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    • Avoiding the Dan Ryan?

      by gamegirl61956 Online Now 20 hours ago

      Is it possible to avoid the Dan Ryan coming from central Il and going to Evanston IL?

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      Rush hour traffic

      by kathys2850 Online Now Jul 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      We are driving out of the city on Monday evening to stay at a hotel out near ohare. If we wait until 7-8 o'clock to leave will we miss rush hour?

    • Boys tour in August

      by sargentatarms Online Now Jun 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Hello from England,
      I'm visiting Chicago with a friend and we're going to climb skyscrapers, eat too much food etc but also wanted to possibly hire jet ski's, do a helicopter tour and go to a shooting range. Can anyone recommend places for these? Really appreciate any help.

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      Driving into city.

      by kathys2850 Online Now Jun 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      We are driving into the city from Wisconsin on Sunday morning the 6th of July probably around 11:30. Looking to avoid heavy traffic if I can. Will there be a problem late morning?

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      Flying Toronto -> Chicago -> Tokyo -> Hong Kong - Short layover in Chicago

      by GreyGoose36 Online Now Jun 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      I was looking for flights from Toronto to Hong Kong in July and noticed JAL has the cheapest flights by far ($400 cheaper) than any other airline. Once I checked the itinerary I found out why. Every single flight choice for the special offer has a 45 minute layover in Chicago at noon on a weekday.

      I called JAL customer service and they assured me

      1. The 2 flights will be in the same terminal. 2. The gates should be close together. 3. I will not have to pick up my checked luggage and go through security again.
      4. If I miss the flight and it is the airline's fault, they will put me on the next flight they can.

      I plan to call them again tomorrow and ask what constitutes the 'airline's fault' (how late does the flight have to be to be their fault?), but just how bad of an idea is this? Obviously this isn't ideal but it would be $400 cheaper. I'm not working in July so I wouldn't even mind prolonging my trip by half a day to a day if it meant me getting to my destination at no extra cost.


    • where to stay

      by melbox91 Online Now Jun 26, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      When looking at where to stay what is the best area? Thanks

    • best spots to visit

      by Vanessa_Maria Online Now Jun 17, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Hi!I'm travelling to Chicago this fall and I was wondering which are the best and safest spots to visit there? Any recommendations would be very much appreciated ;)

    • How long will Millennium Park take?

      by HaulinOats21 Online Now Jan 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM


      I will be visiting Chicago from DC in the Spring and I just wanted to plan an itinerary before I do so. The day I was hoping to visit Millennium Park was the same I was hoping to take a boat tour of the Riverfront. I was expecting to get to Millennium Park by about 2pm. From that time, about how long would it take to visit all of these things if I am not rushing?

      Art Institute of Chicago (most likely 2 hours) - though I am thinking about doing this a separate day
      The Bean
      Cloud Gate
      Lurie Garden
      McCormick Plaza
      Wrigley Square
      Buckingham Fountain
      Jay Pritzker Pavilion
      Crown Fountain
      BP Pedestrian Bridge
      Chicago Cultural Center
      Grant Park

      Would this all be do-able in about 4 hours? I figured they are all within yards of each other.


      10 Answers Apr 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM
    • Hotel near United Center?

      by LillianK1228 Online Now Jan 14, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      Hello, can anyone tell me what the best hotel would be for a Blackhawks game? I'm looking for one close to the United Center, not a dump hotel, but something suitable?

      5 Answers Mar 10, 2014 at 3:28 AM
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      Airport conditions

      by taurean_traveller Online Now Jan 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      My step daughter is due to fly in to Chicago on Monday from UK.
      Just wondered what the conditions are like at the moment.
      I know we will be notified by our courier if there are problems but just wondered what it's like from people on the ground.
      Keeping an eye on the conditions from the UK but weather is too "generalised" to have any real idea

      9 Answers Jan 7, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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      Vegetarian restaurants

      by chantalpineault Online Now Jan 7, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Hello Chicago people, anybody knows of any good vegetarian restaurants in downtown Chicago?



      5 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 2:04 PM
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      Hotel Felix, River North

      by Dek39 Online Now Jan 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      We have just booked a five night stay in the Hotel Felix, River North. Has anyone stayed at this hotel? If so what are your thoughts? Is the location good? Is the area nice?

      21 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM
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      apt from air b n b

      by chantalpineault Online Now Jan 6, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      ok, now I am looking at two different apt from air b n b. One is in wicker park and the other is in old town, which location do you think is best? thanks!

      6 Answers Jan 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM
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      Chicago with a teenager!

      by chantalpineault Online Now Jan 6, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Hi all, I am Canadian and I will be visiting Chicago from June 27 to July 1st. I am looking to organise a fun itinerary for myself and my 16 years old son! He is very open minded and curious about almost everything! Any suggestions to make this mother/son trip a very fun time? (We will be staying in old town Chicago) :)



      12 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM
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      visiting chicago

      by chantalpineault Online Now Jan 5, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Hello, Im going to visit Chicago for the first time... Would it be better for me to stay in old town Chicago or the Ukrenian village?

      7 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM
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      Chicago to LA

      by ErlandasZ Online Now Jan 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I'm planning my summer holidays (mid august to mid september). I'm planning to fly to Chicago from Manchester, stay there for 2 or 3 days, then rent a car and get on the road to Los Angeles from where I'll fly back to Europe. I'm planning this trip to take somewhere between 10 and 14 days, and I want your advices of what to see to make these holidays special! The only thing that I've got on my list is the Grand Canyon, but I want to see as much as possible in the short time that I'll have.
      Things that interest me the most:
      Amazing landscapes,
      Desert roads with nothing but cacti from both sides
      Small towns where I could feel like in a western movie!

      Give me some ideas of the best roads to take, things to see and places to visit!


      8 Answers Jan 6, 2014 at 5:03 AM
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      i have 9-10 days in march to do some travel! i want to drive westcoast

      by travmeubanks Online Now Jan 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      so im about 45 minutes out from chicago IL im a 24yr old male and have been seeking an adventure and have been really wanting to fulfill this urge to travel! I want to travel to the west coast ! By leaving from chicago what would be some of the best stops for me? i want to see national parks, monuments, beautiful scenery, things i would not be able to see in person in Chicago ha! i will be driving too!

      5 Answers Jan 4, 2014 at 6:40 AM
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      Chicago Hotel

      by Dek39 Online Now Jan 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Can anyone recommend a good hotel to stay in Chicago? We are currently looking at hotels around the Chicago river. Looking at a decent hotel that is not too pricey. The Westin is a potential hotel we are looking at booking.
      Any advice?

      21 Answers Feb 9, 2014 at 7:37 AM
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      Chicago and Road trip

      by Dek39 Online Now Jan 1, 2014 at 3:32 AM

      Hey there we are planning a road Trip in September. I have always wanted to visit Chicago (I am from the UK,and a Bears fan), and planned to spend around 5 days there. After that we are looking to go on a road trip.
      My initial plan is this - Drive down Route 66 stopping possibly at Springfield, IL. We then plan to drive to St Louis, MO.
      After that we plan to visit Nashville, TN, then onto Louisville, KY, then to Indianapolis, IN, before returning to Chicago to fly back to the UK.
      Would this Journey be feasible in around 14 days (Including 5 days in Chicago)? Also would anyone recommend alternative places to visit on the route I am planning?
      And lastly, can anyone recommend are good place to stop off for day between St Louis and Nashville?
      Any advice would be much appreciated.

      12 Answers Jan 2, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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      Christmas EVe

      by PTKeil Online Now Dec 14, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Hi, all. We have had a change in our 15 year traditional Christmas Eve plans (day and night) and are looking to do something special to create new traditions. We live an hour outside of Chicago. The break in tradition started last year, and we did a special dinner at home, but frankly it was rather depressing. It just didn't feel like Christmas to me, if that makes any sense.
      That being said, we've decided to shake it up. Looking for a start late morning to do some exploring, and then rounding out the day with a dinner somewhere special and then maybe see some lights? Lincoln Park Zoo is closed Christmas Eve. It will be hubby and I and two very late teens, with possibly grandma and grandpa who are both mobile and easy going.

      1. During the day, what would be a fun thing to do? Where would be best to walk around, explore, etc. but with an eye on special Christmas traditions?
      2. Ideas for dinner? Obviously having to park only once would be ideal, so coordinating the day with the night would be great, but is not completely a necessity if it's something special. We don't want anything over the top upscale. I don't want to walk around in a skirt/dress/dress clothes all day long and look frumpy by the time dinner rolls around. We literally eat any kind of food.

      I know it's a lot to ask, but thanks for any ideas!

      13 Answers Dec 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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      Museums and pizza on a limited time

      by tanyalara Online Now Nov 27, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      I'm visiting Chicago next week and have very limited time. What is the must-go museum in the city (I'm interested in all kinds of art, from classical to modern) and where can you get best deep-dish pizza near Magnificent Mile?

      12 Answers Dec 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM
    • family travel

      by liketotravel16 Online Now Nov 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      nervous about safety travelling from western suburbs to downtown with 2 young children... any advice/comments?

      8 Answers Nov 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM
    • mini-vacation to Chicago for 1 week

      by liketotravel16 Online Now Nov 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      We will be in Lombard with young family and wanting to travel into Chicago for 'day trips' - should we drive in or take public transit? We decided to stay in this area as downtown hotels/condos all booked or very pricey. Thanks

      9 Answers Nov 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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      Chicago hotels?

      by lallarebecca Online Now Nov 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      I´m travelling to Chicago in late May and will stay 2 nights. I know that there is still some time left, but when I´m checking it seems that there is almost no availability on the hotels downtown/central Chicago, and the few that have availability are extremely expensive. Is something special going on from May 30 - June 1, 2014? Or will more rooms probably be available when we get closer in time?

      13 Answers Nov 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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      Architecture Boat Tour

      by whistleshrill Online Now Nov 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Hi there

      I will be spending 4 days in Chicago (13 Dec to 16 Dec, although) with my family which includes two children of age 8 and 10.

      Initially, I had wanted to include the Architecture Boat Tour but it seems that they are closed for December. May I know if there is any other company which runs the tour in December?

      If no, I am at a loss of where to bring the children as I need to keep them entertained with activities suitable for them. Zoos will not be on our list. Is there any list of buildings that I can travel on my own to see?

      Currently, I have included the following:
      1. Skydeck
      2. Millennium Park
      3. Christkindlmarket
      4. Navy Pier
      5. Michigan Avenue

      Please advise on any other places that I can include.

      Thank you so much.

      19 Answers Nov 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM
    • Restaurant

      by sueharrington Online Now Nov 7, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Is Szala's on Archer permanently closed?

      5 Answers Nov 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM
    • Arriving NOv 6 night until NOv 11 in Chicago

      by sheriepurie Online Now Oct 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Looking for recommendations for hotels downtown that are close to the top attractions in Chicago, We were thinking of staying at the Fairmont but see it had bed bugs in june 2012.

      6 Answers Oct 15, 2013 at 4:00 AM
    • Transportation in Chicago

      by pugmom7 Online Now Oct 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      We are planning a trip to Chicago Oct 17-21. We fly into O'Hare. We are staying in Oakbrook Terrace. From there we will be going into the city each day. I'm not sure what we need to buy. RTA, CTA, PACE, METRA, and VENTRA.
      What do we need to get around?

      8 Answers Oct 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM
    • transportation from Chicago to South Bend Indiana

      by mzonni Online Now Oct 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Staying in downtown Chicago and need transportation from Chicago to South Bend Indiana to see a Notre Dame game. Any Suggestions?

      6 Answers Oct 6, 2013 at 8:08 PM
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      A few tips for a short trip, please.

      by acloud Online Now Sep 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      I will be going to Chicago with my 3 grand kids next week for a few days. They are good travelers (well the 1 and 3 yo are, not sure about the 8 week old yet). We are staying at the Palmer House. We want to see the Aquarium and the zoo for sure. Since I don't think we will be staying at either place all day, any suggestions about afternoon fun? they will eat anything and I am a foodie, so please throw me some suggestions of local places that we can get to easily without a car. This is my first trip to Chicago, even tho I've been wanting to go for years. I'm so excited, just wish it were longer. Thanks for your help!

      14 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM
    • Transportation??

      by pkschultz Online Now Sep 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      My group of 12 needs to get from Union Station to the First Lady boat tour at Wacker & Michigan?????

      1 Answer Sep 1, 2013 at 8:21 PM
    • Funky red castle on michigan avenue

      by Veraly Online Now Sep 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      What is the funky red castle on Michigan Ave? I can't seem to find it highlighted!

      4 Answers Sep 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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      Where's the best place to buy euros in Chicago?

      by Sharonov Online Now Aug 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      The exchange rate offered by my bank (Northern Trust) is horrible. Harris is even worse. I'm supposed to arrive with 500 e's to pay for my apartment upfront, so won't have the luxury of using a bank in Berlin. Anybody know of a place to get a decent rate?

      9 Answers Aug 30, 2013 at 3:15 AM
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      Walking distance

      by kathys2850 Online Now Aug 20, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Could someone tell me how far it would be to walk from the Radiisson aqua blu to the area of Millenium park where the Chicago trolley stops? I am coming to town with my mother and although she has no physical limitations its a little hard for her to walk long distances. I am not exactly clear on where we would get the trolley.

      2 Answers Aug 23, 2013 at 8:10 AM
    • Best Boat Cruise

      by MaineGirl Online Now Aug 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      I will be in Chicago in September and would love to take a boat cruise on Lake Michigan. I need some advice about which one is the best value for the price. Any thoughts?

      6 Answers Aug 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM
    • Chicago water taxi

      by Sunny21 Online Now Aug 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Does any one know how far walk from the Water Taxi China Town Stop to China Town?

      1 Answer Aug 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM
    • Chicago water taxi

      by Sunny21 Online Now Aug 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Does any one know how far walk from the Water Taxi China Town Stop to China Town?

      1 Answer Aug 18, 2013 at 8:19 AM