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Jun_Kazama
03-04-2004, 04:20 AM
I hope this is the right forum to put this in, I figured it was the best place.
Anyways, I'm going to Acen again this year, and am gonna be staying an extra day (so I'll be leaving on Monday sometime). I was wondering if there was anything interesting to do on a Sunday night?
I know around here everything is pretty much closed completly or closes really early on Sundays, so I don't know if its the same in a big city or what.

Also, does anybody have any suggestions as to what there is to do? I'd like to see downtown or chinatown, but yeah, I'm not really familiar w/ anything. Anything w/ resturaunts or food nearby would be awesome. ^_^"
Also, how safe is the city? Like would it be ok for me to walk around by myself at night?


edit: I have another question (sorry), I got a map of how the trains go online, and i know that the circles marked on there are stops, but why is it that some of them have a "T" next to them?

and why are there two Belmonts? There's one on the blue line and one on the red. I remember last year I went to one of them and it had a bunch of stores and stuff, I think it was the one on the red line, I'm not sure though.
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Master_Shake
03-04-2004, 08:42 AM
Ok let me see if I can help you out here. One of my best friends lives in chicago so I visit him from time to time. Plus I go to conventions up in rosemont quite abit. Sunday nights tends to be pretty dead, also, in chicago. I know last year on Sunday I hung out with a group of ppl I met at the convention.
Chicago is pretty safe I think. I never had any trouble. But of course you might want to buddy up with someone at night. Chinatown is pretty fun I like going over there. One place that me and buddy like to go is second city. It's where the cast of Satuday Night Live start out.
The Blue line and the Red line both stop on Belmont at diffrent points on the street. They just have diffrent stops. Ok I hope that helps a little. I think I heading over to Anime Central so might see you there.

SoulCrash
03-04-2004, 08:43 AM
I was wondering if there was anything interesting to do on a Sunday night?
I know around here everything is pretty much closed completly or closes really early on Sundays, so I don't know if its the same in a big city or what.



When ACen finally finish (like around 5pm), I think "the HIP"/Namco Arcade is still open (it's like a 10 to 15 min drive from the Hyatt). If you want to get a games of DDR (for around $0.75/game), and Initial D (around $1/game). If you want to do a little japanese grocery, go to Mitsuwa (it's like a 15-25 min drive from the Hyatt). That's the only think I can come up with on a Sunday.


Also, how safe is the city? Like would it be ok for me to walk around by myself at night?

After living in this city for too long, I have to say that the North Side is pretty much the safest part of Chicago (cause I lived there and I hear no murder reports in the North Side). Downtown, I can't say much cause I don't live there, but you can talk to RyanW or LimeBarb since they live in that area. The South, and West side is pretty much you want to stay away at night (too many street gangs, murders, rapes, ect. from what I heard from the local news). But if you have me as escort, it will be even more safer since I know the area (and former wrestler).


I have another question (sorry), I got a map of how the trains go online, and i know that the circles marked on there are stops, but why is it that some of them have a "T" next to them?

Sent me the link of that pic, and I can answer that question...

Edited: I just checked on what you're talking about. The "T"s on the map are spots where you can trasfer lines without paying another $1.50/$1.80 (for transfer). Like the Belmont Brown/Red line for example. If you want to get from the South Side to my area (North Side). You want to take the Red line all the way to the Belmont Brown/Red line station, and transfer trains to the Brown line all the way to the Western Brown Line. It should save you a $1.50/$1.80.

Another example of the "T"s you're talking about is "The Loop". "The Loop" is where downtown is, and it's the place where you want to transfer trains for the South to West Side, or West to North Side, etc.

and why are there two Belmonts? There's one on the blue line and one on the red. I remember last year I went to one of them and it had a bunch of stores and stuff, I think it was the one on the red line, I'm not sure though.

The only reason (I can think of) is that they're located in other parts of the city. Like the Belmont Brown/Red Line is where most of the shoping is at, while the Belmont Blue line is where (I think) most of the Hispanics lives.

Well, I tried to answer your questions the best I could..

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Edited: I forgot to add this in, watch out on where you park! Cause some areas in Chicago have private parking, or permit parking. So watch out for that, and look for the signs that says private parking or something. I got a $100 fee (with a boot) cause of this private parking area I park in accident (it's a long story in which I'm not going to talk about in this thread). And I shall get my revenage one day, via FOX NEWS....

DaphHime
03-04-2004, 01:59 PM
I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, just a 20 min drive from Rosemont in fact.

I've been to the downtown area a few times and there is a lot to see and do. It's worth it just to see some of the beautiful architecture. There are also a lot of museums downtown too. If you're an art freak like I am, you could see if the Art Institute of Chicago has Sunday hours.

Jun Tao
03-05-2004, 08:52 PM
I used to live in Chicago for about 6 years, now I live in the burbs. I'd be happy to give ya a few tips!

First of all, if you are taking the train, that could be a bit complicated on a Sunday. Sunday train and bus hours are weird...they don't run as frequently and some lines/buses don't run after certain hours or at all.

My suggestion, if you want to go to the actual city part of Chicago, I'd say get an early start and get back early! Early is the magic word. ^.^
You don't want to get stranded, that would suck! Getting stuck in Chicago and paying a $50 cab ride back to your hotel would be a horrible way to end your con experience.

Getting out early would ensure that you get to places before they close as well. Some main attractions are closed Sundays or close before 6pm. Be sure to call ahead and find out the hours of anything you may be interested in going to....Chicago is a city that DOES sleep....so not much is open late.

Chinatown? Sweet, again....early! Try not to go too late.....the red line is a VERY sleezy train that you do not want to be on very late. (Like you run into people who tell you they don't want your money, but they want a 'donation' o_0?) Chinatown is also pretty dangerous late at night. I've never had any problems there at night, but I know alot does happen there. If you do go, I suggest eatting at Moon Palace.....SO GOOD!!! :D They have the best steamed dumplings.....man, now I'm hungry thinking about it.

If you decide not to go all the way into the city, there are plenty of places to go in the burbs. Woofield Mall is very close to the Acen hotel and it has a ton of awesome stuff inside and around that general area. Lots of restaurants and shopping. There is a huge Gameworks arcade near there, fun!

Many Acen con-goers end up at Mitsuwa after the con on Sunday afternoon. Mitsuwa is the Japanese Mall that was mentioned earlier. It's not very big, but they have a cool bookstore and a toy shop. The toy store has DDR and Para Para. There is also an awesome food court with ramen shops and a bubble tea place. *droool!* Girl, all my suggestions are making me hungry!!!! Also, Mitsuwa is mainly a grocery store, so you can stock up on lots of Japanese goodies, if ya dig'em.

Now I need to get me sumthin' to eat! You need some more suggestions, just ask!

RyuichiFanGirl
03-08-2004, 09:11 PM
ummm...i live in the bad part of chicago.....>.> i personally suggest going to places like the H.I.P. like soulcrash did because thats one of the only places open around that time and its one of the cheaper places to play ddr that i know of also right across the street from the H.I.P. is Lazer Quest which is open usually till midnight so that could be fun to do while your'e there also. it would actually be fun if a bunch of cosplayers went to play lasertag in their costumes...anyways.... my best advice to you is to have someone with you if your'e going to walk around because its always safer to travel around in pairs especially where i live @.@

SoulCrash
03-09-2004, 01:02 AM
ummm...i live in the bad part of chicago.....>.> i personally suggest going to places like the H.I.P. like soulcrash did because thats one of the only places open around that time and its one of the cheaper places to play ddr that i know of also right across the street from the H.I.P. is Lazer Quest which is open usually till midnight so that could be fun to do while your'e there also. it would actually be fun if a bunch of cosplayers went to play lasertag in their costumes...anyways.... my best advice to you is to have someone with you if your'e going to walk around because its always safer to travel around in pairs especially where i live @.@


About the DDR in "the HIP". According to my friend, he thinks that the machine is more difficult than the other machines he plays. Or maybe his losing his touch.

About the Lazer Quest idea. I never though on that idea. But a cosplay shoot-out would be ****ed-up funny! Maybe I'll go to Lazer Quest after ACen and cosplay as the FFXI White Mage. And start shooting stuff.

Just look at me as parappa when I was there last time (which is halloween 02). Funny that I won best costume for their costume contest...

http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=14632&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=9

Isamu Dyson
03-10-2004, 05:40 PM
Soul Crash pretty much hit the nail on the head. The North Side is the safest part of the city. The peopel there are also a lot cooler. If you're lookin for chow and culture, downtown is the place to be. That's where all of the museums and some of the best restaurants are. Looking to go broke? North Michigan Ave, aka The Magnificent Mile, is your spot. Best shopping in the city. Too bad it's so damn expensive. One more thing: STAY AWAY FROM THE WEST AND (FAR) SOUTH SIDES!!!! The northern areas of the South Side, like Hyde Park, aren't too bad. Head further south and you're asking for trouble. Too much crime and the people are @$$holes. Other than that, you should be good to go!

Jun_Kazama
03-13-2004, 03:46 AM
Sorry I didn't reply sooner ^_^".
Thanks for all of the info.
Mitsuwa sounds pretty cool. Is that within walking distance by any chance? I won't have a car while I'm out there (I'm flying in) and I don't see a way to get there by train by looking at the maps.

I'll probably end up going downtown or somehting on Monday, then taking a late flight back home that night so I have enough time to walk around and stuff I think.

Miyu Sakura
04-14-2004, 04:26 PM
Also, does anybody have any suggestions as to what there is to do? I'd like to see downtown or chinatown, but yeah, I'm not really familiar w/ anything. Anything w/ resturaunts or food nearby would be awesome. ^_^"
Also, how safe is the city? Like would it be ok for me to walk around by myself at night?

The city is safe if you act safe. I wouldn't reccommend anything south of Chinatown for a newbie, and you should probably get someone else to go with you. You can always look me up if you need a buddy to hang with. I'm running the EGL tea party (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=33411), and I'll be running around in Elegant Gothic Lolita wear during the con. Just look for a tall, light-skinned black girl in a fluffy dress surrounded by other, equally fluffy people.

I'd reccommend going downtown around Michigan Avenue if you just want to see something of the city. The shops are pricey, but walking is free. Then, take the Red Line north to Belmont, play some games at Dennis' Games (which is immediately to your left as you exist), and grab some cheap food at Clark's. Walking around the area, you'll find cool stuff to look at and weird people. ^^ Chinatown can also be accessed on the Red Line (head South of downtown). Definetly eat in Chinatown square (which is slightly northwest of the "main" block). Joy Yee's noodles is my personal fave.


edit: I have another question (sorry), I got a map of how the trains go online, and i know that the circles marked on there are stops, but why is it that some of them have a "T" next to them?

T=transfer point you can transfer between lines on these points. I'd suggest sticking to the Red Line and Blue Line. They get you to all the prime spots. The city public transportation site is here (http://transitchicago.com/), by the way.

and why are there two Belmonts? There's one on the blue line and one on the red. I remember last year I went to one of them and it had a bunch of stores and stuff, I think it was the one on the red line, I'm not sure though.

That's the red line stop. The blue line stop is north and west, and there's cool stuff there too, but only go if you have a Chicago native...

Miyu Sakura
04-14-2004, 04:36 PM
Mitsuwa is definetly NOT walking distance. You have to catch a PACE bus, from the Rosemont Blue Line. (PACE is the suburban transport).

Mitsuwa is at:
100 E. Algonquin Road,
Arlington Hts., IL
(847)956-6699

It's open from 9am-8pm.

You'll have to go to the Blue Line stop at Rosemont and take PACE BUS #606 to ALGONQUIN & ARLINGTON HEIGHTS and then walk SE for a block to get to Mitsuwa. (It's in a big parking lot with a few other Japanese stores). It's pretty sizable with a bookstore, toy shop, and other good stuff, so definetly go...

Jun_Kazama
04-15-2004, 06:01 PM
After booking my flight out on Monday I realise I'm probably not going to be able to actually go out and do stuff on Monday after all. Anyone have any Sunday night suggestions? Is there anything at all open late?
I'll have to look around online more and see if i can find anything.
If worse comes to worse, I could walk to Denny's for food or something.