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April 15

Sooooo... my parents will visiting loverly Chicago... unfortunately, I just noticed that they won't fly in May 17th, but APRIL 17th. In two days. I'm a dumb. Anyway, I need some advice on what we should check out while they're here. I have a couple ideas, but I haven't done much of Chicago's touristy stuff since I moved in several years ago. What are some big obvious things that are actually worth the hype? Any hidden gems you like? They'll be staying downtown, but we'll have cars available so travel isn't a problem. I have mobility issues, so bonus if it's sitting down/limited standing.
posted by Evilspork around Chicago, IL at 12:14 PM - 18 answers has best

March 21

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 around Chicago, IL at 12:38 PM - 8 answers has best

February 12

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 around Chicago, IL at 10:13 AM - 13 answers has best

January 22

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 around Chicago, IL at 7:26 PM - 17 answers

January 7

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 around Chicago, IL at 11:47 AM - 18 answers has best

December 23, 2013

Catch: New Year's on a Wednesday. I don't have the surrounding days off. [more inside]
posted by harisund around Chicago, IL at 9:23 PM - 4 answers

December 7, 2013

This is pretty last minute, but I'm visiting Chicago tomorrow for a short period of time, and need to catch an early train back home the next day (it leaves Union Station at 6:00 AM). I'll be in Lake View and/or apparently Boys Town that night/morning. Particularly around the intersection of Halsted & Addison. I have two bus choices (151 and 8) to go from there to Union Station. 1) Should this area be safe after 4:30 AM to be waiting around for a bus for 10-20 minutes? 2) Do you have any experiences with either bus being on time this early? 3) Bus 8 actually doesn't drop me off right at Union Station, so how safe should the area around Union Station be around 5:30 AM? For what it's worth, I'm a guy, but I don't have any city living experience, and am definitely not threatening looking. (Also: I'm aware of the bus tracker web app, but my phone can't access it, so I can't just wait inside where I'll be until the bus is nearby) Thanks!
posted by SollosQ around Chicago, IL at 5:27 PM - 15 answers

November 26, 2013

I have two passes to an American Airlines lounge that expire at the end of the year, and only one opportunity to use them between now and then. I've never been inside of an airline lounge before, so I don't really know what I'm missing, and I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth dragging my wife to the airport an extra hour early so these don't go to waste. [more inside]
posted by ndg around Chicago, IL at 9:24 AM - 20 answers has best

November 2, 2013

I'm going to spend the day exploring Pilsen tomorrow. What are your restaurant, gallery and store recommendations?
posted by adverse_conditions around Chicago, IL at 12:42 PM - 6 answers

September 24, 2013

Trying to figure out off-the-beaten-path ideas for Chicago-land activities with family during a Thanksgiving visit. We (Mrs. jferg, jferglets (5 & 7), and I) will be staying with my aunt and uncle in Valparaiso, IN for the days surrounding Thanksgiving; Wednesday-Saturday. Sister will be visiting her SO's family a little north of Milwaukee at the same time. Would like to meet up with sister and SO in Chicago area for one of those days. I'm looking for something fun to do that isn't going to be completely packed with other tourists and humanity (or, $DEITY-forbid, Black Friday shoppers), where we can actually interact and have fun rather than spend all day following each other around a crowded museum. We've done most of the standard Chicago tourist fare (museums and tall buildings) on previous trips, and after the packed (and expensive) aquarium trip last Black Friday, I kind of just don't want to set us up for that again. Weather is always a crap-shoot in November, so zoos and parks are ... not guaranteed to be an option. Suggestions from natives or people with more Chi-town knowledge than I? [more inside]
posted by jferg around Chicago, IL at 8:21 PM - 4 answers

September 18, 2013

Hello, I'll be in Chicago soon, alone, for a conference in a hotel near the Navy Pier. I'll have two half days on my own, so I wanted suggestions for cool things to do for an art, design, food, music and comics nerd that will work with my limited time. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang around Chicago, IL at 11:31 PM - 24 answers

September 16, 2013

In a few months, I am moving to Chicago. I will be working in Hyde Park, and am trying to decide where to live. I am rather enamored of Andersonville. What other neighborhoods might I like? [more inside]
posted by willbaude around Chicago, IL at 11:56 AM - 15 answers

August 22, 2013

Is 4AM late at night or early in the morning? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar around Chicago, IL at 7:04 PM - 26 answers

August 7, 2013

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 around Chicago, IL at 9:18 AM - 5 answers

July 18, 2013

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 around Chicago, IL at 8:09 AM - 25 answers has best

July 11, 2013

We're getting hitched Oct. 19th in Chicago and only have time for two nights somewhere within 4-5 hours driving distance. Please help us think of somewhere autumn/honeymoon appropriate to go! [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls around Chicago, IL at 6:33 PM - 21 answers

June 14, 2013

Could you look over my preliminary agenda and fill in the gaps? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 around Chicago, IL at 12:36 PM - 28 answers

June 11, 2013

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 around Chicago, IL at 7:54 AM - 20 answers

May 18, 2013

I would like to take some photographs of spiral staircases. I’m looking to capture the basic construction of the object from its components, rather than any particular aesthetic beauty. Simpler would be better, and emphasizing the engineering over the architecture. If possible, I would prefer to take my photographs at a quiet time in a public building walkable from the loop in Chicago. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by Fiery Jack around Chicago, IL at 11:27 PM - 1 answer

April 20, 2013

I Pricelined myself into a two nights at a hotel in downtown Chicago. A few seconds later, I thought to check the Bedbug Registry. DANT DANT DAH, it has bedbug reports. Given these reports, help me assess the risk of actually encountering bedbugs, so I can decide whether to just abandoned the money I just paid (~$300) and get another hotel. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt around Chicago, IL at 9:01 AM - 10 answers has best