Hey You! Let's Take a Day Trip to Chicago!
What? Why? Indianapolis is great, but sometimes its nice to get out of town once in a while. And.. why not the Windy City.
So... How are we getting to Chi-Town? We'll car pool from the Starbucks by 96th & Meridian to the train station near Ogden Dunes and take the 11:03 AM EST (10:03 CST) train to Millennium Station, arriving at 11:10 AM CST.
Did you say "Train"? Yep, for $6.00 each, one-way we can avoid having to drive and park around downtown Chicago, which is no fun. Then when we're done, we take the train back to Ogden Dunes, which runs as late at 12:45 AM.
But, what if we miss the 11:03 train? If for some reason (like traffic) we miss the train, our Plan B will be to continue the car pool on to Chicago.
What if I suffer from Siderodromophobia? The train is just a suggestion. I've found in my experiences that not having to drive the in city makes for a more relaxing trip. We can be flexible.
What about taking the MegaBus? We can also take the MegaBus which leaves from downtown Indianapolis. It looks like it'll cost $24 (6:45 am) or $37 (9:45 am). On the way back it'll be $5 (6:00 pm) or $39 (10:00). The full schedule can be found here.
OK, what do we do once we get to Chicago? Well, there is a lot to choose from and we don't have to decide now. Here are some suggestions:
Is there anything that you want to do in Chicago? Yes. I want to have some really good Chicago Pizza. I know a good place, but am open to suggestions.
Any other costs for this trip? None, other than pitching in for gas.
I have some ideas, can I suggest anything I'd like do on this trip? Absolutely. Keep in mind that the goal is to have a one-day trip to Chicago and back that is fun and at reasonable cost.
Do we have to decide what we're doing soon? No, we've got a while to discuss our plans. Let's try to have it finalized by a week before.
Can we listen to my Yanni CD on the way there? Not if you're riding in my car.