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).
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
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.
Last edited by top6; 07-11-2011 at 06:51 PM.
I'm by no means a Chicago expert, but if its Chicago, and its the summer, there's a festival somewhere in the city worth checking out, garunteed.
That said, depending on when you arrive/leave, you can actually find reasonable day rates in the loop on the weekend, particularly on the west side of the loop that's mostly businesses. Check here: http://chicago.bestparking.com/. You could also take the metra (commuter rail) in from Elmhurst. It's fast & reliable. http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/m....ELMHURST.html
If you want to leave downtown at all and check out the neighborhoods, the CTA is the way to go. Otherwise parking can be a best, especially on the north-side.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 07-12-2011 at 01:48 PM.