Frommer's Chicago Day by Day Paperback – Jun 2 2009
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"Packed full of insider knowledge…follow their tips and you won’t waste a moment of your visit…Invaluable for travelers." (Hull Daily Mail, July 2006)
"essential guide" (The Manx Independent, July 2006)
"travel agent, tour guide and all-around Chicago expert in one little pocket-sized book." (Cara, September 2006)
"Frommer's Chicago Day by Day is a highly recommended guidebook, offering 17 different itineraries." (Birmingham Mail, Nuneaton Telegraph & Coventry Telegraph, October 8, 2008) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
17 Self-guided Tours. 38 Maps. One Great Trip.
At last, a travel guide that tells you how to see the best of everythingin the smartest, most time-efficient way.
- The best of Chicago in one, two, or three days
Thematic tours for every interest, schedule, and taste
Walking tours of the city's best-loved neighborhoods
Hundreds of evocative color photos
Bulleted maps that show you how to get from place to place
Hotels, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for all budgets
A tear-resistant foldout mapenclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs
Frommer's. The best trips start here.
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Though I'm no authority, in a world swimming with travel guide choices, I found this title to be overpriced, outdated, and ultimately unhelpful. With less than an hour of online research the average traveler can suss out 90% of the info provided and then separately purchase a MUCH more thorough and easy-to-read foldable/pullout map. I recognize in a scant pocket guide like this, some out-of-date info (like museum hrs/admission prices) and lack of super specific details is to be expected. However...
- Double check an online map, app, or another guide for essential addresses; Frommer's had my hotel, the poular Homewood Suites, on the wrong block. If you relied solely on this guide for accurate hotel/destinations, better have a savvy cabbie or be willing to walk in a few circles.
- Randolph Station, a major downtown hub was renamed Millennium Station long enough ago that this change NEEDS clarification on all their maps...as this could be quite confusing to some tourists thrown by public transport. Specific info on the busiest stations, like 'enter on the SW corner' is always appreciated. Frommer's glosses over simple, practical info.
-The sections aren't put together in a user-friendly way and are utterly random; additionally, a Table of Contents is always helpful but ommited here. Guess we're stuck only with a slim index and murky colored coded pages to determine broad sections of info. This is annoying for immediate, on the street aid.
-Frommers dining recommendations are overhyped and pricey; when they do offer a casual alternative, be prepared for entries pointing you to popular national franchises like a Potbelly (really?!) that most of us could visit in our own hometown! In a city abundant with flavor-packed gems and one-of-kind spots, listing a mere 10 pgs of Chicago eateries--out of 180 pgs- is a true headscratcher. Internationally known for pizza, Italian beef, and hotdogs, don't bother looking in the index as there's no section included for the guilty pleasures Chicago is loved for-- and that most tourists want to try at least once.
-Any traveler who desires a few outside the box destinations is going have to overlook all the super predictable 'suggestions' of Navy Pier, Mag Mile, and Sears Tower--named Willis now, regardless of what locals may refuse to acknowledge, Frommer's fails to alert us--info that's already abundant online and, if that's your bag, highlighted MUCH more accurately in other guides. If you're not of the giant camera and fanny pack ilk, these sections are unhelpful at best.
-Numerous oversights/omissions/typos abound, yet they find room for 'info' even the least savvy are more than aware of! I've already mentioned incorrect maps and murky division of info. Another glaring example: stuck in the rain and need a quick number for a taxi? Don't hunt for a 'Transportation' section, it doesn't exist. Rather, turn to the index and find the entry for taxis (p 157, 159, 168) which takes you to a 'Savvy Traveler' header, then see 'Getting Around'. After frantically searching for the #s of a taxi company, ANY taxi co, you'll eventually find a few numbers on a page NOT listed in the index for taxis, p 160! Turns out, p 157 is general airport info (You mean there's cabs at an airport!? Shocking!) while p 159 is devoted to CTA info, not cabs, and p 168 takes up space for how to tip. Meanwhile, you're drenched and have waded through 3 separate pages only to find what you need on a page not listed in the index for taxis. Confused yet? Yep.
Bottom line: if you prefer scant, fill-in-the-blank manuals (plug in NYC/SF/Chicago and it's essentially the same book w/ only address changes) with little uniqueness or you are accustomed to Frommer's mainstream 'Best of' style w/ simple maps, this guide will do. But any person hoping for a slightly more mom and pop angle for 'day to day' (since locating a Nordstrom or a 4 star hotel restaurant doesn't warrant Frommer's asking price and most domestic travelers know to tip a hairdresser 15%) then by all means skip this is favor of a concisely written, truly helpful guide to one America's greatest cities.
I didn't do all the 17 smart ways to see the city yet. I need some more days. I plan to come again and will take this guide with me.
My only suggestion would be that if there is someplace you are DYING to go, call ahead as there were a couple of addresses that were wrong, especially in the Andersonville section. Usually off by a couple of blocks, so it could be that things just moved since the book came out. Also, the restaurant suggestions looked pretty good but I don't think any book could beat [...] when looking for places to eat/drink.