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As in almost the entire United States, dial '''911''' to get emergency help. Dial '''311''' for all non-emergency situations in Chicago.
Chicago is sometimes portrayed as an active war zone, under the moniker
Similar to many major cities in America, there are "two
The North Side and the downtown area, for the most part, are very safe, but the South and West Sides have the worst reputation for violence. Some areas on the South and West Sides are relatively safe, so know what neighborhoods you are visiting if going to those areas. The South Side in particular is the largest of the three Sides, which covers half the city’s land size. That means some neighborhoods, like the Hyde Park/Kenwood and Beverly/Mount Greenwood areas are pretty safe. But, remember that a lot of the places on the South Side that are deemed 'safe' or 'relatively' safe are not too far from areas that are very unsafe to be walking and sometimes to even drive through, so try not to get lost when visiting for example, the Musuem of Science and Industry in Hyde Park.