five sweaty college kids in funny clothes, with wallets to match, so err on the side of "hole in the wall."
posted by d. z. wang on Nov 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Get on the bus?

Last minute Chicago commute question. I have an appointment on Michigan Ave tomorrow morning at 8. Usually I take the 22 bus to Michigan Ave but every morning I hear on the radio that Lake Shore Drive is a mess during rush hour these days. Is it ultimate foolishness to take a Lake Shore Drive bus during rush hour tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Aptitude-based hiring and on-the-job hiring in software companies?

I'm looking for software companies that do 1) aptitude-based hiring and 2) on-the-job training: "If you pass a (often language-agnostic) programming test, in addition to in-person interviews, maybe a code review, etc., we will train you for your job." What companies in the Chicago area follow this model? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Nov 5, 2011 - 1 answer

You gotta pay the troll toll (at the doctor's office.)

Chicagomom/dad filter: looking for an awesome pediatrician for our brand new guy. Got one you love, that you're willing to share? [more inside]
posted by esmerelda_jenkins on Nov 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Small, cheap wedding venue in Chicago for May wedding

I am looking for a venue for a cheap, small (35 people), and simple wedding ceremony in Chicago in May 2012 and are looking for suggestions. We are looking for somewhere beautiful where we don't need to do a lot of set up but is also cheap to rent.
posted by bucksox on Nov 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Winter heating confusion

How do I use a programmable thermostat/heater efficiently in the winter? Specifically, how cold should I let it get when no one is home? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

probably too chilly for a hayride

Fun, romantic autumnal activities for this Thursday or Friday night in Chicago and surrounding area? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Oct 23, 2011 - 2 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

Where to meet in Chicago?

Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Neighborhoods in Chicago for twenty-something foodie?

What Chicago neighborhood is best for a single 20-something foodie? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Oct 14, 2011 - 18 answers

Hotels in Chicago: MYTH OR REALITY??

ChicagoHotelFilter: Heading to The Windy City in early November and I need to find a decent, affordable hotel near Western Ave./Cortez area for a single night. You feel like helping? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Oct 13, 2011 - 11 answers

Cafe Zuppa Chicago-Style

ATTN: Indy -> Chicago Transplants... Please help me find somewhere similar to Cafe Zuppa. [more inside]
posted by meindee on Oct 12, 2011 - 1 answer

What sculpture in LA looks like Chicago?

What is the large red sculpture in LA? I was watching Ruthless People and noticed the final ransom drop took place in front of a large metal sculpture. To my mind, this sculpture looks like the Flamingo sculpture in Chicago. The scene can't have been filmed in Chicago, so what's the name of this similar sculpture in LA?
posted by Monochrome on Oct 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I apply for social security, welfare, or public aid?

Social security, welfare, public aid? Please help me determine what I can apply for. [more inside]
posted by chonus on Oct 8, 2011 - 12 answers

I dreamed about killing you again last night

What should we do on our Honeymoon in Chicago, last week in October? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Oct 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Chicago Therapist for Intelligent Depressive

Chicago Therapist Filter: Looking for a therapist for an extremely intelligent person suffering from long-term depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Artsy Chicago + Birthday Festivities

I am very unexpectedly in Chicago for 2 days, tagging along on a friend's business trip. I love artsy neighborhoods and I'm hoping to walk around and read a book over coffee. Also, I am seeking a late-night birthday dessert or drink location. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I find the best wild mushroom ravioli in Chicago?

Where can I find the best fresh wild mushroom ravioli (at a restaurant) in Chicago? And the best Sardinian food?
posted by agregoli on Oct 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for a good Chicago credit union

Are there any good credit unions in Chicago that have no membership restrictions? [more inside]
posted by chundo on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Psychiatrist reco in Chicago, please

Recommendations for Chicago psychiatrist in the Loop for alcohol addiction and depression therapy, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Suggestions for exploring Chicago's neighborhoods?

We are moving to Chicago (Hyde Park). We've heard Chicago is a "city of neighborhoods" and we plan to explore a new part of the city each weekend. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on Sep 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Money Therapist?

Is there such a thing as a therapist who deals specifically with anxiety stemming from money matters? [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Sep 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Where would you buy a waistcoat in Chicago

Where would you buy a waistcoat (you know, like the vest part of a three piece suit) in Chicago? I know that All Saints has two in the fall line, but they (like the department stores) are both basic black. Guy is looking for something a little more exciting, maybe with matching pants. I don't want the responsibility of sewing it myself (and pants are definitely beyond me, anyway). Custom is probably okay; online is okay; custom on-line is not preferred. He will not have the patience for going through vintage or consignment shops.
posted by crush-onastick on Sep 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne in Chicago?

Where in the Chicago area can I find a bottle of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne? I like the vintages from the 2000s; they run about $120-$150 a bottle. I tried Chicago Wine Co., but they only sell the older vintages from the 90s or earlier, which are at least double the price. Same with House of Glunz. Any high-end wine shops that might be a good bet? The choices are somewhat overwhelming. Thanks!
posted by Atrahasis on Sep 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Chicago copycat recipes

Are there any groups that try to create copycat recipes of local Chicago restaurant food? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Sep 11, 2011 - 6 answers

CBT Therapist in Chicago?

Chicago CBT therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 1 answer

A forgotten SF story about forgetting

SF plot filter. Looking for story (maybe from Larry Niven) about a mysterious machine people keep on bumping into and immediately forgetting. [more inside]
posted by Eltulipan on Sep 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Romantic bars in Chicago?

Anyone know of a romantic bar in Chicago to go for after-dinner drinks on a Friday night? [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Sep 4, 2011 - 8 answers

What are the must-see sites in Chicago for a Korean family?

A Korean friend and his family are heading to Chicago for one day. What would be the best, most meaningful things for them to see in such a short time? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Sep 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Gift for awesome daycare teacher who is moving on?

The lead teacher in my 8-month old's daycare class is leaving and my wife and I want to get her something special. [more inside]
posted by photovox on Sep 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Lawyer recommendation for a small IT consulting company?

Can anyone recommend an attorney for a small IT consulting company in the Chicago/North Shore area? My husband hopes to embark on a new contract with a Big Firm, and it's time to revisit some legal aspects involved in this type of adventure. Many thanks in advance.
posted by onepot on Aug 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Bike-friendly lawyer in Chicago needed

Please recommend bike-friendly lawyer in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by pianomover on Aug 29, 2011 - 8 answers

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