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➢ Mid-spring to mid-au­tumn (Apr-oct) is the best time to visit, in win­ter your freezer will be cosier, and you’ll need your heated cod­piece and bra warmer ➢ O’hare Int’l Air­port to down­town by cab: $35-40 (me­ter) / 30 mins to 1 hr, but fares can add up in rush hour ➢ The city has a grid sys­tem start­ing at Madi­son and State, where it is 0/0, and goes up in ei­ther di­rec­tion eg: 10 E Madi­son, 10 W Madi­son, 10 S State, 10 N State ➢ There’s no sub­way, it’s the ‘El’ and it runs (mostly) over­head, but cabs are eas­ier, quicker and plen­ti­ful ➢ Sales tax is 9.25%, among the high­est in the US, ugh! ➢ In restau­rants, 15-20% tip works well ➢ No light­ing up in bars and restau­rants, thank­fully ➢ It’s the con­ser­va­tive Mid­west, many es­tab­lish­ments still re­quire blaz­ers and slacks, and for­bid train­ers ➢ Go be­yond the Gold Coast and head out to Buck­town, Lin­coln Park, etc. to re­ally get to know the city ➢ Lake Michi­gan is beau­ti­ful and is the rea­son that many peo­ple live in (and love) Chicago, so get out there ➢ The Windy City is also con­ven­tion cen­tral, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble at times to get a room or din­ing reser­va­tion ➢ Ma­jor League Base­ball sea­son Apr-sep = Wrigley Field, Cubs, bleacher bums, fa­nat­ics and crazed al­co­holics ➢ Some bars close 2am, oth­ers 3am, 4am and even 5am ➢ Drink­ing age is 21, carry photo ID for venue en­try ➢ In an emer­gency, dial 911 – where have you been? ➢ Int’l code is +1. 773 and 312 are the two main area codes, which you must dial even when call­ing lo­cally. 847 is the code for the north, 630 and 708 for the west and south ’burbs

A cou­ple of phrases that may be of use: Hello, how are you? : Hello, I’m a friendly Chicagoan and I just love chat­ting to com­plete strangers I’m a Bears man : I have a pref­er­ence for hairy men of gen­er­ous pro­por­tions, and/or I’m a foot­ball fan as well ’kay, pre­pare to be blown away...

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