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How do I take the Metra from Union Station to Naperville?

I'm taking the Amtrak to Chicago next month and am planning on taking the Metra out to Naperville after I arrive so my mom can pick me up, but I'm not quite sure how to do it. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on May 17, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me fill out my Chicago itinerary for next weekend!

My husband and I are landing in Chicago for the first time on Saturday, May 3rd and will be there until the evening of the 5th. One purpose of the trip is to visit my husband's father, who has been living there for the last year, but the other is to explore Chicago. We are staying at La Quinta in Downtown Chicago, mainly because we got a good deal on it through Hotwire. My husband's dad lives at the Streeter, in the Near North Side area. What should we see while we're there? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Apr 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Places to stay & things to do in Chicago - Schamburg area

My husbands 30th birthday is coming up in April and he'd like to go away for a romantic weekend to Chicago. [more inside]
posted by wwax on Mar 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Chicago Churches

I am looking for a church in Chicago - one that meets a few particular requirements. [more inside]
posted by Ruby Me on Feb 18, 2014 - 6 answers

Chicago/UIC-filter: What food donations to send to UIC Strike HQ?

What kind of food donations can I send to the UIC faculty strike headquarters? [more inside]
posted by mostly vowels on Feb 17, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I Hot Water Heater in Chicago?

So we've started fixing up our condo a bit with an eye on selling it later this year. I managed to install a new dishwasher all by myself, and am feeling pretty good about it. Of course, a day later we notice that there's a puddle of water under our 18-year-old hot water heater, so I can't really rest on my laurels. More Inside! [more inside]
posted by Oktober on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Places to Stay Near Subway in Chicago

I'm planning on traveling to Chicago from NYC for the first time in April, and I'm trying to find a place to stay (right now, via Airbnb). I've checked the recent Chicago travel questions, but they all seem rather car-centric, and I'm planning on commuting largely by subway/walking (and buses, if necessary). I'm trying to figure out how to stay somewhere safe, near a subway line. [more inside]
posted by EggplantPizza on Feb 12, 2014 - 13 answers

Suburban Chicago Wedding Venue Needed

A good friend of mine is getting married, and asked me to enlist the hive mind to help her find a venue. She is looking for something budget-friendly but unique; located in the West or Northwest suburbs (about a 50 mile radius from Chicago but not further south than Plainfield), for about 150 guests. A place that would allow them to bring their own food and liquor would be ideal, and park district venues are acceptable.
posted by Fig on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

What should I do for 8 hrs in Chicago? (Difficulty Level: Polar Vortex)

I'm going to have a long layover in Chicago next week, and will be able to spend about 8 hours in the city (daylight hours, thankfully). I have never been to Chicago before, and would like to take advantage of the opportunity to sightsee the key attractions. However I take it that this isn't necessarily the most clement time of year to visit that fair city, especially with the polar vortex returning. What are the key highlights of Chicago that I MUST see/do that are doable in sub-freezing weather? Alternatively, is there anything that this weather would actually improve (I saw some astonishing photos of Lake Michigan from earlier this month, for instance)? I will not have a car, and I also won't have a particularly warm coat. Any other tips?
posted by ClaireBear on Jan 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Chicagofilter: guesthouses or inexpensive lodging options in Hyde Park?

I'll be attending an event at the University of Chicago, and need to find a place to stay nearby. The block of hotel rooms reserved for attendees is still more expensive than I'd like, especially x2 nights. Is there anything like a guesthouse or more dormitory-type accommodations available near campus? (Is this a total pipe dream?) [more inside]
posted by Austenite on Jan 7, 2014 - 18 answers

Place in Baltimore (Mt. Vernon area) to watch the Chicago Bears game

I'm visiting Baltimore and am staying in the Mt. Vernon/Midtown area. Is there a good place nearby to watch the Chicago Bears game tomorrow?
posted by nightwood on Sep 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Where should I take my parents to eat in Chicago?

My parents are coming to visit in Chicago and I'm trying to think of restaurants to take them. Doesn't have to be fancy, but they're in their mid-50s and 60s so nothing divey. They're not into ethnic food (although Thai is ok) and nothing super spicy. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Sep 14, 2013 - 24 answers

Migraine Doc in Chicago

Hello, I am a long time allergy and asthma sufferer in Chicago. Recently this summer, I have been experiencing major headaches as the weather shifts dramatically. I have an ENT who has been working with me closely, but this is going beyond their area of expertise, as my sinuses, Eustachian, and nasal passages are clear. He thinks the problem/swelling is originating from above my sinus passages. (Sorry for TMI.) [more inside]
posted by dovesandstones on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Chicago-area camping for beginners

I'm looking for a place to go camping for a night, preferably on/near Lake Michigan, over Labor Day weekend, within a 4 hour drive of Chicago. I have never camped before. I have a tent and a tarp. I need help with location, how to make fire, what to do about food, and other things a 32-year-old camping virgin should know before setting out. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by norrington on Aug 23, 2013 - 21 answers

CTA from O'Hare to hotel north of Loop: best transfer station?

Tonight I need to get from O'Hare airport to a hotel at 540 N Michigan Avenue. It looks like I should take the Blue Line to Washington Station, walk to the Red Line Lake Station, and take the Red Line to Grand Station. Good plan? Would it be easier to change at Jackson Station? 2 more stops each way, but then it looks like less walking between trains.
posted by lakeroon on Aug 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Safety of Chicago neighborhoods?

My fiancee are moving to Chicago in a month and are trying to get a handle on where safe places to live are. I am starting grad school at UIC and won't have a lot of income. I tend to be skeptical of claims that neighborhoods are "sketchy" because this is often rooted more in perception than reality. For reference, I've lived in the Petworth area of DC for several years now, and have always felt comfortable and haven't personally experienced crime. However, I'm not quite as familiar with Chicago and I wouldn't want to end up in a situation where my safety is compromised. Right now I am specifically checking out a couple places near Division & Rockwell. Does that raise any red flags? I know the area around Humboldt Park tends to have a bad reputation. We are also keeping our eye on Logan Square and Pilsen. Any thoughts?
posted by boygeorge on Jul 10, 2013 - 16 answers

Where can I rent a ramp or a light wheelchair in Chicago for tomorrow?

I am doing a fundraising event tomorrow evening at Reza's Restaurant in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, in a second floor private room. I was just informed that two guests who use motorized wheelchairs are coming. When I called Reza's to double check the capacity of their lift, they said it cannot accommodate the weight of motorized chairs. Legality and ADA-compliance aside, I want to make sure that all of my guests can get to the event. Where can I rent either a ramp (because the restaurant does not have one of their own) or a light, airport-style wheelchair TOMORROW?
posted by deliciae on Jun 17, 2013 - 10 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's his naaaaaame?!

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

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

.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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Fuji Battery Charger

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]
posted by erikgrande on May 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Need Help So I Can Be Good At Art

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]
posted by DeltaZ113 on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Check out this checkpoint

What can we do to make a really awesome checkpoint for a live action street chase game? [more inside]
posted by bibliogrrl on Apr 10, 2012 - 19 answers

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago?

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Apr 8, 2012 - 32 answers

Did a plane have me in its headlights?

Did a plane have me in its headlights? [more inside]
posted by MustardTent on Apr 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to watch the NCAA games in downtown Chicago

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!
posted by chrisamiller on Mar 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Should this City Mouse Become a (pseudo)Country Mouse?

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]
posted by Dorinda on Mar 12, 2012 - 25 answers

Is the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal now protected from closure?

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]
posted by me3dia on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Chicago Sky color average

I need the color of the sky in Chicago every day for the last year. Does this exist anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Chicago buildings for running stairs?

What are the best / tallest buildings in downtown Chicago to sneak into and run stairs? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Jan 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Tomorrow in Chicago!

Ready? Top two things my wife and I can do in Chicago tomorrow...GO! [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Jan 12, 2012 - 18 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

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