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Old 01-10-2019   #1
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Wife and I (in UK) have been discussing where to travel to this year, around mid June. Were considering Chicago but are finding some of the prices very high. Hoping that RFFers in the Windy City can offer advice on the best areas to stay, what to see (and photograph), affordable accommodation, best way to get around and any other tips you can suggest.
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Here's a link to my book Chicago Calling - full of things to shoot in Chicago. I'd look into Airbnb for places to stay. The trains were fast and easy for me. Some areas you don't want to go - the transit workers at the stations gave me advice on that Walking around the Loop, the bridges, and outlying areas are fun to explore. Lots of walking.
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Central Camera on Wabash is a wonderful store full of old and new stuff. Tamarkin Leica is also in Chicago. There's the Museum of Science and Industry and several other museums. A fun city. Enjoy! Joe
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I'd pass on the Navy Pier - unless taking a boat tour - which is good for shooting underneath bridges. And Central Camera was a let down. Old over priced stuff in window - and kind of depressing inside. I did like the old signage above entrance.
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da Bean is a must. Depends upon what you like. 2nd City and other comedy clubs, blues clubs, Sky deck of the Big Willy (Willis Tower, aka Sears Tower). My son went back (we used to live in a Northern Suburb) about six months ago and found Uber was the best way to get around. AirBnB is great, stay north of Chicago/the loop along an Elevated Subway line (tubes are more in the Loop).

There's a pass you can buy that isn't much of a savings but it helps more than cash with a "Fast Pass" you get moved to the head of the line. I think it works at the aquarium and a few other museums that are all GREAT.

Lots of great architecture that is fun (at least for me) to shoot. Several great pizza places that serve more of a Cheese, Tomato, and you favorite topping casserole. Lou's or Giordano's, try each, we love spinach (one son does not eat pork), but pepperoni is fun too.

M Burger (named after Steve Martin in Pink Panther trying to learn how to pronounce Hamburger) is good but frankly not too many bad places to eat in Chicago proper. Food is a big deal there and they do it well.

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Contact the Fort Dearborn Camera Club and/or the Washington Park Camera Club and either or both will provide you with valuable information.

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Ok guys
Wife and I (in UK) have been discussing where to travel to this year, around mid June. Were considering Chicago but are finding some of the prices very high. Hoping that RFFers in the Windy City can offer advice on the best areas to stay, what to see (and photograph), affordable accommodation, best way to get around and any other tips you can suggest.
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Everybody likes different things. While I wouldn't want to live there, Chicago remains one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. (Yes, I've been to Milwaukee, lol.) There is plenty to see, do, eat and photograph in that town. The above suggestion of checking in with the local camera clubs actually sounds like a good idea. I've never used AirBnB but did use booking.com to find lodging for the last few out-of-town trips that I've taken. Even if you don't end up using booking.com to procure lodging, they have other helpful information such as location ratings for all of the hotels which could help you in determining what part of the city you might want to stay in. Good luck with your trip!
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I also recommend staying in an air b&b. I'd stay in either the Loop (the downtown area with all of the big buildings) if you like continual action and lots of activity, or the Northside (lots of neighborhoods to choose from, from the near-north neighborhoods closer to the Loop, to Lincoln Park and even Lakeview, where Wrigley Field is). If you're into walking, you can literally walk from Wrigley all the way to the Loop. It's probably about 7 miles or so, and is nice stroll for the day, where you can take your time and get to walk through a lot of interesting neighborhoods that have lots to offer. Stay close to the "L" (the elevated train). On the Northside, you can choose either the Red line or the Brown Line. The Brown line is nicer, IMO, and both lines stop relatively close to one another. The Red line is more convenient, though. Both go to the Loop, with the Red line going much further south.

To add to things to do:
- Go to a brewery, of which there are a plethora of just in the city itself. Just do a little research, and you'll most likely find a couple that will interest you.
- Do an architectural tour of the city via a river boat. There are several different companies that run tours. They're relatively inexpensive, and they are fun and informative.
- If you're into cycling, rent a bike and ride along the Lakefront path. Go south, and once you get beyond the Shedd Aquarium, it will be much less crowded. You can ride almost to Indiana, but for a moderate distance ride, I'd recommend riding to Hyde Park, where you could drop in to the Museum of Science and Industry. From the Loop to Hyde Park should only take you about 1 hour (more if you ride slowly), and the path is entirely flat. The only problem may be the wind.
- If you are interested in seeing an old baseball stadium, go see Wrigley Field. Even if you don't see a ball game there (which will most likely be sold out, anyway), you can walk around the outside and get glimpses of the interior (and do lots of people-watching/film-shooting).
- Go to the top of the John Hancock building (just recently named something different) and have a drink at the bar. You go there for the excellent views, nit the bar, but for the cost of a drink, you can hang out and enjoy the view(s) of the city.

Hope you have fun if you come (and I'll be visiting in your home country at that time). Chicago is a great city to visit, especially in the summer.

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Don't know about stay, but if you want to see a ton of people and hear some good music, plan for Chicago Blues Fest, June 7-9 this year.
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Wife and I (in UK) have been discussing where to travel to this year, around mid June. Were considering Chicago but are finding some of the prices very high. Hoping that RFFers in the Windy City can offer advice on the best areas to stay, what to see (and photograph), affordable accommodation, best way to get around and any other tips you can suggest.
I don't live in Chicago but visit frequently, both business and pleasure.

I usually stay at the Hampton Inn on Illinois and Dearborn when on a pleasure trip. It's high, but not outrageous, and the rooms are typical of a Hampton Inn property.

When on business I usually stay at the Hilton Garden at Grand and State. It's higher than the Hampton but not outrageous.

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Don't know about stay, but if you want to see a ton of people and hear some good music, plan for Chicago Blues Fest, June 7-9 this year.
Id love to catch some music while were there.
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Good place to stay is the Crowne Plaza West Loop. It is within walking distance of the downtown area, plus it is on the cusp of an area with lots of interesting restaurants and old, now converted, warehouses.
I'll second the Architectural Boat Tour idea - its sounds super touristy, and is IS, but it is also very cool. Even Chicagoans do it every now and then (so they tell me).
Right up Michigan Ave from the Art Institute is the Chicago Athletic assoc. building, now a hotel. There's a bar in there call the Circle Cherry Room. I always end up there...Good food and great cocktails & wine.
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I love downtown. Very interesting city, and it does get hot and humid in the summer. The south side is where most of the crime is, along w/ the west side. At least I think it was the west side (for sure it's the south side). You'll know the bad areas when you see them. Good music and good food. Not as good as New Orleans, but good all the same. The city is a major hub for Amtrak, so you can catch the train to other cities very easily.

As others said, airbnb can be great if you choose wisely and read all the reviews. Cheaper than a hotel, and you get to meet the locals who can tell you what's the real deal is w/ the food, art and music scene.
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I say get out to the neighborhoods. Wicker Park and Buck Town and fabulous places to shoot street. I woild avoid the touristy places espcially if you want to get some photogrpahs that don't look like eveyone else's photos.

Lou Malnati's for pizza. Al's on Taylor Street for an Italian beef and cross the street to Mario's after the beef for some Italian ice.

You have to hit Central Camera on Wabash. It is like stepping back in time. Go in and talk to Don if he is there. He is the owner and a wealth of knowledge.

Art Institue is a must and there is usuallyu an interesting exhibit in the photogrpahy gallery down the stairs not long after you enter the main entrance on Mich Ave.
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Greetings from Chicago.... Recommend the Architecture Boat tour, meat packing district, small China Town, all along the lakefront, shooting from the aquarium back into the city, and night shots also the same area for great skyline at sunset and afterdeck. Rosebuds on Rush Street for good Italian that is priced reasonable..... Have fun. All the ideas suggested here are good. And Central Camera....not many like that place left in the country.
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No one has mentioned the Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Oak Park.
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I live in Oak Park and that is a great suggestion. As is his home and studio and some say his masterpiece The Unity Temple. Hemingway's birthplace is also in Oak Park.
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I live in Oak Park and that is a great suggestion. As is his home and studio and some say his masterpiece The Unity Temple. Hemingway's birthplace is also in Oak Park.


I grew up in River Forest. I used to walk past those houses on my way home from high school. One of my classmates lived in one of them. Also, we were members of the Tennis Club which Frank Lloyd Wright designed.


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Take the train to Milwaukee and you'll have more fun and it will cost less.
LOL! Milwaukee over Chicago? NFW! That's like telling someone to stay in Hartford, instead of in New York City, because it's cheaper.
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I have lived in Chicago my whole life and most of the previous posts are good suggestions. But I will add for music. For jazz checkout the Jazz Showcase and the Green Mill. For Blues--Legends, BLUES on Halsted and Kingston Mines. For Rock there are many places in Wicker Park area--see the READER, a free paper or online, for suggestions. For folk we have the Old Town School of Folk Music that has regular concerts.

You may also be interested in the great historic Parks of Chicago. See Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Columbus Park and many others. These are great for landscape photography. I had a book published on this subject some years back titled: "Chicago Parks Rediscovered"(still available from Northwestern Univ. Press or Amazon). Some of the parks are in depressed areas but OK during the day.

Hope you have a good stay and have fun photographing!
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Hey Paul,

What time of year are you planing to visit? There are LOTS of summer festivals to try out. Art, food, music, depending upon how you schedule you might be able to hit the end of one and the start of another.

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LOL! Milwaukee over Chicago? NFW! That's like telling someone to stay in Hartford, instead of in New York City, because it's cheaper.
Everybody and their brother photographs the greasy dirty bean and takes photos of various landmarks and I've done it too and it's all great.

But there is a lot of culture and history in Milwaukee and it's covered a lot less.

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I've been in Chicago for one week in last October.

I agree about Central Camera on Wabash : a very nice place from the outside, you can buy film inside, but don't expect to find second hand gear at interesting prices there. I have spoken to Don and he was happy to see somebody holding a film rangefinder camera. I got a free cookie and his business card.

What to see in Windy City ?

- Art Institute of Chicago and the Ryerson and Burnham Library (same building),
- Harold Washington Public Library,
- Union Station (tribute to Brian De Palma etc),
- giant iron sculptures by Calder and Picasso in the Loop,
- Ship Canal and Chicago River banks,
- Astor Street with the oldest houses of Chicago, with some having survived the 1871 big fire and some built by F. L. Wright,
- the view from the top of the Willis Tower,
- Oak Park (there, all that has been advised already above by other posters plus the Post Office : get in and don't miss that architecture gem !). You will go through the poor sectors of the West and will see them from the EL train while riding to Oak Park,
- the University of Chicago sector at the very South is nice enough with a fantastic books shop just in front of the SSL train station on East 57th Street ("Powell's Books Chicago").

Music : good advices above (pay attention to that there isn't music every evening at the "Green Mill" and to that the "Buddy Guy" is very often overcrowded). Also, try to go and listen to a concert by the CSO, one of the best orchestras in the world.

Where to stay ? I've been at the HI Chicago youth hostelling (Wabash/East Congress Parkway) : not much privacy but afterall not that bad if you're on a budget, and very well located in the Loop :

https://www.hiusa.org/hostels/illinois/chicago/chicago

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Chicagoan (and basically perpetual lurker) here. Great suggestions. I live in Hyde Park on the South Side and definitely recommend it if you have a day for something other than downtown stuff and want something a little more cerebral/laidback: the MSI, Powell's used bookstore, 57th St Books, the Seminary Coop bookstore, the Smart Museum, and the University of Chicago campus and its Gothic architecture. There's been a big growth of restaurants and coffeeshops on 53rd St, as well as the old favorites like Valois ("See Your Food" - Barack Obama's favorite breakfast place back in the day). Jackson Park is a beautiful park.

A couple other notes in addition to everything already said - Andersonville is a neat neighborhood with a couple small museums and a lot of nice stores and restaurants, Pilsen has wonderful Mexican food, you can take a water taxi from downtown to the very cool Chinatown neighborhood, as people mentioned Wicker Park and Bucktown are the yuppie/hipster fusion neighborhoods with cool places, the West Loop is now full of very cool restaurants, and Printer's Row can be a fun short walk from downtown before you get into the blander South Loop. Out on the West Side, Garfield Park Conservatory is a really lovely place to see plants and flowers in a massive greenhouse (there's a Green Line stop right at the corner). My favorite boat tour is the architectural boat tour by the Chicago Architecture Center.

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What time of year are you planing to visit? There are LOTS of summer festivals to try out. Art, food, music, depending upon how you schedule you might be able to hit the end of one and the start of another.

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Thanks to all of you. Lots of advice to sift through. As long as there’s enough to keep my wife amused then that’s fine. I’m happy as long as I’m packing my camera
Flights booked now looking for a good Airbnb.

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Everybody and their brother photographs the greasy dirty bean and takes photos of various landmarks and I've done it too and it's all great.....
My avatar is from the bean on a cold winter day several years back.

Take a look here for good info on what to do too:

https://www.choosechicago.com

Chicago Cubs games are pretty easy to get to via the elevated. I think the White Sox are too, but I always drove there.

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I'm another guy from the Chicago area and I've got to say that if you're visiting here for a week or so, you're going to want to pick and choose what you're interested in seeing. Chicago is a very large city. You could no more see all it in a week than you could see all of London in a week. What kind of things are you and your wife interested in? Chicago has museums of just about every sort, music and theater, sports, parks, libraries, beaches, Lake Michigan and everything that goes with it, night life, zoos, gardens, arboretums, restaurants with about any kind of food you can think of, architecture and on and on.
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I'm another guy from the Chicago area and I've got to say that if you're visiting here for a week or so, you're going to want to pick and choose what you're interested in seeing. Chicago is a very large city. You could no more see all it in a week than you could see all of London in a week. What kind of things are you and your wife interested in? Chicago has museums of just about every sort, music and theater, sports, parks, libraries, beaches, Lake Michigan and everything that goes with it, night life, zoos, gardens, arboretums, restaurants with about any kind of food you can think of, architecture and on and on.
All of the above Tom
Theres certainly plenty going on so Im sure we wont get bored. My wife isnt too bothered about shopping generally but does like to look in the quainter, independent shops. For me Id like to see some live music. As long as Im taking photos wherever I am Im fine. Other than that well get around and do the touristy thing and visit what we can.
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In that case, there have been a lot of good suggestions made already. I'll add several more that haven't been mentioned. Chinatown is a fascinating area. The Brookfield Zoo is certainly one of the best and largest zoos in the world, The Chicago Botanical Gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and the Morton Arboretum is over 1200 acres of trees from all over the world. These are some of my favorite places to go with a camera. You can easily spend the better part of a day at each of them. That can be said of any of the larger museums as well. For scheduling entertainment and dining, you may want to look at the Chicago Tribune's website and check out the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper. I hope you have a great trip!
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Almost forgot a Chciago icon. The wife and I were jsut there today. They have my favorite burger in Chicago and have been around since the 1970s and it still looks the same as it did then Rich Melman's first resaurant RG Grunts. Especailly if you are in or near Lincoln Park.
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Booked in the Edgewater area and have just got tickets to see the Rolling Stones. That will probably be a highlight for me. Missed them last year here in Manchester as I was undergoing cancer treatment.
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Soldier Field is a fun place to see them. It is big but you will have a blast. CONGRATS. I have seen them there twice. Both times were a blast. Uptown is not far from Edgewater and is an interesting area to shoot street. The Green Mill is in Uptown,
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In that case, there have been a lot of good suggestions made already. I'll add several more that haven't been mentioned. Chinatown is a fascinating area. The Brookfield Zoo is certainly one of the best and largest zoos in the world, The Chicago Botanical Gardens are breathtakingly beautiful and the Morton Arboretum is over 1200 acres of trees from all over the world. These are some of my favorite places to go with a camera. You can easily spend the better part of a day at each of them. That can be said of any of the larger museums as well. For scheduling entertainment and dining, you may want to look at the Chicago Tribune's website and check out the Arts and Entertainment section of the newspaper. I hope you have a great trip!
Chinatown is close to the loop, you can get there by public transportation. Brookfield Zoo is a track to the southwest, Morton is way west, and Botanical Gardens are north in Northbrook. All are great, but a trek from downtown unless you rent a car.

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Booked in the Edgewater area and have just got tickets to see the Rolling Stones. That will probably be a highlight for me. Missed them last year here in Manchester as I was undergoing cancer treatment.
I saw Sir Paul M there some years back, it is a wonderful place.

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I am by far not a local, but I still like to add a suggestion:
Museum of Contemporary Photography, if you're not only interested in taking pictures.

I also recommend Devon Avenue, ethnic diversity like a string of pearls... :-)

It seems hard to make any recommendations on what to photograph in Chicago, but whatever you like, you'll find some of it there... ;-)
"da bean" gets on the list, just to prove you were in the right place...

If you have the time - and are interested and not easily scared, Gary, IN is not far - a true "post steel ghost town" (and birthplace of one Michael Jackson)

Either way, safe travels and have fun!

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Id love to catch some music while were there.

Chicago has an immense music scene. More music than almost any other city.


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I am by far not a local, but I still like to add a suggestion:
Museum of Contemporary Photography, if you're not only interested in taking pictures.

I also recommend Devon Avenue, ethnic diversity like a string of pearls... :-)

It seems hard to make any recommendations on what to photograph in Chicago, but whatever you like, you'll find some of it there... ;-)
"da bean" gets on the list, just to prove you were in the right place...

If you have the time - and are interested and not easily scared, Gary, IN is not far - a true "post steel ghost town" (and birthplace of one Michael Jackson)

Either way, safe travels and have fun!

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Horrible advice. Gary, Indiana is an extremely dangerous place. Many years that town been the murder capital of the USA (per capita).
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