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Old 06-08-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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I'm a former Chicago area resident that will be visiting the area over the July 4th holiday. Would it be insane to try to head down there with the family (all adults) on July 2nd for the day. I know rush hour will be nuts, but that's to be expected.

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Old 06-08-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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Take public transit and walk also. Driving is suicide.
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Old 06-08-2008, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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Ditto on public transportation...unless you are going to do something constructive while sitting in traffic such as learn a second language

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Old 06-08-2008, 10:00 PM
 
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Better yet, skip the taste all together and just go to some restaurants. You can avoid the nasty crowds and get better food that's actually prepared in sanitary conditions.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:04 PM
 
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Better yet, skip the taste all together and just go to some restaurants. You can avoid the nasty crowds and get better food that's actually prepared in sanitary conditions.
Good point.

I bet it will be like 95 degrees out there anyway as it usually is. Unless you like to look at barely covered women while sweating your ass off and overpaying for food I would stay away also.

Actually I have only gone like 5 times since its founding. I dislike the whole thing.
But that is just me and maybe a few other people on here also.
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Old 06-09-2008, 06:23 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I want to show the rest of the family downtown more than actually attend the Taste. 2 of the members of our group have never been to Chicago, and it would be a shame if they didn't get to go downtown. I just didn't know if the Taste chaos would make it impossible to enjoy the rest of downtown.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I want to show the rest of the family downtown more than actually attend the Taste. 2 of the members of our group have never been to Chicago, and it would be a shame if they didn't get to go downtown. I just didn't know if the Taste chaos would make it impossible to enjoy the rest of downtown.
It does make it hard to enjoy working downtown. I used to work across the street from Grant Park, and I dreaded the Taste every year. The crowds get unmanageable, the subways smell even more like urine, and one year some bucket drummers behind my building decided to shoot a few people. I personally am anti-Taste for myself, but am glad that it brings dollars into the city economy.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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I am a new-comer to Chicago and have never been to the Taste. Does anyone think it is a good time? Seems as though I should skip it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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I think it is a good thing to experience at least once (you may even enjoy the chaos), but the same caveat's apply...take public transportation and try to attend on a weekday as opposed to weekend.
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago- Hyde Park
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I am a new-comer to Chicago and have never been to the Taste. Does anyone think it is a good time? Seems as though I should skip it.
I would recommend that you go early in the day, and during a weekday. Smaller crowds and less trouble makers. The taste can still be enjoyable
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