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Do you recommend an extra day to visit Art Prize?

I'm planning to visit Art Prize 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI, with a friend. We'll be going on weekdays. My schedule is flexible, such that I could spend about a day extra in either Chicago (where I'm flying in/out) or Grand Rapids. I will not have a car for this extra day, but I will for the 1.5 days that my friend will be with me in Grand Rapids. What are the pros/cons of spending my extra time in Chicago or Grand Rapids? Is 1.5 days enough time to see Art Prize? [more inside]
posted by pril on Sep 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Chicago transit help needed

Chicagolanders: Please help me navigate your fair city during rush hour today. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Jul 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Midwest US to UK beer arbitrage

My wife wants to bring an American craft beer to a former colleague who is primarily a real ale drinker in the UK. He is pretty game to try anything (and is more of a hophead than I am) and we would like to get him something he can't get there and that is a bit different (so no American Belgians for instance) but also worth the hassle. What should we get? We are in Chicago and probably have to get it from Binnys.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 27, 2014 - 20 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 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

Chicago on New Year's Day. What's there to do? Where to go?

Catch: New Year's on a Wednesday. I don't have the surrounding days off. [more inside]
posted by harisund on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Chicago/Evanston places to go?

Visiting northwest side of Chicago this weekend, staying in Evanston. It's been YEARS since I've been back and I'm noticing on Yelp all my old favorite places have closed or gone terribly downhill. Can anyone recommend any cool places to check out? Chicago sights/tastes for my partner who hasn't seen much of the city? [more inside]
posted by Locative on Jul 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Chicago Filter : Where should we stay? What should we do?

My SO and I are planning a long weekend trip up to Chicago with another couple in the fall. Wondering about the places to stay and things to do. We will most likely be driving so we'll have a car to get around town, so where we stay doesn't neccesarily have to be in the hub of all the touristy crap that we'll no doubt want to do at some point. I'm more concerned about other things. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Jun 11, 2013 - 20 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

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

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

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

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

Foodie gift from Chicago

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 20 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

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

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

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

Attractions between Cleveland and Milwaukee?

Driving between Cleveland and Milwaukee with a day to spare; any ideas about interesting things to see? Not that interested in Cedar Point. Leaving the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to go to Alpine Valley Music Theater for Pearl Jam's 20 Anniversary concert, if that context will help. Like national parks along with man made attractions.
posted by jwmelvin on Aug 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Parking in the Loop and Eating A Nice Dinner Out (with a catch)

Chicago weekend! We're staying in the Loop, but I don't want to pay ridiculous parking prices. I also want to go out for a good meal at a restaurant that can make happy both a vegetarian and a steak-lover (at the same time). [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Aug 4, 2011 - 19 answers

Where to spend a couple hours waiting north of Chicago at night?

Please help me find some place pleasant, close to a train station, to pass the time from 10:00pm-12:00am north of Chicago, IL. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Chicago!

What's going on in Chicago this month? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jun 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Ideas on things to do/places to stay in Chicago?

I'm a 26-year old guy travelling to Chicago in August with 2 friends. Where should we stay and what areas/neighborhoods/things should we check out to get the full Chicago experience? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Vacation in Milwaukee and Chicago

Planning a vacation in Milwaukee and Chicago over the memorial day weekend. Any advice on - What to do/see ? - Restaurant/Food options? Thanks :-)
posted by WizKid on May 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Hidden Chicago

Best of quirky/weird/arty/geeky Chicago [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Mar 5, 2011 - 25 answers

One Night Only!

Its apparently Chicago night on AskMe. I'm in Chicago for one night only (near the corner of Randolph and Wacker) and I'm really tired. Nevertheless, I'd like to do something that says "Chicago". I'm at a conference all day tomorrow. What can I do tonight??
posted by anastasiav on Mar 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Please Chicago, if you will, entertain my baby and me

Give me ideas for activities for a couple in Chicago the weekend of December 10 - 12. Also, what's Chi-town's version of the Village Voice? [more inside]
posted by item on Nov 17, 2010 - 15 answers

I need a hotel in Chicago

I need advice and/or a recommendation for a hotel in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Janta on Oct 13, 2010 - 11 answers

Going to Chicago next Sunday - car some days; what to do?

Headed to Chicago the 15th. Been to Chicago before (love it!) First time for the fiance. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Aug 7, 2010 - 16 answers

NYC - Seattle: how?

What's the best way to get from New York to Seattle without losing too much money (or my life) and possibly getting a great experience too? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 29, 2010 - 15 answers

Windy City Entertainment?

My sister is traveling to New Jersey in a week or so. She has this question: Myself and two others traveling by bus later this month and we have an 11 hour layover in Chicago, starting at about 5 in the morning on Tuesday. So I was wondering if there is anything really interesting to do while in Chicago for that time that is very inexpensive (Perhaps less than $5.) or free. (Free is always good. :) ) [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 on Jul 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Ten days in Skokie

How to get around and what to see in Chicago? Caveat: I'll be staying in Skokie. [more inside]
posted by armage on Jun 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Things to do in ORD for 8 hours

We're going to be in the chicago airport (O'Hare) for 8 hours this Saturday between flights, and I'm looking for any info on things that might be fun to do, or restaurants that are particularly good, or anything else that comes to mind. We'd rather not leave the airport, and its a pretty mixed group as far as ages and tastes go, so any sorts of recommendations are great. Many thanks
posted by korej on Jun 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Chicago Trip

Day trip to Chicago [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Oct 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Even if we leave after we catch a fly ball at Wrigley in the first inning...

Travel-Filter: If my wife and I stay downtown in Chicago, how long would it take to see all the tourist-y sights we want to see? [more inside]
posted by QUHZK on Sep 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Roadtrip! Only in a responsible parent sort of way.

We are traveling from Chicago to Columbus, OH next week and to keep things interesting we'll have our 15-month-old in the back seat. I'm wondering if people who have made this drive have advice in terms of routing, avoiding traffic tie-ups and stopping points. [more inside]
posted by Morydd on Sep 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Boston or Chicago for the gay guy on the go?

Boston or Chicago -- which is the better city for the gay traveler? [more inside]
posted by sevenyearlurk on Jul 28, 2009 - 18 answers

get me out of here

Most economical way to get from USA (Chicago) to Europe (specifically Venice) in the summer. Willing to fly to an undesirable city and take a train. please share experiences
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 3, 2009 - 9 answers

meeting internationals

Are there any resources in Chicago for meeting people who have moved from another country?
posted by nyu2 on Feb 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Chicago!

What can I do to make one perfect night in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Sep 3, 2008 - 15 answers

My kind of town?

I want to know if it'd be a good idea for me to move to Chicago. I'm going to be spending a day or two there this weekend. I know there are plenty of AskMe questions by tourists wanting to know how to enjoy their brief stay there. My question is different: where should I go / what should I do to help myself decide if a more-or-less permanent move to Chicago would be a good idea for me? [more inside]
posted by jejune on Aug 7, 2008 - 18 answers

Scenic drive from Mpls to Chicago?

Recommend a scenic travel route from Minneapolis to Chicago. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Jul 29, 2008 - 9 answers

fun things to do alone in Chicago?

What should I do alone in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 1, 2008 - 21 answers

What to do in Chicago?

So we've got one day to spend in Chicago and we want to make the most of it... [more inside]
posted by vitrum on Jun 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me fly the vegan skies

Vegan airport/airline dining - connect and lunch in Dallas (DFO) or Chicago (ORD)? Somewhere else? How long to allow for a connection to assure we can eat at the restaurant you recommend? We're traveling from Raleigh-Durham to San Francisco and it's looking kind of grim for in-flight meals; it's > 7 hours overall travel time but broken into two segments; best advice for not-having-to-pack-lunch? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 24, 2008 - 14 answers

I Can Haz Pierogies?

Is anyone going to the Pierogi Fest this year? Has anyone ever been? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on May 19, 2008 - 6 answers

O'Hare to Springfield - cheap style!

I'm travelling to Chicago in a few months, what's the cheapest way to get from O'Hare to Springfield and back again? [more inside]
posted by samstarling on Apr 4, 2008 - 5 answers

Driving is fun, for a while.

What's the best way to drive from Chicago to Seattle in February? [more inside]
posted by 517 on Jan 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Traveling to Chicago for work - what shouldn't I miss while there?

I'll be in Chicago this Sunday (October 21st) through Wednesday. As a first time visitor - what can you commend to me? [more inside]
posted by revbrian on Oct 19, 2007 - 17 answers

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