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August 5

Chicago at the end of September

I'll be visiting Chicago from 9-24 through 9-30. I'm looking for recommendations on where to stay, hopefully near rail, places to eat, and suggestions on things to do besides what's covered in CityPass. Thanks.
posted by Apoch around Chicago, IL at 6:42 PM - 17 answers has best

July 21

Introduce us to Chicago

We’ve never been to Chicago, but we’re moving there. A reconnaissance trip is in order! I’m looking for some pointers on what to do, where to go--and possibly also how to find an apartment. [more inside]
posted by snorkmaiden around Chicago, IL at 6:50 PM - 17 answers has best

July 20

Why is there a fringe curtain at the Jefferson Park CTA stop?

My initial ideas were that it provides shade or shielding, but I don't see any monitors or equipment that it shades, and it only covers a small part of the stop. I haven't noticed fringe at other stops. here is a picture.
posted by bleary around Chicago, IL at 2:06 PM - 16 answers has best

July 13

Help me get around Chicago on Public Transit

My SO & I will be visiting Chicago next weekend - arriving at O'Hare on Friday morning, staying at the Hilton on Michigan Ave, departing O'Hare on Monday morning. We'd like to be able to use bus/train exclusively, so I'm looking for tips & tricks - what are the best apps to use, helpful hints on how/where to buy tickets, etc. Thanks in advance!
posted by dotgirl around Chicago, IL at 2:21 PM - 7 answers

May 11

Company/Service that specializes in just packing for Chicago?

We have a move scheduled soon with a company we've used before and are happy with. The SO has about 6-8 medium boxes worth of valuables and delicates she would like professionally packed before the move; the company we have can do this the same day but has indicated this would result in delays and does not recommend it, and they are unable to send someone the day before. Is there anyone that will help us with just the packing part? [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 around Chicago, IL at 9:41 AM - 2 answers

May 6

Curbside Check in at O'Hare for Delta?

I'm having no joy getting answers to this: is there curbside check-in at Chicago O'Hare for Delta? My wife is on a flight on Monday, and will be arriving by cab, and currently has a foot problem which means she can't lug her luggage inside.
posted by blue_wardrobe around Chicago, IL at 10:17 AM - 4 answers has best

April 29

Chicago Now

I'm going to be in Chicago this weekend. What should I do? Interests and schedule inside. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight around Chicago, IL at 3:07 PM - 24 answers has best

April 14

Summer road trip from Chicago with infant

My wife and I have a new baby and a serious case of cabin fever/wanderlust. We're considering taking a road trip this summer. Is this a terrible idea? If not, where should we go? Would Gatlinburg, TN be fun? [more inside]
posted by jordemort around Chicago, IL at 3:45 PM - 9 answers has best

March 25

Alternate venue for childcare? (Chicago)

I'm organizing a weekend workshop that offers free childcare to attendees. We have a childcare provider; however, for our next event, we ran into the snag that the office space we're using for the workshop itself isn't allowed to host childcare for insurance reasons. [more inside]
posted by anotherthink around Chicago, IL at 1:13 PM - 4 answers has best

February 3

Picking a Chicago neighborhood 2015 Edition

Could someone help a bemused dude make the transition from a crappy midwestern city without amenities to Chicago? Bonus complications and questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey around Chicago, IL at 10:49 AM - 18 answers has best

January 27

Place to work in downtown Chicago?

I'm in downtown Chicago for a conference. Where can I sneak away to work for a few hours every day? I would like to walk somewhere close to the Intercontinental Hotel downtown with my laptop and index cards and just write. [more inside]
posted by k8lin around Chicago, IL at 8:44 PM - 11 answers

January 21

How did you find your awesome Chicago apartment?

What's the current best service for finding apartments in Chicago if you know the general area you'd like to live in? I'm checking out Craigslist and Padmapper, but would love recommendations for specific realtors or apartment-hunting services or basically anything you've had luck with. [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen around Chicago, IL at 2:38 PM - 12 answers

December 21, 2014

cheap Chicago parking for short visit

I'm staying at Hostelling International. It's near the corner of LaSalle and S Michigan, practically adjacent to Millennium Park. I'll try to use public transit as much as I can for the 3 days I'm here, but I expect to use my car a couple times. I'm willing to trade a little convenience to save a little money. Where should I park? Thank you.
posted by stuart_s around Chicago, IL at 4:45 PM - 6 answers has best

December 17, 2014

Chicago/Antioch coffee and vegetarian recommendations

Where can we get excellent local coffee and snacks and a great vegetarian meal while in Chicago/Antioch next week? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato around Chicago, IL at 9:13 PM - 14 answers

November 17, 2014

Left Wallet in Cab in Chicago. Need Help Immediately.

I'm visiting Chicago for a day. Of course the first thing I did was leave my wallet in the cab I rode in on. It was some independent guy not an agency so I can't call them. I do have a charge on my debit card (still in my pocket thankfully) which was made using a Square reader. That also says the guy's name. Can I track him down this way? [more inside]
posted by Winnemac around Chicago, IL at 8:52 PM - 11 answers has best

October 16, 2014

What's new in Chicago?

I lived in Chicago for years and generally come back pretty often, but somehow it's been over a year since my last visit. What new/newish restaurants, bars, and attractions — new within the last, say, 18 months — should be at the top of my to-do list on my upcoming trip? [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein around Chicago, IL at 6:26 PM - 3 answers

What should I see during Open House Chicago?

It's Open House Chicago this weekend. Last year I focused on my area, Lakeview & Lincoln Park, and saw the churches, war memorial and some classic apartment buildings. What cool buildings should I go see this time around? My preference is for ones that are only available for the Open House. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert around Chicago, IL at 1:56 PM - 7 answers has best

October 2, 2014

Where, specifically, to meet on a weekday morning, near Chicago

Next week, on a weekday morning, I need to meet up with a friend near Chicago. She'll be coming from Peoria in a car; I'll be coming from Logan Square, with a carry-on size suitcase and no car. We'll be driving together to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Can you suggest a specific spot that might work? [more inside]
posted by pril around Chicago, IL at 7:34 PM - 7 answers has best

September 25, 2014

Chicago in November

I have an opportunity to go to Chicago in November for work. The meeting is at a hotel near O'Hare with a room discount. I'd like to pay for the extra plane ticket and bring my wife along. I don't know what question to ask so if I didn't ask one that I should have please answer that too. If this works then I would take vacation days that could make some of the things work that otherwise don't look like they would. 1. Car/no Car? 2. Things to do for my wife while I'm in meetings? 3. Possibility for Amish things? 4. Zoos? 5. General safety - around OHare, other places that we might walk, say downtown. I wouldn't ask this but we were in Dayton and I found out after that there had been near riots during the time that we were there. 6. Is public transportation good to get around? Thanks very much. PS I searched and I didn't find anything quite like this.
posted by notned around Chicago, IL at 4:45 PM - 21 answers

September 13, 2014

Chicago Hotel room for 3 adults

What's the best hotel choice in downtown Chicago for a hotel room for 3 adults, i.e, 2 beds and a cot/rollaway/sofabed? [more inside]
posted by mikel around Chicago, IL at 3:34 PM - 9 answers has best