Chicago general interest thread

Discussion in 'Chicago Fire' started by juicecrewallstar, Jan 29, 2021.

  1. juicecrewallstar

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Mar 1, 2019
    For the non-political Chicago talk (such a thread probably exists already, but I can't find it)

    I need to get a new driver's license to replace a lost one and because I want the REAL ID designation -- what is the least painful DMV for that? Downtown express DMV does not do REAL IDs, I don't believe.

    I'm in Hyde Park, but willing to travel a long ways to spend less time in the actual DMV
     
  2. juicecrewallstar

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Mar 1, 2019
    Second question (this thread is rolling):

    I've never gone cross country skiing, but would like to -- any good spots for rentals? Do I need a lesson?
     
  3. GHjelm

    GHjelm Member+

    Apr 23, 2008
    Batavia
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I don't cross country ski but I do snow shoe and if you're willing to drive a little, the Aboretum is good and a longer drive out to rock cut state park great.
     
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  4. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    Farewell Sweet Prince
    Jan 9, 2004
    Gentrification's Edge.
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Sagawau Nature Preserve has a really nice but small xc area, but due to the pandemic they're really limiting the number of spots they are giving out to let people ski. I tried to reserve a spot for this weekend but they were all full.
     
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  5. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    This one has been kind to me and my mom. Right off the Eisenhower, too:

    5301 W Lexington
    Chicago, IL 60644
    United States

    I guess just double check they offer the service you need.
     
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  6. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No lesson needed for X-Country. I just slapped 'em on and started going. One word of caution, don't take a serious descent until you've got the hang of it.
     
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  7. LIZZIE

    LIZZIE BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 18, 2001
    Sec 126
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For getting driver’s licenses or the real ID, every DMV seems to be packed. I have been to both Lombard and Naperville. And because of the line and social distancing, you are outside waiting.
    I got my real ID in Dec 2019, and that is its own line, because they verify your documents first. They are a pain about the documents. Be sure to bring exactly what they request. A drill sargeant of a woman gave me a hard time, even though I had what was requested, and had to get a manager to confirm that what I brought was OK.

    Good luck!
     
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  8. xtomx

    xtomx Member+

    Chicago Fire
    Sep 6, 2001
    Northern Wisconsin, but not far from civilization
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    The one at Hall Plaza (Diversey just east of Cicero) was usually good.

    If you are downtown, the small DMV in the basement of the County Building was pretty quick. That is where I obtained my real ID last yea..err 2019.
     
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  9. juicecrewallstar

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Mar 1, 2019
    Nice, that was one that I found that looked promising, but the whole week of slots was taken.
     
  10. LIZZIE

    LIZZIE BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 18, 2001
    Sec 126
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I second the Morton Arboretum. Was there yesterday to say goodbye to the trolls, and people were both cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
     
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  11. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    Sagawau Environmental Learning Center:

     
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  12. CMeszt

    CMeszt Member+

    Farewell Sweet Prince
    Jan 9, 2004
    Gentrification's Edge.
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    That hill feels way bigger when you actually ski it.
     
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  13. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Member+

    Jul 30, 2008
    Mordor, Middle Earth
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Anything good at science and industry lately. Been nostalgic for it lately
     
  14. GHjelm

    GHjelm Member+

    Apr 23, 2008
    Batavia
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Don't quote me on this, but I believe the main museums are only letting members in right now.
     
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  15. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Correct. It's scheduled to open to the public again on March 7th.
     
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  16. xtomx

    xtomx Member+

    Chicago Fire
    Sep 6, 2001
    Northern Wisconsin, but not far from civilization
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Will they have an exhibition on Pandemic Super Spreaders?

    Oh, wait, the museum will be an exhibition on Pandemic Super Spreaders.
     
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  17. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Science!
     
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  18. juicecrewallstar

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Mar 1, 2019
    I moved to Chicago June 2009 and these past few weeks is the most snow accumulation I can remember between melts

    I was actually living abroad during the Snowpocalypse (which made the front page of the paper in Guatemala), so that's a big gap in my Chicago snow experience
     
  19. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    GET OFF MY 1979 ERA LAWN!!!!
     
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  20. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    But it's the 1979 broken down lawn furniture I use for dibs.
     
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  21. lethargytartare

    lethargytartare Member+

    Oct 2, 2000
    Magrathea, Horsehead Nebula
    Club:
    Yeovil Town FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    God, 1979 was awesome for an 11 year old. Multiple School closings, 10 foot snow piles, and no helicopter parents stopping you from getting frostbite.

    Spent most of that winter jumping off the roof of an abandoned meat packing plant behind my house into the huge snow drifts until said roof eventually collapsed under the weight of the snow accumulation. Maybe helicopter parents aren't all wrong...
     
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  22. skinut

    skinut Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jun 25, 2000
    Castle Pines, CO (or often elsewhere on earth)
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I made a boatload for a teen shoveling snow in '79. Alas, I'm pretty sure my body wouldn't take that punishment today.
     
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  23. bunge

    bunge BigSoccer Supporter

    Oct 24, 2000
    It survives here.
     
  24. juicecrewallstar

    Chicago Fire
    United States
    Mar 1, 2019
    June 11 full reopening, no capacity limits
     
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  25. Mikebsiu

    Mikebsiu Member+

    Mar 15, 2008
    Club:
    RSC Anderlecht
    Full Capacity....
    8k people show up.
     
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