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Old 02-13-2007, 03:22 PM   #11
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Yeah... There's a lot to see and do in Chicago.... But, I think it was Edgar Winter that said: "The coldest winter I ever had was the Christmas I spent in Chicago"....
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Now I have not been to House Of Blues Chicago but that is another option for you. You can check thier web site and see if any bands you like are going to be there when you go and buy tickets before hand.

I did go to HOB Orlando last month and preordered tickets for Collective Soul and I never saw them before or even set foot into a HOB but it was worth it. But of course that band really didn't fall under the Blues genre and as do a lot of other bands that go there.
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Old 02-14-2007, 12:53 PM   #13
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Ain't never been to HOB... Mostly because of the premium price of the tickets... You might want to see if there's anything going on at The Old Town School of Music... Sometimes they got a show of the locals and semi-famous... And you might as well check out Ravinia, just on the off chance they'll have something to suit your pallet, but I think it'll be too early in the season for them to be open... Cool thing about Ravinia is the train stops right there...
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:10 AM   #14
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how you getting to chicago? I live in michigan about 300 miles away and the train costs me about $25 each way. That's cheaper than you can park yoru car in chicago!

That is about the only place you can go by train in michigan. Our state has worked very had at not providing mass transit to protect the big 3 automakers.
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:34 PM   #15
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We're taking a 2003 Grand Prix GT. It's a comfortable car and gets surprisingly good mileage on the highway. There really isn't much for mass transit that direction. Sure, we could take Greyhound, but that would cost as much as gas and leave us without a vehicle in the city. We could also take Amtrak....if we wanted to drive to Minneapolis/St. Paul first. Basically we're getting on Highway 53 in Duluth and driving straight to Eau Claire where we will catch I-94. There are some other highways in there, but it's a pretty easy shots.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:24 AM   #16
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Two words.... RUSH HOUR ..... AVOID IT !!!! Both in the AM and the PM.
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Well I get off of work at 7:00pm in Duluth and we're leaving after that so we should arrive at about 3:00-3:30 am so I think we're free and clear of the rush hour business. Of course that time of day has its own set of issues.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:40 AM   #18
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Actually, that just might be the right time.... Just remember, Chicago has two seasons.... Winter, and CONSTRUCTION

This last cold snap has taken its toll on several of the expressways here and produced a bumper crop of pot holes.

But I think you'll be OK, just as long as you get to your destination by say no later than 0530

If you're really going to be in town on or about 0300... well, just watch out for the other guy... they're probably drunk...
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