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Mobility in the City: Chicago – Aaron Baker, Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
10/10/17  1:34 PM PST

In this fourth video in our series about getting around in a wheelchair in different metropolitan areas, Aaron explores the public transportation scene in and around Chicago, Illinois. Aaron Baker is a spinal cord injury survivor for over 18 years and he wants to help others get out and explore!

This time, Aaron has a friend with him: Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist Laura Cox, a native of Chicago. They start their journey at Aaron’s hotel, before attempting to board an L train to Willis Tower. After some initial back-and-forth, they arrive at the tower and plan out their day. Next, they stop at The Art Institute, The Bean (Cloud Gate), and Pritzker Pavilion before grabbing an authentic Chicago Dog. Then onto Buckingham Fountain, the Architecture Boat Tour and Navy Pier, with some deep dish pizza in between.

This video focuses on Aaron using a wheelchair in Chicago, but we want to know: where should he head to next? Let us know in the comments!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm PST

    Hey, Aaron. Come to Tulsa, Oklahoma!

  2. Brandy
    Posted November 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm PST

    Boston! I tried their public transit system the ‘t’ … first of all if the blue, green, red line etc isn’t confusing enough then add a wheelchair! The trains come and go so fast and the ramps were slow. We were barely able to get on and off fast enough before a worker finally informed us that we needed to utilize the ramps. There were ramps?!?!… we were jumpin curbs. When inside I rolled all over when the train started and stopped! I apologized to everyone around me! Ohhh… the cobblestone roads by the Quincy market and all of the bar/restaurants seem to be a step to get into. I need to go back for dr appts and would love to see how someone in a chair manages… plus there is a beach. How do you wheel in sand? My first time to the ocean and I couldn’t get to it

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