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December 24, 2021

Chicago Recommendations

My partner and I will be in Chicago at the end of March. Looking for recommendations! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight around Chicago, IL at 1:25 PM - 8 answers

December 22, 2021

He wants to see the Bean

My grown daughter is bringing her boyfriend home for Christmas. He's never been to Chicago and when I asked if there was anything he particularly wanted to do, she said he wants to see the Bean. What else can we do while we are there? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork around Chicago, IL at 6:44 AM - 17 answers

December 4, 2021

Help us plan 24-48 hours in Chicago

My spouse and I plan to spend a day or two in Chicago, hopefully in the fall of 2022. Please help us make the most of it. We will arrive and leave by Amtrak. We will be there only a short time because we have other stops to make. [more inside]
posted by NotLost around Chicago, IL at 8:20 PM - 19 answers has best

August 25, 2021

Two slightly rainy days in Chicago during Covid

I will have Friday and Monday free bookending a conference. I've not been to Chicago since I was a kid so I don't have a frame of reference for how crowded places typically are on weekdays. I have some risk tolerance for being in public spaces with masks (and don't involve eating or drinking indoors) if they're not too crowded but definitely don't want anything with a dense crowd. The current forecast is moderate rain Friday morning and likely scattered rain Monday. [more inside]
posted by Candleman around Chicago, IL at 10:37 AM - 11 answers has best

July 12, 2021

Outdoors, but not nature, between Chicago and Normal, Illinois?

I'm living with an immunocompromised person, so my vaccinated self and a vaccinated friend would like to meet somewhere outdoors. I would also like to avoid grass/ticks and water/mosquitoes. Are there wide-paved trails or restaurants with extra-spaced outdoor seating, somewhere approximately halfway between Chicago and Normal, Illinois? Unremarkable but ok restaurants, as well as especially weird/cool suggestions, are welcome.
posted by zeek321 around Chicago, IL at 7:07 PM - 2 answers has best

July 8, 2021

Day trips from Chicago

I live in Chicago, have an impromptu week off, and want to do some day trips with friends. What are my best options for leaving in the morning and getting back home by midnight with an amazing day behind me. OK if they’re in the city or outside of it, provided the above occurs :)
posted by sirion around Chicago, IL at 7:03 PM - 14 answers

April 24, 2021

Where to stay in Chicago?

Where to stay in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo around Chicago, IL at 3:06 PM - 19 answers has best

April 5, 2021

Monk for a Month? Specific places?

I'd like to step deeply into a different spiritual place for a few weeks in November in East Asia -- What specific venues take in foreigners who want to be amateur, yet dedicated practitioners? [more inside]
posted by jander03 around Dekalb, IL at 11:43 AM - 8 answers

July 14, 2020

Chicago staycation with a 1.5 year old: What to do outdoors?

We have a week off in early August and are in Chicago. What are some good, toddler-friendly, social distancing-friendly things to do? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont around Chicago, IL at 10:16 AM - 7 answers

May 28, 2020

Underrated lakes/towns for a lake house in Michigan/Wisconsin/Illinois?

It is late spring and that means I start to dream about buying a lake house. We are in Chicagoland and it seems like most people go to Lake Geneva or to southwest Michigan, but are there lakes/towns that you have loved to visit that are less well-known? Preferences are down below. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket around Chicago, IL at 12:16 PM - 7 answers

May 4, 2020

Chicagoland beach we could "visit" from the car?

Every Mother's Day since forever, we have gone to Indiana Dunes National Seashore/Park. It is my wife's favorite thing in the world. This year of course we cannot do that, but I really want to find a place where we can at least still enjoy a nice view of a beach and the lake while we sit safely in the car. Do you know of a Chicagoland beach/viewpoint that is particularly nice from the parking lot?
posted by AgentRocket around Chicago, IL at 12:10 PM - 5 answers has best

December 13, 2019

Learning/self-improvement vaction in Illinois/Iowa?

Next May I'm going to be in Illinois/Iowa for a week with not much to do (long story). Are there any cool places that run week long retreats, intensive courses, or just ways to be immersed in something new alongside interesting people for a few days that you'd recommend? [more inside]
posted by Junebug79 around Illinois at 6:33 AM - 7 answers

November 12, 2019

What should I do this week at night in Chicago?

I'm in Chicago at work for the first time ever, and I'm kind of bummed it's so cold and dark and that lots of the usual night tours and such are closed for the winter (because it's so cold and dark). Anything open after 5 you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by clarinet around Chicago, IL at 3:08 PM - 9 answers has best

October 19, 2019

Where to spend a whole day in Chicago with two young kids?

I have one day to entertain two kids ages 3 and 7 anywhere in Chicago. I'd like to visit a neighborhood rather than the center of the city where we've spent most of the time so far. [more inside]
posted by Shusha around Chicago, IL at 7:25 PM - 13 answers has best

September 11, 2019

Getting around Chicago, stuff to do near Evanston, plus vegan traveler

I'm going to a conference at Loyola University next week. I didn't register early enough to get in the main hotel. The shuttles they're setting up probably won't be enough for me. I could also use recommendations for vegan food in the area. Please help. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal around Chicago, IL at 6:37 AM - 14 answers has best

September 2, 2019

The best penne arrabbiata in Chicago

What the title says! It's almost my birthday and I want to eat the best penne arrabbiata in Chicago. Bonus points for good atmosphere, burrata, outdoor seating, and easy to get to on public transit, but all of those things are negotiable.
posted by goodbyewaffles around Chicago, IL at 4:31 PM - 2 answers has best

August 21, 2019

Where to stay in Chicago for a quiet, artsy vacation?

I'm planning a little getaway to Chicago for a few days in October. I've never been, and am looking for ideas for places to stay, whether it be neighborhoods or actual hotels/B&B's. (And a bit of specific advice on things to do -- details inside!) [more inside]
posted by kalimac around Chicago, IL at 10:19 AM - 9 answers has best

May 17, 2019

Chicago for One

Last minute plans for vacation went south. How best to salvage a mini Chicago vacation by myself? [more inside]
posted by Champagne Supernova around Chicago, IL at 7:24 PM - 15 answers

March 15, 2019

April Chicago trip with Kid. What do?

We are headed to Chicago second week in April with a 10 year old. I've always wanted to take him to the Field museum so that is on the list. What else is a really terrific and uniquely Chicago thing to do with a kid? Doesn't have to be ONLY for kids. I am not interested in a kids' museum, aquarium, or zoo, etc. unless it's a particularly good one - I just feel like we see plenty of those and can do that any time. I'd also love suggestions for any good, unusual, and fun restaurants that a kid might also enjoy. No car.
posted by ReluctantViking around Chicago, IL at 1:45 PM - 27 answers

December 28, 2018

I would like to look at beauty

Can you help me compile a list of beautiful places to visit and beautiful things to see in northern Illinois or thereabouts? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel around Illinois at 2:16 PM - 18 answers has best