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                 Select Italy’s Internguide                Introduction - Page 2

Dear	Intern,

Thank	you	for	choosing	Select	Italy’s	Intern	Program	and	welcome	to	Chicago!		We	are	
very	excited	to	have	you.		The	following	pages	contain	information	that	you	will	find	
helpful	in	your	pre-departure	preparation	and	acclimation	to	the	city	upon	arrival.		We	
have	compiled	useful	links	and	other	resources	to	help	you:

    1.	 Search	for	Accomodation
    2.	 Find	Necessities	and	Estimate	Your	Expenses
    3.	 Get	Around
    4.	 Plan	Your	Free	Time	Activities
    5.	 Health	and	Contacts

We	hope	you	find	this	guide	informative	and	that	you	enjoy	your	time	in	Chicago!		

Grazie	e	Benvenuto!


Your	Friends	at	Select	Italy			

	     	      	       	      	       	         	   	   								Prepared and edited by Luna Lamona, V 2.0/08 	
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                                                       WELCOME	TO	CHICAGO

    											Country	Flag																																						State	Flag																																						City	Flag

                North	America                         United	States	of	America                          Illinois

Continent:			         North	America
Country:		            United	States	of	America
State:		 													Illinois	(IL)
County:		             Cook	County
Government:	 Mayor-council	government
Coordinates:		 41:50:13N	87:41:06W
Altitude:		           177m	/	583ft
Currency:		           US	Dollar	(USD)
Language:		           English
Population:								2,896,016
Time	Zone:		          Central	Standard	Time	(CST)	(UTC-6),	7	hours	behind	Italy’s	time.																													City	Seal
Demonym:									Chicagoan
Nicknames:								The	Windy	City,	The	Second	City,	Chi-Town,	The	City	That	Works.
Latin	motto:							Urbs	in	Horto	(English:	City	in	a	Garden)

                                                       DISTANCE	TO	OTHER	CITIES
       City                                     Km           Mile      City                                      Km             Mile
       Amsterdam,	Netherlands                  5621          4115      Madrid,	Spain                            6748            4193
       Barcelona,	Spain                        7096          4410      Milan,	Italy                             7303            4539
       Berlin,	Germany                         7094          4409      New	York,	NY,	USA                        1156            718
       Dublin,	Ireland                         5900          3667      Paris,	France                             664            4141
       Hong	Kong,	China                        12556         7804      Rio	de	Janeiro,	Brazil                   8522            5297
       Las	Vegas,	NV,	USA                      2451          1523      Rome,	Italy                              7766            4826
       Los	Angeles,	CA,	USA                    2813          1745      San	Francisco,	CA,	USA                   2994            1861
       London,	United	Kingdom                  5368          3957      Sydney,	Australia                       14884            9250
                      Select Italy’s Internguide                                       History - Page 4

                                            A	LITTLE	TASTE	OF	CHICAGO’S	HISTORY...

                                                            Louis	 Jolliet,	 a	 Canadian	 explorer,	 and	 the	 French-born	 Jesuit	 Jacques	
                                                            Marquette	were	the	first	Europeans	to	discover	the	Chicago	area	in	1678	
                                                            with	the	help	of	local	Indians.The	first	permanent	settlement	was	founded	
                                                            in	1781	by	Jean	Baptiste	Point	du	Sable.	The	location	at	the	mouth	of	the	
                                                            Chicago	River	was	chosen	for	its	strategic	value	for	a	trading	post	as	the	
                                                            river	connected	Lake	Michigan	with	the	Mississippi	river.	Later	the	area	
                                                            at	the	mouth	of	the	Chicago	River	was	occupied	by	a	military	base,	Fort	
                                                            Dearborn.	The	fort	was	regularly	attacked	by	Native	Americans,	until	Chief	
                                                            Black	Hawk	was	defeated	in	1832.	One	year	later,	Chicago	was	officially	
                                                            incorporated	as	a	town	and	in	1837,	when	the	population	reached	4170,	as	a	
                                                            city.	Its	name	was	derived	from	the	native	indian’s	word	describing	the	area.

In	 1871,	 disaster	 struck	 with	 the	 Great	 Chicago	 Fire	 laying	 the	 city	 in	
ashes.	The	Great	Chicago	Fire	burned	from	Sunday	night	on	October	8	to	
early	October	10.	Legend	has	it	that	the	fire	started	in	a	shed	owned	by	
Catherine	O’Leary.	However,	at	least	some	part	of	the	legend	attributing	
the	source	to	a	cow	kicking	over	a	fire	lantern	in	the	shed	seems	to	have	
been	 a	 reporter’s	 fabrication.	The	 actual	 cause	 of	 the	 fire	 is	 uncertain.	
The	use	of	wood	as	a	primary	building	material	and	a	prevailing	wind	
driving	 the	 fire	 to	 the	 north	 contributed	 to	 the	 fire’s	 spread.	When	 the	
city’s	 water	 facility	 was	 burned,	 the	 fire	 fighters	 were	 without	 water.	
Finally,	 the	 fire	 burned	 itself	 out,	 aided	 by	 rain.	 Some	 34	 blocks	 were	
burned	 destroying	 millions	 in	 property	 value	 and	 leaving	 90,000	
homeless,	almost	a	third	of	the	city’s	population.	The	fire	destroyed	about	
17450	buildings,	but	the	Chicagoans	quickly	started	to	rebuild	the	city.

                                                              By	 the	 1890’s,	 Chicago	 had	 recovered	 well	 enough	 to	 host	 the	 1893	
                                                              World	 Columbian	 Exposition,	 commemorating	America’s	 discovery	 by	
                                                              Columbus	 400	 years	 before.	 Extending	 from	 Cottage	 Grove	Avenue	 to	
                                                              Lake	Michigan,	and	from	56th	Street	to	67th	Street,	the	grounds	for	the	
                                                              World’s	Columbian	Exposition	was	the	site	of	a	massive	building	effort.	
                                                              More	than	200	buildings	occupied	the	exposition’s	grounds;	today,	only	
                                                              one	 remains.	 Like	 most	 of	 the	 other	 buildings,	 the	 Palace	 of	 Fine	Arts	
                                                              had	 exterior	 walls	 of	 staff,	 a	 temporary	 building	 material	 made	 from	
                                                              plaster	of	paris	and	hemp	fiber.	During	the	six	months	that	the	Fair	was	
                                                              open,	27,539,000	visited	the	Fair.	The	Fair,	however,	did	not	close	on	a	
                                                              very	positive	note.	Just	three	days	prior	to	its	closing,	Chicago’s	mayor,	
                                                              Carter	 H.	 Harrison,	 Sr.,	 was	 shot	 five	 times	 by	 a	 visitor	 in	 his	 home.	
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                                                            At	 the	 end	 of	 the	 19th	 century	 the	 land	 prices	 had	 risen	 dramatically,	
                                                            which	 lead	 to	 the	 construction	 of	 taller	 buildings.	 In	 1885,	William	 Le	
                                                            Baron	 Jenney	 built	 what	 is	 known	 as	 the	 first	 skyscraper	 in	 the	 world:	
                                                            the	 Home	 Insurance	 Building	 (now	 the	 site	 of	 the	 Bank	 of	 America	
                                                            Building).	 Demolished	 in	 1931,	 it	 was	 55	 meters	 tall	 and	 included	 9	
                                                            stories,	later	extended	to	11.	It	was	the	first	building	to	use	structural	steel	
                                                            in	its	frame,	but	the	majority	of	its	structure	was	composed	of	cast	and	
                                                            wrought	 iron.	 It	 was	 the	 first	 tall	 building	 to	 be	 supported,	 both	 inside	
                                                            and	 outside,	 by	 a	 fireproof	 metal	 frame.	 The	 building	 weighed	 only	
                                                            one-third	as	much	as	a	stone	building	would	have;	city	officials	were	so	
                                                            concerned	that	they	halted	construction	while	they	investigated	its	safety.	
                                                            This	building	marks	the	start	of	Chicago	as	a	pioneering	architectural	city.	

The	 foundations	 of	 today’s	 Chicago	 were	 laid	 out	 by	 some	 of	 the	 leading	 architects	
reconstructing	 the	 city	 after	 the	 Great	 Fire.	 Daniel	 Burnham	 designed	 the	 first	
visionary	urban	plan	for	a	city,	the	1909	Plan	of	Chicago.	In	it,	Burnham	envisioned	
a	“Paris	on	the	Prairie”	and	included	wide	boulevards	and	parks.	The	Chicago	Plan,	
published	 by	 the	 Commercial	 Club	 in	 1909,	 was	 the	 first	 comprehensive	 outline	 of	
development	 ever	 offered	 to	 an	American	 city.	 Instead	 of	 limiting	 themselves	 to	 the	
municipality,	 large	 as	 that	 was,	 the	 planners	 dealt	 with	 the	 entire	 area	 lying	 within	
a	sixty-mile	radius.	They	foresaw	a	network	of	highways	around	the	city,	great	forest	
preserves	 within	 easy	 access,	 and	 an	 expansion	 of	 existing	 parks.	 Four	 months	
after	 the	 publication	 of	 the	 plan,	 Mayor	 Fred	 A.	 Busse	 appointed	 the	 Chicago	 City	
Plan	 Commission	 and	 designated	 Charles	 H.	 Wacker,	 a	 dynamic	 civic	 leader,	 as	
chairman.	 Some	 of	 the	 features	 of	 the	 original	 Chicago	 Plan	 have	 been	 discarded	
as	 undesirable;	 others	 have	 not	 yet	 been	 realized.	Yet	 the	 gains	 have	 been	 notable.

                                                            The	 twin	 purposes	 of	 the	 1933	 International	 Exposition	 were	 to	
                                                            celebrate	 the	 centennial	 of	 the	 founding	 of	 Chicago	 and	 to	 highlight	
                                                            the	 scientific	 and	 industrial	 progress	 of	 the	 country	 in	 the	 past	
                                                            hundred	years.	The	“look”	of	the	Fair	was	to	be	modern	and	scientific,	
                                                            avoiding	 the	 traditional,	 classical	 styles	 of	 the	 previous	 expositions.
                                                            The	organizers	hoped	that	the	Fair	would	make	advances	in	the	sciences	
                                                            understandable	 even	 to	 the	 uneducated	 viewer.	They	 wanted	 to	 show	
                                                            processes	 in	 action	 rather	 than	 static	 machines.	Visitors	 could	 see	 an	
                                                            operating	oil	refinery	and	an	automobile	assembly	line.	One	of	the	most	
                                                            popular	 exhibits	 was	 “The	World	 a	 Million	Years	Ago”	 which	 included	
                                                            life-like	 dinosaurs	 in	 a	 realistic	 setting.	The	 fair	 was	 held	 on	 427	 acres	
                                                            (much	of	it	landfill)	on	Lake	Michigan,	immediately	south	of	Chicago’s	
                                                            downtown	 area,	 from	 12th	 Street	 to	 39th	 Street	 (now	 Pershing	 Road).	
                     Select Italy’s Internguide                           Chicago’s Flag - Page 6

                                                       CHICAGO’S	FLAG

The	three	white	stripes	of	the	flag	represent,	from	top	to	bottom,	the	North,	West	and	South	sides	of	the	city.	The	top	blue	
stripe	represents	Lake	Michigan	and	the	North	Branch	of	the	Chicago	River.	The	bottom	blue	stripe	represents	the	South	
Branch	of	the	Chicago	River	and	the	Great	Canal.

The	four	red	six-pointed	stars	on	the	center	white	stripe,	from	left	to	right:

				*	The	first	star	represents	Fort	Dearborn.	It	was	added	to	the	flag	in	1939.	Its	six	points	symbolize	transportation,	labor,	
commerce,	finance,	populousness,	and	salubrity.

				*	The	second	star	stands	for	the	Great	Chicago	Fire	of	1871,	and	is	original	to	the	1917	design	of	the	flag.	Its	six	points	
represent	the	virtues	of	religion,	education,	aesthetics,	justice,	beneficence,	and	civic	pride.

				*	The	third	star	symbolizes	the	World’s	Columbian	Exposition	of	1893,	and	is	original	to	the	1917	design.	Its	six	points	
stand	for	political	entities	Chicago	has	belonged	to	and	the	flags	that	have	flown	over	the	area:	France	1693,	Great	Britain	
1763,	Virginia	1778,	the	Northwest	Territory	1798,	Indiana	Territory	1802,	and	Illinois	1818.

				*	The	fourth	star	represents	the	Century	of	Progress	Exposition	(1933-1934),	and	was	added	in	1933.	Its	points	refer	to	brag-
ging	rights:	the	World’s	Third	Largest	City,	Chicago’s	Latin	Motto	(Urbs	in	horto	-	City	in	a	garden),	Chicago’s	“I	Will”	Motto,	
Great	Central	Marketplace,	Wonder	City,	Convention	City.

A	possible	fifth	star	has	been	proposed	for	the	city	flag	on	more	than	one	occasion.	The	first	occasion	occurred	in	the	1940s	
when	a	letter	to	the	Chicago	Tribune	asked	that	a	fifth	star	to	be	added	to	the	city	flag	in	honor	of	going	to	the	nuclear	age.[6]	
On	another	occasion,	it	was	proposed	in	honor	of	Harold	Washington,	the	first	African-American	mayor	of	Chicago.The	cur-
rent	proposal	is	put	forward	by	a	city	committee	to	get	the	2016	Olympic	Games	in	Chicago;	if	the	city	manages	to	get	the	
Olympic	Games,	a	fifth	star	may	be	added	to	the	flag.

World’s	Columbian	Exposition	of	1893:	The	exposition	was	located	in	Jackson	Park	and	on	the	Midway	Plaisance	on	630	
acres.	Most	of	the	buildings	were	based	on	classical	architecture.	The	area	at	the	Court	of	Honor	was	known	as	The	White	
City.	The	buildings	were	made	of	a	white	stucco,	which,	in	comparison	to	the	tenements	of	Chicago,	seemed	illuminated.	It	
was	also	called	the	White	City	because	of	the	extensive	use	of	street	lights,	which	made	the	boulevards	and	buildings	walk-
able	at	night.	Of	the	more	than	200	buildings	erected	for	the	fair,	the	only	two	which	still	stand	in	place	are	the	Palace	of	Fine	
Arts	and	the	World’s	Congress	Auxiliary	Building.		From	the	time	the	fair	closed	until	1920,	the	Palace	of	Fine	Arts	housed	
the	Field	Columbian	Museum	(now	the	relocated	Field	Museum	of	Natural	History).	In	1933	the	building	re-opened	as	the	
Museum	of	Science	and	Industry.	The	cost	of	construction	of	the	World’s	Congress	Auxiliary	Building	was	shared	with	the	Art	
Institute	of	Chicago,	which	moved	into	the	building	(the	museum’s	current	home)	after	the	close	of	the	fair.

Century	of	Progress	International	Exposition:	It	was	a	World’s	Fair	held	in	Chicago	from	1933	to	1934	to	celebrate	the	city’s	
centennial.	The	theme	of	the	fair	was	technological	innovation.	Its	motto	was	“Science	Finds,	Industry	Applies,	Man	Con-
forms”	and	its	architectural	symbol	was	the	Sky	Ride,	a	transporter	bridge	perpendicular	to	the	shore	on	which	one	could	
ride	from	one	end	of	the	fair	to	the	other.	The	fair	buildings	were	multi-colored,	to	create	a	“Rainbow	City”	as	opposed	to	the	
“White	City”	of	the	World’s	Columbian	Exposition.	The	buildings	generally	had	a	linear	Art	Deco	design	to	them	in	contrast	
to	the	Grecian	aspect	of	the	earlier	fair.	The	site	of	the	fair	is	now	home	to	Northerly	Island	Park	(since	the	closing	of	Meigs	
Field)	and	McCormick	Place.	A	column	from	the	ruins	of	a	Roman	temple	in	Ostia	given	to	Chicago	by	the	Italian	govern-
ment	to	honor	General	Italo	Balbo’s	1933	trans-Atlantic	flight	still	stands,	although	now	by	itself,	not	too	far	from	Soldier	
                   Select Italy’s Internguide                         Weather - Page 7


Although	Chicago	is	known	as	the	Windy	City,	it	is	not	significantly	breezier	than	other	American	cities.	On	a	typical	Chicago	
mid-summer	day,	humidity	is	usually	moderately	high	and	temperatures	ordinarily	reach	anywhere	between	78°F	and	92°F	
(26°C	to	33°C).	
Summer	in	Chicago	is	prone	to	thunderstorms,	and	summer	rain	arises	from	short-lived	hit-or-miss	storms	rather	than	
prolonged	rainfalls.	In	a	normal	summer,	temperatures	exceed	90°F	(32°C)	on	24	days.	Contrary	to	what	one	might	think,	
summer	is	actually	the	rainiest	season	in	Chicago.	
Winter	in	Chicago	proves	variable	and	fickle,	but	even	in	mild	winters	one	will	experience	bouts	of	cold	weather.	The	
average	Chicago	winter	produces	38.0	inches	(94	cm)	of	snow.

                                                 AVERAGE	TEMPERATURES
                                                 Average	Temperature	Range

Chicago’s	coldest	month	is	January	when	the	average	temperature	overnight	is	14.3°F.	In	July,	the	warmest	month,	the	average	
day	time	rises	to	83.5°F.

                                                   AVERAGE	RAINFALL
                                               Average	Monthly	Precipitation

The	driest	month	in	Chicago	is	February	with	1.63	inches	of	precipitation,	and	with	4.62	inches	August	is	the	wettest	month.

                                               MONTHLY	SUNSHINE	HOURS
                                               Percentage	of	Possible	Sunshine

A	higher	percentage	means	there	is	more	sunshine	through	the	day	and	a	lower	percentage	will	indicate	that	it	is	probably	
cloudier.	Sunshine	hours	are	important	when	you	are	planning	your	trip.
                Select Italy’s Internguide                                  Conversion Tables - Page 8

                                                CONVERSION	TABLES

                       Men’s	Clothing    Ladies’	Clothing         Men’s	Footwear         Ladies’	Footwear
                       Italy    USA       Italy       USA          Italy         USA      Italy    USA
                        46       36        40              6           38        6.5       35       5
                        48       38        42              8           39         7        36      5.5
                        50       40        44          10              40        7.5       37       6
                        52       42        46          12              41         8        38      6.5
                        54       44        48          14              42        8.5       39       7
                        56       46        50          16              43         9        40      7.5

                    Celsius      -10ºC      0ºC            10ºC        20ºC       30ºC     40ºC    100ºC
                    Fahreneit     14ºF     32ºF            50ºF        68ºF       86ºF     104ºF    212ºF

           WEIGHT                                          LENGTH                                         LIQUID	CAPACITY
For	pharmaceutical	products                       1	mile           1609,34	m                        1	teaspoon       15	ml
 1	ounce         31,10	g                          1	yard               91,43	m                       1	ounce         20	ml
 1	pound        373,24	g                          1	inch               2,54	cm                          1	cup       240	ml
  For	goods	and	foodstuff                         1	feet               30,48	cm                         1	pint      470	ml
 1	pound        453,59	g                     1	league                  4445	m                           1	quart     940	ml
 1	ounce         28,35	g                     1	fathom                   1,82	m                       1	gallon        3,78	l
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                                                             CHICAGO	TIPS

                                                           OFFICE	HOLIDAYS
                                    New	Year’s	Day                       January	1st
                                    Memorial	Day                         Last	Monday	in	May
                                    Independence	Day                     July	4
                                    Labor	Day                            First	Monday	in	September
                                    Thanksgiving	Day	+	Day	after         Fourth	Thursday	in	November
                                    Christmas	Day                        December	25th

                                                 GRUB	IN	THE	WINDY	CITY	HUB

            Apple	Pie                                                              Brownies
It	 is	 a	 flaky	 crust	 with	 a	                                        If	you	are	a	chocolate	lover,	
sweet,	 apple	 filling	 melt-                                            the	brownie	is	what	you	are	
ing	 together	 with	 a	 scoop	                                           looking	 for!	Taste	 it	 with	 a	
of	 homemade,	 vanilla	 ice	                                             glass	of	ice	cold	milk	when	
cream.                                                                   your	sweet	tooth	is	making	
                                                                         you	crave	chocolate.

                                                Cheescake                                                      Hot	Dog	“Chicago	Style”
                                      Cheesecake	 is	 made	 with	                                            A	 Chicago	 Style	 Hot	 Dog	
                                      soft,	 fresh	 cheeses.	 Typi-                                          is	 traditionally	 all-beef,	 in	
                                      cally,	 the	 filling	 covers	 a	                                       a	 poppy	 seed	 bun,	 topped	
                                      crust,	which	may	be	pastry,	                                           with	 mustard,	 a	 pickle	
                                      cookie,	or	digestive	biscuit.                                          spear	 and	 celery	 salt,	 but	
                                                                                                             never	ketchup.

          Pancakes                                                          Pizza	“Chicago	Style”
Pancakes	 are	 a	 type	 of	                                              Chicago-style	 pizza	 is	 a	
flatbread	 prepared	 from	 a	                                            deep-dish	pizza	style	devel-
sweet	 batter	 that	 is	 cooked	                                         oped	in	Chicago.	It	features	
on	a	hot	griddle	or	in	a	fry-                                            a	 buttery	 crust,	 generous	
ing	 pan.	Try	 it	 with	 choco-                                          amounts	 of	 cheese	 and	
late	chips	or	fruits!!                                                   chunky	tomato	sauce.

                                              Pumpkin	Pie                                                               Steaks
                                      Nothing	beats	a	homemade	                                              In	 the	 US,	 a	 typical	 steak	
                                      pie	with	a	homemade	crust.	                                            dinner	 consists	 of	 steak,	
                                      No	 carving	 pumpkins	 and	                                            with	 a	 starchy	 side	 dish,	
                                      discarding	 seeds,	 all	 you’ll	                                       usually	baked	potatoes,	rice,	
                                      need	 is	 a	 can	 of	 pumpkin	                                         pasta,	or	beans	and	greens.
                                      from	the	store.	
                     Select Italy’s Internguide                               Living Accomodations - Page 10

                                                    LIVING	ACCOMODATIONS

Find	your	apartment	close	to	our	office.	These	are	our	suggested	areas:

                                                                                                              Lincoln	Park


                                                           Wicker	Park


                                                                                                             Select	Italy


			Most	of	Select	Italy’s	staff	found	their	apartments	through	Craigslist;	it’s	a	list	of	ads:

			May	25th	–	August	9th	:	Several	universities	(DePaul,	Columbia,	Roosevelt)	in	the	area	have	a	building	in	which	they	offer	
Summer	housing.	Here	is	the	link	with	the	description:
Here	is	the	link	with	the	application	form:

			This	option	focuses	on	furnished,	short-term	rentals:

			This	may	be	good	for	very	short-term	housing	(in	some	cases	just	sleeping	on	a	couch),	which	will	give	a	good	push-off	
point	(The	price	is	right...It’s	free!!).

				Several	interns	have	rented	one	of	the	rooms	in	Mrs.	Lux	apartment,	conveniently	situated	in	the	city.	There,	you	can	rent	a	
room	(you	will	share	the	kitchen	and	the	washing	and	drying	machines	with	the	owner).	The	cost	is	$600	per	month,	with	a	
$300	deposit.	
Contact:	Mrs.	Lux	+	1-	(773)	327-5104	647	W.	Aldine	St.	Chicago
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                                                TRANSPORTATION	&	MAPS

CTA	or	1-888-YOUR	CTA
Google	Maps	is	now	connected	with	Chicago	CTA	Trip	Planner
Public	transportation	is	a	good	way	to	save	money	and	to	get	everywhere	in	a	fast	way.	CTA	serves	all	Chicago.
The	closest	train	stop	to	Select	Italy’s	office	is	the	Brown	line,	getting	off	at	Chicago/Franklin.
Full	fare:	$2	(train);	$1.75	(bus)	per	ride.	If	you	are	coming	back	within	2	hours,	add	25	cent		and	you	have	2	transfers	more.
1-day	pass:	$5;	2-day	pass:	$9;	3-day	pass:	$12;	5-day	pass:	$18;	7-day	pass:	$20;	30-day	pass:	$75,	starting	when	you	
validate	it.	Both	for	trains	and	buses.	You	can	find	it	in	some	shops	at	the	train	station,	at	a	currency	exchange	like	Western	
Union,	at	select	Jewel	and	Dominick’s	food	stores.

Regular	and	special	routes	serve	suburbs	in	six	counties.	Fares	start	at	$1.75.

You	can	usually	hail	a	cab	on	the	side	of	a	busy	intersection.	There	are	no	designated	areas	to	catch	a	taxi	cab	so	simply	raise	
your	hand	and	wait	for	the	next	available	cab	to	stop	for	you.	Here	are	some	reliable	taxi	companies.		
Yellow	Cab:	312-829-4222
Wolley	Cab:	877-888-8294

Rates:		You	pay	the	amount	shown	on	the	taximeter,	plus	any	tolls.	The	meter	starts	at	$2.25,	and	increases	$.20	for	each	
additional	1/9	of	a	mile.	There	is	an	extra	$1.00	charge	for	the	first	additional	passenger	over	the	age	of	12	and	under	the	age	
of	65,	and	$.50	for	each	passenger	after	that.	There	is	no	extra	charge	for	baggage	or	credit	card	use.	For	more	information	
and	average	fares,	visit
If	you	have	any	problems	with	your	cab	driver,	please	call	311.		Take	the	cab	driver’s	license	number	to	make	a	report,	if	

Look	for	trolleys	and	stops	with	a	“Free	trolley”	sign.	No	ticket	needed.	Stops	include	Navy	Pier,	Museum	Campus	and	Michi-
gan	Avenue.	Weekends	through	December.	The	service	is	discontinued.

Chicago	Water	Taxi	operates	on	a	closed	loop	route	on	the	Chicago	River	shuttling	passengers	between	Madison	Street	on	the	
south	branch	and	LaSalle	Street	and	Michigan	Avenue	on	the	main	branch.	Frequent	departures,	call	for	schedule.	(2$	single	
ride,	$4	all-day	pass,	$15	ten	ride	pass,	$40	monthly	pass)

Cycling	through	Chicago?	There	are	bike	routes	everywhere	and	it’s	a	fast	way	to	get	around.	You	can	also	bring	your	bike	on	
trains	and	buses,	but	not	in	rush	hour	(5:30-9:30	am	&	2:45-6:30	pm).

Millenium	Park,	888-Bike-Way

River	East	Docks,	312-915-0995

You	can	also	buy	a	used	bike	through	classified	advertising	in	a	newspaper	or	after	looking	on!
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                                           CHICAGO	RAIL	SYSTEM	MAP

             The	CTA	provides	train	service	from	both	O’Hare	(Blue	Line)	and	Midway	(Orange	Line)	airports.

                                      AIRLINES	&	AIRPORTS	CONTACTS
Alitalia	1-212-903-3575,		 	     Midway	Airport	1-773-838-0600,
American	Airlines	1-800-433-7300,            O’Hare	Int’l.	Airport	1-773-686-2200,
American	Trans	Air	1-800-435-9282,           Southwest	1-800-435-9792,     
British	Airways	1-800-247-9297,            U.S	Airways	1-800-428-4322,   
Delta	1-800-221-1212,               United	Airlines	1-800-241-6522,
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                                                 NECESSITIES	&	EXPENSES
	        Chicago	is	full	of	stores	and	shopping	malls	where	you	can	find	everything	you	want.	There	are	department	stores	
and	specialty	stores,	depending	on	what	you	are	looking	for.		Here	is	a	list	of	major	grocery	stores	that	have	a	wide-selection	
of	food	and	other	necessities.		Once	you	have	settled	in,	you	will	find	other	options.		Use	the	store	search	function	on	each	of	
the	websites	for	addresses	and	other	useful	information	on	the	store	nearest	you.
Grocery	Stores:

Dominick’s	–
Jewel	–
Target	-
Trader	Joe’s	–
Treasure	Island	–
Whole	Foods		–


Walgreens	–
1	Gallon	Milk:	$2.99
Loaf	of	Bread:			$2.00
1	pound	Pasta:		$1.00-$1.50
Beer	in	a	Bar:				$4.00
Movie	Ticket:	$10.00

Standard	Costs:
1	Gallon	Milk:		$2.99
Loaf	of	Bread:			$2.00
1	pound	Pasta:		$1.00-$1.50
Beer	in	a	Bar:				$4.00
Movie	Ticket:				$10.00

                                            TELEPHONE	&	COMMUNICATION

To	make	international	calls	to	Italy	dial	the	international	code	011,	followed	by	the	country	code	(+39)	and	the	telephone	
Mobile	phone	owners	should	know	that	the	GSM	system	covers	the	entire	nation	and	charges	depend	on	the	international	
roaming	agreement	between	their	national	contractor	and	the	American	counterpart.	All	the	major	Italian	phone	companies	
work	in	Chicago	through	roaming,	but	it’s	quite	expensive.	Instead,	you	can	buy	a	trackphone	for	about	$10	and	get	an	
American	number.	
You	can	also	buy	an	international	phone	card	at	the	major	stores	(see	above)	or	on	the	Internet	(the	rates	are	very	cheap);
You	may	use	Skype	to	call	(it’s	free	computer-to-computer	and	it’s	cheap	to	call	regular	phone	numbers).	You	can	fill	your	
credit	or	make	a	subscription,	where	you	pay	a	certain	amount	per	month	and	can	do	all	the	calling	you	want.	Fares	change	
calling	cell	phones.
Also	check,	where	you	can	subscribe	to	a	VoIP	telephone	line,	to	make	and	receive	calls,	anywhere	you	
have	Internet	access,	rechargeable,	with	voicemail	or	a	free	telephone	line	to	receive	calls.	Recharge	it	to	make	calls.

It’s	easy	to	get	free	wireless	connection	in	Chicago.	A	lot	of	bars,	restaurants	and	lounges	give	it	to	their	customers	for	free.	
Wireless	connection	is	also	available	at	all	the	major	airports.	You	may	try	to	find	someone	in	your	neighborhood	who	has	a	
wireless	internet	connection	and	ask	if	you	can	share	the	fees	and	have	the	password.	So	you	can	bring	your	laptop	with	you.	
Don’t	forget	the	power	adaptor!
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                                                CULTURE	&	ATTRACTIONS
Every	museum	hasve	a	free	admission	day.	Check	it	on	the	web	site	before	buying	the	regular	ticket!

Adler	Planetarium	and	Astronomy	Museum	
1300	S.	Lake	Shore	Dr.
Admission	$13-$20.	

Lincoln	Park	Zoo
2001	N	Clark	St,	1-312-742-2000
This	35-acres	free	zoo	is	one	of	the	nation’s	oldest.	Open	365	days	a	year.	Grounds	open	daily	9	am-6	pm.

Chicago	History	Museum
Clark	St.	at	North	Ave.	1-312-642-4600
Admission	$12-14.

Loyola	University	Museum	of	Art
820	N.	Michigan,	1-312-915-7600
Dedicated	to	the	exploration,	promotion	and	understanding	of	art	and	artistic	expression.
Admission	$6.

Museum	of	Contemporary	Art
220	E.	Chicago	Ave.
Admission	$6-$10

Museum	of	Science	and	Industry
57th	St.	at	Lake	Shore	Dr.
Admission	$7-$11

The	Art	Institute	of	Chicago
111	S.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-443-3600
It	houses	one	of	the	world’s	greatest	art	collections,	dating	from	3,000	B.C.	to	the	present.	Admission	$7-$12.

The	Field	Museum	
1400	S.	Lake	Shore	Dr.	1-312-922-9410
Permanent	home	of	Sue,	the	67-million-year	old	dinosaur.	Admission	varies	by	exhibit.

Shedd	Aquarium
1200	S.	Lake	Shore	Dr.
World’s	largest	indoor	aquarium,	featuring	Beluga	whales	seashores	and	more.	Admission	$16-$23.

Chicago	Public	Library’s	Harold	Washington	Library	Center
400	S.	State,	1-312-747-4300
The	largest	municipal	library	in	the	world	featuring	a	$1.4	milion	public	art	collection.	Free.
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                                                  POINTS	OF	INTEREST

Buckingham	Fountain
Columbus	Drive	and	Congress	Parkway
Influenced	by	the	fountains	at	the	Palace	of	Versailles,	this	memorial	fountain	was	dedicated	in	1327.	Every	hour	on	the	hour	
a	20-minute	light	and	music	display	accompany	the	water,	from	dusk	until	10	pm,	from	April	to	mid-October.

Chicago	Botanic	Garden
1000	Lake	Cook	Rd.,	Glencoe,	1-847-835-5440
In	every	season	at	the	Garden,	there	are	activities,	programs	and	breathtaking	beauty	throughout	all	our	385	acres	of	woods.

The	Hancock	Observatory
875	N	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-751-3681
Spectacular	360-degree	views	of	Navy	Pier,	Wrigley	Field	and	more.	Open	daily	9	am	-	11pm.
Tickets	$9-$15
If	you	go	to	the	Signature	Room	at	the	95th	floor	of	the	John	Hancock	Center,	you	can	enjoy	this	breathtaking	view	while	sip-
ping	a	cocktail!

Millenium	Park
55	N.	Michigan	Ave.
Huge	complex	featuring	the	Gehry-designed	Jay	Pritzker	Pavilion,	Anish	Kapoor’s	“Cloud	Gate”	sculpture.
Open	6	am	to	11	pm	daily.

Navy	Pier
600	E.	Grand	Ave.
Chicago’s	largest	attraction.	Renovated	landmark	with	over	50	acres	of	parks,	gardens,	shops	and	restaurants.	Highlights	
include	the	Ferris	wheel,	carousel	and	IMAX	Theatre.

Old	Water	Tower	&	Pumping	Station
At	Chicago	and	Michigan	avenues
One	of	few	public	buildings	that	survived	the	Great	Chicago	Fire.	Visit	the	City	Gallery	in	the	Old	Water	Tower.	
Free	admission.

Sears	Tower	Skydeck
233	S.	Wacker	Dr.	
Stunning	360-degrees	views	of	Chicago.	Open	daily,	10	am-10	pm	May-Sept.,	10	am-8	pm	Oct.-April.
Tickets	$8.50-$11.95

Citypass	ticket	booklet	includes	admission	to	The	Field	Museum,	Shedd	Aquarium,	Adler	Planetarium	and	Astronomy	Mu-
seum,	Museum	of	Science	and	Industry,	and	skyscraper	views	from	the	Sears	Tower	or	the	Hancock	Observatory	at	$59.	Ask	
for	it	at	the	first	of	the	above	attractions	you	visit.
Good	for	9	days.

The	Magnificent	Mile
The	Magnificent	Mile,	the	northern	part	of	Michigan	Avenue	between	the	Chicago	River	and	Lake	Shore	Drive,	is	Chicago’s	
version	of	the	Champs-Elysées:	a	grand	wide	boulevard	with	exclusive	shops,	museums,	restaurants	and	ritzy	hotels.	The	wide	
sidewalks,	often	adorned	with	well-maintained	flowerbeds	are	always	crowded.	The	areas	around	the	Magnificent	Mile	are	
some	of	Chicago’s	wealthiest.	Architectural	landmarks	like	the	John	Hancock	Center	and	the	Tribune	Tower	can	be	found	in	
abundance	along	the	avenue.	Building	booms	in	the	1920s,	70s	and	90s	turned	the	once	low-rise	residential	street	into	an	
economically	thriving	area	bordered	by	tall	skyscrapers.
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                                                    TOURS	IN	CHICAGO

Chicago	Line	Cruises
These	90-minute	guided	tours	reveal	Chicago	from	both	the	Chicago	River	and	Lake	Michigan.	The	architectural	cruise	winds	
along	the	Chicago	River	as	good-humored	guides	elaborate	on	more	than	50	skyscrapers	and	bridges.	Enjoy	complimentary	
Starbucks	coffee,	lemonade,	muffins	and	cookies	too.

Chicago	Neighborhood	Tours		1-312-742-1190
Community	guides	take	guests	into	the	city’s	diverse	historical	and	ethnic	neighborhoods.	Tickets	$25	-	$50.

Chicago	Trolley	CO	1-773-658-5000
Hop	on	and	off	the	double-decker	buses	or	red-and-green	San	Francisco-style	trolleys	for	tours	featuring	informative	and	hu-
morous	narration	by	expert	guides.	Trolleys	operate	daily	year-round	and	make	stops	every	15-20	minutes	at	13	of	the	city’s	
top	attractions.	Board	at	any	stop,	including	the	Sears	Tower,	Navy	Pier,	Water	Tower	Place.

Chicago’s	First	Lady	1-312-922-3432
Designed	in	the	style	of	1920s	cruising	yachts,	Chicago’s	First	Lady	and	Fair	Lady	are	the	official	vessels	of	the	Chicago	Archi-
tecture	Foundation	and	offer	unique	river	tours	led	by	trained	docents.

Eli’s	Cheescake	World	Tours	1-773-205-3800
Cheesecake	lovers	will	be	in	heaven	at	this	combination	bakery,	visitors	center,	retail	store	and	dessert	cafe,	which	showcases	
Chicago’s	own	Eli’s	Cheescake.

Kayak	Chicago	1-630-336-7245
Take	a	tour	of	Chicago	from	the	unique	perspective	of	your	own	kayak.	Paddle	through	the	south	end	of	the	Chicago	River	
past	city	skyscrapers	and	learn	about	the	history	of	the	river,	or	join	a	night	paddle	to	watch	the	fireworks	at	Navy	Pier.

Segway	Experience	Chicago	1-312-663-0600
Hop	on	a	Segway	for	a	two-hour	tour	that	starts	with	a	quick	orientation	to	demonstrate	how	to	use	these	fun	“vehicles”	and	
then	rolls	along	the	perimeter	of	Millenium	Park,	onto	Daley	Plaza,	Buckingham	Fountain	and	more.

Shoreline	Sightseeing	1-312-222-9328
Shoreline	offers	its	one-hour	Chicago	River	Architecture	Cruises	with	professional	and	entertaining	guides,	departing	daily	
from	Navy	Pier	beginning	at	11:30	am.

Untouchable	Tours	1-773-881-1195
Chicago’s	“original	gangster	tour”	takes	visitors	on	a	ride	through	Prohibition-era	Chicago	to	see	the	hot	spots	and	hit	spots	
made	by	Al	Capone	and	his	enemies	and	allies.	Tickets	$27.
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                                            WHAT’S	GOING	ON	IN	CHICAGO?

Here	are	some	helpful	resources	for	what’s	happening	in	the	city	at	any	given	time.		

Free	newspaper	published	every	Thursday.	Weekly	activities	throughout	Chicago	Music,	restaurants,	museums,	theatre,	etc:

Detailed	guide	for	hidden	gems	broken	down	by	neighborhoods:

Official	visitor’s	site	for	Chicago:

Website	with	weekly	events	for	Chicago	(hip	cultural	events):

Chicago	Park	District	-	Official	site	for	public	outdoor	spaces:


AMC	River	East	21	Theatre
322	E.	Illinois	St.	1-312-596-0333

Loews	Cineplex
600	N.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-255-9347

Navy	Pier	IMAX	Theatre
Navy	Pier,	1-312-595-5629


900	N.	Michigan	Ave.

Chicago	Place
700	N.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-642-4811

111	N.	State	Street;	835	N.	Michigan	Ave.

55	E.	Grand	Ave.,	1-312-464-1515

The	Shops	at	North	Bridge
520	N.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-327-2300

The	900	Shops
N.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-915-3916

Water	Tower	Place
835	N.	Michigan	Ave.,	1-312-440-3166
                    Select Italy’s Internguide                            Dining - Page 18


$:	under	$10;	$$:	$10-$15;	$$$:	$15-$25;	$$$$:	$25	and	up.

Hop	Haus
646	N.	Franklin,	in	the	same	building	of	Select	Italy.
More	than	20	varieties	of	burger.	$$

Hub	51
51	W.	Hubbard
The	menu	ranges	from	sushi	and	seafood	to	tacos	and	burgers.	$$

Michael’s	North
101	W.	North.
It	serves	American	traditional	and	Greek	fare	24-hours	a	day.	Omelet,	burgers,	sandwiches.	$

Rainforest	Cafè
605	N.	Clark,
Expect	an	adventurous	dining	experience	under	a	tropical	jungle	canopy!	$$

West	Egg	Cafè
620	N.	Fairbanks.
Everything	from	eggs	Benedict	and	taco	salad	to	rotisserie	chicken.	$

Bella	Bacino’s	Italian	Bistro	&	Pizzeria
75	E.	Wacker
Authentic	home-made	preservative-free	dishes.	$$

Club	Lucky
1824	W.	Wabansia
Good	food	&	Fun!	$$$

1312	S.	Wabash
Menu	includes	homemade	pastas,	great	steaks,	seafood	and	wood-fired	thin	crust	pizzas.	$$$

Friends	Sushi
710	N.	Rush
Close	to	the	Chicago’s	Magnificent	Mile,	traditional	sushi,	maki	and	sashimi.	$$

Pizano’s	Pizza		&	Pasta
864	N.	State;	61	E.	Madison
Deep-dish	pizza	with	a	flaky	crust	and	thin-crust	varieties.	$$

Pizzeria	Ora
545	N.	LaSalle
Build	your	own	traditional	Chicago	deep	dish	or	thin	crust	pizza	with	your	favorite	toppings.	$$
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  BARS	&	LOUNGES                                    CLUBS                                     LIVE	MUSIC

     Angels	&	Kings                             Boutique                                     Andy’s	Jazz	Club
     710	N.	Clark	St                       809	W.	Evergreen	Ave                              11	E.	Hubbard	St

       Bar	Louie                                 Club	720                                      Back	Room
   226	W.	Chicago	Ave                          720	N.	Wells	St                               1007	N.	Rush	St

      Big	Chicks                                  Crobar                                       Blue	Chicago
  5024	N.	Sheridan	Rd                       1543	N.	Kingsbury	St                              736	N.	Clark	St

Cabaret	Cocktail	Boutique                        Excalibur                                      B.L.U.E.S.
   15	W.	Hubbard	St                          632	N.	Dearborn	St                             2519	N.	Halsted	St

     Chaise	Lounge                              Ghost	Bar                                     Double	Door
   1840	W.	North	Ave                        440	W.	Randolph	St                            1572	N.	Milwaukee	Ave

   Coyote	Ugly	Saloon                         Hard	Rock	Cafe’                              Five	Star	Bar	&	Grill
     316	W.	Erie	St                           63	W.	Ontario	St                             1424	W.	Chicago	Ave

      Cubby	Bear                                 Hydrate                                   Green	Dolphin	Street
   1059	W.	Addison	St                        3458	N.	Halsted	St                             220	N.	Ashland	Ave

        Fat	Cat                                  Le	Passage                               The	Green	Mill	Lounge
  4840	N.	Broadway	St                          937	N.	Rush	St                              4802	N.	Broadway	St

      Hunt	Club	                                   Krem	                                      House	of	Blues
    1100	N.	State	St                          1750	N.	Clark	St                              329	N.	Dearborn	St

         Iggy’s                                    Ohm                                      Howl	at	the	Moon
   800	N.	Dearborn	St                        1958	W.	North	Ave                              26	W.	Hubbard	St

       The	Joynt                                 Republic	                                   Jilly’s	Piano	Bar
   650	N.	Dearborn	St                        1520	N.	Fremont	St                              1007	N.	Rush	St

     The	Kerryman                                Rumba                                       Kingston	Mines
     661	N.	Clark	St                        929	W.	Belmont	Ave                              2548	N.	Halsted	St

      Martini	Park                              Sound-Bar                                  Pops	for	Champagne
     151	W.	Erie	St                          226	W.	Ontario	St                               601	N.	State	St

     The	Matchbox                       Underground	Wonder	Bar                            The	Redhead	Piano	Bar
 770	N.	Milwaukee	Ave                       10	E.	Walton	St                                  16	W.	Ontario	St

        Plan	B	                                                                                Sonotheque
	1635	N.	Milwaukee	Ave                           REMEMBER!!!                               1444	W.	Chicago	Ave
                            In	 order	 to	 enter	 bars	 and	 clubs,	 you	 must	
    The	Violet	Hour         have	 proper	 identification	 to	 prove	 that	 you	             The	Zebra	Lounge
  1520	N.	Damen	Ave         are	 at	 least	 21	 years	 old	 -	 this	 is	 the	 same	 to	    1220	N.	State	Pkwy
                            drink	 alcohol.	 What	 we	 suggest	 is	 to	 get	 the	
                            CTS	 card	 (	 because	 it’s	 written	
                            in	 English	 and	 you	 don’t	 have	 to	 bring	 your	
                            passport.	 	 It	 also	 gives	 you	 a	 lot	 of	 discounts	
                            and	 access	 to	 various	 facilities	 worldwide.
                    Select Italy’s Internguide                              Health & Contacts - Page 20


The	American	health	system	could	be	very	expensive.	Before	your	departure	to	USA,	you	will	need	to	subscribe	a	private	
insurance	policy.	What	we	suggest	to	do	is	to	go	through	the	CTS	(	Your	insurance	company	will	be	the	Europe	
Assistance	and	you	can	choose	through	a	wide	range	of	insurance	subscriptions.	If	you	book	your	flight	with	CTS,	the	
insurance	is	just	€49	for	75	days.

If	you	need	general	medicines	which	don’t	need	prescription,	you	will	easily	find	them	on	the	counter	in	all	the	major	stores	
and	in	the	pharmacies.	In	these	last	ones	you	can	also	measure	your	blood	pressure	for	free.

In	Case	of	Emergency	Contacts:
Emergency:	911
Non	Emergency	Police	Department	Line:	311	or	1-312-746-6000
Chicago	Emergency	Information:	877-745-INFO

Urgent	Care:
Every	hospital	has	an	emergency	room	for	immediate	attention.

Northwestern	Memorial	Hospital,	
													221	E	Huron	St,	Chicago,	IL	-	1-312-440-0709,
Cook	County	(John	H.	Stroger	Jr.	Hospital)
	            1900	W.	Polk	St,	Chicago,	IL	-	1-312-864-6000

Italian	Consulate	in	Chicago
500	North	Michigan	Avenue,	Suite	1850,	1-312-467-1550/1/2,	Fax:	312-467-1335
For	emergencies	only,	during	closing	hours:	
Tel.:	1-312-909	0304;	E-mail:	

Official	website	of	the	city	of	Chicago

  For	Emergency	Assistance	in	Italian:

  For	callers	who	feel	more	comfortable	communicating	in	a	language	other	than	English,	the	Chicago	Police	Department	
  has	contracted	with	Language	Line	Services.	This	service	provides	interpreters	for	more	than	140	languages	--	24	hours	
  a	day,	7	days	a	week.	

  Interpreters	are	available	for	both	emergency	(9-1-1)	and	non-emergency	(312-746-6000)	calls.	Language	Line	Services	
  can	also	provide	written	translation.		

  Here	is	how	it	will	work:		The	call	taker	will	answer	in	English.		The	call	taker	determines	the	language	request	and	
  establishes	the	connection	with	an	interpreter	who	speaks	the	requested	language.	

  This	process	will	take	a	very	short	time,	so	callers	should	remain	on	the	line.		Once	the	interpreter	joins	the	
  conversation,	the	police	call	taker	will	continue	to	lead	the	conversation,	providing	any	special	instructions	or	police	
  assistance.	The	interpreters	are	trained	only	to	repeat	what	is	said	by	both	parties;	not	to	provide	instructions	or	advice.
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