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Old 01-03-2011, 11:15 PM
 
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Default places for people watching?

I've been in the area for several weeks now but I want to get a better idea of what the people of Chicago are like. So I'm hoping if anyone knows of a good place for people watching. I'm up for almost any area.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:35 AM
 
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To be sure, do not go on Michigan Ave from Roosevelt all the way north. Most of the people walking around are tourists and suburbanites out shopping.

Since there are so many different types of Chicagoans, I find it hard to name any street that has a cross section of all.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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Where's a good place for people watching? Just about anywhere in the city..
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Depends what kind of people you want to watch. I personally like the beaches in summer, and pretty much anywhere in the summer over the winter here.

I wouldn't say "Just about anywhere in the city". There are definitely parts with less people and less interesting people. Nobody is going to say that the people-watching in Forest Glenn compares to Wrigleyville. One area I travel through regularly that I cannot help but look around at what the people are doing is Wicker Park/Bucktown area.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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I always see people watching out the front windows of the Starbucks on Belmont and Clark. It's a busy walking area if anything else.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:51 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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To be sure, do not go on Michigan Ave from Roosevelt all the way north. Most of the people walking around are tourists and suburbanites out shopping.

Since there are so many different types of Chicagoans, I find it hard to name any street that has a cross section of all.
It's easier in the summer, but you can people watch along Michigan Ave. Actual Chicagoans certainly do shop, commute and live along Michigan Ave, and many Chicagoans from the neighborhoods visit the area, too.

You will get different mixes of people in different areas, but Millennium Park has a mix of tourists and locals, especially around lunch time and in the late afternoon. Around the Watertower can be interesting, as can the area around the Chicago Red Line stop.

State Street usually has a good mix of people. The basement level at the Thompson Center during the lunch hour has a lot of all sorts of people, and so do the Metra stations.

The Damen/North/Milwaukee intersection always has an interesting mix of people, and there's a starbucks there that I think has a counter along the window good for watching people.

Similarly, the area around Diversey and Broadway is good for people watching. Sometimes the area around the Howard stop on the Red Line is good, too.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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...anyone knows of a good place for people watching...
For $2.50 you can ride the EL for as long as you want. It's the best for people watching! Learn why the EL smells like pee, too.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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If you want to know what Iowans and folks from Mich. and Wisc. look like, you can go hang out by "The Bean".
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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If you want to know what Iowans and folks from Mich. and Wisc. look like, you can go hang out by "The Bean".
As well as Lakeview, Lincoln Park and much of the north side.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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If you want to know what Iowans and folks from Mich. and Wisc. look like, you can go hang out by "The Bean".
When I worked near there, a lot of locals would walk by on their lunch hour. Plus, I have rent a room out to visitors from all over the globe, all of whom have checked out the Bean, and none of which have been from Mich. or Wisc. Currently, I have a couple Australian guests who, no doubt, will be checking out the Bean sometime.
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