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Visiting in late septembwr

RIS
Detroit, Michigan
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Visiting in late septembwr

Visiting late September and we are both seniors. We would like to acolyte beigjborhoods of Chicago as we have done the general tourist landmarks .. museums etc. would appreciate thoughts about how easy it is to wonder around neighborhoods... weather issues in doing this and what neighborhoods are a must? Without a car is this unrealistic ? Thanls

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1. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

You don't want a car here. Parking is very expensive and CTA buses and trains will get you anywhere you'll need to go, even the airports. www.transitchicago.com has the details.

Please cruise around - https://www.choosechicago.com/neighborhoods/ - to explore different neighborhood options.

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2. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

It's very realistic. You use public transportation (use the Google Maps app on your cell phone). September is a lovely time to visit. (usually) Where are you staying? Assuming The Loop or River North... The Red Line takes you north to Wrigleyville, A combo of the Red and Purple line will take you to Evanston (an adjacent city to Chicago), the Green line will take you to neighboring Oak Park if you're interested in Frank Lloyd Wright. The Brown line takes you to the Southport Corridor, Lincoln Square and the 151 bus will take you to the Lincoln Park Zoo... get the idea?

pgo
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3. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

It can be easier to see neighborhoods by bus or train than with a car. Plan your walks starting at one train station or bus stop, and end up at another - no need to retrace your steps to find the car. Buses on the main routes like the 151 usually will have a stop every 1-2 blocks downtown and 2-4 blocks in the neighborhoods. Smartphone apps can help you design a tour. Or, you may find that the Chicago Architecture Foundation has a tour scheduled: https:/…

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4. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

How many neighborhoods you visit depends on how long you are staying, and what your interests are.

RIS
Detroit, Michigan
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5. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

Probably 3 days . Love diversity and arts

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6. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/

pgo
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7. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

The site mentioned above has a design-your-own trip feature at https://www.choosechicago.com/plan-your-trip/

It will give you a list of suggestions for your dates in your area of interest (arts and museums is one choice.)

RIS
Detroit, Michigan
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8. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

Really appreciate it.. thank you

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9. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

Only 3 days? You won't even have time to add on a visit to Graceland Cemetery. And you should add the Pilsen Neighborhood too. At least Detroit is close enough for you to come back again. Are you traveling via Amtrak? The money you can save on parking rates can pay for an extra night at most hotels.

Edited: 13 May 2018, 06:08
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10. Re: Visiting in late septembwr

Take the "L" train to get around downtown. Get the idea of a car out of your mind, no need for it if downtown.

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