michigan, indiana, CHICAGO july july10-15

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  1. Liman

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    my wife secured the days off, and I just booked her flight.
    I am going to leave july 8th and drive to chicago. with stops in either michigan or indiana, depending on how Im feeling and how things are going time wise.
    I will head into the chicago area, maybe stay at majestic or the other star casino by midweek a night, then head up towards the airport, take a hotel close to airport and rivers desplaines, thursday night, when my wife will fly in, then we will hang out in chicago till sunday am, then head back east, with stops in michigan, hopefully presque isle in erie, and maybe one night in salamanca NY, then head back home.

    if anyone is around those 2 weeks and would like to shoot some dice, or shoot the shit, Id be more than happy to hang out if its possible and we are there those dates.

    random, hope you are around friday or saturday july 13, or 14th, to meet up at rivers for some dice play.

    I havent booked any hotels, as Id probably wait till day or two before when I know where Ill be.

    my only concern is friday and saturday night in chicago, so I might book that hotel within the next few days.

    there are tons of hotels near the airport. not that concerned.
     
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  2. random_roller, Apr 17, 2018

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    @Liman

    Definitely interested in meeting, shooting dice and enjoying some good food when you and your wife are in town.

    I suggest you check the dates you plan on being in Chicagoland against the scheduled events and book your hotel room in advance as appropriate.

    2018 Taste of Chicago (July 11-15, 2018 in Grant Park) -- This is a hugely popular event downtown.
    https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago.html/


    Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Schedule -- This facility is located in Rosemont, @1.5 miles south of Rivers Casino (Des Plaines). Anime Midwest and JF&A shows will draw, but looks like your current arrival will fall between those 2 events.
    http://www.rosemont.com/desconvention/events/


    McCormick Place -- Located just south of the Loop in downtown. This facility currently has the largest convention space (square feet) in the US. The Nike Invitational and IFT Annual Meeting are both around the same time you're planning to be in the area. Both of these are large conventions (10,000+ attendees).
    https://www.choosechicago.com/meeting-professionals/convention-calendar/?startDate=06/01/2018&endDate=07/31/2018

    The closest hotels to Rivers Casino are Courtyard Chicago O'Hare (2950 South River Road, Des Plaines -- immediately north of the casino parking garage) and Hyatt Rosemont (6350 North River Road, Rosemont -- just across the casino's surface parking lot & Devon Avenue).

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    The greyed out area between Rivers Casino and Courtyard Chicago O'Hare is the casino's parking garage. Devon Avenue divides Rosemont and Des Plaines, so the address numbers reset when you cross from one suburb to the other. Rivers Casino is 3000 South River Road, Des Plaines, while the Hyatt Rosemont is at 6350 North River Road, Rosemont.
     
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    I think we might like that food fest in grant park, be close to us.......rooms are easily available all around the airport, we checked, looks good, I don't think shes going to drag me down Michigan ave and go shopping, although she did mention I have to scope out a couple fo quilting stores while we are in the Chicago area.
    Im not sure if Im going to spend a day or two in 4 winds new buffalo or head straight to Ameristar and then perhaps Hollywood down in Hammond? then go up to airport area on Thursday.
    the only thing I know for sure is that she lands Thursday early evening in Chicago, and we will stay there near airport till sunday am., those are the only rooms Im going to book in advance. make sure our weekend is secure, we aren't looking for expensive fancy hotel, Hampton inn or Hilton garden would suit us fine as well as me using some Hilton points.
     
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  4. random_roller, Apr 17, 2018

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    The Taste of Chicago is a very good event. Definitely worth attending if you are in the area. Some very good food in "taste" portions, plus there are usually some big name bands providing entertainment. Last year it drew @1.6M people over 5 days. Of course, the downside is roads are blocked off and traffic in the area sucks.

    Hilton Garden Inn (2930 South River Road, Des Plaines) located immediately north of Courtyard Chicago O'Hare.

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    Hampton Inn Rosemont (9480 West Higgins Road, Rosemont) -- Not quite as conveniently located to the casino as the other hotels I have listed, but still within a 10 minute drive.

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    Before I forget, since you're driving, a reminder to bring the EZ Pass. Chicagoland interstates are largely toll roads, as is the Indiana Turnpike, Ohio Turnpike, and probably a few others on your trip.
     
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  5. random_roller, Apr 17, 2018

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    Per Google, there are quite a few quilting stores in Chicagoland.
    I've listed a few below based solely on the average rating & a higher number of reviews -- which might not mean much, lol. Your wife can check the websites of the stores below and decide for herself.

    Second City Quilt Company -- Located in the city's north side.
    http://www.secondcityquiltco.com/

    The Quilter's Trunk -- Located in the city's south side, so keep your vigilance, lol.
    http://www.thequilterstrunk.com/

    Thimbles (Lockport, IL) -- If you're heading to Joliet (Harrah's, Hollywood), this store is on the way.
    http://thimblesquilts.com/
     
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    ez pass, I never take it off my window.

    Im not one for crowded places with poor parking and long lines. Id last 10 minutes trying to get food fest if that's the case, and then give up.

    I deal with the same shit traffic here every day, and Im sure chicagoland is no different, so if I get frustrated, Ill just stay in the casinos.
     
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  7. KokomoJoe4, Apr 18, 2018

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    What a great source of information RR is!

    Liman, I am hoping to get some time in the near future available to meet you half way. Not sure if I will be able to manage an overnight or just a long day of driving, playing and driving.
     
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  8. random_roller, Apr 18, 2018

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    There will definitely be a lot of people at the Taste of Chicago, weather permitting. Lots of tourists from out of town stop by, so downtown hotels can fill up earlier than at other times during the summer.

    I don't drive into the city when there are major events such as the Taste of Chicago. Instead, I'll take the CTA train, which is our city's subway/elevated rail & bus system.

    https://www.transitchicago.com/

    If you're interested, you could take the CTA Blue Line from the Rosemont Station (not far from Rivers Casino) heading towards Forest Park and then transfer to the Green Line downtown at the Clark/Lake Station. When you get off the Blue Line, take the elevator (or multiple escalators) upstairs to the Green Line Station, which is elevated above Lake Street at that point. Take the Green Line train heading towards Cottage Grove or Ashland/63rd Street -- either is ok) 3 stops to the Adams/Wabash Station. If you see a Green Line train heading towards Harlem, you're on the wrong platform. Get off the Green Line train at Adams/Wabash Station and head east towards Michigan Avenue (1 block). Follow the crowds. Easier than navigating the maze of MTA corridors, stairs & platforms in lower Manhattan.

    In the map below, the CTA Rosemont Station (5801 North River Road, Rosemont) is towards the bottom right corner. Rivers Casino is at the top center. Stephens Convention Center is at the bottom center. There is surface lot parking available at the Rosemont Station, for a fee.

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    Not big on public transportation when I travel in unfamiliar cities
    We will pay for parking and deal with some traffic
    I didn't think I could avoid traffic congestion in a place like Chicago
    When the time gets closer I might hit you up for some info
    I would appreciate you letting me know where I can find the best deep dish Chicago pizza near Rosemont (hotels)
    I've been waiting a long time to see if deep dish Chicago pizza is any where as good as ny pizza or it's just another myth
     
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    did you highlight giordanos or did maps?


    Been a shitty week so far tough infusion I'm done in 30 minutes
    Can't fucking wait
     

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    Google Maps highlighted Giordano's.

    Locals have their own opinion as to what is the best Chicago-style (deep dish) pizza. No different than asking New Yorkers to pick their favorite slice of thin crust pizza. Deep dish pizza is an acquired taste; it's not for everyone and eating a slice or 2 takes a bit of effort.

    https://www.timeout.com/chicago/restaurants/the-best-places-for-deep-dish-pizza-in-chicago

    Of the establishments listed in the link above, Pequod's is my favorite but unfortunately neither location is that close to Rosemont. Back in the day when I was much younger and lived in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, going to Pequod's several times a year was a given. Now it's a relative pain-in-the-ass to get to and find street parking, so I rarely visit. Oh, and I'm trying to eat more healthy meals. Last time I was there, my brother-in-law was in town and we took him there. Giordano's and Gino's East have locations in Rosemont. Lou Malnati's (Park Ridge location) isn't too far.
     
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    10-12 miles, pequods it is.
    Ill search the area for pay per parking. great, that's one nights dinner taken care of.
     
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    couldn't agree more.
     
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    Highly recommend you avoid the Majestic Star casino in Gary, IN.
    This casino is absolutely the worst craps venue I have ever experienced.
    They are so badly managed and have such thoroughly awful table attitudes, that
    you can go here and find a solitary craps table with three players while five
    minutes away at Ameristar casino Gary, there are two to three tables nearly
    full with players.
    I don't know how Majestic Star stays open. They may have three tables working
    on their main floor, with twenty tables empty and this has been going on for a
    few years.
    It's not just craps where they are foul but this sums up their craps:
    If you are 80 y.o.,half blind and miss the back wall they will still warn you.
    If you are a dice setter or look like a DI they will be all over you and
    threaten you before your second roll.
    Don't waste your time there. I'm surprised they haven't gone bankrupt yet.
     
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    when I looked at google maps a few days ago, I noticed that majestic star has a walkway from the hotel to the casino, approx. 1/4 of a mile.
    that made up my mind to only visit Ameristar, it would be only one night, and I want my wife to be comfortable walking back to room if she is alone.
    and if we miss Ameristar, not a big issue for me either, its Indiana, where I believe smoking is allowed in casino.
    I appreciate the heads up though. this is the kind of info I look for on this board.
     
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    yeah, me too, but getting you to meet me in a casino is like pulling teeth.
     
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  17. random_roller, Apr 19, 2018

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    I haven't been to the location in Morton Grove, but it should be an easier drive to/from Rosemont (compared with getting to/form the Lincoln Park location). Probably easier to find parking, too. You can use your GPS and/or Google Maps to plot the route for this location.

    If you're going to the original Lincoln Park location, note that the dining area is on 2 floors. That means possibly walking up/down a long stairwell or waiting for an open table on the main floor (which can get quite crowded at times). There is a parking garage (fee) at the Webster Place shopping center (Barnes & Noble, Regal Cinemas) across Clybourn Avenue. The surface lot might be a "for Webster Place customers only/unauthorized vehicles towed" type of lot, so it might not be a viable option.

    From Rivers Casino, head south on River Road until you see a entrance ramp for I-190 east heading towards Chicago (via I-90 east). Take I-190 east and it will merge onto I-90 east. If you see O'Hare International Airport, you went west instead of east. Once you have merged onto I-90 east, continue for @11 miles until you see the exit for Armitage Avenue. Make a left at the traffic light, heading east on Armitage Avenue. You'll drive under the I-90/94 overpass. At the next major intersection, make a left on to Ashland Avenue, heading north. Get in the right lane ASAP. At the top of the hill, make a right onto Webster Avenue, heading east. Once you cross the river, you'll see the parking garage on your right. You can see the route after exiting I-90/94 onto Armitage Avenue in the map below. Mariano's is an upscale local grocery store. PAWS Chicago is an animal rescue organization (just in case you're looking for a puppy...).

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    On the Google satellite view below, you can see the Webster Place parking garage (fee) on the left side. Pequod's is at 12 o'clock.

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  18. random_roller, Apr 19, 2018

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    A while back I had posted about the long enclosed walkway from Majestic Star Casino to the detached hotel. The walkway is even elevated over railroad tracks serving the area's steel mills & other industries.

    Majestic Star Casinos, Buffington Harbor, Indiana -- Writeup

    Majestic Star Casinos -- Pictures

    I'm an infrequent visitor to Majestic Star Casino, perhaps once or a year or so. IMO, the setup at Ameristar (former Harrah's East Chicago) -- with its attached hotel -- is much better. However, last time I stopped by Ameristar (2017), the craps tables were like trampolines. It was almost comical how many times the dice flew off the table.

    Smoking is permitted on the casino floor in Indiana except where specifically prohibited (e.g,. "smoke free" table/EGD or section), but you'll notice it regardless of designation. Horseshoe (Hammond, IN) is the closest casino to downtown Chicago and it is the largest one in terms of floor space and number of table games & EGDs. IMO, it has the best casino buffet in Chicagoland. The 3 NW Indiana casinos are located within 25 minutes of each other. Ameristar & Majestic Star are @10 minutes apart.
     
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  19. random_roller, Apr 19, 2018

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    Pittsburgh isn't too far off I-80 -- what, an hour+ south on I-79? C'mon, make it happen, lol.
     
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    We would be meeting halfway east of Harrisburg in Grantville?. This will be 3 1/2 hrs/230 mi for me and 4 1/2 hr/220 miles for Liman. I guess the NY/NJ traffic must be a bitch.
     
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