The Best Hacks for Chicago, According to Our Readers

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You know a film Chicago, the Sinatra strain “Chicago,” and a rope Chicago? They’re all formed on a genuine city! And when we asked residents of that city for their best Chicago hacks, they gave us hundreds of them. Here are some of a best.

For Visitors

First off: It’s technically a Willis Tower now, though only call it a Sears Tower. And it’s still a tallest building in America if we don’t count a World Trade Center’s hat.

Now let’s start with navigation tips and favorite spots from Andyjamesdie:

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Here’s another transport beam from Heavy Metal Lawyer:

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And one from PoopedTheBed:

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And a cluster of inexpensive and giveaway spots from tfpHumorBlog:

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Check out a “3 dollar tour” beam by Bruno Puntz Jones, a beam to removing around by Chris, a prolonged list of museums and attractions from Papa Van Twee, and a list of to-dos (including BBQ Supply Co, Hoosier Mama, and a turtle races during Big Joe’s) from AaronAM.


A prolonged beam by fatherjabroni includes some caveats about a movement complement and roads, and some favorite song venues:

Metro, Empty Bottle, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, The Hideout, Old Town School of Folk Music, Park West. Avoid a Aragon. Green Mill is nice, though overshoot on Friday and Saturday nights. SPACE in Evanston is a good venue, though small. SPACE is permitted by transit, though a bit of a hike. Plan accordingly.

Dailylife knows a improved approach to get a city perspective from a Hancock (and lorem ipson recommends display adult around 5 for this):

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Getting Around

ViewoftheSouthSide and efrog2.0 have some pushing tips:

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Cell use is bad downtown, a few readers forked out. So here’s an analog navigation tip from blipsman:

Learn a grid – State Madison, in a Loop are a 0/0 from that all directional coordinates originate. Each 100 increment is 1/8 of a mile, vital streets are each 1/2 mi. Knowing a coordinates or residence you’re during can assistance fast establish where we are in a city. And learn a vital roads and sequence in a areas we frequent.

Sherryist warns, “Everyone here speeds and is assertive while driving,” with left-lane speeds of 75–80 mph. “Your safest plan is to stay in a distant right line if we do not know where we are going.” She and oldasempire determine that a cops don’t do many (at slightest to white drivers) on a expressways. (According to oldasempire, that’s since state cops, not Chicago PD, are obliged for a interstate.)


For parking, efrog2.0 suggests a ParkChicago app. Papa Van Twee likes a $22/day parking during Millennium Park, and steeb suggests SpotHero or ParkWhiz for discounts.

You can take a train, says Dem_Boots_Tho, though be careful:

Hold on to a rails on a L and a bus. we have seen too many people (usually visitors) disintegrate over.

Or use a bike share (just don’t float on a sidewalk, says fennelbreath, and equivocate a lakefront route on weekends, says Bob McLennan):

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Or even go by H2O taxi:

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Get a many out of Chicago’s museums:

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“Chicago is really many a city of neighborhoods,” says heffomite, “and many of a attract is in a accumulation and impression of those neighborhoods.” For example:

Walk down Devon Ave and buy spices from a South Asian grocer, uninformed tortillas on Blue Island in Pilsen, late-night Korean bbq on a northwest side, jollof rice that will make we dance in your chair in Bronzeville.

Dem_Boots_Tho recommends Chinatown:

Chicago’s Chinatown is AWESOME. It creates for a smashing day outing only out of a city. Drink Boba, eat your weight in Dim Sum during Triple Crown and suffer observation all a pleasing architecture. (Extra points if we take a H2O taxi)

John77 likes Logan Square:

Logan Square really fast incited into a new Wicker Park (hipster/trendy area), though it’s fast outgrowing that label. Logan is a good mark for bars, food. Wicker is now a good place for brunch and shopping.

Restaurant picks

From thisaccountburnslikephoenix (who got copiousness of blowback for dissing Portillo’s):

Lou Malnati’s for low plate and Gene Jude’s for a good prohibited dog. Gino’s East is also fun and Downtown Dogs are also good. If anyone recommends Portillo’s, cut them from your friends list.

BlueRing’s got ice cream:

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fatherjabroni says, “Edzo’s burgers in Evanston are top-notch.”

Kevin Ngo likes a coffee during a Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (but mind a dress code).

QADude recommends ribs during Twin Anchors.

And do some BYOB, says heffomite:

There are a outrageous series of BYOB restaurants all over Chicago, trimming from low-key Mexican, Thai, and Cuban places all a approach adult to excellent dining, Michelin star description places like Ruxbin and Goosefoot.

And as for low plate pizza, review a commenter discuss and confirm for yourself.

For Locals

Know your approach around a sprawling indoor Pedway that helps Chicagoans shun a winter cold, says verystealthy. (Read this PDF map.)

Kevin Ngo says a H2O cab isn’t only for fun:

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Take a improved track to Wrigley Field:

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Be really clever when we get towed:

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Locals competence like these dual tips from John77’s prolonged caller guide:

Pack a hammock, lease a bike and strike a lake seaside trail. we spent many, many summer days a small buzzed while overhanging in my hammock with friends along a lake shore.

Check out a 606 Trail. It’s an aged tyrannise line converted to a run/bike route that cuts thru many west side neighborhoods. It’s new and has some good towering views of opposite neighborhoods.

That’s it for Chicago—except for over a hundred some-more comments on the strange post. Check them out! Leave your own, on that post or right subsequent this one.

Come behind Monday to give your tips on the subsequent city, a lifelike palm-tree-lined parking lot full of determined waitstaff.

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