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It is very difficult for foreigners to get legal work in the United States. Securing your own work visa without a sponsor – meaning an employer – is next to impossible. If you do have a sponsor, the sponsor should normally be able to assist you, or do all the work themselves to secure your visa. Contact your embassy or consulate for more information.

If you’re interested in doing some volunteer work while you’re in town, check out the listings on the Chicago Community Resource Network (www.chicagovolunteer.net) or look through the opportunities listed in the community section of the Craigslist message board (www.chicago.craigslist.org).

Business hours

Normal business hours are:

Banks & most businesses 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Bars & pubs 11am to 2am, some bars until 4am or 5am

Restaurants 11am to 10pm

Shops 11am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday

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