How To Be Street Smart As A Woman In Chicago

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Here's how you can be savvy in Chi-town!

Whether you're a Chicago native or a newcomer to Chi-Town, we've got the scoop on the street smarts every gal needs to know! Read on to wise up on living in the Windy City!


Want to get across the city faster?

Take Grand Avenue if you need to head north or south. Take Larrabee Street if you need to head east or west. These streets will most likely be wide open compared to more popular routes.

Need to get to Chinatown?

Take the water taxi. It's a fun and fast way to get to Ping Tom Park.

Want to avoid the outdoor elements?

Take the Pedway system, Chicago's underground pedestrian tunnels that connect CTA stations, City Hall, Macy's, the Aon Center, and more.


Want to avoid crowds at Doughnut Vault or Kuma's?

Head to their lesser known locations for significantly shorter wait times. Doughnut Vault is at 111 North Canal Street while Kuma's is at 666 West Diversey Parkway.

Want to eat lunch in the Loop for less?

Try the Vault Cafeteria at 135 S LaSalle St or Urban Market at 10 S Dearborn St for cheaper buffet and food court options.

Want to skip the wait at Big Star?

Just use the take-out window to order some tacos instead of waiting for a table on the patio.


Want some free laughs?

Check out the iO "Harold" shows on Wednesday nights for free admission.

Want to get cultured?

Score free museum passes at any local library to places like the Field Museum, Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, and more.

Want to get into Lollapalooza fast?

Use the north gate at Grant Park instead of the main entrance on Michigan Ave to avoid crowds and enter closer to the main north stage.

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