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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

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 - 6 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

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 - 14 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 - 26 answers

November 16, 2018

Fun dinner destinations in Chicago

I'll be heading with a friend to Chicago on 12/1 for a concert. I'd like to go someplace fun and unique for dinner before the show. I would rather not spend more than about $100 for the two of us. [more inside]
posted by bigdamnnerd around Chicago, IL at 11:22 AM - 10 answers

July 20, 2018

What are the hottest improv shows now in Chicago?

I'm taking the IO Theater's intensive improv summer program right now in Chicago. Awesome fun. Me and my classmates are looking for recommendations on the hottest improv shows. Standup too. I've seen Improv Shakespeare and was blown away. Also Hitch*cock and Matt Damon Improv at Annoyance Theatre.
posted by storybored around Chicago, IL at 11:45 AM - 5 answers

July 5, 2018

What should I do next week with a few hours in Chicago?

I'll be in Chicago next week for a conference and will have most of the day Tuesday and a small portion of Friday to do what I'd like. I am especially interested in places to photograph (but don't have to limit yourself to that). Any suggestions? I will be staying basically corner of Michigan and Ohio St - not too far from Chicago Riverwalk.
posted by UMDirector around Chicago, IL at 6:50 AM - 16 answers

July 2, 2018

Voyage au centre de la prairie

Where in Chicago can I get my car underground as cheaply as possible? [more inside]
posted by theodolite around Chicago, IL at 9:46 AM - 11 answers has best

May 10, 2018

Relocating from LA to Chicago. What to expect?

Moving from Los Angeles to Chicago. What are some of the non-obvious things to know? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont around Chicago, IL at 1:59 PM - 22 answers

April 3, 2018

Authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza

My mom and I are meeting up in Chicago in a couple weeks and I'd like to find a non-touristy place to get good deep-dish pizza. I've been to Chicago once and she's never been there. It looks like we'll be near the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and we'll have all day Saturday and Sunday morning there. Nothing more inside except pizza in ma belleh.
posted by bendy around Chicago, IL at 1:00 AM - 17 answers has best

February 16, 2018

Chicago: Where to see Black Panther on opening day

My partner (white) and our youngest son (black) are in Chicago this morning. The 10yo really wants to see Black Panther, and it occurs to my partner that this could be an opportunity to see it a) on opening day, and b) with a black-majority audience. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by Orlop around Chicago, IL at 8:50 AM - 7 answers has best

January 29, 2018

Renting and regularly walking to this Chicago apt - a dumb idea?

Chicagoans! Now is your time to tell me not to worry so much about crime, that it's grossly exaggerated by paranoid outsiders, and that I should just exercise common sense -- and go ahead and rent this place at LaSalle and North Ave in Old Town. [more inside]
posted by amtho around Chicago, IL at 6:21 AM - 24 answers has best