One town that won't let you down

One town that won't let you down

There are 47 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 27, 2008, titled One town that won't let you down. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Sure, you could herd out-of-town guests onto a tour bus or, in good weather, ship them off on a boating tour or book them on a bicycling tour of Chicago and hope that the guide exposes them to the wonders of ...

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Agnes Blumgarten

Westchester, IL

#2 Dec 27, 2008
Fiddle Sticks wrote:
I now advise friends NOT to visit Chicago.
I don't want 'em mugged {either by the criminal element or by the sales-taxes, hey - wait a minute, those are both brought to us by our 'criminal element'}.
The city that hardly works any more, that's suffering from slumping shoulders under the burdens of BAD government and being a 'sanctuary city' for illegals isn't a decent place to visit or live in.
Whadya want us to do, give our guests tours of the homes of our notably corrupt politicans? Take 'em for a ride {in an armored car} through Englewood, Pilsen, Logan Sqaure, Woodlawn, Maywood, Harvey, Robbins, Ford Heights, etc, etc}- like 'our' political hacks are taking us for a ride? I don't think so.
Chicago's not worthy of my visitors, besides, who has the time on vacation to sit in gridlock, on unsafe and smelly 'L' trains and / or to risk one's life in a town where only the bad guys carry firearms?
Nah, we leave town whenever possible and try to convince others to stay away. After all, you don't do that {endanger} to friends.
Have a very intolerant BIGOT'S DAY.
polka

United States

#4 Dec 28, 2008
Doesn't Chicago have a Polish history? I thought some Polish people lived here but they are not mentioned in the music section or the ethnic eating section. Sure every ethnicity can't be mentioned but they are a substantial population. I gets my goat because they are also left out of the music history wall on the skydeck.
Harold Lucas

AOL

#5 Dec 28, 2008
Is it a coincident or blatant racial discrination by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper that the only African american culturally oriented visitor information center in the nation, the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center
Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery,in the historic bronzeville community did not get an honorable mention in today's Tribune story on tourism in Chicago?

www.bronzevilleonline.com
Stefan Helgi Valsson

Kópavogur, Iceland

#6 Dec 28, 2008
Great idea! This can really work for VFR (Visiting friends and relatives). However, it can really pay off for tourists to have a professional tourist guide who has received education, training and gained experience on the job.

Stefan Helgi Valsson professional tourist guide in Iceland: http://frontpage.simnet.is/valsson/
sad times

Lombard, IL

#7 Dec 28, 2008
polka wrote:
Doesn't Chicago have a Polish history? I thought some Polish people lived here but they are not mentioned in the music section or the ethnic eating section. Sure every ethnicity can't be mentioned but they are a substantial population. I gets my goat because they are also left out of the music history wall on the skydeck.
Years ago the area around Augusta just west of the Kennedy was a Polish area. It's the area near the Polish Roman Catholic Union. I haven't been there for decades, so I don't know what the neighborhood is like now.
Santiago

Montgomery, TX

#8 Dec 29, 2008
"Banowetz recommends a stroll along the 18-mile lakefront path, winding from Hollywood Avenue to 71st Street."

I'm originally from the South Side. I drove as close to the Lake from the North Side to 79th Street this last summer. To recommend that a person should "stroll" to 71st Street is criminal and irresponsible. It will be an incomplete and "dead-end" stroll.
George

Springfield, IL

#10 Dec 29, 2008
Fiddle Sticks wrote:
I now advise friends NOT to visit Chicago.
I don't want 'em mugged {either by the criminal element or by the sales-taxes, hey - wait a minute, those are both brought to us by our 'criminal element'}.
The city that hardly works any more, that's suffering from slumping shoulders under the burdens of BAD government and being a 'sanctuary city' for illegals isn't a decent place to visit or live in.
Whadya want us to do, give our guests tours of the homes of our notably corrupt politicans? Take 'em for a ride {in an armored car} through Englewood, Pilsen, Logan Sqaure, Woodlawn, Maywood, Harvey, Robbins, Ford Heights, etc, etc}- like 'our' political hacks are taking us for a ride? I don't think so.
Chicago's not worthy of my visitors, besides, who has the time on vacation to sit in gridlock, on unsafe and smelly 'L' trains and / or to risk one's life in a town where only the bad guys carry firearms?
Nah, we leave town whenever possible and try to convince others to stay away. After all, you don't do that {endanger} to friends.
And its people like you who b**** about why Chicago, New York, California, etc. are expensive. Have it ever occur to you that when peole for out of state or out of country spend their money, some of the money goes to pay for public transporation, roads, property tax, etc. It helps for a business not to laid-off employees. If you think these places are bad to visit, take a trip out of country with American status don't mean s***! You see what happen in India weeks ago. Believe me, you will be kissing these US cities' a@@es!
Dave

Springfield, IL

#11 Dec 29, 2008
Fiddle Sticks wrote:
I now advise friends NOT to visit Chicago.
I don't want 'em mugged {either by the criminal element or by the sales-taxes, hey - wait a minute, those are both brought to us by our 'criminal element'}.
The city that hardly works any more, that's suffering from slumping shoulders under the burdens of BAD government and being a 'sanctuary city' for illegals isn't a decent place to visit or live in.
Whadya want us to do, give our guests tours of the homes of our notably corrupt politicans? Take 'em for a ride {in an armored car} through Englewood, Pilsen, Logan Sqaure, Woodlawn, Maywood, Harvey, Robbins, Ford Heights, etc, etc}- like 'our' political hacks are taking us for a ride? I don't think so.
Chicago's not worthy of my visitors, besides, who has the time on vacation to sit in gridlock, on unsafe and smelly 'L' trains and / or to risk one's life in a town where only the bad guys carry firearms?
Nah, we leave town whenever possible and try to convince others to stay away. After all, you don't do that {endanger} to friends.
Sounds like you don't know how to travel. First of all, don't act and dress like a tourist. Second, you avoid rush traffic at home. Same rule apply when you are vacation. Third, you don't go exploring the bad neighborhoods at home, don't go those places on your vacation. Fourth, if you not sure of the food, go to francise resturant (Burger King; Chili's).
Winter Fan

AOL

#12 Dec 29, 2008
Fiddle Sticks wrote:
I now advise friends NOT to visit Chicago.
I don't want 'em mugged {either by the criminal element or by the sales-taxes, hey - wait a minute, those are both brought to us by our 'criminal element'}.
The city that hardly works any more, that's suffering from slumping shoulders under the burdens of BAD government and being a 'sanctuary city' for illegals isn't a decent place to visit or live in.
Whadya want us to do, give our guests tours of the homes of our notably corrupt politicans? Take 'em for a ride {in an armored car} through Englewood, Pilsen, Logan Sqaure, Woodlawn, Maywood, Harvey, Robbins, Ford Heights, etc, etc}- like 'our' political hacks are taking us for a ride? I don't think so.
Chicago's not worthy of my visitors, besides, who has the time on vacation to sit in gridlock, on unsafe and smelly 'L' trains and / or to risk one's life in a town where only the bad guys carry firearms?
Nah, we leave town whenever possible and try to convince others to stay away. After all, you don't do that {endanger} to friends.
Get a Life!! Ever been aywhere else?????Chicag In General is safer than almost all if not all big cities!
meme

South Holland, IL

#13 Dec 29, 2008
Winter Fan wrote:
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Get a Life!! Ever been aywhere else?????Chicag In General is safer than almost all if not all big cities!
SAFE? 501 MURDERS AND COUNTING......
Hail Chief

Bloomingdale, IL

#14 Dec 29, 2008
Harold Lucas wrote:
Is it a coincident or blatant racial discrination by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper that the only African american culturally oriented visitor information center in the nation, the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center
Gift Shop and Exhibit Gallery,in the historic bronzeville community did not get an honorable mention in today's Tribune story on tourism in Chicago?
www.bronzevilleonline.com
Well, they sure mentioned Bronzeville, if not the visitor center.
Just off the phone

Chicago, IL

#15 Dec 29, 2008
I was actually just talking to some out of town friends over the holidays asking why they never come to town anymore. Know why? Because they can't afford it. Everything from gas to hotels and any entertainment is taxed to the hilt. These are people from all over the Midwest and Plains states. Two are going to vacation in Milwaukee this year, 2 are visiting St. Louis for a week next summer, 1 is going to Louisville of all places.

Seriously, have all the pride you want in your home town, but people aren't coming here unless 1) they have a lot of extra cash or 2) they have to be here for business. Those are also the very people that aren't touring Bronzeville or checking out the museums. They don't seek out the mom and pop joints. To them, Chicago consists of the Loop.

Facts are facts. We are barely affordable to live in or near much less visit.
Samanta James Marquez

Chicago, IL

#16 Dec 29, 2008
Well we don't want poor visitors here anyway. Just the wealthy ones who will drop some dough.
Evan

Memphis, TN

#17 Dec 29, 2008
George's Hot Dogs? Seriously? You might as well send people to Beefee for an Italian beef. I'd say Hot Doug's if you want your hot dog to be a serious culinary experience, and Portillo's if you're a purist.

(And ignore the Memphis IP... I lived in Chicago from 2002 until July of this year.)
Forget About It

AOL

#18 Dec 29, 2008
Chicago:
Murder capital of America.
Poster-child for corrupt government.
Over-taxed and without a future.
Chicago: forget about it.
Tim

Ocean View, NJ

#19 Dec 29, 2008
Just off the phone wrote:
I was actually just talking to some out of town friends over the holidays asking why they never come to town anymore. Know why? Because they can't afford it. Everything from gas to hotels and any entertainment is taxed to the hilt. These are people from all over the Midwest and Plains states. Two are going to vacation in Milwaukee this year, 2 are visiting St. Louis for a week next summer, 1 is going to Louisville of all places.
Seriously, have all the pride you want in your home town, but people aren't coming here unless 1) they have a lot of extra cash or 2) they have to be here for business. Those are also the very people that aren't touring Bronzeville or checking out the museums. They don't seek out the mom and pop joints. To them, Chicago consists of the Loop.
Facts are facts. We are barely affordable to live in or near much less visit.
Highest sales tax in the country; and even higher in the central business district. In this economy, many will opt to go to less expensive places, if they travel at all.
james

Chicago, IL

#20 Dec 30, 2008
is chicago the cheapest place to visit? no. but compared to a lot of big cities, it's really not bad at all.
idzan ismail

Seremban, Malaysia

#21 Dec 30, 2008
Forget About It wrote:
Chicago:
Murder capital of America.
Poster-child for corrupt government.
Over-taxed and without a future.
Chicago: forget about it.
You forgot Obama's home.
Whatever, Chicago here I come in 2010.
MattM

Minooka, IL

#22 Dec 30, 2008
A great event combining architecture and fitness is the Hustle up the Hancock benefiting the Respiratory Health Association www.lungchicago.org .
Rank Stranger

Oak Park, IL

#24 Dec 31, 2008
Chicago is one of the great cities of the world. For those who's feeling's get hurt easily stay away. It is a great and awesome adventure when in the City of Big Shoulders. True world travelers know this. The rest of you vacationers of soft and boreing places stay away!

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