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Super-Fam Meetup Post #4!

So it looks like we will definitely be going to Chicago. Those of you who are planning to attend, go ahead and make travel plans to fly, drive, rail or bus in on Thursday evening, June 13, or during the day on Friday, June 14. The movie will be Friday evening, with discussion/visiting/whatever after! It would be fun to do something on Saturday together as well.

As for hotels, I would like to focus on an area close to Union Station (210 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606). There are two theaters easily in walking distance of the subway line.

Gather in the comments for possible sharing of rooms or other questions/concerns!

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htbthomas
Feb. 28th, 2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I definitely want to share with at least one other person. I'll be coming by bus and arriving at Union Station OR driving on Friday, most likely. I prefer bus to avoid parking hassles and such. I would want a room for Friday night and probably Saturday night.
athenesolon
Mar. 1st, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm looking for a roommate so that might be a possibility. I'm looking to do pretty much what you are doing (taking the train in, that is). I'm actually kind of looking forward to using the L (if needed) again (I was in Chicago back in December.)
htbthomas
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Let's go ahead and tentatively pair up, all right? I like to use priceline - I'll start looking at what rates are average for that weekend.
athenesolon
Mar. 2nd, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me. I may ask hubby about what sites he uses to get good deals on the rooms we often stay at (admittedly chicago was not one of them but that was after determining the price of parking negated the benefit of Priceline and found a different option, that may be an option here if you're not driving.)
spiletta42
Mar. 1st, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
When I stay in Chicago I like to stay out of town in Oak Brook, which has several excellent hotels for far less money than downtown and also a kickass comic book shop. This would only work for someone who was driving, of course, but I thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone finds that information useful at all.

Have fun, meeting up with fandom people is the best thing in the entire world. :)
htbthomas
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for leaving that suggestion! I'm sure some people will be driving.

It totally is! ♥
routhfan1
Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oakbrook mall area is nice, not too far from where I grew up. Hindsdale, Downers Grove, Napperville, Wheaton have little down towns with some nice resteraunts that are less of a hassle than downtown Chicago, and less pricey. Downtown La Grange and Western Springs are closer to the city and also have no shortage of resteraunts to choose from.
thrace_adams
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
I hope you all have LOADS of fun :D

I'll literally be ON A PLANE while you are doing this LOL.
htbthomas
Mar. 2nd, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
Well, safe travels to you anyway! We'll be thinking of you. :)
kalalanekent
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
It's looking like Anissa and I are going to make a weekend of it. Fly through O'Hare in Thursday and get a car, may be staying in St Charles and coming in to meet-up, and we'll leave out Sunday afternoon. Looking at a package deal and still need to see what and if we still have a roommate.

Thanks for the update, Mom!

Edited at 2013-03-01 08:49 am (UTC)
routhfan1
Mar. 2nd, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
Have you been to Chicago before? You might want to consider flying into midway instead if you have the option. Midway is the airport I prefer over OHARE. There seem to be less delays, it is much closer to the main part of the city and since it is the smaller of the two airports it takes less time to get in, out and get your rentl car. OHARE is just...ugh. Plus, if you decide not to rent a car, the orange line of the el picks up right at midway and can take you downtown with going through way less sketchy neighborhoods. The blue line is at OHARE, and goes through some way nasty parts of Chicago before getting into the loop downtown.

If you guys happen to have family in the northern or northwest burbs though, I can understand why you would fly into OHARE, though. When I go visit my sister we regrettably fly into OHARE since she lives in Schaumburg.
kalalanekent
Mar. 2nd, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Honestly, the main reason for OHare and St. Charles is because we're getting an incredible deal on it [and yeah, we've been doing research on it, too] and those are the best options for time considerations and room quality in the package.

And we're also going to rent a car. It's just easier with us coming in early and likely staying late. Going to keep all of this in mind, though.

Thanks! ♥
routhfan1
Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah it is way cheaper to stay in the burbs. I haven't really sent much time in st Charles but have heard it is nice. The Chicago area is just...huge, I mostly stayed in the southwestern / western suburbs. Naperville is also a good area too, I grew up in a town about 20 minutes east of Naperville. Lots of nice resteraunts in Schaumburg in the Woodfield mall area, which is more in the OHARE and st charles area. Woodfield itself is a big tourist draw, largest mall in Illinois. Not my favorite mall, though. Personally I like the area around Oakbrook mall in Oakbrook better, it is an outside mall. Well lots of things to do in the area, it just depends on how fast you want to part with your money!

Can always pm me of you guys are looking for fun areas of the city to enjoy some night life that isn't a giant tourist trap.
htbthomas
Mar. 3rd, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
Excited it's coming together! :)
kalalanekent
Mar. 4th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Me, too! It'll be great to see the city again [for longer this time] and see you guys!
routhfan1
Mar. 2nd, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yay! My home town! I'll try to convince hubby it is a good time to go up there to visit my family. Won't need a hotel to share, as I would be staying with family somewhere. However I dread the concept of staying with my mom because number one, I hate her house and is a stair nightmare for my daughter, but she drives me nuts, her and her husbands diets are so awful I know they would have zilch healthy foods in the house, and she lives way the hell out past civilization and I literally have to drive through cornfields for a half hour before I get to the freeway...but last time we were there I stayed with my dad, which she was pissed about so I'm kind of doomed, that the next time we go up there I'm pretty much stuck. Plus they have zero stuff for my two year old to play with.

But I digress.... Hope I can make it. I doubt I would be able to makes the trip myself and leave hubby in atl with ur daughter. As for the area near the union station, if you guys do decide to do hotels near there, if you want the whole loop ( the name for the immediate downtown area is called the loop) experience and the big fancy hotels etc, great...but just be aware, they are pricey. Sme of the most expensive ones in the city are in that area, so if you guys do take the train or bus, be prepared for a hike to a hotel that doesn't cost a fortune, or just expect to hail a cab. If you are traveling via union station, do not rent a car. To be honest, I don't know where you would find one to rent nearby and you absolutely don't need it if your entire stay will be within the confines of the city...they have great public transportation, you do not need a car.
htbthomas
Mar. 3rd, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
I found a couple decent hotels in the Grant Park area, which is close enough. I may able to get an even better rate once I actually book. But if I can't get under the price I want, I'll definitely consider farther out if there's good transportation to and from. :)
routhfan1
Mar. 3rd, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
If you aren't too famillar with the city, I would avoid staying too far south of the park. I would absolutely not stay south of Roosevelt, and be hesitant to stay more than a few blocks south of Congress. Certainly don't stay west of the Dan Ryan expressway (I 90/94) but personally I wouldn't stay west of the river. The farther north you go, the more you will pay, but the nicer the area. I'd stay in the river north area, gold coast, or along the north bend of the river along n. Wacker Drive or in the heart of the loop. The near west side and south loop have been getting better in the past ten years, but I would not choose to stay there. They used to be really bad.

I really don't have the need for staying in the city when I go home, but when I stayed at the Hyatt I college for new years eve that was located on n. Wacker Drive, I had a nice stay. It was located right near Wacker and Michigan Ave. just on the south bank of the river. Just a bit south of the magnificent mile. For tourists, it's a nice area.

Staying in the burbs are cheaper, the tricky part is if you don't have a car where to stay. If staying outside the city is something you might consider, try to see if you can find a hotel in or close to a downtown of a suburb that has a Metra train line running through. Then you could take the Metra train into union station. The town I grew up in has a train station and if I catch an express I'm in union station in 20 minutes. However, I am not aware of a hotel within walking distance of the train station. But if you can find a hotel with walking distance of a train station in the burbs, it would be a suitable alternative.
routhfan1
Mar. 3rd, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
For all you who are going.... giordanno's deep dish pizza, my all time favorite. Uno's is overrated, yes it is the original, but not the best. Oven grinders is also amazing. No shortage of fantastic places to eat! But you gotta get the pizza. I have not had real legitimate deep dish pizza outside of Chicago. Lots of places claim to, but I haven't found it outside of my own kitchen.
routhfan1
Mar. 3rd, 2013 11:58 am (UTC)
Just read all of the above, general FYI, there really isn't a subway. The "el" is up above ground, elevated above the streets
. The only line to my knowledge that goes below ground at all is the red line which runs north and south, will take you up to wriggley field area from downtown. Just in case anyone is interested in catching a cubs game or just being in the area on game day to spend time at the local resteraunts and bars, it is quite an experience.

Edited at 2013-03-03 11:58 am (UTC)
athenesolon
Mar. 4th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
There was one I took when I was there that was underground (there were two lines I remembEr us hopping on when hubby and I were there (both were underground.)). Now a majority of the lines are above ground (I agree.)
babettew54
Apr. 13th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I am so completely out of the loop with this trip. As you know, I haven't even been on LJ, only to pump out stories to keep my mind occupied.

I'm sorry I missed this post. I'll have to step back and figure this out, but as it stands now, I won't be able to make this trip.

My retirement begins May 2. Finances will be tight these first few months figuring out how much money I'll get to live on. Oh boy. I hate the finance end of it, but I am excited about NO MORE WORK!!

I'll be in touch hon.
htbthomas
Apr. 14th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh, I totally understand! If you can't, you can't. I'll miss you, but... :)
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