@Christopher thank yuo for the comments. It is a careful balance, and I wanted to find a place, at least for the first meeting, that was accessible not just by car and Metra, but by L as well. The reason I chose this place is that it is close to the Blue Line as well as metra and car (to James' point), and has room for us to spread out, which Starbucks does not have. If you can make this meetup and add your feedback, perhaps we can have the next one at a different location.
0 · February 24
while I appreciate the sentiment, I really do, I think many of us suburban designers are closer to the city than other suburbs, Elmhurst might be better located to be more central (and farther away from ohare traffic). Plus if I recall they have a starbucks, and a couple other restaraunts right near the metra stop and just off the exit ramp for the major interstates and it's more accessible from every direction. Good idea though for those who can't get into the city and don't want to pay city prices for everything.
0 · February 22