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hike on the Dunewood Trace, and dinner at Bartlett's Gourmet Grill

  • Dec 16, 2012 · 4:00 PM
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dear friends--

i just learned i have a Sunday free that i had not expected, so i'm planning a pre-Christmas meetup. we will take a hike of about 4-5 miles on the Dunewood Trace, walk right up to Bartlett's Gourmet Grill for dinner, then return via the Great Marsh trail.

i considered a pot luck, but thought it might involve too much clean up on a Sunday so close to Christmas.

we will walk right out my front door to Beverly rd (closed to traffic), then up abandoned Carolina ave to the old Visitor Center (restrooms will probably be open), and pick up the Dunewood Trace there. we will hike this trail to the National Lakeshore campground, then a short distance down the road to dinner at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill http://www.eatatbartletts.com/. if you don't take the hike, you could also just join us there for a rather early dinner.

we will walk back via the Great Marsh trail. if there is interest and a quorum, we could play some games--if not, we can go our merry ways.

a few suggestions to make things run more smoothly

1) print out the announcement, or at least the directions ahead of time and bring it with you in your car if you are driving or navigating--I have frequently been delayed from arriving on time myself because I'm giving directions over the phone

2) bring enough cash to cover your meal if you come to dinner: restaurants usually don't like splitting up credit card charges, and it just delays and complicates the process of paying the bill

3) if you are going to be late, be sure to call me at [masked]. If you will be a little late, we will usually wait for you. If you're going to be more than about 15-20 minutes late, I will tell you how to meet us farther down the trail so everyone else doesn't have to wait.

directions and parking instructions will follow.

hope to see you,

Rick

directions & parking instructions:

by car from Chicago: (driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) follow I-90 (Kennedy-Dan Ryan) East; at exit 59A, be sure to follow signs to "Chicago Skyway/Indiana Toll road"--the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line: tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway: if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

by car via Lake Shore dr/Stony Island ave: (Driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) follow Lake Shore dr south to 57 st; exit at 57 st, and get into the left lane--the road will curve to the left and become Cornell dr as it passes the Museum of Science and Industry, then will turn into Stony Island ave; continue south in the middle lanes, and get on the Chicago Skyway (around 79 st); (tolls $2.50, $0.50, & $0.50--cash or i-pass); the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway: if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

from Northwest, West, or South suburbs: follow the TriState tollway (I-294) east until it merges with I-94 east; exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway: if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

by the South Shore line: get the South Shore at the Metra Electric stations at 8:45 AM at Randolph, or at Van Buren, Roosevelt rd, Hyde Park, etc; take the train to the Beverly Shores station (you will have to tell the conductor you're getting off because it is a flag stop); train arrives at 10:09; walk toward the lake (away from US 12) on Broadway thru the wetland, past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road, ring the doorbell (walk is about 15 minutes)—or call me at [masked], and maybe someone can pick you up; check the website below for trains returning to Chicago; you also may be able to get a ride back to the city from someone else

here is the South Shore website: http://www.nictd.com/....

The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity. --Carl Sandburg

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  • Sharon

    I really enjoyed the nice walk with good companions, good conversation and a great meal. Looking forward to more like this!

    December 30, 2012

  • Glenn C.

    Small group (only 3 of us), but great conversation, good exercise and a fine meal. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to all and thank you Rick.

    December 19, 2012

  • Rick M.

    i quiet walk thru the woods, good conversation, and a lovely and much appreciated dinner.

    December 16, 2012

  • Charles W. H.

    Sorry, Didn't get my chores and errands done in time to attend the hike. :(

    December 16, 2012

  • Patrice

    HI Rick! I'm going to have to bow out. Too much work. I look forward to your next event. Take care and have a great time!

    December 15, 2012

  • Patrice

    Hi Rick, it sure would be nice to finally attend one of your wonderful events. I may be too tired from work but I am going to try to come. Won't RSVP until I'm sure. Hope to get to meet you and the others!

    December 13, 2012

  • Megan M.

    How long is the hike?

    December 10, 2012

  • Nancy H

    Sorry, can't make it! Most of your outings are on Judy and my weekends to work!

    December 9, 2012

  • Amy R.

    I wish I had known about this, although maybe I could make the hike! Have plans the night before and that night, so I couldn't do the games and potluck. If it's meeting at 11 though, I'll RSVP yes (will change it if necessary.) Thx! :D

    December 8, 2012

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