Chicago Day Trip!

  • June 15, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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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.

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  • Jeanette

    My summary for anyone who wants to know:

    We ended up driving to the Gary area and taking the train the rest of the way to Chicago. Even though I worried about public transportation reliability, it was pretty convenient with one exception-and it was cheap! In Chicago, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry. The Animal Inside Out exhibit was worth the price of admission. Then we taxied to the Millenium Park. We went to the Cloud Gate (AKA the Bean) sculpture and splashed in an interesting fountain with faces on the sides. I'm glad we walked a lot because we finished up the trip with 2 huge Giordano's Chicago style stuffed pizzas!

    This whole day was great! A big thank you to Brian for organizing it!

    June 16, 2013

  • Alex S.

    .... oops, i forgot to mention / suggest this ---- Chicago Gangster tours:
    http://www.gangstertour.com/

    went on this tour last year and it was hilarious. worth checking out but might need reservations? Leaves from the Rock-n-Roll McDonalds
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_N_Roll_McDonald's
    on Ontario street --- which is in and of itself, interesting to check out

    June 14, 2013

  • Xander Ash H.

    Sadly, I will have to back out. Have fun everyone.

    June 14, 2013

  • Alex S.

    just wanted to confirm -- is the meeting time 8 am at the Starbucks? and will an info email be sent out, before Saturday? Also -- Uno's pizza is really good for deep-dish :) I think it's actually really close to the Rainforest Cafe, and the mega McDonalds

    June 12, 2013

    • Alex S.

      thanks for the info Brad. I look forward to chatting with and getiting to know you all. 8 is a bit early for a Saturday morning --- I probably get 30% of my weekly sleep Friday night / Saturday morning. I'll try not to be too groggy :)

      June 13, 2013

    • Brian

      That's why we're meeting at a coffee shop!

      1 · June 14, 2013

  • Max G.

    I wish I could join you all there, but I have to make my own trip to Chicago for my son's graduation that day. Have a great time.

    June 13, 2013

  • Rick T

    sorry work!

    June 8, 2013

  • Julia P.

    I'm going to have to back out, folks. My parents are coming to the area that week, and Saturday is the only chance I'll get to see them. Sorry!

    June 5, 2013

    • Brian

      We picked the 15th at your request, but since its for you family its OK. :-(

      June 6, 2013

  • Brad W.

    I've always wanted to see the Science and Industry museum, I've heard good things. It's a bit pricey compared to some of the others however.
    Basically, I'm cool with any of the above.

    June 5, 2013

  • Xander Ash H.

    I will /finally/ be living in Indy by that time, so I will be able to go! hooray!

    Anyone else a fan of the Rain Forest Cafe?

    May 31, 2013

    • Brian

      Never been there. Where is it located in relation to the museums? For this trip I really have my heart set on pizza, but I'm willing to go with what the group wants.

      June 5, 2013

  • Alex S.

    I agree with Jeanette on limiting the paid admittances to one or two. I've never been to Navy Pier and would like to check it out sometime. Can public transportation take us everywhere we want to go, or will we be using cabs?

    June 1, 2013

    • Brian

      Transportation is whatever we want. I know that there is a water taxi that runs from the Shedd Aquarium to Navy Pier.

      June 5, 2013

  • Jeanette

    I like the idea of going to free places like the Chicago Cultural Center and Millenium Park. I hear the CCC has great stained glass domes! I would like to limit the paid admittances to one or two. My top two would be the 1-The aquarium and 2-Willis tower. My good friend that lives in Chicago is going to meet up with us at some point, so I'm really excited!

    June 1, 2013

    • Brian

      The CCC seems like it would be nice, but looks like it wouldn't take that long. If we go with my suggest pizza place, the CCC would be along the way from the museums.

      June 5, 2013

  • Jeanette

    I really want to see the Cloud Gate (AKA The Bean) sculpture in person.

    June 1, 2013

    • Brian

      I get the feeling that we'll definitely wander through Millenium Park.

      June 5, 2013

  • Alex S.

    Great idea -- Looking forward to seeing the city, and meeting and having discussions with like minded people

    May 17, 2013

  • Josh W.

    Fantastic idea, Brian, and very well researched and presented. I especially like your use of bold and white space throughout the description.

    Sadly I have a conflict and will be in NYC that weekend, but kudos for doing the legwork and getting this set up!

    May 16, 2013

  • Jeanette

    Looks like fun!

    April 28, 2013

    • Kiki

      Maybe we could go shopping!

      1 · May 9, 2013

  • Rick T

    I like the pizza idea and love the train. Nice job, funny too ;)

    April 29, 2013

  • George v w.

    Going to Tom Petty concert that night

    April 29, 2013

  • Aaron P R.

    I love this idea Brian, but I can't RSVP just yet as mid-June is a bit uncertain for me right now (sister-in-law is preggers and due around that time). I should have a better idea by the week of.

    April 28, 2013

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