Six Flags Great America

Monday, October 9, 2000 1:43 PM
Hey, I'm working on my trip to SFGAM and I was wondering if anyone had any driving tips to help me out. I'll be taking off from Charles City, IA (I plan on taking I-80 East) However from there I don't have a clue.

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Monday, October 9, 2000 8:26 PM
Go to Yahoo (www.yahoo.com)... Pull up MAPS... then go to driving directions... Punch in your city and Gurnee IL, and voila! You'll have the best route there.

I just used it to do several locations in and around Illinois & Wisconsin. And it help me visit all the coasters I've driven to this year.

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"You have to scale a lot of lift hills to coast easily..."

Jason
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Monday, October 9, 2000 8:42 PM
Thats a good idea Jason and sorry again I couldnt make it to SFGAm to meet up with you. To Randy, take I-80 east like you said to route 55 toward Chicago. Turn onto I-294 north (signs should say Milwaukee) just keep going on 294 which merges into 94. Take 94 north until you see SFGAm on the right hand side. You cant miss it.
P.S. As soon as you get on 294 you are on our beloved tollway system (sarcasm) so be prepared to dish out some money to drive the remainder of the route up to SFGAm. Hope this helps.
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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL *** This post was edited by Chitown on 10/10/2000. ***
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 4:15 AM
The other option is to take I-80 to I-57 north (which is further east than I-55). From I-57, take I-94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway) and follow the signs towards Wisconsin. You pay a little less in tolls, but this takes you through the heart of the city (which is good for sightseeing)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 5:42 AM
Yeah, it's pretty idiot proof to get there. Even a dumb Ohioan like me was able to get there from O'Hare. (Now getting to the rental car is a completely different story.)

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 5:53 AM
it'll take about 20-30 minutes or so once you get out of the city untill you reach great america. The nice white wood of the american eagle is always something my family looks for since almost every coaster is nicely visible from the highway. Just don't take your eyes off the road for too long, those people up there are crazy drivers. :)

(ride the bull once for me!)

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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 8:36 AM
Jeff, fummy you should say that. On the 3rd of july, I was up at SFGAm, but I had to drop my rental car off that day at Ohare (Enterprise). So I drive up to the airport and follow the signs for the rental car drop off....to make a long story short, why was the "airport location" FIVE MILES AWAY!!!. And people wonder why I fly in/out of Midway =].
P.S. How do you make those little smiley faces that I keep seeing up here? Just tell me where to look. Thanks
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 9:51 AM
Yeah, lots of rental car places "airport location" are off-site. In fact the last 2 trips I took (Both leaving FROM Midway) the destination rental car place was not at the airport. In New Orleans and Las Vegas they were both remote. I hate that. I don't plan well enough to make sure the rental car place is actually in the airport. I hate airports in general though, so its no surprise I hate things about them.

To make a simley face, use the standard colon/close parenthesis combo. :) If you get fancy and use brackets, it won't work. Winking also works. (semicolon/close parenthesis) ;) There may be more...
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 10:30 AM
;) Oh, Okay. Thanks :)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 11:42 AM
I have another question with that. I'm planning on staying at the Comfort Inn in Waukegan. Is it decent or is it scuzzy?

My trip right now is go to spend a day getting to a hotel in ChiTown by SFGAM and then spend a coupls days there (Cubs game and Six Flags)and then head towards Cedar Point where we'll stay for 2-3 days at one of the Resorts at the park.

After that I'm heading to Cleavland for an Indians game and then Six Flags Ohio. And then I'm heading down to King's Island and then head home to finish my Senior Trip.

If I could get any help on any of these places in terms of driving tips, places to stay or just words of advice it'd be much appreciated.

BTW I have to plan it this far in advance due to an extremeley tight schedule and budget. (Baseball and then College leaves me a week or two for the trip.)

Thanks again!

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Randy Hutchinson
You build it, I'll ride it
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 5:56 PM
I used ACE... they too were well outside the airport grounds. I can't stand that airport.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 6:25 PM

It could be worse. You could fly into Dulles WAY outside of D.C. and fight through Northern Virgina traffic to PKD, SFA or BGW.
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Six Flags America IS a Six Flags park!
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Tuesday, October 10, 2000 8:12 PM
Hey Randy, to answer your question of the Comfort Inn in Waukegan, it is a nice hotel so you should enjoy staying there. They have a nice restaurant in front and other stores in the area for convenience. To get to that hotel just take the route previously mentioned to get to SFGAm except exit on Rte 120 east ramp. This exit is before the park exit. Take rte 120 for about 3 miles and it will be on the right hand side. If you need more information of the area just ask. I grew up in that area.

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"DONT FIGHT IT, RIDE IT",,,,RAGING BULL
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