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Old 02-21-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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I have a six-hour wait between a plane/bus in a couple of weeks, which means that I'll be in Chicago by myself for quite a while. I don't want to spend my time just sitting around Union Station, so... any recommendations? I'm not particularly interested in seeing any of the tourist attractions, but I definitely don't want to stray too far from Union Station (missing my bus would suck).
I don't really have enough spending money to go to the Art Institute or anything like that, so the only thing I can think of is to check out the Harold Washington Library... Any other ideas are appreciated!
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Just walk around.
Museums have free days. Maybe your date falls on one.
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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How much luggage will you have?
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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The Chicago Cultural Center (http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Chicago_Cultural_Center.html - broken link) is free, and no matter what the exhibits are it's worth checking out for the architecture of the building alone. The Chicago Architectural Foundation has free exhibits. Millenium Park is free as well.

Are you coming in from O'Hare or Midway? There are plenty of stops you could get off at and grab a cheap meal, coffee or drink on your way to Union Station as well.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:37 PM
 
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Yes, it's touristy, but Sears Tower (or whatever they think it's called now) is worth visiting. Just don't get caught up in the excitement and buy the pictures they take as you enter.

Agree with Chicago Architecture Foundation, and you might have enough time to take one of their docent-led walking tours. I've never been disappointed.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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A lot of things happen in 6 hours and most of it is traffic!

Your first order of business is to stow your luggage. Your second order of business is to inquire how long it takes to go from Union Station to O'Hare? or from Midway to Union Station? Unless you are on a shuttle you cannot depend upon the "agerage" time to go anywhere between Point A and Point B.

Prepare to leave 2 hours before your flight/bus to arrive at the depot, station or airport abefore check in time. Please be aware that O'Hara is a long way from the loop and the taxi is very expensive.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park/East Village area
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Please be aware that O'Hara is a long way from the loop
Is that Scarlet O'Hara?
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lolololololol
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:36 PM
 
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Stroll in the Magnificent Mile. Walk your way to Randolph. Go to the Millenium Park. All those would not exceed 2 hrs.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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It would help if you would tell us whether this 6-hour window is between 2:00 am and 8:00 am or noon and 6:00 pm. Is it on a weekday, Saturday, Sunday, or holiday? What season will it be in? The more specific you can get the less likely it is people will have to talk in generalities and the more likely they might suggest some actual activity you might enjoy.
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