Ask ChicagoNow: What are the places to avoid in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What are the places to avoid in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What are the places to avoid in Chicago?

“Navy Pier.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries

“Montrose Harbor at night. Had a cousin killed there years ago, walking along the lake with a date. Two thugs robbed them, knocked him out and threw him in the lake, then raped his date. He surfaced in Indiana weeks later. RIP, Nicky.” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“Navy Pier. There are too many really great Chicago places from Millennium Park, the museums and the neighborhoods to waste your time at the Pier–unless you are going on a cruise, Chicago Shakespeare Theater or want a beautiful view of the city from the Centennial Wheel.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“Trump Tower, obviously.” — Kim Cavill, Sex Positive Parent

“I avoid Taste of Chicago.” — John Chatz, It’s Never Just Black And White

“North Ave Beach especially if biking on the lake front trail. Avoid the loop and head up north to Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park”. — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Logan Square and Wicker Park are the places to avoid. Hipster Central. Transplants who call themselves Chicagoans. It’s even more on my places to avoid list than the ever undesirable “Wrigleyville” a made up name for a small portion of Lake View created by suburban yuppies, who have changed the entire area, and not necessarily for the better unless you are a property investor.” — Stephanie Esposito, Chicago Rucks

“Wrigleyville on the weekends or during baseball season. Lawrence headed west during rush hour. Navy Pier. For the minorly crowdphobic, summer street festivals unless you’re seeing a band there. North Ave beach in summer. Taquerias and diners during “bar time” (12 am – 2am). Michigan Ave on the weekends (most always, but def weekends). Comiskey Park (It’s a JOKE).” — Jocelyn Geboy, An Unquiet Chicagoan

“Police stations as an arrestee.” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“Downtown during the tourist season. And I have to admit I try to avoid flying into O’Hare. Too big and you can smell the ‘L’ from a long way off. Plus, I’m from the South Side, so Midway is a much more convenient location.” — April Davis Leachman, Chicago On the Radar

“Avoid the traps of downtown/River North/Streeterville and get into the neighborhoods. And I mean ALL the neighborhoods, not just the trendy ones. Get up to Edgewater and Rogers Park and for a great beer experience, hit Maria’s in Bridgeport. Definitely avoid the suburbs, but DO NOT avoid the south side. And avoid Wrigley Field. Go to a Sox game instead. More comfortable. Not nearly as many fratboy dudebros. Better food. Far better beer. And a better baseball experience, even if the baseball itself isn’t as good.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“Avoid the touristy places like Navy Pier, Millennial Park and museums during high visit time.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“That Milwaukee/Damen/North Avenue intersection. It’s super crowded at all times and God forbid if you have a bad sense of direction.” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“I personally avoid the South Side if I can help it because my sense of direction is apparently based on which way the numbers progress on North/South streets. And also, the suburbs… all those wide streets and lack of light pollution make me feel very uneasy.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“When asked I tell out-of-towners to avoid the Clark Street bars after Cub games. Too crowded, too noisy, too drunk. Better to walk a few blocks to Sheffield’s at School Street, or get out of Wrigleyville entirely and go to Tiny Lounge on Leavitt near Montrose.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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