Expert Travel Advice to Chicago

Top Answers To Chicago Travel Questions

  • Anonymous user answered:
    Yes, you can ride the Chicago metro from O'Hare to downtown, though this service is slow, slow, slow. It'll take you the good part of an hour, though it is also certainly a cheap and easy way to go. Take the blue line in the direction of Forest Park and get off at the Washington or Monroe stops, from where you can walk to the Silversmith.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    Yes, everything is within walking distance (up to 1 mile). The Grand Luxe cafe on Michigan Ave is really good and reasonably priced. A great free thing to do in the evening is Summerdance: Thursday-Sunday there is a free dance lesson (all types of dance), followed by 2 hours of live music at the Spirit Garden on the south end of Grant Park at Michigan Ave. Check out metromix to find all kinds of events. Here's a few things to keep in mind for your visit--everything you guys are interested in doing is great to see once, but they are all very touristy and will be PACKED, especially that weekend. Don't get up close to the fireworks on Navy Pier or you will never get out--it's packed shoulder to shoulder and will, literally, take hours to get out if you get in too deep. Beware of Chicago public transportation--it's the best way to get around but is notoriously unreliable. If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, you will be smart to give yourself an extra 30 minutes.
  • Anonymous user asked:
    ppmickey answered:
    If I were coming from the UK and wanting to experience the 4th of July, I would probably head for New York City, New York or Washington, D.C. I'm sure there are many other wonderful places, but New York City really knows how to hold celebrations. They have great fireworks displays and great New Year's Eve celebrations. T.here is probably more history in Washington, D.C. or Boston On a personal side, I no longer attend fireworks live, I prefer to watch them on television. Columbus, Ohio holds fireworks on the 4th of July along with activities for families all day long. Their fireworks are called, "Red, White and Boom". It all depends on whether you want the big city experience or would rather go to a small town for their celebrations. Smaller fireworks and a smaller town experience can be just as rewarding. If you are going with friends, go along with them, wherever they are going and share the experience. If you hate large crowds and heavy traffic, watch it on television and keep changing the channels to see what all is happening in different cities. I hope you have success in making your decision, and welcome to the USA.
  • Pieter answered:
    Gino's pizza for deep dish. The Berghoff is my favorite: old school German place with dark interior, great beers and hearty food. Billy Goat Tavern is worth a stop for tourists -- it was the setting for John Belushi's famous "cheezborger" skit on SNL.

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