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    France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Seems prudent enough.

    While we are at it, should we also consider the 750 Zones Urbaines Sensibles in France?
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
    I think its more of a local problem, however, they are free to issue whatever warning they want. I've been to Chicago about 5 times with the wife (her home city) and have yet to encounter anything or feel that my life was in danger there.

    That doesn't mean I go into dark alleys at 2:30am, but I still think it is a great city to visit and will continue to do so. We are planning right now to go back there in February for a family wedding that is happening there.

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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
    I would not make too much of it.
    There are unsafe parts of almost every major city in the world.
    Pointing them out to it's Citizens who travel, is part of the responsibility of the Government.
    One does not have to look far to find tourist warnings for sections of Paris or London,
    This does not mean don't go there, just to be cautious about some sections.

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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by longview View Post
    I would not make too much of it.
    There are unsafe parts of almost every major city in the world.
    Pointing them out to it's Citizens who travel, is part of the responsibility of the Government.
    One does not have to look far to find tourist warnings for sections of Paris or London,
    This does not mean don't go there, just to be cautious about some sections.
    Yes I agree I think anyone has to be careful no matter what city you visit, little common sense has to come into play.
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    According to France they are just doing what we do. Although Emanuel said this morning he wasn't to happy with the French. But he watched his remarks and returned to the issue he was dealing with.

    Well they do have it mentioned to not go 2 blocks past the U of I for the South side.

    During the daytime they would be fine. But then I think they would notice they aren't around any Star Attractions we have, and might want to head back into the city.

    And yes.....there are neighborhoods they wouldn't want to get caught in.

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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
    People are warned when they go to Mexico. And when I went to Ireland I was warned about the "tinkers" aka gypsies which are found mainly in Dublin. Cautions should be taken when you visit anywhere in the world imo.
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    France Warns Tourists Visiting Chicago To Avoid City's South And West Sides (PHOTOS)

    What does everyone make of this? Having visited the city on a number of occasions i'm sad because it really is a great city to visit. Given the high number of murders, shootings etc is the warning warranted or is it an overrecation? Interested to hear from everyone but especially from posters who live or grew up in the Chicago.
    I haven't been to Chicago in decades. But I live around 30 miles or so from Atlanta and when relatives come a visiting, there are sections of that city I advise them to stay away from. High crime is the primary reason. I suppose one could issue their own travel advisories for almost any good size city in the states. I don't blame France one bit.
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    Re: France issues travel warning to Parts of Chicago.

    Now for all you good ole country boys.....should you get caught in one of these neighborhoods. Whatever you do.....don't try to play Dead like ya do with a bear. Nor, don't try to play possum either.

    Speak slow and clearly.....keep your hands in front of you. Don't smile and don't look any of them in the face. Just keep on walking until you get out of there. Don't run.....walk.

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