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UC neighborhood does suck but right outside hop on the 50 damen bus and you're 5 minutes from Chicago ave which is a great area and enough bars. I live in Chicago and I have walked to Chicago ave from UC. It's less than a mile but if there's no cabs or buses its fine. Damen and Ashland are big enough and during the tournament after those games there's a ton of people so don't be scuurrred to walk to Chicago. 4 blocks north of there then you're on division. Pretty much the epicenter of late twenty thirty somethings. 4 blocks north of division you're on North pretty much epicenter of 20 somethings and a ton of great food peppered throughout.
Don't be afraid to take a bus. Cleaner than the EL. Bookmark the bus tracker of your phone. It'll tell you how long til the next bus comes. Enjoy.
I started a Google Maps so you can find places not too far from the stadium if you're gonna go before or after games. I haven't even put anything on Randolph St which has some of the best food in the city. I'll add more around the 6 corners at some point.
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Don't listen to this.
You're delusional about 4 blocks north of the UC being the epicenter of 20's & 30's.
And North & damen is where all the hipsters are, not the epicenter of 20 something's. It's all hipsters there & nothing more. Not a bad spot if that's your thing, but not a place to have people coming in town, for the tournament, visit.
There's a lot of good info in this thread, but anyone from out of town & especially people who have never been to Chicago before should do their own research before believing the above.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by The Only Colors 14 months ago
In Chicago they're looking for guns, not booze.
First off you don't read that well do you? I never said 4 blocks north of the UC is the epicenter idiot. I said take a bus 5 minutes north and you're on Chicago avenue. Then 4 blocks north of THAT then you're in the epicenter of 20's and 30's.
Secondly, if you know anything about Chicago you know that hipsters left that area a long time ago. Yes there are certainly bars where hipsters hang out but it's not like it was 6 years ago the last time you were in town. And people are here to do research so I'm offering some information. I've lived in this area for 10 years, I'm not trying to pull a fast one on these guys. I'm trying to offer some helpful hints about what to do around here. Alot of you people who have never been to this city for more than a weekend go to the games at UC and then scurry back to downtown where you and your douchebag friends meet up at Mothers because you think that's where people in Chicago go. Which it's not. So go eat a bag of dicks.
Haha there you go folks, the guy has lived here for 10 years & knows everything. Anyone who attributes this to a rational thought deserves to end up where this loon is telling them to go.
Where do you live? Interested to know why people should listen to a bag of dicks eater like you?
Only tRCMB could turn this thread into a pissing contest.
Better yet, do you want to hang out with a guy who ends his rcmb posts with solid comments such as "go eat a bag of dicks."??
Honestly, I wish the mods could nuke the crap out of this thread and leave the relevant info for people headed to Chicago
This post was edited by Goud21 14 months ago
And if the good Lord’s willin’,
I’m a keep on chillin’,
refillin’ and flyin’ high
Couple of things:
A. He said "4 blocks north of there" meaning, 4 blocks north of Chicago Ave, which is Division. 4 blocks north of the UC is Lake Street, and this area is a little rough. It's about 10 blocks to Grand and a little over 1 mile walk to Chicago Ave. Probably a 20 minute walk or so. These are not great areas... after a game it's probably fine because there will be lots of people around, but I wouldn't be wandering around here at 2am unless I knew where I was going.
B. Ukranian Village (basically Chicago/Damen) is a pretty cool area with some interesting bars. Stay east of Western and this area is relatively safe.
C.Taking the 50 Damen Bus up to Wicker Park/Bucktown after the game is great advice. The "hipster" thing is pretty played out with Bucktown/WIcker Park. It was a transitional neighborhood 10 years ago, much like Logan Square is now. The hipsters have mostly left and been replaced with yuppies. Bucktown has become an uber trendy neighborhood with high end shopping. It's as safe as Lincoln Park, there are tons of great bars and restaurants within a short walk of Damen/North Ave. Don't let a couple of ironic mustaches and skinny jeans scare you off.. This is DEFINITELY an area I take people from out of town to, and I'm in my 30's.
I appreciate the map, but I politely disagree with your ideas of places to hang out near the UC. The Ogden and The Billy Goat are decent options when you get kicked out mid-day, but after the games end, I'm pretty much getting out of the area. I've seen too many things in that neighborhood after Bulls games and Blackhawks games to want to stick around much longer. The bus crowd at 11 PM over there can be an adventure as well (And this is coming from someone who spends plenty of time in downtown Detroit for fun, not just for large events)
That being said, to each their own. I'll head back downtown more after the games
Obviously Phil McCrackin lives in Chicago because he actually knows what he's talking about. It's fairly easy to spot someone who actually knows a thing or two about Chicago.
I'm not really sure why anyone would hang around the area near the United Center after the games are done. I assume this advice is for people looking to grab a drink/food before or between games.
I've taken the Ashland bus to the United Center for Bulls/Blackhawks games many times and never had an issue. It's not an area I'd want to be drunk and wandering around in at 2am though.
Yeah no one is hanging out around UC after the games. If you're looking to grab a beer before those are two closest bars. Usually when I'm going to a game, I'm hanging around east on Madison at West End, Third Rail or Beer Bistro. I do NOT recommend staying around UC any longer than you need to. Just trying to offer some places to go before or after that are easy to get to. North on Damen or east on Madison are those places.
I've lived in a variety of neigborhoods since i have lived here my whole life. Except for the 4 years i spent in EL. I'm glad you came here 10 years ago though, can always use more Spartans here.
Out of towners beware of what this guy is advising. My
Completely different if a local is bringing people around, but it's irresponsible to send 1st timers to area's that go from safe to unsafe in a matter of blocks. IMO.
Lots of great restaurant/bar options on Randolph too.
It should also be noted that many bars like West End run shuttles to/from UC for Bulls/Blackhawks games. They likely do this for the B1G tournament too. I can vouch for West End being great, but I've only lived here for 11 years... so what the hell do I know?
I'm sorry man, I just need to know where you live where you think Division and Damen and Chicago and Damen are unsafe places to be. Where are you sheltering yourself at? Somewhere along the lake? I'm not leading these people into danger. I simply told them take a frickin' bus 5 minutes and have a good time. Where are you taking people who come into town? Top of the Hancock?
I wouldn't hesitate to send a tourist on the Ashland or Damen bus up to North Ave after a game at UC if they're looking for bars/restaurants. There is nothing about Bucktown/Wicker Park that requires a local escort. It's a safe neighborhood, and after a game the bus will be packed with other people who were at the game. Definitely not an unsafe journey.
I wouldn't suggest walking from the UC though. The area between Madison and Chicago is a little dicey and would be uncomfortable for someone not accustomed to walking in those types of neighborhoods.
It's hard to tell from your post which aspect of my advice you are taking issue with.
Haha I didn't say those intersections are bad, but you can keep running circles around my verbiage until you're blue in the face. I question your ability to be objective when giving advice, but you know everything so it doesn't really matter. Sigh.
I didn't take issue with any of your post. You presented your opinion in a reasonable way & didn't use over generalizations or repeatedly use the phrase bag of dicks. I agree with a lot of what you're saying.
Tickets sold out as of this morning. Looks like no single sessions tickets will be sold through TicketMaster. I guess I'll have to scalp, secondary market is pricey right now.
This is a bummer.
Hmm, best place to scalp? Right outside the stadium I'm assuming. Getting to Chicago around noon on Friday.
So mad...was looking forward to going again this year.
A man's gotta eat!
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