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Super-Fam Meetup, Post #3

I've narrowed down the meet-up location to two places, Chicago IL and Metropolis IL/Paducah KY for June 14-16, 2013 Here are the benefits of each one:

Chicago:
*better transportation hub for many - a major airport, bus hub and metro system
*looks like MegaBus.com has a lot of routes to Chicago for good prices

Metropolis/Paducah:
*Superman museum
*cheaper hotel rates

Either way, people could go in together on hotel rooms. So let's vote one final time!

Poll #1893382 Super-Fam Poll #3

Where should we meet?

Chicago
6(50.0%)
Metropolis/Paducah
0(0.0%)
Doesn't matter
5(41.7%)
Can't attend
1(8.3%)

I would like to go in with someone on a hotel room

Yes
6(66.7%)
No
3(33.3%)


Comments for anything to discuss!

Comments

( 37 comments — Leave a comment )
argentum_ls
Jan. 30th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what this is, but if you're going to be in Chicago, I could be, too! My family lives just outside of the city.
htbthomas
Jan. 30th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, really? Awesome!

This is for seeing Man of Steel on opening weekend and having a fannish get together. You are totally invited to come along! Just vote Chicago, okay? :)
routhfan1
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
OMG mine too! What part?
argentum_ls
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
I have or have had family all over the 'burbs. Currently, my mom lives just south of the city in Indiana.

You?
kalalanekent
Jan. 30th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, change my vote for room sharing. saavikam77, you room with us.
htbthomas
Jan. 30th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
You can change your vote by going here: http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=1893382&mode=enter

:)
kalalanekent
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Done! Thanks, Mom!
saavikam77
Jan. 30th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, you! *snuggles in*
kalalanekent
Jan. 31st, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Like you didn't expect me to bully you into it. ;) *snuggles you close*
htbthomas
Jan. 31st, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
So glad you are coming!
athenesolon
Jan. 30th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Either choice works for me. Chicago's close enough I'd consider it a possibility. Paducah/Mtetropolis of course is a day trip for me. If someone's willing to do a price lined room (possibly) it's a serious possibility for Chicago.
htbthomas
Jan. 30th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
I would definitely be looking at priceline rooms, so I'd go in with you!
kalalanekent
Jan. 30th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Already been to Hotwire, myself! *high-fives*
athenesolon
Jan. 30th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
If you are taking a vehicle there may be one hotel that I know of downtown that actually has free parking (something we couldn't make priceline work for.) We stayed at the Best Western in the River North District. If you're not then hotwire or Priceline works just fine (although I don't think we should price out a room until a couple weeks before we meet up.)
htbthomas
Jan. 31st, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Right now I am highly considering the bus. I hear parking can be difficult downtown. But if I do decide to drive, we should definitely consider that.
athenesolon
Jan. 31st, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I know I'm looking at taking the train (so much more relaxing and will be a few hours quicker) so I suspect anything will end up working for me.
routhfan1
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Parking downtown isn't that difficult IMO because in the loop or immediate downtown area where all the skyscrapers are, there are a good number of lots...it's how much do you want to pay is the question. As far as expenses go, the least expensive option could be staying in the suburbs and splitting the cost of a rental car with whomever you room with. My sister has told me you can hotwire it for rental cars too. There are train lines that go directly into downtown from the suburbs and cost a lot less than paying for parking. A lot of hotels do charge for parking. THe parking lots are not cheap. I haven't driven into the city for some time, because I usually stay in the suburbs and take the train in and just walk a few miles or take a cab to where I need to go or take the El. I have heard the parking rates are now $30 for the first hour. As far as street parking goes, the City of Chicago recently passed a huge hike on the parking meters to charge $6 an hour!!!! REDICULOUS! So yes, you can park downtown, but you will pay through the nose to do it. Public transportation in the city is often a more viable option. If you choose to stay in the city, what might be something to consider is to not rent a car at all. There are lines on the CTA on Chicago's famous "El" system that you can take from the airport into the city. I can't recall which one is at O'Hare, I think the blue line, but that goes through some sort of sketchy parts of the city before you get to downtown on it. I do know for a fact the orange line picks up at Midway and I have taken that one into the downtown. Midway is the airport where southwest, some flights from Delta, American and some other airlines fly into. IMO I'd fly into Midway if possible. It's a smaller airport. I hate O'Hare. Hate hate hate.
thrace_adams
Jan. 30th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
HAVE FUN - I wish I could join you all <3333
htbthomas
Jan. 31st, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
I wish you could, too. Someday!
thrace_adams
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Yes, that's actually the weekend we are tentatively moving back to the States LOL. So at least the next get together I won't have to cross an ocean to do it :D

LOVE your new layout and default icon :D
htbthomas
Feb. 2nd, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I decided to switch to something non-fannish. :)
babettew54
Jan. 30th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
I've never been to Chicago! I want to see the museum too.

Oh well. Chicago sounds like a blast!

Oh, and its the weekend the movie opens!? We have to get tickets in advance... we have to!! :D
htbthomas
Jan. 31st, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
I've only driven through Chicago, so that will be fun!

I'm don't think they'll sell tickets more than a few eeks in advance but I will purchase them then. :)
babettew54
Feb. 1st, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope they sell tickets more in advance than that. As far as I'm concerned, its the biggest movie of the year!!

I'm so excited, I can't see straight!! :D
autumnrae89
Jan. 30th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can't come as I may still have exams at this point. :( I'll be there in spirit then!

Will there be another meet up if this one is successful?
kalalanekent
Jan. 31st, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
*wibbles* Oh no! That's terrible news! *hugs*

But I'd be up for it if all goes well.
htbthomas
Jan. 31st, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, we'll miss you! Hopefully there will be another at some point. :)
svgurl
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:17 am (UTC)
I'm still not sure whether I can go yet but I voted anyway. :)
htbthomas
Feb. 2nd, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
I really hope you can. Fingers crossed!
routhfan1
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
As far as expenses with hotel rooms go, if you choose to have the meet-up in that area, since I am from the Chicago area, I'd be more than happy to make recommendations for areas. Staying outside of the city in the suburbs is a far less expensive option Chicago city taxes, yikes. There are train lines out to the suburbs from the city. But since footage from Metropolis was filmed in Chicago if you wanted to do the official meet-up in the city itself, I can't argue with that. But trust me, Plano would be wayyyyyy out there from CHicago to go drive to, a few hours at least.

Regardless, I could help steer you in a direction for certain areas that are safe in the city, those to stay away from, etc. Just let me know if you decide CHicago works. As for a hotel room? I would not need one, I could stay with either of my parents or my sister.
htbthomas
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
If I end up taking the bus (it's REALLY cheap), then I'd be dropped at Union Station. What is that area of the city like? There seem to be a couple major theatres with public transportation access within a couple of miles, it looks like.
starrylites
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm still iffy—I would like to, but the new year brought lots of increased bills, and I've already got one out of state trip planned for sure :/

But if I do come, definitely Chicago.
htbthomas
Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I know what that's like! I'll cross my fingers for you, too. :)
chickadilly
Feb. 5th, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
I voted! Sorry I missed this - At this point I'm not sure if I CAN go but I want to try!!! :D

htbthomas
Feb. 18th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
I hope you can! But it's a bit of a jaunt for you, so I understand if it doesn't work out. :)
chickadilly
Feb. 18th, 2013 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'd like to go - time will tell, though. <3

And I'm sorry - it looks like I missed your birthday. Happy belated!!! I hope it was great. <3
htbthomas
Feb. 18th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
No problem! I had a lovely weekend. :)
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