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Old 11-15-2010, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, yeah, turns out I'm planning on wandering around Chicago (again) in January. Got this bucket list thing going on.

And I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. Visiting Chicago in January is only slightly more comfy than hitting up Siberia.

My window is:

Thursday - 13th
Friday - 14th
Saturday - 15th
Sunday - 16th
Monday - 17th

I'll be flying Southwest into Midway.

Anybody interested in no-shit hanging out? Monkie? Jazz? Smeth?

I'm going to need a few people to hang out with to justify this trip.

How does this window line up with your busy schedules, TFP people?

I'll have to get a hotel room for part of it but your couches are in my sights.

Maybe watch some Terminator movies and damage my liver.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm a well-known flake. Ask around. So take the following as possibly being worthless.

I'm currently around all those days, but I'll more likely than not be traveling on the 13th. But I should/could be around at least on the afternoon of the 14th and most of that weekend. Family stuff will most likely intrude, but I don't have details at this point.

I'll do my best to be around.
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Old 11-15-2010, 06:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Okay, non-specific, less-than-helpful motherbitches:

What area should I get a hotel in? Michigan Ave? The Loop / Downtown?

I'm thinking Felix or Ambassador. I'm also a total cheapskate.

What is useful for a TFP get-together? A close hotel and a liquor store.

Help me out? I don't even have anybody's zip code so I'm kinda lost.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I live/work just north of the Chicago north Border, Jazz lives about 15 minutes by transit from me. Smeth/Ono are waaaay the hell out by O'Hare.

You are welcome on my couch for the duration of the trip, if you're still choosing to get a hotel your location to transit will probably be the biggest convenience factor.

You can close your eyes and still not miss a liquor store in this town. If there's 1 particular night that everyone wanted to get together and my house wasn't the best option, I could probably chip in towards part of a night's room cost.


If you REAAAAALLY wanna get Jazz out have everyone meet up at Cody's. That is down in Lakeview, there is City Suites on Belmont, the Days Inn on Diversey.

---------- Post added at 11:39 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:34 AM ----------

I honestly think Lakeview by might be your best location choice if you want something cheaper than the Loop - it will have you close to BMG, fewer lines for places compared to being downtown, and more options on a weekend. Downtown tends to shut down slightly on the weekends since all the business folks are gone home.
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmm. Put me down as a maybe. I live one state over, so I won't have to coordinate a whole lot to get there. Just need to find a place to sleep.
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got dibs on the dumpster behind Monkie's house. I figure it'll be quieter than the dumpster behind Smeth's pad.

I also got dibs on calling Jazz "You sonuvabitch!" in a loud Arnold Schwarzenegger voice in a bar packed full of strangers.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So does this mean I should make sure to pick up the Terminator movies before you get here?
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Pfft, you know I have them on widescreen DVD. I will be bringing them.
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I got the surround sound, so we're good to go. And what was up with trash bags and duct tape? What the hell you planning?
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Old 11-16-2010, 10:30 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Shush, you. That was in a PM for a reason.

...

Let's see... myself, Spinelust, Monkie, Jazz, Smeth, Lirpa... I've got two other female friends in the area.

This could be a dangerous party. I like where this is going. Somebody notify the national guard.
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Trash bags and duct tape... And 30 feet of plastic sheeting?
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Somebody fix the thread title.

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Title Fixed.

Also just FYI Chicago is BRUTALLY cold in January - I was trying to come up with possible body warming stations.

Not sure how touristy you want to get, but something I looked up today and saw:

Free Days:

Museum of Science/Industry -Fri 14th/Mon 17th



I'll add to the list if I find anything else. BMG tickets can be gotten for $35 a pop plus a couple bucks service charge. I think we can definitely plan for that.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:23 AM   #15 (permalink)
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It's weird. Every time I come back from a business trip, I end up in Chicago. 2004. 2007. 2011. And it's always in the friggin' winter, too.

Heh... body warming stations? Why do you think I'm bringing Spinelust with me? She's going to carry me in a papoose.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:12 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Trash bags and duct tape... And 30 feet of plastic sheeting?
You win.
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I will only call you a "sonovabitch" in a Korean accent - NOT Austrian. Get your mind out of the gutter.
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Jazz, make reservations at Dorsia.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:28 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Update.. I'm moving, but I'll be relocated before the shindig starts.

Because this apartment is bigger and laid out a little bit better (including 2 full bathrooms) Purplelirpa if you want to bring your roommate's air mattress I should be able to accomodate you and your boyfriend too
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:36 AM   #20 (permalink)
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If I was still living in Ohio, I would have driven to Chi to crash this party. Please turn on chat if y'all play naked twister.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:15 AM   #21 (permalink)
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If I was still living in Ohio, I would have driven to Chi to crash this party. Please turn on chat if y'all play naked twister.
Oh, god... somebody had to mention it. I wanted to stick with normal party games like Pictionary and Cranium, but no... we gotta get all freaky.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:55 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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/me wants to go to chicago, but not in the dead of winter; i've been bitten by the "hawk" before...
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:06 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Phil you know you're welcome anytime.

I've been scoping out the new neighborhood... I now have the exclusive down low on the nearest liquor store, dive bar, 24 hour diner, Five Guys, and the police station. Just in case we can't find Plan 9 anywhere.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:58 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Give me your intel. I want to start mapping things. I love making maps.

I need names and addresses.

Liquor Store - ___
Dive Bar - ___
24 Hour Diner - ___
Five Guys - ___
Police Station - ___

(okay, I don't really need these things, but it would be fun to put a map up for others to follow)
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:25 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Give me your intel. I want to start mapping things. I love making maps.

I need names and addresses. (okay, I don't really need these things, but it would be fun to put a map up for others to follow)
Liquor Store - Hahn Liquors, 1410 West Devon Avenue
Dive Bar - Cuneens (Cunneen's Bar Chicago)
24 Hour Diner - Deluxe Diner, 6349 North Clark Street
Five Guys -6474 North Sheridan Road
Police Station - 6464 N. Clark St.60626
Cody's Bar 1658 W. Barry Ave.60657
Delilah's Bar 2771 North Lincoln Ave.60647


More Places!

Giordanos 6836 N. Sheridan Rd.

Gino's North 1111 West Granville Avenue

Ann Sathers! 5207 North Clark St.60640
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:02 PM   #28 (permalink)
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You're awesome (and so accommodating), Monkie. How do you feel about mothering my legions?

Maps to follow.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:13 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I was an RA in college for several years.. it amounts to the same thing, LOL.

I had residents knock on my door at 2am convinced there were WMD's hiding in the moon.


Anything else you wanna map out, throw it up here. I could almost do a "where in Chicago are we?" with scavenger hunt clues. And make you guys find something. With a special prize (aka your daddy) waiting for you at the end.
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:45 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Man, I wish I had the money for this trip just so I could watch the hilarity that would ensue as a result of that scavenger hunt.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I would never forget to get some giordano's on a trip to chicago. I'm glad you've mapped one that's close!

If it were summer time, I'd love a scavenger hunt!
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:08 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I have a 45 minute layover at ORD on Sunday the 16th. I'll wave.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:17 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Noods that close and not able to join in on the fun?! You should forget to get on your next plane.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:34 PM   #34 (permalink)
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COVERT OP... we're going to abduct Noodle.

Call Baraka. We'll need his sweet GMC van.
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:29 PM   #35 (permalink)
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This is coming up fast!

Can't wait to see the committed folks...anyone else interested in coming please feel free to chime in here and I'll accomodate as many as I can. If your plans have changed, please let me know as well so I can make sure I know what to expect!

I am thinking about stealing my whiteboard from work for the weekend for Pictionary.
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I had a dream about Chicago last night, well more O'Hare and waiting for smrt's plane to land but not being able to find this secret terminal. I had to call in help. Smeth and ono came and helped me find the terminal and then we were all headed to Xoco for dinner. I woke up before we got to eat.
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I am thinking about stealing my whiteboard from work for the weekend for Pictionary.
You had me at whiteboard. I freakin' love those things.
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:51 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I am thinking about stealing my whiteboard from work for the weekend for Pictionary.
Do it. Seriously. I love Pictionary and this will help tremendously.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:35 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I will see what I can do!

Man my couch is comfy.. I slept on it last night.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:33 AM   #40 (permalink)
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Awesome. I'm way excited. Only another month or so.

And who gets the couch anyway? Anybody call it yet?
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