I will receive my second passport on Monday, I am very glad I made the decision to come to Chicago to beg the powers that be. Chicago has been a warm surprise as the manners and friendliness of the people is great.
I suppose I am thinking or comparing to South America or Asia, however it is nice to hear a please and thank you.
The Chicago Passport place was great, everyone was helpful and did not cop a sit in the corner and wait attitude, and it really was easy. The big hoop to getting a second passport I believe is need. I explained my Visa problems when I was in Morocco and wanting Visas for central Africa, I explain the Mongolia - Russia Visa problem. After a few stories, they rolled over and gave me the Passport.
A letter explaining my trip and why I needed the second passport. This for me was both; I am going into Eastern Europe and would like to get a Visa for Belarus and Ukraine while I am traveling. These are countries that require a letter of invitation, this translates to you pay to get it and this gets complicated and time consuming.
I also am going to Israel on this jump so if I fly into Israel, I am not sure, they may stamp the passport. Nothing is every certain, although everyone is an expert.
I am very glad I did not pay a passport or visa service to perform this; I do not think they would have performed, until I paid maybe 500 dollars. It still cost me 127 dollars for the speedy passport, however I will have it in my hands on Monday. I could have had it today at 3:00 however; there are huge lines late in the day, better to go in the morning.
I have one in my hands, and will get number two on Monday.
I attribute the ease to a real need and very good knowledge of Visas, and truthfulness always works for me.
You can sleep in the Arlington House Hostel for 26 dollars, and take a bus down Clark to the Adams Street Exit. From downtown you get off on the Fullerton Exit.