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Women Chat About Chicago tips, advice and trivia


Safety and Chicago Rapid Transit..
Women will be safe alone in most parts of Chicago, though they should exercise a degree of caution and awareness of their surroundings. The El (Rapid Transit trains) is safe, even at night, though you might want to seek out more-populated cars or the first car, to be closest to the driver. Or you can take one of the buses that parallel many train lines.
(Source: Chicago, Lonely Planet Guide Book)

Central Chicago is clean and feels safe. The "L" - short for elevated train- is cheap and will take you most places you want to go, although visitors might want to spring for a cab, particularly after dark if they're going into unknown territory. A light-night trek back from a north-end theatre by train proved to be a bit creepy.
(Source: Peggy Curran, "Week-end in Chicago, Montreal Gazette)

If you're arriving by plane, try to arrive mid-morning when the transit rush is over. Take the "L" directly from the airport into town for $1.50 (30 cents more if you require a transfer). I did it with my0suitcase on wheels and it was a breeze. But...always remain alert, practice big city vigilance and watch your handbag!

I stayed in the downtown core. During the day and some evenings, I walked everywhere and felt fine about it. Once it got dark, I took cabs when I needed to venture further afield. Each of the cab drivers I rode with were polite, helpful and chatty. I never ever felt uneasy. But..I also never ever allowed myself to be complaisant. Chicago is a big city!
(Source: Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman Editor)


Fun Facts about Chicago.....

  • there are 91.8 males per every 100 females in the city
  • the airport, O'Hare, is the busiest in the world
  • it's where Hostess Twinkies first came off the assembly line (1930)
  • it's where Cracker Jacks first came off the assembly line (1893)
  • roller skates were invented here in 1884
  • their main downtown post office is the biggest in the world

Famous Movies with Chicago Connections
(Why not have a re-look on video?)

  • Home Alone
  • Ordinary People
  • The Fugitive
  • My Best Friends Wedding
  • North By Northwest
  • While You Were Sleeping







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