The Straight Dope

Go Back   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-11-2009, 01:28 AM
countryplaid89 countryplaid89 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Moving from St Louis to Chicago

I'll be moving from the St. Louis area to downtown Chicago in about five weeks for school. I've only ever been to Chicago once, and even then, we weren't in the city much. What tips would you guys have for a country girl that'll be moving right to the heart of the city?
Reply With Quote
Advertisements  
  #2  
Old 08-11-2009, 11:08 AM
Tim R. Mortiss Tim R. Mortiss is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Get some good walking shoes. This is a walking town.

And don't wear your Cardinals paraphernalia in Wrigleyville unless you are ready for some spirited conversation!......TRM
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-12-2009, 01:14 AM
countryplaid89 countryplaid89 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Oh I'm a Cardinals fan proud and true lol. I'm ready to get some crap, but it'll be sent right back. I'm not worried about that lol
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-13-2009, 11:58 AM
Ed Zotti Ed Zotti is offline
Gormless Wienie
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Posts: 1,832
This would be a good topic for the Master to take up. In the meantime, however, we're interested in hearing what the Teeming Millions have to say.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-14-2009, 10:54 AM
ScatteredFrog ScatteredFrog is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Learn the Chicago grid system. Trust me, it'll be a lifesaver.

In short -- Madison runs east and west and divides the city into the North Side and the South Side. State Street runs north and south and is the east-west dividing line.

An address corresponds to how far it is from Madison or State. For example, if an address begins 200 North, it's two city blocks north of Madison...and for every 800, it's a mile (except for part of the south side).

Also, learn the L system. If you ride it every day, get a 30-day pass; it'll save you money.

Oh...and something I've observed...the more casual you dress, the less likely you'll be panhandled in and around the Loop. My office dress code is business-casual, and I'd have to swat at panhandlers like flies. (Not that I'm a jerk - I literally do not carry cash.) But during the summer, when we don't deal with clientele, we're very casual -- we can come in dressed in jeans'n't-shirt...haven't been hassled once!

Last edited by ScatteredFrog; 08-14-2009 at 10:58 AM..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-14-2009, 11:09 AM
Tim R. Mortiss Tim R. Mortiss is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
As a footnote to the grid system, get used to people saying "block" when they mean "eighth of a mile." If you walk from 2000 North to 2300 North, a Chicagoan is likely to call that "three blocks," even though you may well cross six streets along the way.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-17-2009, 04:25 PM
countryplaid89 countryplaid89 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Yeah, I'm most nervous about the bus system. That's what I'll be taking to school and work. The school provides all full time students with passes for all public transit, but I'm more worried about learning the system lol
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-17-2009, 08:20 PM
Tim R. Mortiss Tim R. Mortiss is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
The CTA website is pretty easy to use (www.transitchicago.com) and has a decent route planner. And their bus-tracker is incredibly accurate. I use it from my smart phone and it is correct to the minute when a bus will pass a certain stop.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-17-2009, 09:58 PM
LurkMeister LurkMeister is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
As a former Chicagoan who doesn't drive, I can honestly say that I never had any trouble getting around inside the city on public transit (the suburbs were a bit trickier, especially on the weekends). Downtown is particularly easy since all of the rail lines feed into it and most of them interconnect in some way.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-19-2009, 11:20 PM
strqwert44 strqwert44 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
As a self-proclaimed "country girl," you'll either love the urban-ness of the city forever and ever or you'll get homesick after the newnewss of everything wears off and the mundane drudgery of the city start popping up (waiting for the bus, getting caught in the rain with no umbrella, etc. etc.).

Just keep everything in perspective, keep your spirits up even on a bad day and explore, explore, explore.

(and though statistically you'd probably have to live in Chicago for hundreds of years before something bad happens to you, be aware of your surroundings if you happen to be walking alone.)

Last edited by strqwert44; 08-19-2009 at 11:24 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01-26-2010, 02:52 PM
blong72 blong72 is offline
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 6
def some walking shoes like already mentioned. Perhaps a good bike as well. Lots of stuff to do and see here im sure youll enjoy it
Reply With Quote
Reply



Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@chicagoreader.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: sdsubscriptions@chicagoreader.com.

Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC.