Destination Chicago: Red Alert Checklist
• If you're driving, do you have all the dir ections you need and detailed r oad
maps? I f y ou're flying , ar e y ou carr ying a curr ent, go vernment-issued ID ,
such as a driv er's license or passpor t?
• Do an y theat er, r estaurant, or tra vel r eservations need t o be booked in
• Did you make sur e your favorite attrac tion is open, or v erify the dat es of
any special ev ents you plan t o attend? Call ahead f or opening and closing
• If you purchased traveler's checks, have you recorded the check numbers
and stored the documentation separat ely from the checks?
• Did you stop the newspaper and mail delivery, and leave a set of key s with
• Did you pack y our camera, bring along y our charger, pack an ex tra set of
camera batteries, and pur chase enough film?
• Do you have a saf e, accessible place to store money?
• Did y ou bring y our ID car ds that c ould entitle y ou t o disc ounts, such as
AAA and AARP car ds, student IDs , and the like?
• Did y ou bring emer gency drug pr escriptions and ex tra glasses and/or
• Did you find out y our daily ATM withdrawal limit?
• Do y ou ha ve y our cr edit car d PINs? Is ther e a daily withdra wal limit on
credit card cash advanc es?
• To check in at a k iosk with an e -ticket, do y ou ha ve the cr edit car d y ou
bought your ticket with or a fr equent-flier card?
• Did you leave a c opy of y our itinerary with someone at home?
• Do you have the measur ements for those people y ou plan t o buy clothes
for on y our trip?
bars, shops, and shows. For entertainment
news, check out www.centerstage.net , or
www.metromix.com , the Chicago T ri-
bune 's enter tainment-oriented site. Also
check out www.chireader.com , the site of
the Chicago R eader, the city 's alternativ e
weekly paper. For a blogger 's vie w of the
city, check out www.chicagoist.com.
Many of the city 's per forming ar ts
groups sell tickets online thr ough www.
ticketweb.com , so y ou can r eserve seats
before leaving home.
Part of the City of Chicago 's w ebsite,
includes definitions of Chicago ar chitec-
tural styles, tour information, and maps.