Chicago Travel Guide


The Chicago TribuneThe Tribune is Chicago's oldest daily. Changes in ownership have shed much of the Trib's former prestige with a debt-leveraged purchase and forced bankruptcy, widespread staff layoffs, and an ill-advised redesign. The Tribune, although Chicago's only remaining broadsheet newspaper, now has a noticeable conservative slant and has recently begun to focus on local news rather than the national political coverage in which it used to excel.
The Chicago Sun-TimesThe Sun-Times is Chicago's other "major" newspaper. It has a long-standing reputation for aggressive (some might say "sensationalist") investigative journalism. It has also been teetering on the verge of oblivion for some time. Recently, it switched to a tabloid format and fired all of its photographers in favour of asking journalists to use iPhones.
RedEyeRedEye is a free weekdays-only newspaper produced by the Tribune. Although its covers appear to report from some parallel universe where topics like sandwiches and being tired at work are the top stories of the day, it does have basic news coverage inside along with entertainment gossip syndicated from the Associated Press.
The Chicago DefenderThe Defender is Chicago's biggest African-American daily, and it played a major role in the city's African-American history. Its distribution network today is comparatively small, though.
Hola HoyHola Hoy produces a free Spanish-language newspaper with wide distribution.
The Chicago ReaderThe Reader is a free weekly newspaper distributed throughout the city each Wednesday. It includes extensive listings of arts, music, and events. Nobody knows more about Chicago than the Reader, but it's definitely oriented toward locals.
Crain's Chicago BusinessCrain's is a long-standing weekly newspaper covering the Chicago area business community, with a dash of politics and lifestyle definitely worth a look if you're in town on business.
New CityNew City is a free weekly alternative arts and entertainment magazine, distributed every Thursday. Event listings and local content are skimpy, but it is free.
Windy City TimesFree weekly LGBT newspaper.
Religious services

There are places of worship all over the city; the front desk of your hotel will almost certainly be able to direct you to one nearby. If not, though, the following are centrally located in either the Loop or the Near North, unless otherwise noted.

For churches of specific Orthodoxies, check in neighborhoods that feature communities with ties to that region. There's a majestic Orthodox church in Ukrainian Village, for example. Evangelical Christian ministries are mostly on the South Side, with some historic churches in Bronzeville. For the Baha'i faith, visit the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, easily accessible by the CTA Purple Line.

Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel540 W Melrose StPhone: +1 773 248-9200Modern Orthodox Judaism. In a remarkably beautiful building by the lake. Shacharit Su 8:30AM, M Th 6:45AM, Tu W F 7AM; Mincha Su-Th 7:45PM.
Armitage Baptist Church2451 N Kedzie Blvd.Phone: +1 773 384-4673Hours: Sunday worship: 9:30AM 11AM 6PM
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir4N739 IL Route 59, BartlettPhone: +1 630 213-2277Hours: Daily 11:30AM AartiPrice: Free
Chicago's Central Synagogue845 N Michigan Ave, 913EPhone: +1 312 787-0450Conservative Judaism. Kabbalat Shabbat 2nd Fri of the Month 7PM, Shabbat Shacharit Sa 9:10AM.
Chicago Loop Synagogue16 S Clark StPhone: +1 312 346-7370Traditional Judaism. Shachris Sa 9AM, Su 9:30AM; Mincha Sa 3:45PM, Su 4:15PM, M-F 1:05PM; Maariv 4:45PM.
Chicago Sinai Congregation15 W Delaware PlPhone: +1 312 867-7000Liberal Reform Judaism. Torah study Sa 10:30AM; Shabbat Eve service F 6:15PM, Sunday service 11AM.
Christ the Savior Orthodox Church927 N LaSalle DrPhone: +1 312 202-0423Fax: +1 312 202-0427OCA parish with services in English. Saturday Great Vespers 4:30PM. Sunday Liturgy 9:15AM. Wednesday Daily Vespers 6:30PM.
Downtown Islamic Center231 S State StPhone: +1 312 939-9095M-F 10:30AM5:30PM. Friday prayers: Khutba 1:05PM / Aqama 1:30PM (1st Friday Jamaa), Khutba 2:05PM / Aqama 2:30PM (2nd Friday Jamaa).
Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago10915 Lemont Rd, Lemont, ILPhone: +1 630 972-0300Hours: M-F 10AM-8PMCall temple to schedule priest services.
Holy Name Cathedral735 N State StHours: Open for private prayer or reflection from 5:30AM-7PMFlagship of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Sunday Masses at 7AM, 8:15AM, 9:30AM (incl. sign language), 11AM, 12:30PM, and 5:15 PM. See website for Saturday, weekdays, and Holy Days schedules, as well as other sacraments.
Saint James Cathedral65 E Huron StPhone: +1 312 787-7360Episcopalian services. Office hours M-F 9AM-4PM. Eucharist Su 8AM,10:30AM, W 5:30PM, Th F 12:10PM
Foreign consulates

Here's a quick list of foreign consulates in Chicago:

Argentina205 N Michigan Ave, #4208/9Phone: +1 312 819-2610Fax: +1 312 819-2612
Austria400 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 222-1516
Bahamas8600 W Bryn Mawr AvePhone: +1 312 693-1500
Bolivia1111 Superior St, #309, Melrose ParkPhone: +1 708 343-1234
Bosnia & Herzegovina151 E Chicago AvePhone: +1 951 1245
Bulgaria737 N Michigan Ave, #2105Phone: +1 312 867-1904
CanadaTwo Prudential Plaza, 180 N Stetson Ave, #2400Phone: +1 312 616-1860Fax: +1 312 616-1878
Chile875 N Michigan Ave, #3352Phone: +1 312 654-8780
China100 E Erie St, #500Phone: +1 312 803-0095
Colombia500 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 923-1196
Costa Rica203 N Wabash AvePhone: +1 312 263-2772
Croatia737 N Michigan Ave, #1030Phone: +1 312 482-9902
Czech Republic205 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 861-1037
Denmark875 N Michigan Ave Ste 3950Phone: +1 312 787-8780Fax: +1 312 787-8744
Dominican Republic3228 W N AvePhone: +1 312 236-2447
Ecuador30 S Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 338-1002
Egypt500 N Michigan Ave, #1900Phone: +1 312 828-9162Hours: 9:00 AM - 15:30 PM
El Salvador104 S Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 332-1393
Estonia410 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 595-2527
Finland2246 West Homer StPhone: +1 708 442-0635
France737 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 787-5359
Germany676 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 202-0480
Greece650 N Saint Clair StPhone: +1 312 335-3915Fax: +1 312 335-3958
Guatemala205 N Michigan Ave #2350Phone: + 1 312 332 1587
Haiti220 S State St, #2110Phone: +1 312 922-4004
Honduras4506 W Fullerton AvePhone: +1 773 342-8281
Hungary500 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 670-4079
India455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, NBC Tower Bldg Ste 850Phone: +1 312 595-0405
Indonesia211 W Wacker DrPhone: +1 312 920-1880
Ireland400 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 337-1868Fax: +1 312 337-1954
Israel111 E Wacker Dr, #1308Phone: +1 312 297-4800
Italy500 N Michigan AvePhone: +1 312 467-1550
Jamaica4655 S Martin Luther King DrPhone: +1 773 373-8988
Japan737 N Michigan Ave, #1100Phone: +1 312 280-0430
Jordan12559 S Holiday Dr, AlsipPhone: +1 708 272-6666
Republic of Korea455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, #2700Phone: +1 312 822-9485
Latvia3239 Arnold Ln, NorthbrookPhone: +1 847 498-6880
Lithuania211 E Ontario St, #1500Phone: +1 312 397-0382
Luxembourg1417 Braeborn Ct, source: Wikivoyage

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