There is an architectural open house going on in the Windy City that weekend: http://www.openhousechicago.org/
We'll meet at the Starbucks parking lot it is much more safer than the nearby Park & Ride. (Non-Members cannot see the location we're meeting).
From Starbucks we'll carpool to the train Station in Harvard, Illinois.
Planned Itinerary (most times are approximate):
Leave Madison 8:32 (time enough for pit stops) This is a firm time, we won't be waiting for stragglers.
Arrive in Harvard around 10:00
Train leaves Harvard at 10:30
Arrives at Clybourn Station at 12:15
Bus to Lincoln Park; arrive at 12:30 Bus route 73 We'll meet our host from Chicago there, as well as another member of our Meetup Group that has a sibling in Chicago.
Sunset in Chicago is at 6:02 PM.
Photo ops until 6:15
Dinner 6:30 This is a firm time as well, our host from Chicago is meeting her husband there.
The restaurant is very near Millennium Park, home of Cloud Gate or The Bean as it is referred to.
Photo ops until 8:00
Bus to Ogilvie Transportation Center route 124, 60, or 157
Train at OTC 8:30
Arrive in Harvard 10:30
Return to Madison at 12:00
Here's a link to the menu at the restaurant (The Corner Bakery) we'll have dinner at: http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/Files/RetailMenu/Retail-T3.pdf
I'm limiting this to 8 people unless there is an overwhelming response and many people on the wait list.
I'm planning on packing a lunch to eat on the train, but if a majority opt for lunch in Chicago, i'll do the same. Please answer all three questions when you RSVP.
I'm staying the duration, but if half the people want to leave earlier another driver must be willing to leave early.
Cost: Plan on about $6.00 for gas for the carpool driver (based on 4 occupants per vehicle, your cost may vary). $7.00 for the Metra train pass (good all weekend), $2.25 per ride for the CTA bus(es). Looks like we could get by for around $15 - $20 for the dinner at The Corner Bakery.
Deadline to RSVP will be 6:00 PM Friday, October 18th.