Originally Posted by oneupper
The campus tour/interview is Friday. We plan to drive in REALLY early (like 6 am or so) and park in one of the university-suggested garages. School's out for the summer, so I have to guess we can pull that off. That will take us most of the day.
As for the weekend. I think we'll train in on Saturday and do as much as we can by foot and stay until the fireworks.
Question: Is it safe to walk around downtown at night?
Sunday. We'll have to drive in, park and finish off whatever we couldn't get done on Saturday and then start off down to St. Louis (another campus tour).
I went to U of C, and parking can be a nightmare, even for someone who knew where they were going. But you should be OK getting in that early on a Friday. It's a beautiful campus. You can also walk to the Lake, and a place called Promontory Point (which is near the Museum of Science and Industry). If you have time, it's a beautiful view. That museum is also OK -- probably more interesting for kids, but there is a WWII sub there that's pretty cool.
As for walking around at night, it is a big city, so you do have to use some common sense. Downtown is actually pretty empty late at night - the "action" is really north and west of the city and in about 25 other neighborhoods. If you are near where the fireworks are, though, I think you'll be OK, as there will be crowds.
Also: definitely take the train on Saturday. Driving in and out the suburbs is a nightmare at any time, but especially on a nice, summer weekend, which hopefully for you it will be.