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.... more
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... more
Been using FasPark to help me find street parking in Chicago and have to say that it works pretty nicely. Does it find a spot for me? No, but it reduces my driving around looking for a spot like... more
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....... more
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... more
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,... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
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... more
Chicago is a great city in so many ways - and the locals will be glad to share with you many ways to make your stay in their metropolis memorable! Why else do you suppose that it's called "The Windy...
My connection with Chicago goes back to February 1994 when I visited there for the first time. Though a much too long story to mention here, I became best friends with a wonderful grandmother named......