My entire trip to Chicago(Including SFGAM)

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Monday, July 14, 2003 4:13 PM
Since I have a limit of time due to my leaving for home in about 45 minutes, this will be part one of my trip. Part 2 will be posted in this same topic most likely tomorrow evening.

Day One(Wednesday)

My parents, girlfriend Amanda, and I left from Western PA for the city of Chicago Illonois at about 6 am. We stopped at a McDonald's in Wheeling WV at around 8:30 just for a quick bite and coffee. The trip got kind of boring, so I just sort of fell asleep and woke up around 4 when we were nearly entering Illonois. Wow, that saved me from a boring trip! But I was wrong. We still had nearly 3 1/2 hours of road ahead of us. Me and Amanda didn't have to be bored though, we had VH1's top 100 rock songs ever and a few classic Beatle's albums such as Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Abbey Road to keep us entertained. We arrived at out Hampton Inn 10 minutes away from the North Side of Chicago around 8 and just crashed in our room. Me and Amanda went down to eat at Ruby Tuesday's which was connected to our hotel and called it a night.

Day 2(Thursday)

We woke up around 9 because my cousin April who lives in Chicago was going to meet us at the hotel and take us to the baseball game that day between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. She met us at the hotel around 9:45, and took us for breakfast to the Cheesecake Factory for some deliscious Cheesecake. I got the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and it was awesome.

Gates for the Baseball Game opened at 11, so we headed down to Wrigley Field on the North Side. We stopped at a souveneir Stand outside of the stadium, and I purchased a Mark Prior jersey, and Amanda got a Kerry Wood Jersey. Both of us are HUGE baseball fans, so this first time to Wrigley was great for us. Before the game, we stood by the railing next to the field. We many autographs, they included: Mark Prior, Gary Sheffield, Moises Alou, John Smoltz, Mike Remlinger, Mike Hampton, Kevin Grybowski, Jose Hernandez, Cub's manager Dusty Baker, Lenny Harris, and Marcus Giles(my favorite player). The game was very fun, and I caught a Vinny Castilla homerun! And it was the first time I got to see the legendary Greg Maddux pitch. Overall a very fun game, even though the Cubs lost.

After the game, April took us to an Irish Pub near the field named Cullen's. Very good food. I got Buffalo Wings.

April then took us to the Chicago Aquarium right on the shore. That place was deserted. But it was probably the neatest Aquarium I've ever seen.

She drove us around after that showing us different things in the city, including the fountain in the opening credits of Married with Children.

She went with us to dinner at Famous Dave's Barbecue around 9, and after that, we were spent. Time to go back to the hotel and swim in the pool for awhile, then we went to bed.

End of Part One

Day 3(Friday) will be about the trip to Six Flags Great America. I will tell you guys about that tomorrow night. And Wednesday I will be going to Sandcastle Water Park in Pittsburgh with my church Youth Hroup, so that will be up soon as well. Good night from Chicago!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:10 AM
Famous dave's? You can find them anywhere. Next time *demand* to be taken to Kenny's or Arnie's if you want some BBQ. Or, you can be real adventureous and head to Lem's or Leon's on the South Side.

lata, jeremy

--who still thinks there is no food like Chicago food...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:21 AM
I'd like to know what kind of crazy route you took from Pennsylvania where you entered Illinois and still had 3 and a half hours to drive. You could have taken the Ohio/Indiana Turnpike, or I-70 to I-65, and you would have arrived in Chicago and in Illinois at the same time! :)

I agree with Jeremy, I live for Chicago-style hot dogs and pizza. I had Geno's last time I was there and nearly died of ecstasy.

I believe that fountain is called Buckingham Fountain.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:30 AM
Den, you have to take into account that he got to the Illinois border at about 5pm on a Wednesday night. Then he had to go up to the North Side...right in the middle of rush hour traffic. While it sounds like a long time, 3.5 hrs might be about right :)

P.S. It's also the John G. Shedd Aquarium
lata, jeremy
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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:30 AM
That's the same thing I was thinking, Den. I can't come up with *any* kind of route in which that scenario makes sense.

Maybe they used Mapquest. ;)

Edit: Jeremy - I don't know. It still shouldn't take three hours to get from the state line to the North Side, even in rush hour.


*** This post was edited by chris 7/15/2003 10:31:55 AM ***

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 7:59 AM
I say 3 hours could be a possibilty with the traffic being bad.

Why didn't you have any "real" Chicago food like deep dish pizza, hot dogs, or my personal favorite, Garret popcorn. That stuff is unbelievable.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 8:31 AM
Well chris, when I first moved out to DC, I had to fly out of O'hare. Now, my parents live just at the southern end of Lake Shore Drive. However, driving up to O'hare, in the morning rush, took every bit of two hours. Now, it's not really an hour from my house to the I-80 IL/IN border, but with construction and rush hour traffic, I could see that little trip taking about 3 hours.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 8:48 AM
I agree with 2H. The Hampton Inn described (and the telling dinners at Ruby Tuesday and Cheesecake Factory) is making me think "Skokie." That's not just coming up towards O'Hare, that's splitting off onto the Edens during rush hour and dealing with that mess.

Hey, he did go to Cullen's - which is a yuppie bar, but the only non-chain restaurant mentioned in the TR so give the man some credit!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 8:49 AM
If they went I80 all the way to Illinois, I see now way it could've taken 3 1/2 hours to get from the Illinois border to 10 minutes north of Chicago...thats absurd.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 9:13 AM

Top Thrill Magster said:
I agree with 2H. The Hampton Inn described (and the telling dinners at Ruby Tuesday and Cheesecake Factory) is making me think "Skokie." That's not just coming up towards O'Hare, that's splitting off onto the Edens during rush hour and dealing with that mess.

Hey, he did go to Cullen's - which is a yuppie bar, but the only non-chain restaurant mentioned in the TR so give the man some credit!


Skokie definitely sounds like a possibility, but he shouldn't have hit the Edens until later that night, so there shouldn't have been that much traffic.

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