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Old 08-20-2013, 11:06 AM  
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so, the wife is running in the Chicago marathon in October. I've only been there once and swore i'd never drive there again...not familiar w/the area at all.

we're considering taking Amtrak up. staying at the Hilton Chicago, which looks like it's pretty much right at the start/finish. according to google, it's 1.2 miles from the Amtrak station. wife says we can walk it to the hotel and back when we head home.

to those who are familiar w/the area, is this a good idea, or do you suggest we take a cab? the walk doesn't bother me as long as it's safe. I mean, she runs...I don't.

any answers/suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 08-20-2013, 01:49 PM   #31
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Trust me...you do not want to haul/roll a suitcase for a mile + through Chicago. Download a free app on your phone for the transit lines (the "l") and take the train. The app is really handy. It shows you all the stops and tells you how long your wait until the next train is.
all right...**** it. you guys have convinced me that i'm not walking. either transit or cab, but i'm not hoofing it.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:50 PM   #32
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i heard there are black people there
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #33
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i heard there are black people there
so what...there's still ljs.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:57 PM   #34
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #35
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all right...**** it. you guys have convinced me that i'm not walking. either transit or cab, but i'm not hoofing it.
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And a cab won't be all that expensive - I can get from Union Station to my office for about $7 in rush hour traffic, and that's about 10 blocks. They do charge an additional $2 for an extra person.
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #36
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A cab may be less headache because if the trains are crowded, it could be pure hell with a suitcase. Plus the el can get delayed randomly, where with a cab you pretty much know what you are getting. On a Saturday you shouldn't hit much traffic on the route to the hotel. A cab may cost you 10 bucks more at most.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:31 AM   #37
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bumped to tell you guys that it was a great time and to thank you all again for the tips and advice.

out of 40 to 45 thousand(I forget) runners, the wife had a time of 3:44:12(not as fast as she wanted, but whatever).

she came in 7073 overall
1594th in all women
50th in her age category

so far, it's been her favorite marathon...the people were great and very supportive along the course.
I didn't have to drive, stayed moderately buzzed and enjoyed the entire trip.

only bad part was old uncle ernie fell and broke his hip while we were on the train home. been w/him at the hospital most of the night and am waiting w/him to be taken back to surgery this morning. what a pisser!

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Old 10-15-2013, 09:33 AM   #38
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:06 AM   #39
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Sucks about Uncle Ernie bro. He's tough and will be makin you crazy all winter. Come next spring he will be right back at it.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:19 AM   #40
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Sucks about Uncle Ernie bro. He's tough and will be makin you crazy all winter. Come next spring he will be right back at it.
hope so.
docs asked him what he wanted them to do if his heart stopped during surgery...said he'd appreciate it if someone would bury him.
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hope so.
docs asked him what he wanted them to do if his heart stopped during surgery...said he'd appreciate it if someone would bury him.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:35 PM   #42
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hope so.
docs asked him what he wanted them to do if his heart stopped during surgery...said he'd appreciate it if someone would bury him.
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