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Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

I've decided to get out to Chicago with a friend to see the sights and check out the Taste of Chicago. I'm working on putting together a loose itinerary, which I'm sure will change once I arrive. Form a cursory glance online I've found quite a few things that I'm interested in seeing while I'm up there, specifically a Cubs vs Sox game.

However, before I get too ahead of myself, I have a question about transportation. I've heard that Chicago has excellent public transportation (I live in Florida, where it is almost non-existent) and that there is a train or bus that I can take from the airport (O'Hare) to get to my hotel (Ambassador East) in downtown Chicago? Can anyone give me any details about this?

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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

You want the Blue Line, part of the famous 'L' system (aka CTA). Takes you from inside the airport to downtown (takes about an hour).

http://www.transitchicago.com/

You can then change to the Red Line and take that to Clark & Division, which will put you about six blocks from the hotel, or just grab a cab from there. If you have much luggage, you probably won't want to be hoofing very far or taking a bus.

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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

Since you're not familiar with the CTA I'd suggest just taking a taxi, especially since you'll have to transfer. Don't get me wrong it's not overly hard but I personally don't feel like trying to figure out that kind of stuff once I fly into a city I've never been to before. It should only be about $35. Your call on if it's worth it.

As far as the Sox v Cubs game your obviously going to have to pay over face for the ticket and it's probably going to be a lot. At least check out stubhub and see if you're comfortable with the prices.

What weekend are you coming for? I personally think the street fests are by far the most fun things to do here in the city during the summer. (I don't count the Taste as one) Depending on which one is going on during your trip I might suggest checking it out.

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Thanks guys! I'm only bringing a duffle bag, so no real luggage to deal with. I actually was hoping to have a chance to take the "L", so that works perfectly.

What is the deal with the Transit Card/Chicago Card. It is my understanding that they allow for reduced fare and transfers? I'm guessing that I will probably be using the CTA for getting around during my 4 day stay. Is getting this card worthwhile?

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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

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Thanks guys! I'm only bringing a duffle bag, so no real luggage to deal with. I actually was hoping to have a chance to take the "L", so that works perfectly.

What is the deal with the Transit Card/Chicago Card. It is my understanding that they allow for reduced fare and transfers? I'm guessing that I will probably be using the CTA for getting around during my 4 day stay. Is getting this card worthwhile?
I'd check out the 3 Day or 7 Day pass here Definitely worth it if you plan on traveling a lot by CTA around the city.
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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

As someone who has only been there once I will say that it's really pretty easy to navigate the CTA.
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if you are into museums they have free days. heres the list. http://www.chicagohotblog.com/chicago-museum-free-days
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What was the weekend you are coming?
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Cubs/Sox game: doesn't matter which stadium you go to, you can the the Red Line North to Wrigley or Red line South to the Cell.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/
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I would just walk from Clark/Division if you only have one bag. Just go east on Division (east is always toward the lake )and then north on State. Only a few blocks up from Division.

If you ever seen the movie North By Northwest ... your hotel is the same one.
Also check out the Pump Room in your hotel.
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I've decided to get out to Chicago with a friend to see the sights and check out the Taste of Chicago. I'm working on putting together a loose itinerary, which I'm sure will change once I arrive. Form a cursory glance online I've found quite a few things that I'm interested in seeing while I'm up there, specifically a Cubs vs Sox game.

However, before I get too ahead of myself, I have a question about transportation. I've heard that Chicago has excellent public transportation (I live in Florida, where it is almost non-existent) and that there is a train or bus that I can take from the airport (O'Hare) to get to my hotel (Ambassador East) in downtown Chicago? Can anyone give me any details about this?
They have the El in Chicago, Each of the different lines are color based, Find out where you are staying, and it should be very close to a certain color line. The great thing about the EL is that it makes many stops.
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Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
They have the El in Chicago, Each of the different lines are color based, Find out where you are staying, and it should be very close to a certain color line. The great thing about the EL is that it makes many stops.
The El is what we have been calling the CTA
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I found the train system in Chicago to be easy to use, although the Loop stations are ridiculously close together. Like, "yell real loud and talk to your friend at the next stop" ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by rocketsauce View Post
What was the weekend you are coming?
I will be up there from Sat - Tues (June 26 - June 29th)


Originally Posted by chino77 View Post
if you are into museums they have free days. heres the list. http://www.chicagohotblog.com/chicago-museum-free-days
Thanks, that is definitely something I would like to try and fit in.

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If you ever seen the movie North By Northwest ... your hotel is the same one.
Also check out the Pump Room in your hotel.
Cool, off to add it to my Netflix queue. Pump Room... wow that conjures a lot of thoughts, some a little stranger than others.

Originally Posted by rocketsauce View Post
The El is what we have been calling the CTA
Downloaded a CTA app for the iPad and checked it out a bit today, I am very impressed with the city's public transit... well at least from what I've seen online.


So far on the short list, I am looking to check out:
  • Taste of Chicago
  • Giordano's - even though there is one in Tampa, which I am near.
  • Hancock Building
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Sears Tower Skydeck
  • Wrigley Field - May just watch the Sox/Cubs game at a local bar and catch the Cubs/Pirates at Wrigley
  • Grant & Millenium Park
  • Portillo's
  • Grand Lux Cafe (Just because I love the one in Vegas at the Venetian)
  • Chinatown
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Magnificant Mile

Anything else you guys can recommend?
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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

Originally Posted by Spy021 View Post
I actually was hoping to have a chance to take the "L", so that works perfectly.


Why?
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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

The best way to experience the taste of Chicago is a weekday afternoon.
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Why?
Some people like public transit.
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Re: Going to Chicago - Got some Questions

Brookfield Zoo > Lincoln Park Zoo. Also, if you like museums, the Science and Industry museum and Field Museum of Natural History are pretty great. And the Shedd Aquarium is pretty cool as well.
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Brookfield Zoo > Lincoln Park Zoo. Also, if you like museums, the Science and Industry museum and Field Museum of Natural History are pretty great. And the Shedd Aquarium is pretty cool as well.
The Museum of Science and Industry is awesome, but huge. I couldn't believe how big it was. You can even watch chicks hatch!
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Originally Posted by rabbit77 View Post
The best way to experience the taste of Chicago is a weekday afternoon.
Actually it should be, if you really, really, really have to go to the Taste of Chicago then only go on a weekday afternoon.
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[*]Sears Tower Skydeck

Anything else you guys can recommend?
skip the sears tower and just go to the top of the hancock for free. it has amazing views and there is a lounge up there so you can spend the money you saved on a drink.

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Brookfield Zoo > Lincoln Park Zoo.
lincoln park zoo is free and actually in the city. brookfield is a looong expensive cab ride away. i think lincoln park zoo is very nice. and its right by wrigley field so you can stop by there a few hours before the game.
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Two words.

Hot. Doug's.

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Two words.

Hot. Doug's.

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ive lived here 10yrs and still have never been there. i really need to make it a priority this summer. i gotta try those duck fat fries.
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Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
Actually it should be, if you really, really, really have to go to the Taste of Chicago then only go on a weekday afternoon.
Well I was going to recommend just going to the actual restuarant you're interested in, but relented.

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