You’re going to meet plenty of people in life that claim they’ll “try anything once,” but clearly those people have never paid for parking at Navy Pier or slept on the ground at O’Hare Airport. After all, Chicago isn’t a spring break trip to Daytona, so you’ll probably want to refer to this handy list of rookie mistakes you don’t want to make during your first days in the city.
Underestimating O’Hare Airport
Think your flight is going to be on time? Think that arriving 45 minutes early offers plenty of time to get through security? Think the weather will clear up? Good luck with that.
How are you going to pass up lunch at Blackbird for $22? You don’t.
Going to the Loop after 8pm
Everyone has gone home and closed up shop. Move along, nothing to see here.
Thinking this year is the Cubs’ year
Looking for a Chicago-style hot dog in the Loop
Sure, you can still score one in a pinch, but nearly all of the best ones are not found within a stone’s throw of “the Bean.” Also, it’s Cloud Gate.
Underutilizing the Metra
Need to get to Evanston? Looking to check out Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Oak Park? The L isn’t the only train in town. Plus, the Metra is cleaner and allows adult beverages.