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There are three classically, iconically, Chicago dishes, and one newcomer that is heavily associated with the city for serious foodies. Beyond that, as Mark Mayo notes, Chicago is a large, diverse, cosmopolitan city with a very large population of migrants from around the world, so there are any number of best-in-class eateries for a wide variety of cuisines ...


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TL;DR: While it probably would be possible for you to get downtown, see one or two things and get back, I would recommend settling in with a good book/iPad/kindle and get some movie watching/reading done. O'Hare is a terrible place to get in and out of. I imagine I'll leave the airport by 9, and should be back by 11:30. Is this reasonable? Assuming ...


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Most US airports have no concept of "transit" and no "airside" where you can make your connection. You land, clear US customs, and then can go wherever you like, whether that's just over to another terminal to catch your plane, or out into the city to explore. So if you have the paperwork to enable the connection, then you almost certainly have the paperwork ...


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Assuming you arrive in the domestic terminal and leave from the international one, I would first go over there and try to check in early, just to get that out of the way. It is always risky to leave the airport and get into suburban traffic when you have to catch another flight, especially an international one. Your time is limited and I wouldn't spend too ...


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Yes, it does have a breakfast available in the dining car, no reservations needed. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is normally available until 10:00am. If the train is on time, it should be arriving in LA sometime around 9:30am on the second morning and the breakfast service will end shortly before then. You should still have plenty of time to head to ...


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I use those Admirals' Clubs regularly. They are OK. The food and drinks options are poor, but the showers are pretty nice. There are also some comfortable chairs which recline, which might be good for sleeping, although they can go quickly. The quiet rooms generally are quiet, but they don't contain the reclining chairs (from memory). It costs $50 for a day ...


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It's hard to find good info on spots in the airport, but Foursquare does mention: New privacy station with nice seats and power (free) near Johnny Rockets between T1 & T2 if you're looking for a place to nap and recharge (pun intended), this may be it. Apparently, several of the departure gates also include arm-less benches (airport sleepers' ...


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I've not slept in this airport, so I can't give you personal information. Nevertheless there is a site called "Sleep in Airports" that gives general information about sleeping in almost any airport. About Chicago O'Hare, this page says that you can sleep in a lounge for US$40-50, there are 3 hotels and if you are looking for a free nap you have some reviews ...


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Basically there are two dishes that the city is famous for. the deep-dish pizza - made with a soft dough, cheese slices, chopped tomato sauce and a variety of ingredients on top. Hot dogs are made of beef, steamed or boiled meat and served with mustard, onion, sweet sauce and pickled cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and salt, ketchup is not added. However, ...


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I have had this problem in other US cities (and, to be fair, other countries/cities before). I think many taxi companies are not that interested in taking advance bookings - either they figure there's a good chance you won't turn up, or they just don't manage their taxis that way. In either case, in US cities, when booking something like this a day or two ...


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You're right that next to the water it's worse. I live in northern Sweden next to a massive lake and it regularly gets -30C here at times in the winter. The humidity makes it worse - it's painful to breathe. However, Chicago is apparently more like -10C in the winter, which is really not so hard to deal with! Although I get that it's scary for a desert ...


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Midway is very walkable, though there's a good bit of traffic so the surrounding areas aren't the nicest place to walk, but there are exits and sidewalks. You might exit directly from the terminal onto Cicero, but there are few options where you could both wait comfortably in case of rain or snow or where a car could safely stop out of traffic. A good ...


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I did it a month ago, but I had 9 hours between my flights. And I was lucky because I decided to return to the airport earlier than necessary: the CTA derailled and we had to take a bus to return to the O'Hare. You'll spend almost one hour to go downtown, and another hour to return, so you'll have some 3 free hours. I went to the the Chicago Beans (not the ...


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Driver's licenses issued by one U.S. state or territory are valid in all of the other states and territories. In fact, it a constitutionally-based guarantee, deriving from Article 4, Section 1. Note however that if you have a valid driving permit in France, you will be able to use that to rent as well. You will be asked for your current address when ...


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If your California license is in fact valid, you are all set. All US states recognize each other's licenses. The rental car company will want to see your California license but you shouldn't need any other documents; your citizenship and visa status should be irrelevant. You may want to call the California DMV and double-check that your license is still ...


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Technically your license would have become invalid once you were no longer a permanent resident of the US. A "tourist" visa is NOT suitable for obtaining/holding a drivers license in California as only residents (temporary or permanent) are allowed to do so. California drivers licenses issued to non-permanent residents should have an expiry no later than ...


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The City of Chicago as a web page on Transportation Between O'Hare and Midway. At that hour, a taxi or car service will be your most expeditious option. At $75 cab fare ($25 per person excluding the 3-year-old), it will be the most expensive, but there are taxi stands at each terminal, the ride is only 40 minutes in light traffic, and you won't have to ...


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If you can lug your baggage to the Clinton stop of the Blue Line, that will be the easiest option for you. You arrive straight in the airport and can take the elevator right up to the Sky Train, which will take you to Terminal 5. The current Megabus stop is about a block and a half south of Union Station, which makes it even closer to the Clinton Blue Line ...


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Google maps returns a bunch of hotels located close to Chicago ORD Airport. Picking one of them at random yields: Chicago Marriot, whose linked website mentions a complimentary shuttle service, as well as the Cumberland CTA station from which you can take the Blue line into Chicago. Sounds perfect for what you are looking for. Regarding luggage, it is safe ...


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Focusing on the question of, "Are these three doable in a single day?" Yes it is but very hard to see all they have to offer. Buy your city pass at CityPass Website. More details below if you are interested in some of my opinions. Chicago has some really large museums. Those three you mentioned (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Museum of Science and ...


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Upon revisiting this question some hours later, I think the real problem is that you are selecting the "wrong" Houghton. Greyhound's search engine recognizes three possible Indian Trails stops: Houghton, MI, Houghton City Center, MI, and Houghton Little Caesars, MI. I didn't look at the trip details closely enough in my initial search, either. If you do ...


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CTA Takes you to United Center It is indeed possible to reach United Center using the CTA. Here is a dedicated webpage from CTA themselves: Trains Blue Line The stadium is just a few blocks north of the Illinois Medical District stop on the CTA Blue Line. The shortest walk is by exiting the station to Damen Avenue (western-most exit) and walk ...


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Parking Lots ... Parking Lots Everywhere Parking around Chicago O'Hare Airport seems to be a highly requested service, considering the number of options that can be found on the web. The reason behind this is probably due to the lack of convenience of having to catch a train from the economy parking lots to the terminal, or to the lack of cheap (≤ ...


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Essentially it's quite easy to find some suburbs considered 'Irish', from Wikitravel. From there: Far Southwest Side (Beverly, Mount Greenwood) Ireland in Chicago: authentic Irish pubs, brogues, galleries, and the odd haunted castle, all extremely far from the city center Further down, it speaks of Ethnic neighbourhoods: Chicago's Chinatown is ...


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"Too much of a walk" and "fairly safe" are subjective; you'll find a mix of anecdotes. Back in 2010, it was reported by a now-defunct blog that the (gentrifying) Near West Side was the most dangerous neighborhood in the entire United States; indeed anyone walking down Lake Street between Damen and Western has a 1 in 4 chance of being a victim of a ...


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At the time of writing it would seem that there are no baggage wrapping facilities at Chicago O'Hare. For starters, the airport website does not mention baggage wrapping in their list of facilities. Moreover, neither TrueStar nor SecureWrap, arguably the two largest baggage-wrapping conglomerates operate in Chicago O'Hare airport. At the time of writing, ...


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While you have ample time between landing at O'Hare Airport in the morning to get to Milwaukee Intermodal Station for the evening Indian Trails departure, you might want to save yourself traveling the wrong direction into downtown Chicago to the main Greyhound station or train station. Coach USA buses go directly from O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Intermodal ...


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Generally speaking Mass Transit in the US weekend schedules are lighter then the Weekday ones so you should keep that in mind. You can take a look at Google Transit as CTA's page suggests at how you can get from O'Hare to Midway, which is not 1:15 but closer to 2 hours and with a transfer from Blue to Orange Lines. It also suggest options using buses but ...


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I had a cousin who was born and raised in Chicago and is currently having her holiday here in the Philippines. I got the chance to have a conversation with her just now; and asked her about this posted question in the forum related to where she is residing. I was told that there are three famous dishes in the city. These are the Chicago-style pizza, ...


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