Announcing a new Meetup for Windy City Explorers!What
: Chinese New Year Parade!When
: Sunday, February 6, 2011 11:00 AMWhere
: Just West of the Chinatown Red Line CTA Station
138 W. Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616
Please join us Sunday February 6th to explore Chinatown in conjunction with the Chinese New Year's Parade. The parade kicks off at 1pm. Our group will assemble early for a stroll through the neighborhood at 11am, followed by viewing of the parade. Please note that there will be no formal "tour" at this event. We may even have trouble staying together as a group as we will be ducking in and out of the many cool stores in this area. On the other hand, enough of our members will be on hand that you'll never stray far from the group and you'll enjoy the camaraderie of the group as we watch the parade together and in smaller numbers as you duck in and out of the stores..
Make no doubt about it, this event will be CROWDED
because of the parade. It may also be BITTERLY COLD AND SNOWY!!
Welcome to Chicago's winter! Please don't wimp out on us at the last minute just because of the weather. Some of our best events have been during extreme weather!! The festivities, shops, bakeries, restaurants and camaraderie are sure to warm your soul. Our 11am arrival ensures that we get to check out the neighborhood a little and reserve a spot along the parade route. After the parade, some of us will enjoy a delicious mid-afternoon luncheon to cap off our celebration!
If you're an early bird, you may also wish to arrive earlier in the morning for a quieter experience and the opportunity to grab coffee before meeting the group at 11. Please bring plenty of CASH to pay for your own food, tax, and gratuity.
Please meet the group promptly at 11am in front of the decorative wall on the north side of Cermak at Wentworth. Here's a photograph of the meeting spot: http://bit.ly/cNJcNt
. This is just west of the CLOSED Chinatown/Cermak Red Line CTA station and right there along the fence of the parking lot on the northeast corner of that intersection. IF YOU TAKE THE EL DOWN TO MEET US, YOU WILL EXIT AT A NEW TEMPORARY STATION ON ARCHER AVENUE WHICH IS A BLOCK NORTH OF THIS LOCATION. When you exit the station, turn south and walk a block down to Cermak and that decorative wall pictured in the link.
It's best to take the CTA if at all possible, as traffic will be difficult both on the way in and on the way out on this date. But there is a public lot there at this corner if you choose to arrive early with your car. If you're driving, a better alternative might be to park in a lot in the south loop and hop the Red line from the Roosevelt Road station.
If you have any difficulty finding us or if you want to meet up with us a little later at the Parade, please call my cellphone at [masked].
Here is a link to photographs of last year's event
If you'd like a little bit of history of the area, check out this link: Chinatown Information
RSVP to this Meetup:http://www.meetup.com/windycityexplorers/calendar/15859077/