Originally Posted by milkmania
My favorite trip (to date) east of Mississippi was to Chicago around 2000-2001 for a technical school conference I had to attend around the 4th of July.
I remember my instructor driving us around on the West Side of Chicago... It sure seemed like a sketchy area! I remember a Martin Luther King park in the area.
But down around Navy Pier... I had a freaking blast!!!
Oh it's the greatest city in the world ;) I love it fiercely though I now live in a polar opposite area, Marquette Michigan in the UP.
The west side can be a bit sketchy, the south IS sketchy, but after a while you learn where and where not to go. If you aren't afraid of hobos then there isn't too much to worry about. The gang bangers typically leave you alone if you aren't seeking out trouble