Originally Posted by WoodDraw
This is kind of true, kind of not.
You don't want to take the El there because it isn't close there. But from where you are, they run tons of buses that run there and are more than safe. The #10 runs on weekends right to the front, and two others drop you off right by I think. Tons of tourists on all of these buses. Also, you'll find the University of Chicago straight west of there, which is absolutely safe and beautiful like I said earlier. Some cool places and architecture to check out in Hyde Park.
Don't let people scare away from getting out of the loop area. A lot of beautiful neighborhoods north and south. You just have to be smart. I've stumbled home drunk from bars in south Chicago and never had a problem. You just can't be a dumbass, like in any city.
Having lived in Chicago for many years, I absolutely disagree with this statement. Sure there are pockets of nice areas, but mostly, Chicago outside the touristy areas sucks, and you can pass into a dangerous neighborhood very quickly. Chances are nothing will happen to you, but why take the chance just to see a little extra bit of urban blight?
And for the love of God (and your own life) don't ever ride the red line train south of 35th Street.