Illinois 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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Illinois Warnings and Dangers

  • Common Sense Advice / Sketchy...

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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. Put your IPhone away in transit stops. If someone comes up to you and starts to talk to you at a bus stop etc watch around you for others. Do not go...

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  • Beggars & Scam Artists

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 of how she is collecting money for a shelter for battered women (of course appealing to four women). She gave us her so-called story of abuse and...

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  • Parking

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 should not need to have a car. If you are lucky enough to find a free or metered spot on the street, check all the signs very carefully. There are...

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  • The EL (Elevated Train)

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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.... for the most part the trains are safe and easy to get around, if your attending an event then you have nothing to worry about since there is tons and...

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  • Dishonest Taxi Drivers

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 google map handy or you could just remind the driver to get the right direction from dispatch radio which is intalled in every single cab in...

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  • Weather

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 the construction season goes on now between March 1 and December 1 every year. Sometimes it is just minor construction and you will only have to detour...

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  • Minor Frustrations

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 a.m. so even though you can catch the sun setting in the west (not that easy looking west from Chicago towards to suburbs with all those huge...

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  • Traffic

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 by the lights....and trusted no driver. But there clearly is a problem with pedestrians and cars, as evidenced by the numerous signs I noticed:...

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  • Other Crimes

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 automatically be added to your bill at checkout. Now, I travel enough to understand hotel's charge more for standard items, and I don't mind paying a...

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  • Lake Michigan

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 Michigan Avenue bridge crosses the Chicago River. I guess this is to be expected from living next door to the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume...

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  • Driving - Navigating

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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. While walking by the Chicago River I happened upon the City of Chicago Auto Pound and saw this demolished high end cab. When I saw the writing on the...

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  • Hotels

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 high rates, there's probably a big convention in town. Before booking that airfare, you might have a look at this website to see what is in town when...

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  • Taste of Chicago

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 alcohol into street festivals, Taste of Chicago, Outdoor Film Festivals, parks or beaches isn't allowed." "City ordinance prohibits drinking alcohol...

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  • Construction Work

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    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 fountain is off limits to visitors and surrounded by a tall construction fence [see photo #2]. The only reason I have a photo of it is because the...

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  • Be Watchful. You Drive Your Own Issues

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go:#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • Winters Can be Brutal-Summers Hot

    The weather has extremes, and I have been in winter weather so bad you do not know what to do. You can easily get your car buried in 2-3 feet of snow, and if in the City, the snow plows will plow you in. Winters last way too long and are depressing. The summer months become hot and humid and only the lake breeze helps slow down the sweating.

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  • Chicago Police

    They can be a real hard line deterrant to crime, but take the law too far at times. If you are a foreigner, watch out for the south side around Cicero. On the other hand these guys are needed to control the certain type of people that can tear up a city.

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  • Chicago - Lake Shore Drive

    If driving on Lake Shore Drive, be prepared to stop for occasional tilt bridge opening. Stop might last for some 10 minutes or so.Not advisable to jump like the Blues Brothers did in their cult movie!

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  • Drinking & Boating on Chain O Lakes

    The Chain-O-Lakes are located about 40 miles northwest of Chicago and just south of the Illinois/Wisconsin Border in Lake and McHenry Counties of Illinois. We just always call these lakes The Chain. This network of lakes consists of 9 major lake basins, which makes it the largest inland recreational water area in all of northeastern Illinois. They...

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  • What To Beware Of In The Illinois Great...

    I don't want to discourage you from visiting all the wonderful outdoor opportunities in Illinois; however, I do want to be honest and warn you of:a. In Southern Illinois there are many high bluffs and cliffs without fences or barriers. Take great care, especially if it's been raining.b. Weather conditions change quickly in Illinois so be...

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  • Toll Roads!

    Illinois roads are some of the best-maintained in the country (this is personal opinion, but trust me on this one). That is because of higher gas taxes in Illinois and also because of toll roads. So, if you're driving in Illinois, make sure to have LOTS of quarters, nickels, and dimes; it will save you loads of time at the toll stations, rather...

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  • Beware of speeding

    Illinois is one big speed trap. Beware of speeding on your way to or from Chicago. It's possible to do, but you might need a radar... or do people use those anymore? We don't have to worry as much in Callie. :::knocks wood:::

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  • Illinois is freezing and windy in...

    VTers have described Chicago as cold and windy. But if you happen to visit its suburbs or other Illinois towns by the lakes, you will forget about the cold of Chicago. It is really freezing outside of the city.In the winters the exposure to outside climate may be short, but it can bring a serious calamity on a casual tourist. Be warned upfront. No...

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  • As in Most Large American...

    As in Most Large American cities,Chicago has Crime and lots of it.Stay away from areas of the West and South sides especially at night.The City took over the Murder capital of the US from New York last year and its a distinction that the city doesnt want.The Winters here are tough as well so it would be best to avoid the city in the winter.

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  • Outside of Chicagoland, it's...

    Outside of Chicagoland, it's just rural Illinois! Um, maybe my only advice to you is to watch out for the rest areas. They're clean, and nice, and pretty safe, I suppose... but at least in the men's restrooms, all of the stall doors are extraordinarily low, so one can look in on you. Weird.

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  • Winters can be severe and you...

    Winters can be severe and you have to be prepared for some cold and harsh weather December to March.

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  • Beware Chicago has its share...

    Beware Chicago has its share of problems just like any other big city in the USA, but in my opinion is generally a safe one, with tonnes of friendly folks around.

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  • Stay out of the South Side. ...

    Stay out of the South Side. Especially after dark. At night I would not venture down lower Wacker Drive which runs North to South through the middle of the City. Upper Wacker is the street with the Opera House and Thearters.

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