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1. Posted by Jayn_72 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi all,

My sis and I will be in Chicago in September 2006 for 4-5 days. Since we are new to the area and the country itself, was just wondering if anyone can give us some tips on the following :

1. The weather in September and how to brace ourselves for the weather. We are from sunny Malaysia, so I am not sure how we will fare in the Windy City.

2. What are the must do's/ what to eat/ where to shop -in Chicago for our short stay.

3. Which are the more reasonably priced budget hotels.

4. Any other information that you think would be useful to us 2 ladies in Chicago.

Thank you !


2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Hey Jayn!

1) The weather in Chicago during September will be colder than Malaysia, but it will still be quite nice. Temps will range from 21-32C during the days, though a bit cooler at night. The temps will also start to gradually decrease as the month progresses, as it is the beginning for autumn. You should be fine with a lightweight jacket. (How our summer proceeds will give a better idea of what to expect - so check back in August to get a more of an update.)

2a) The "must do's" will be The Museum of Science & Industry, The Museum of Natural History and the Shedd Aquarium. All are within walking distance of each other. There is also the Adler Planatarium, which is quite interesting with their sky show. Millennium Park is very, very cool and close to Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. Oh, and the Art Institute of Chicago is wonderful. Lincolm Park Zoo is a great zoo and free. They have just completed another rennovation, creating more naturla habitats for their animals.

2b) I recommend Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders as a great place to eat. It is at the top of Lincoln Park. It's pizza like you have never had it before!
Here is a link to an online restaurant guide: Dining Chicago

2c) Shopping - Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile) and Oak Street are great! Another link for checking out shopping: Shop Chicago

3) Hotels - I recommend checking TP's Accomodation page to see what they have to offer first. If you don't find something that suits you, then check with Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity. TP's accomodation section did list several nice places to stay. ;)

Additionally, The 28th Annual Chicago Jazz Fest will be held August 31-September 3 in Grant Park (right on Lake Michigan). More information will be available soon.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs is in the process of organizing the 8th annual World Music Festival (text taken from the CDCA website):
This week-long festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many of the worlds diverse cultures. Festival events include a mix of free and ticketed concerts, live radio broadcasts and educational workshops presented in the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Under the Picasso at the Daley Civic Center, and various other performance spaces around the city. Again, more details will be available soon. Photo Gallery from 2005 Festival

4) Enjoy yourselves!!!!!!!!!!

Just an FYI - the legal drinking age in the US is 21. Most bars will require a passport (and possibly a picture ID) for identification.

3. Posted by Jayn_72 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Isadora,

I will only be coming in to Chicago on Sept 10, so I will miss some of the events that you mentioned.

But thank you for your suggestions, will start working on my research now.


4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Jayn_72

Hi Isadora,

I will only be coming in to Chicago on Sept 10, so I will miss some of the events that you mentioned.

But thank you for your suggestions, will start working on my research now.


When you have your time-table worked out - please let me know - in this thread or via PM. I will post in this thread as more information about events, etc. become available. It's only May and a large number of events are still in the planning stage. I can also send PMs to you as I get more information. Most information about special events in September won't be available until July. Just the nature of the big city beast...

5. Posted by Hem (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y


I would recommend going to the bar on the top floor of the John Hancock Building on Michigan Ave - you get a great view over the city. Also in the same building is the Cheese Cake Factory which has hundreds of different types of cheesecakes - worth going if you're a fan. You'll find lots of Jazz places - they're also worth going to. They do horse and carriage rides around the city - beautiful. In terms of 2 females going on their own - just use common sense and you'll be fine. Have fun.

6. Posted by acanalos (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

For hotels there is a "Days Inn" in Lincoln Park which is a fun safe neighborhood and the price should be good. just book early!
also check out to find the nightlife.