my daughter and a friend are wanting to visit chicago for a week, the end of august...but im a nervous wreck...will someone please tell us the safest places to stay. which areas to avoid. im so afraid she will get killed or mugged. i heard that the down town area was pretty safe during the day..but what about at night? will someone who lives there please help me ease my mind. also is china town safe? she is wanting to visit that part too.should she take the subways or rely on taxi's only? ANY INFO GREATLY APPRECIATED
Safe area to stay is downtown, north of the river. There are places like Embassy Suites that are reasonable prices. Go through Expedia or Orbitz or one of those. Neighborhoods will be called Near North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North.
China Town is okay but given your worry level, do it in daytime. Dim Sum brunch is a good way to sample the food. The subway which goes ( above ground) to Chinatown and Comiskey(Sox) Field is under construction . I don't think it is running there this summer. Check the CTA website.
Chicago is a big city with big city problems. You need city/street smarts. iPhone's and new Apple stuff is pick pocket bait at the moment on Michigan Ave. Keep it hidden, and keep your wits about you. Groups of teens should be eyed warily. Mugging are possible but rare. The shooting and gun stuff is gang related and tourists are at very minimal risk.
The buses are pretty safe in the business/tourist area. It is safe to walk from downtown through Grant and Millennium Parks to the Museum campus.
Suggest they take one of teh lake cruises. Those are available from the Michigan Ave bridge or a dinner cruise from Navy Pier. Check Groupon, Goldstar Discount tickets and Living Social for good and reliable discounts and to get an idea of what is playing and where it is at.
If they want night life stay out of downtown clubs and go north up Lincoln Ave., Clark Street, Broadway . The primary risks will be drunks. Lots of cabs around.
Navy Pier is fine. Lots of buses and cabs.Oak Street beach is at the north end of Michigan Avenue. Safe and fun.Check the City website to see if there are any festivals in Garnt Park when they are here.
Willis/ Sears Tower is neat but if they are dressed decently, opt for the Signature Room on top of the Hancock. There is a bar with comfortable seating which will cost about the same as the admission ticket to the Sears observation deck.
All of these things I have done recently or my 20 something daughters have done recently.
If they are driving in, find a long term lot outside the downtown area like at O'Hare and take the train /CTA into downtown. Parking is expensive. It is much much cheaper to do cabs and buses.
I am a Chicagoan born and bred. It's a neat city.The people are friendly. I am glad they are coming to visit.