Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chicago: Information

Howdy,
I put together some information for all of us. I've also made copies of train schedules, start/finish area maps, observer and participant guides that I'll bring along with me.

Accommodations:
Presidential Towers (Christopher, Emily, Jennifer, Sara?, Sally, and Justin)
Address: 555 West Madison, Chicago IL 60661
Phone: 866.273.0973

Hilton Chicago (Mary Ann, Betsy and Molly)
Address: 720 South Michigan, Chicago IL 60605
Phone: 312.922.4400


Expo / Packet Pickup: Friday 9a - 8p & Saturday 9a - 6p
Place: McCormick Place Convention Center: North Building, Hall B1
Address: 2301 South Martin Luther King Drive
Directions: - Public Transportation (From Apartments):
  1. Take a cab to Wrigley square (North Michigan Ave & East Randolph Street)
  2. Take Train ME (Metra Electric) South - Millennium Station to McCormick Place Station (7 Minutes) - Departure Times (assuming Saturday) - f = flag stop: must signal conductor to stop (9:15a, 9:20a f, 10:20a, 11:15a, 11:20a f, 12:20p, 1:15a f, 1:20p, 2:20p, 3:05p f, 3:10p, 3:30p)
  3. Walk west towards McCormick Place Convention Center
  • Train Return: North - McCormick Place Station to Millennium Station (9 Minutes - Departure Times (assuming Saturday) - (9:51a, 9:59a, 10:51a, 11:51a, 11:59a, 12:51p, 1:51p, 1:59p, 2:51p, 3:51p, 3:59p)
Notes
Participant guide is your confirmation ticket, don’t forget it
Must pickup packets before race: No race day pickups
Get packet, then go to D-Tag Verification stations to test it
Get participant bag. Need this bag to check in your stuff on race day, also has the T-Shirt!

Holy Crap, Need Stuff:
Nike (Niketown) - all the running crap you need: 669 North Michigan Ave (take a cab)
CVS stores are everywhere downtown - one block north east from Presidential Towers on West Washington and Clinton:

Dinners:
Friday
Topolobampo - Mexican (Rick Bayless) @ 5:30p
445 North Clark Street - take a cab

Saturday
Café Spiagia @ 7:00p
980 N Michigan Ave - take a cab

Sunday
Table Fifty-Two @ 5:30p
52 West Elm Street - take a cab

Race Day
Race Starts @ 7:30a
Directions: - Public Transportation (From Apartments)
  1. Walk east to North Clinton, Walk North on Clinton to West Lake (3 blocks or about 10 minutes)
  2. Clinton-Green Station (L train) - look up!
  3. Take Pink Line: Direction = Loop (5 stops) to Adams/Wabash Station (~ 6 minutes) - (5:12a, 5:27a, 5:42a, 5:57a, 6:12a, 6:27a, 6:40a - then every 12 minutes after 6:40a)
  4. Walk East towards South Michigan (Can’t miss it from there)
  • Train Return: Take Green Line: Direction: Harlem/Lake or Madison/Wambash (next station) - Runs every 12-13 minutes before 12:00p: every 10 minutes after 12:00p
Misc Crud
NBC 5 local TV station will have coverage
SportsRadio 670AM will have coverage

4 comments:

  1. I guess the whole world knows where we are staying! ha! Krasner is staying with me. Will be finding the CVS -- need my oatmeal and banana fix Sunday morning! 9 days and counting!!

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  2. GOOD LUCK ALL! Take a lot of pictures!!! So proud of all of you!!!!

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  3. OK.....so I am SO late to the party with regards to this blog! I wish I would have started sooner....love it! We are staying at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Our son has a soccer game that morning at then we hit the road. Can't wait to meet you all and feed off your energy!!!

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  4. This is Sara!

    Hey there! It was so great to meet you all! I have some photos and thought it might be fun to post them here. Is there someone I should email them to???

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