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December 17

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

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

October 16

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

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

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

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

July 14

Chicago transit help needed

Chicagolanders: Please help me navigate your fair city during rush hour today. [more inside]
posted by donajo around Chicago, IL at 10:34 AM - 15 answers has best

June 26

What's the easiest way to get from O'Hare to downtown Chicago?

My family and I (2 adults, 2 kids, probably 3 pieces of luggage) will be arriving at O'Hare around 4:30 pm. What's the easiest way to get to a condo in downtown Chicago? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn around Chicago, IL at 12:05 PM - 26 answers has best

June 23

Getting around Chicago & Renting a Car

We (two adults and one rambunctious toddler) will be visiting family in Morton Grove, IL this coming week (Jun 28–Jul 4). Although we will be spending a few days with the family, we also want to make a number of trips into the city to see the sights. Since we are outside of Chicago we're wondering about the logistics of getting around. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious around Chicago, IL at 11:05 AM - 18 answers has best

June 11

Looking for the rockingest places in Chicago

I'll be heading to Chicago this weekend for a vacationy weekend in a new city. I've got an armload of plans for various things to see and do (including the Wax Trax popup shop), but I also wouldn't mind doing some shopping while I'm down there. Suggestions for an alt-culture excursion? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon around Chicago, IL at 7:50 PM - 10 answers

May 29

I don't know cities, and I especially don't know this city

I'm interviewing for a postdoc position at the University of Chicago next month. I've never lived in a big city and I don't know much about Chicago at all. I'm going to be visiting and would like to at least get a feel for where I might want to live as a 30-something single woman, and how I would safely get back and forth from work. Advice please? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! around Chicago, IL at 7:59 AM - 18 answers

May 17

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 around Chicago, IL at 7:56 PM - 25 answers

May 16

Save my kids and me from 5+ hours in the car

This summer (mid June) I am carting my family off to a wedding in Bloomington, IN. However, due to various issues, we are flying into and out of Chicago and then driving down. So I need suggests for where to stop along the way so that I don't kill my kids (5 and 2 years old), and they don't go crazy from boredom. [more inside]
posted by katers890 around Chicago, IL at 11:48 AM - 16 answers has best

April 26

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 around Chicago, IL at 10:34 AM - 13 answers has best

April 15

What to see and what not to see in Chicago

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

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

February 12

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

January 22

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

January 7

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