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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, 12:46 PM   #16
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sweet...that's a 16 minute walk from the hotel. son and his wife(who is also running) are going too, but spending the week due to a meeting she has. i'm starting to form a plan.
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Are you planning to be here on any weekdays, or just over the weekend?
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #17
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1.2 miles in Chicago = 2.75 hours = $200. Take the rail
Agree, the El is a good way to get around if you're trying to keep your budget low. Their buses aren't bad either, IMO.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #18
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Are you planning to be here on any weekdays, or just over the weekend?
I think we're coming in sat morning and leaving Monday some time.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #19
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I generally go there a number of times, and in fact am going in a couple weeks. Anyway, the difference in Amtrak vs Southwest flying into Midway was about $30 roundtrip (at least for my upcoming trip). 1.5 hrs in the air or 8+ on the rail from KC.

If you fly into Midway, you can get a 3 day CTA pass (good for rail and buses) right at the orange line stop in the airport from their pseudo ATM. Its like $13 for that 3 day pass. Not sure cost of a 7 day pass.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:09 PM   #20
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thanks for the info, all.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #21
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You could go here to watch the game while Mrs. seclark is jogging.

http://www.tiltedkilt.com/

Bearcat and I have had lunch here before. They might have enough TVs to air multiple games.
Good tip. SEC in case you aren't aware the Kilt is like Hooters but with hotter girls. Just in case you're wife is the kind that objects to this sort of place.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:16 PM   #22
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I think we're coming in sat morning and leaving Monday some time.
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Probably won't work for doing lunch/drinks, then. Oh well.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:23 PM   #23
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Looks like the blue line would get you halfway there... I've never used Amtrak in Chicago, but downtown is fine. I've walked around that area quite a bit and besides declining the invitation to open my wallet for a couple of homeless people, I've never been bothered.

And yeah, Titled Kilt is cool... better food than Hooters and the scenery is at least just as nice.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:26 PM   #24
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Good tip. SEC in case you aren't aware the Kilt is like Hooters but with hotter girls. Just in case you're wife is the kind that objects to this sort of place.
i'm aware, and she knows i'm harmless...it's all good.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #25
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Probably won't work for doing lunch/drinks, then. Oh well.
thanks, but i'm staying close to the hotel and getting the hell out of there as soon as I can.
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Looks like the blue line would get you halfway there... I've never used Amtrak in Chicago, but downtown is fine. I've walked around that area quite a bit and besides declining the invitation to open my wallet for a couple of homeless people, I've never been bothered.

And yeah, Titled Kilt is cool... better food than Hooters and the scenery is at least just as nice.
MUCH better good. And hotter girls, at least in Phoenix.
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i'm aware, and she knows i'm harmless...it's all good.
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MUCH better good. And hotter girls, at least in Phoenix.
I've been to Tilted Kilt in Chicago more in the past 5 or 10 years than any Hooters... I'll always opt for Buffalo Wild Wings or any other sports bar.
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I've been to Tilted Kilt in Chicago more in the past 5 or 10 years than any Hooters... I'll always opt for Buffalo Wild Wings or any other sports bar.
Agreed. I don't do Hooters or any of the"girl" bars typically. I like my neighborhood hang out.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:47 PM   #30
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well, to be honest, all i'm carrying fits in a backpack. she's got all her shit in the suitcase and is the health fruitcake. if she can run 26.2 mi, surely she ought to be able to pull a suitcase on rollers for 1.2, but I see your point.

she's getting prices to ride up from quincy, but I don't know why...we're only 5miles from the laplata Amtrak station. I guess i'll mention it to her.

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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.
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