Chicago Warnings and Dangers

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    Road Construction in the Suburbs
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    O'Hare on a wet August afternoon...
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Most Viewed Warnings and Dangers in Chicago

  • 1. Common Sense Advice / Sketchy Neighborhoods

    I've lived in Chicago for most of my life and know the city well. Down town area is fairly safe but watch out for groups of teenagers as they have been jumping and mugging people the last few years....

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  • 2. Beggars & Scam Artists

    We were near Buckingham Fountain at Dusk (to see the lighted fountain). A thin, black woman about 5'4" approached us (four women). Scam woman had Chicago postcards in her hand and started on her story...

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  • 3. Parking

    Updated 9/16/13 Parking in Chicago is expensive, especially during the week. Sometimes you can get early bird specials on the weekdays if you come early enough. If you are coming in by plane, you...

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  • 4. The EL (Elevated Train)

    Chicago is a great city but great cities have there problems also. When on the train keep your eyes and ears open, don't fall asleep on the train and try not to travel alone, especially at night.......

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  • 5. Dishonest Taxi Drivers

    First of all,Chicago cab drivers are mostly from all over the world, if you or some other tourists just hop in the cab which is driven by a "none-experienced" cabbie, then you'd better have your...

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  • 6. Weather

    We like to joke and say when people ask about seasons in Chicago that we really only have 2 seasons - Winter and Construction. It seems that in recent years the winters have been more mild and thus...

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  • 7. Minor Frustrations

    In a related article that came out on the same day as my previous warning/danger tip was this about hanging out at the beautiful Chicago beaches: Beaches and parks are closed from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00...

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  • 8. Traffic

    I had no difficulty at all wandering around central Chicago on foot. I used my common sense, looked both ways several times before stepping off the sidewalk (pavement), followed the instructions given...

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  • 9. Other Crimes

    Be forwarned - if you stay at a Chicago-area Marriott, they charge $6 (that's right - SIX DOLLARS!) for a large bottle of water. DO NOT drink the bottles they leave in the room - the charge will...

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  • 10. Lake Michigan

    My first downtown walk on a Saturday afternoon started out OK but I soon saw the signs of fog creeping in off Lake Michigan as the tops of the buildings began to be enveloped in the area where the...

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  • 11. Driving - Navigating

    After the official VT meeting ended in Chicago in June, 2011 I got up early Sunday morning since we were staying at a hotel downtown and went on my own photo safari between 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m....

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  • 12. Hotels

    Chicago is a big convention town so at times when you think you should be able to reserve a hotel with no problem (like the middle of February when the temps are below zero) and are finding really...

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  • 13. Taste of Chicago

    As Chicago gets ready for its annual Taste of Chicago festival I saw an interesting article about Chicago festivals and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle). Here is some of what the article said: "Carrying...

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  • 14. Construction Work

    One of my favorite sites in Chicago is the Clarence Buckingham Fountain, known as "Buckingham Fountain". Much to my dismay, this last trip to Chicago in September of 2008, the beautiful and popular...

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  • 15. Gang Activity

    the Loop thrives on Convention goers to keep the hotels and restaurants filled. Black gang muggings continue to increase, they no longer just shoot each other On the south side ( not far from the...

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  • 16. Navigating in Chicago

    Just know where you are going and how to get there before traveling around town. Don't rely on other people to tell you which train or bus to take. However, if you do need info, the best people to ask...

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  • 17. Protesters

    As in every city, you will encounter protestors and/or the homeless. I remember congregating in front of the Wrigley Building as a long line of protestors paraded down the main streets of the city. I...

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  • 18. O'Hare

    If you are flying in from outside the US and/or you are not a US citizen, do allow *plenty* of time to get through passport control. This really matters hugely...

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