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Frommer's Chicago Day by Day Paperback – Jun 2 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 2 edition (June 2 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470422084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470422083
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 18.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 everything—in 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 map—enclosed in a handy plastic wallet you can also use for tickets and souvenirs

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d2dc00) out of 5 stars Use this book to plan your trip! Nov. 7 2006
By Jessica L. Lange - Published on
Format: Paperback
I used this book to plan a long weekend in Chicago (November 2006) and couldn't be happier with the results. The only slightly negative comment I have about the book is that not all prices were completely accurate. It seems admission to some museums, etc. have increased by a few dollars, but I wasn't too bent out of shape about that. I really liked how the book lists the top spots to hit depending on how many days you plan to spend in the city. I highly recommend the following (as did the book): Architechture Foundation's River Cruise, Second City Comedy Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and Corner Bakery (for breakfast or a quick lunch). This book also comes with maps that are extremely useful. There is a train (subway) map and a general city map that are right on the inside cover, so it is very easy to get to. A larger, more detailed map is also included. Plus, this book is the perfect size to fit in my purse so we could carry it with us all day long. I could go on and on, but my trip to Chicago was great and I believe this book had a lot to do with that.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d2dc54) out of 5 stars It's 2011 and you can do better! Sept. 29 2011
By Ella Kwint - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
With oodles of glowing reviews for this Chicago 2nd edition, I'm clearly the odd one out and slightly confused as to its popularity. I really should have paid more attention to the publication date, though it doesn't seem to have reduced the asking price.

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 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d2df30) out of 5 stars Don't go to Chicago without this book! July 24 2006
By Kimberly - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a lifesaver! Fantastic maps (of streets and subway stations) and hundreds of listings of places and things to see, visit, and taste make this book the key to a great trip to Chicago. The book is broken down into easy to use sections like dining, hotels, day trips, art & entertainment, etc. Any thing you want to do in Chicago is listed and described and you can get there easily using the maps in each section. I highly recommend this book. I don't know how we would have seen Chicago without it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d30468) out of 5 stars I need more days in Chicago Nov. 3 2006
By Marcella Bomas-Stevens - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book strutured my visit to Chicago. It's a big city. Where do you go first? How do I get on the right spot, etc. This guide helps you to find all the interesting places.Small size, excellent maps, good pictures and accurate information,that's what a tourist needs during his exploration either on foot or other transportation.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98d30480) out of 5 stars Quick and Informative! Sept. 21 2007
By Cheryl Yaeger - Published on
Format: Paperback
I came to Chicago for a wedding and stayed a couple of extra days. My friends could not believe how much I got to see, and this book was a tremendous help. There are detailed sections on several of Chicago's neighborhoods, which is great if you are the type of tourist who (like me) enjoys just walking around and getting a feel for the city. But there was also great information about landmarks, parks, entertainment, etc.

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.