Originally Posted by frazod
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.
Like I said, you have to be smart. But saying that Science and Industry is in South Chicago so BE CAREFUL and avoid the streets is ludicrous. You can go from good to bad quickly like you said, so me saying "I stumbled home drunk" is crass. But the area around Science and Industry is neither blighted nor unsafe during the day. In fact, it's really beautiful.
Would I go there? If I'm only in Chicago for four days, no, unless you're real into architecture.
I'm not sure what you define as a "touristy areas", but that seems pretty narrow to me. On most my trips to Chicago, I rarely go anywhere near Michigan Ave or the loop area. I guess that's a factor of where my friends and family live, but I don't know. It's a pretty big city that functions outside of tourists. If you're visiting for only four days, hell yeah do all the typical stuff. But the rest of Chicago certainly doesn't suck.