NAVIGATING THE CITY
- Car Rental Guide
- Chicago Transit Authority
Customer Service: 888.YOUR.CTA (7am - 8pm)
The CTA offers you direct train service from airports to downtown and to surrounding areas in Chicago..
- Greyhound Bus
Harrison at Jefferson Streets
National Online Map to help you get from point A to point B! Don't get lost - Use it!
Northwestern Station - On Canal Street at Washington.
Runs commuter trains from downtown terminals to Northwestern Suburbs and surrounding areas. for route, fare & schedule information. Pace Traffic Map
- Traffic Bulletin
- Union Station
Jackson St. at Canal St.
Amtrak & Metra lines. Runs trains all over Illinois, to destinations by Amtrak - New York, Philadelphia & surrounding states.
PLACES TO SEE
- Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Drive
Discover all the wonders of the Universe... Venture into StarRider Theater, where you control your journey from the armrest of your chair! With Space Odyssey, Interactive galaxies, and the new Space Walk - where you experience the feeling of stepping into infinite space!
Hours: Monday-Thursdays 9-5; Fridays 9-9; Saturdays-Sundays 9-6. $5.00 Admission, $4.00 seniors/children over three. Tuesdays FREE
- Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan at Adams Street.
Art Exhibits and Installations of the finest and most prestigious artists - all genres and styles.
Hours: Open Mondays-Fridays 10:30-4:30, Tuesdays till 8pm; Saturdays-Sundays 10-5. $8.00/ $5.00 students, seniors & kids five& older. Under five, admitted free. Tuesdays FREE
Performance space (room 012), 280 S. Columbus
- Bike Chicago Rentals
Navy Pier 312.755.0488 or North Avenue Beach 773.327.2706.
Rents bikes and in-line skates along Chicago's 18 mile lakefront bike path. Operating dates 8am - 10pm April 1 - October 31.
- Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
312.922.3432 OR 312.922.TOUR
Over 65 tours by bus, bike or on foot and offering their famous "Architecture River Cruise".
- Chicago Botanical Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
847.835.5440 OR 847.825.0790
A festival for every season.
- Chicago Children's Museum
Located at Chicago's Navy Pier
Dr. Seuss, and many more quality exhibits and activities for young minds. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Thursdays FREE
- Chicago Historical Society
Clark Street at North Avenue.
Presenting a photo exhibit of pictures taken by soldiers during the Vietnam War coinciding with a photo exhibit of England's Beatles invasion. Both historical events, respectively and ironically, took place at the same time.
Hours: Nondays-Saturdays 9:30-4:30; Sunday noon-5. $5.00 Admission; $3.00 students/seniors; $1.00 children ages 6-12. Mondays FREE
2169 China Place
For more information call 312.326.5320
Chicago's most celebrated spot with the springtime Lantern Festival, the Chinese New Year Parade, the Summer Fair, and the Autumn Moon Festival.
- The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
- Funeral Parlour Mini Golf
Says it all really.
- Graceland Cemetery
Corner of Clark St. and Irving Park.
Chicago's most beautiful cemetery offering the Getty Tomb 1890 designed by Louis Sullivan and wandering spirits. Open Daily.
- International Museum of Surgical Science
Presenting "The Art of Pathology", photographs of medical specimens, and permanent exhibits feature surgery related artifacts, with galleries dedicated ti X-rays, anesthesia, polio, and the medical histories of various regions. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10-4. $5.00 admission, $3.00 students/seniors.
- Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway.
Chicago's FREE Zoo!! Beautiful manicured Park Atmosphere with a Snake House, a Primate House, a Seal Haven, and a Petting Zoo, just to name a few.
- Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
"more than just art"! They have performances, interactive exhibits, video installations and mind bending ideas.
Hours: Tuesdays 10-8. Wednesdays-Sundays 10-5. Tuesdays FREE $7.00 Admission, $4.50 students/seniors.
Modern Facility with an amazing performance season full of international dance performance companies.
- Museum of Science & Industry
"Titanic" artifacts from the famous shipwreck. Visit their Omnimax Theater to see "Titanic" the documentary and recovery expedition. Ongoing exhibits the 1930's Pioneer Zephyr, NASA's Saturn probe, a simulated coal mine, computer imaging exhibits, and pseudo-scientific gadgets.
Hours: Mondays-Fridays 9:30-4; Saturdays-Sundays 9:30-5:30. Thursdays FREE. $6.00 Admission; $3.50 children over three.
- The Music Box Theatre
3733 N. Southport Ave.
The place to go to see "big-screen" independent, unique, and hard to find films.
- Navy Pier
600 East Grand
See their variety of HUGE IMAX 3-D Movies, food, Shakespeare, and fun. EB Smith Stained Glass Window Museum.
- Oriental Institute
The Egyptian Hall has a 17ft statue of King Tut standing in the entrance!
- Quadricycle Rental
Navy Pier Bike rental. Old Fashioned fun! Rates: $20-25/hour.
- Rosehill Cemetery
5800 Ravenswood Avenue.
A Chicago Historical Cemetery. With Grande tombs and gothic architecture.
- Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lakeshore Drive
Great awe-inspiring sites - it just makes you feel good! Great gift shop for fun and educational gift items!
- The Chicago Trolley Company
A great way to see downtown Chicago!
- Ugly Duck Cruises
An affordable boat cruise with lunch or dinner and a good view of the Skyline! Big fun - Small bill!
PLACES TO STAY
- Abbott Hotel
721 W. Belmont Ave.
Western Inn of Chicago
- City Suites
933 W. Belmont
- Days Inn Lakeshore
644 N. Lakeshore Drive
- Days Inn Lincoln
644 W. Diversey
Inn - Evanston
Reasonable rates, but be sure to book in advance - they are right next to Northwestern University and can be completely booked!
- The Homestead
A Historic Inn founded by Northwestern University in Evanston. Just a 15 minute train ride into Chicago!
1566 Oak Avenue
Another Historic Inn founded by Northwestern University. The atmosphere is truely like being in a European castle! Accomodations are fair and Evanston is only 15 minutes away from Chicago!
OTHER CHICAGO RESOURCES
- Boulevards: Chicago
An online listings of events of all types of entertainment.
- Center Stage
Venue schedules in Chicago!
A resource site for Chicago based Netizens.
- Chicago Fun News
- A comprehensive yet succinct reference to Chicago entertainment resources, intended for residents, with a leaning towards the offbeat. Was selected by About.com as a "Best of the Net". NEW photos page.
- Chicago Fusion
Club Nightlife WebSite
- Chicago Magazine
- Chicago Mosaic
- A website about Chicago - with information about Chicago's history and some souvenirs and artifacts for sale.
- Chicago Movers
These guys are great for moving in Chicago! Goth friendly and proffessional - not to mention good pricing!
- Chicago Reader
Free newspaper out every Thursday PM - covering Events: Music, Dance, Performance, The Arts, Reviews, Happenings, Articles, Classifieds, Job Listings and so much more!
- Chicago Reader's Early Warnings Page
Early warnings of Events/Shows coming to Chicago soon!
- Chicago Sidewalk
Check here for the answer to many of your questions about Chicago!
- The Chicago Tribune
Yours truly - Gothic Chicago - were mentioned in the article "Denizens of the Dark" about Gothic Related things in Chicago.
- Chicago Weather
- City of Chicago Information
- DigitalCity Chicago
- Heresy Productions Chicago
Heresy Productions Chicago is a new promotions group in Chicago focusing on industrial/gothic/ebm/synthpop music
- Hot Tix
Chicago Loop, 108 N. State St.; Water Works Visitor Center, 163 E Pearson at Michigan Avenue; Tower Records, Clark Street at Belden (Cash Only basis)
Show and Theatre Information. Hot Tix sells half-priced theater tickets. Tickets are sold day-of-performance Sunday thru Thursday. On Friday, many half-priced tickets for many weekend performances are on sale.
- M.K. Ultra
3023 N. CLARK ST. #365
MK Ultra hosts various underground music nights around Chicago.
Since 1995: "Because life is too short for mainstream entertainment."
Bars and Clubs listings online.
- Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts.
Concert Info for Chicago Shows
To order tickets to a variety of overpriced shows in Chicago. If it were up to us we would list an alternative to this silly company - we will keep you posted.
- Virtual Tourist Chicago
- Visitor Bureau
Brazil - 312.464.0244
British - 312.346.1810
Canada - 312.616.1860
France - 312.787.5359
Germany - 312.580.1199
Greece - 312.335.3915
Italy - 312.467.1550
Japan - 312.280.0400
Mexico - 312.855.1380
Spain - 312.782.4588
Switzerland - 312.915.0061
Turkey - 312.263.0644
- WXRT Chicago
Chicago Information and Resources.
- Yahoo! Chicago
- Yahoo's Chicago Reader
Listing of Events, etc. just like our own Chicago Reader - hmmm.