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March 29, 2017

Help plan a road trip NY to NC, June, with a nearly 4 year old.

We're loading up the car and heading to North Carolina for a wedding in late June, from Long Island. I'd love some ideas and tips for things to do, places to stay along the way. We're planning to break the trip up quite a bit and make an event of it. We've never roadtripped with the li'l dude before though and we don't really know how he'll handle things like hotels, long drives, camping(?), etc. Any thoughts and ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Shutter around Chicago, IL at 6:23 AM - 10 answers

March 13, 2017

My kind of town

We're going to Chicago April 18-24. We're a dyke couple in our 40s plus a 14 year old kiddo. Our interests include: music (singer/songwriter or rock/punk continuum), theater, books/zines/comics, delicious foods of all types (two of us are vegetarians), history/walking tours (especially exploring race/labor history/activism), queer things, stuff we wouldn't find outside of Chicago [more inside]
posted by latkes around Chicago, IL at 8:31 AM - 17 answers

January 22, 2017

Chicago Trip + HAMILTON

Help me plan a quick Chicago getaway! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy around Chicago, IL at 7:19 PM - 5 answers

October 18, 2016

Chicago Mefites - Help me find a last-minute inexpensive room

Looking for help finding a last minute room near Chicago's River North district without breaking the bank [more inside]
posted by downtohisturtles around Chicago, IL at 7:46 AM - 12 answers

September 13, 2016

Get on train, relax.

Ideas for a low-key weekend trip on Metra from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon around Chicago, IL at 2:25 PM - 9 answers has best

July 18, 2016

July 4th Chicago fireworks from a hotel balcony?

We live in the Chicagoland area and next year, instead of dealing with the transit/parking/waiting/crowds aspects of watching the Navy Pier 4th of July fireworks display, I thought maybe we could just get a hotel room nearby with a balcony view and watch from there in comfort and style. It seems like many people pull this off every year. What will I need to know? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown around Chicago, IL at 2:42 PM - 7 answers

June 13, 2016

What's good, Chicago?

We're hitting up Chicago this week, from Wednesday through Sunday, for a wedding on Saturday. Looking for tips on what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned around Chicago, IL at 6:52 PM - 20 answers has best

May 18, 2016

Chicago, Chicago, I'll Show You Around...

My wife, our 15-year-old daughter and I are going to Chicago the last week of June (June 26 - July 1). We're looking for some ideas of things to do that AREN'T the usual highlights. [more inside]
posted by briank around Chicago, IL at 8:24 AM - 22 answers has best

April 3, 2016

Off the Beaten Path: Chicago with a 7 year old

My wife is travelling to Chicago with our 7 year old son tomorrow, and she'll be in town through Wednesday. She really only has 2 items on her must-do list right now: the Field Museum & the Museum of Science and Industry. Any other ideas for off-beat food / additional attractions that might be in the same general areas? We can find the traditional "touristy" stuff easily enough, but I'd love to hear suggestions with more of a local flair - - the kind of things you'd never know to try unless someone tipped you off...
posted by richmondparker around Chicago, IL at 11:29 AM - 11 answers

March 29, 2016

Locations in Chicago

Chicago! I need your help finding a location for a photo shoot! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger around Chicago, IL at 5:01 PM - 8 answers has best

February 25, 2016

How busy is Midway (MDW) Airport at 5am on a Friday?

Long security line at 5am on a Friday, or zip right through?
posted by Jason and Laszlo around Chicago, IL at 4:16 PM - 4 answers has best

November 17, 2015

Where to stay in Chicago?

I'm looking for two hotels in Chicago, one convenient to Lincoln Park/Lakeview and the other one convenient to Wicker Park, for a weeklong stay for 3 people. A consideration is that we will have a car that we will be using frequently. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque around Chicago, IL at 8:06 PM - 4 answers

September 22, 2015

How do I enjoy winter biking in Chicago?

I tried biking through the Chicago winter in the past, and was just miserable. How can I make it enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire around Chicago, IL at 9:11 AM - 26 answers

August 5, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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, 2015

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