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Great Lakes Discussion, Chicago Auto Show 2009 in Cadillac Clubs, Local Chapters and Regional Forums; Originally Posted by Jesda I am 95% sure I can do the 13th-15th of February. My car seats two people, ...
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesda View Post
    I am 95% sure I can do the 13th-15th of February. My car seats two people, so I may take the train up with my friends. If my brother comes, we'll take his Seville.

    I will look into hotel deals through Priceline. Hopefully its as cheap as last year, which ended up being about $20/person for a Doubletree with 3.5 star amenities.
    Excellent news. Hope your brother comes so you'll bring the Seville. Count me in on whatever hotel deal you get.

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Comfort Suites in Oakbrook Terrace (out by me) has rooms for $63 a night. Search for rooms near Lisle, IL and there are lots that are quite cheap.

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by dirt_cheap_fleetwood View Post
    Comfort Suites in Oakbrook Terrace (out by me) has rooms for $63 a night. Search for rooms near Lisle, IL and there are lots that are quite cheap.
    There is also a Super 8 in Willowbrook, right off I-55/Kingery. I think it is less than $60/night.
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesda View Post
    I will look into hotel deals through Priceline. Hopefully its as cheap as last year, which ended up being about $20/person for a Doubletree with 3.5 star amenities.
    If you can swing rates like that, count me in on your plan if I go.
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Quote Originally Posted by I~LUV~Caddys8792 View Post
    If you can swing rates like that, count me in on your plan if I go.
    If you go?!

    I just shelled out $300+ for plane tickets, so your ass better be in Chicago that weekend, buster.

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    i think i feel like i might come. depending on some things I hope i can make it down. I am under drinking age in the US so i will fit in jut fine with some of you

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    Well guys and gal, I am now not sure about my availability to be there. I went to visit my grandfather yesterday and he is not doing very well. He has Lymphoma (cancer) and the doctors took him off chemo a few months ago because it was no longer effective. Since then it has hit him really hard and at best he has another month and a half left in him. I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here, but that is my situation. I am 80% sure I will at least make it on Sunday for the Auto Show but the other days I may spend with him since I already have them off work. I may also be able to work something out where I am available Friday or Saturday night. I'll just be playing it by ear.

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    Sorry to hear about that, he will be in our prayers.

    Is he in Hospice now?
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    ^ Not yet. He never wanted to be stuck in a hospital when it was his time to go and he has said that to us many times. The house they are living in now they had built with doors that are too small to fit a stretcher through them because he always wanted to go at home. As of now my uncle is staying with my grandparents and helping them out.

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    Wow, sorry to hear about that. I know how you feel though, my grandpa died a month and a half ago, and his situation was quite similar. Well I hope you can make it for atleast Sunday, but if not, we all understand.
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    So what's the agenda lookin' like for the idea? I wanna get a rough idea of what I might miss if I don't come down on Friday..
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    I fly back into Chicago the evening of the 13th.. so I will most likely be heading straight home and passing out.
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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    With the economy the way it is, I suspect people will be staying home, even with gas and jet fuel prices as low as they are. I don't imagine turnout will be what it was in 2008.

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    These may have to be altered depending on where you are staying. I am assuming you will be getting a hotel in the suburbs as they are way cheaper and you can actually park within half a mile of your hotel. The area around Lombard is loaded with hotels because of the massive amount of large companies that call the town home.

    For Friday I was thinking we would just chill somewhere until roughly 5PM or until everyone arrives who is planning on coming here that day. Then we could have dinner at either Portillos or the Patio as suggested by Gary, which ever was preferred. After that we could just do something simple like go bowling. There may not be many people here that day but it would beat having to drive here early on Saturday morning.

    Saturday: Maybe start the morning by going by the car dealers on Ogden. Have a stop over at Ferrari, Maserati and some of the other exotic dealers on our way to the city. Have lunch somewhere downtown, maybe the Rock & Roll McDonalds. For the rest of the day we can just go sight seeing. I haven't been to either the Field museum or the Museum of Science and Industry in a while. In case you didn't know, MSI (much shorter to type) has moved the U-505 submarine indoors and you can now walk around it. The new exhibit for it is very cool.

    Someone has to be at Midway around 1:45 to pick up gdwriter. If you did want to head to MSI for an afternoon we could pick him up on the way there. My grandparents are also members so I might be able to get some people in for free and parking will also be free. For dinner we would probably go to Giordano's downtown. Unfortunately, its Valentine's day so we are gonna have to make a reservation early and hope its not too crowded. I don't know what would be done Saturday evening. I know nothing about the city's night life and am too young to go to a night club/bar so you people who know the city will have to chime in here. However, there ain't much to do in the 'burbs either.

    Sunday we could meet somewhere for breakfast, granted everyone is staying in the same hotel or in hotels close to each other. We eat so much bacon that we are going to explode. Then head to McCormick place for the show. Ideally we would be there right when it opens (10AM) and stay until roughly 2-2:30 as gdwriters flight leaves at 3:50 and its a long drive back to both Minnesota and St. Louis.

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    Re: Chicago Auto Show 2009

    DCF, thanks for keeping things coordinated on this. Looking forward to it, even if turnout is smaller than last year.

    Jesda, let me know what you and Shatner arrange.

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