Chicago Warnings and Dangers

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  • 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. 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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  • 3. Beggars & Scam Artists

    I was stopped on a street by a guy who offered to shine my shoes. His friend walked away by about 15 feet, but stayed close by. I turned down the shine, but the man insisted he wanted to show me his...

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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

    Chicago weather is unpredictable, I've seen days with 40 degree temperature changes in the course of an hour, days that start out sunny and end up rainy, snow as early as October and as late as May,...

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  • 7. 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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  • 8. Driving/Traffic/Road Construction

    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. Minor Frustrations

    Of all of the places I've been, I find that people from Chicago have the biggest attitude problem!!! I don't find them usually very friendly, and many of them have "a chip on their shoulder." They can...

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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. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. Traffic, Traffic, Traffic

    Lest you think we joke about the bad traffic in Chicago the 2 pictures shown here are on Interstate 55 the main southwest highway into and out of Chicago. These...

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  • 15. Chicago has 2 Seasons - Winter and Construction

    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...

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  • 16. Hanging Out at the Beach

    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...

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  • 17. Be Careful if You Drive

    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...

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  • 18. Traffic-All Over and Constant

    A place to get ready for delays. We traveled from Naperville, about 30 miles west of the city center and it took 2 hours in bumper to bumper traffic. This time...

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  • 19. I'll Drink To That - Or Maybe I Can't

    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...

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  • 20. Renovation of Buckingham Fountain

    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...

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  • 21. Waaaaayyyyyy too many beggers downtown

    Along with that beautiful scenic, elaborate hotel, (and right outside it) there are probably the most bums Ive ever seen in a downtown area with hardly no...

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  • 22. Central Areas

    For such a big city I found the central areas of Chicago that I wandered around to feel incredibly safe, especially the areas north of the Loop. The Magnificent...

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  • 23. Avoid...

    If you're planning to visit SEARS Tower or any other skycrapers,make sure it's not foggy,otherwise you won't see anything outside.So it'll just be waste of...

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  • 24. Birds

    This is not a major warning i.e. nothing that endangers you, but worth mentioning.It might be my imagination, but birds in this area seem to have a Kama Kazi...

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  • 25. Some useful advice

    As a lifelong resident of this city, I can provide slightly more helpful tips than the now cliche "avoid the southside" spiel. Comisky Park (I know, it's U.S....

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