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Auto Shows 2011

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  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,890
    I went to Detroit show in '07, I think... You get through it a lot more quickly than you think...

    Not that I'd be up for double duty, though...

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,001
    Heh, I'm supposed to be in Chicago on the 11th for like an 8 hour layover. I don't know if I can handle two auto shows in a month's time

    If you're on time you can do it, but its probably a little tighter than you'd guess. The CTA Blue Line comes in under the parking garage behind the Hilton and will take you to the Loop (under Dearborn Ave). The best way to get to it is in the Terminal 2 (Delta & US Scare) baggage lower level. It is easily walkable from term 1 (United) to the north or term 3 (American) to the south if you stay in the secured connecting walkways. The International terminal requires the people mover. The CTA takes about an hour downtown. A cab will cost a fortune and won't save you much time because the Kennedy is often jammed up. You'll have to check the CTA website for the auto show shuttle buses to McCormick Place (allow 20-30 min each way). Of course make sure you give yourself another hour or so to get back through security. I saw too much of that place before I retired!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    edited January 2011
    Domestic flight, but I think it'll be easier on the psyche just to try to get to downtown for a late lunch and a walk around (in mid-Feb.? hmmm). I'm an antsy plane traveler anyway.

    Thanks Kyfdx, good to know. It looks huge in the pics.
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,890
    What kind of lunch?

    Al's Beef near UI-C campus has a lot of local flavor... and, great italian beef sandwiches... dripping in beef juice.... lol.. about two miles from downtown..

    Portillos on the west side of downtown.... All sorts of Chicago specialties... dogs, italian beef, etc... Not a dive, like Al's... but, good...

    Of course, you can get Chicago pizza... which is a little overrated, in my book..

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    edited January 2011
    Of course, you can get Chicago pizza... which is a little overrated, in my book..

    That was my experience too, but just from one place on the one trip that I actually spent any time in the city. I'm willing to give 'em another chance. :D
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,890
    Deep dish is okay.. but, stay away from the stuffed crust at Giordano's, especially if the wait is long... If it's busy, they take your order before your table is ready... supposedly, that has it coming out at the right time.... but, I got the feeling mine had been sitting in a warmer for 30-40 minutes....

    This is the food discussion, right? lol..

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  • jae5jae5 Posts: 1,205
    Will be skipping Detriot this year (would be there on the press days) but may make the Chi-town show for the press days. Will be "working" anyway but it'll still be cool.

    Oh, and steve & kyfdx, in terms of the food, it depends on where you go and if you're actually in the city. Chicago pizza is not deep-dish and there really isn't such a thing as "Chicago" or "Chicago style Pizza". And note the Giordano locations near and in downtown are really considered for yuppies and suburbanites. If you want the real deal go to the one in Hyde Park. This also goes with Portillos; you're best chance to get the real deal on polishes, hot dogs, italian beef and the like are at certain spots in the city, not downtown and certainly not at Portillos. And don't forget about Garrett's Popcorn.

    But honestly, with an 8 hour layover getting to the station, then down town & checking the sites, back to the airport & through security all in February :confuse: :sick:
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    lol, is there wifi at O'Hare and any place decent to eat there?
  • berriberri Posts: 4,001
    If there is Wi-Fi it probably costs a fortune at O'Hare. Never actually checked it out. Chicago is a nice town but its taxed and fee'd through the roof. I don't know who you're flying on. American has a decent fast food court in its main gate area with a lot of variety. United has it to a bit lesser extent in its C concourse. However, the best quick eat for the money is probably a hotdog cart vendor. There are some nicer places, as well as branches of a few Chicago restaurants. Most of them are either in the United or American areas. I'd go to the ORD website and check it out. You can walk between most of the gate areas without leaving security, but its a bit of a trek between United and American. By the way, how in the hell did you get an 8 hour layover on a domestic ticket anyway? Even the commuter lines tend to fly to all of their destinations at least once every 3 or 4 hours out of ORD.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    edited January 2011
    I'll have to ask my travel agent (my wife, lol).

    We're on a free ticket so options are a bit limited. Once we get to O'Hare we could take an earlier flight, but we'd have to make an extra stop and we'd get home even later. :sick:

    We live in the UP now; not exactly on the way to anywhere. The Detroit show in a couple of weeks is only a ten hour drive or so. Piece of cake. :)
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Can't wait for the NY Auto Show this year! April 22, 2011-May 1, 2011!
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Some random thoughts:

    *Acura is really pushing the sound system in their vehicles.
    *The Mazda2 is pretty nice, though kinda big for a subcompact.
    *Turns out I can fit comfortably in a NC Miata, but one part of the dashboard hits me just below my right kneecap. :cry:
    *The Kia Optima is really nice for the price, and has some weird dogleg in the front windshield outline.
    *No Fiat 500 or Scion iQ. :mad:
    * The shifter in the WRX is a lot smoother than the notchy 6-speed in the STi.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,663
    edited January 2011
    *The Mazda2 is pretty nice, though kinda big for a subcompact.

    I have yet to see one in person but I am interested in the little buzz-bomb and will look around for one on the road. It does look small in its pictures, though, surprised you say it looks big for a subcompact.

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  • It's a nice show.It was amazing.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    Where's your show? The SF show had a couple of 500s on display, and that's a fairly lame show as auto shows go.....

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  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Virginia Beach. The only "upcoming" vehicle in the Chrysler section was the 200, though there was plenty of floor space for some Fiats. Maybe they were shipped off to Detroit?
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    ...begins on Saturday, January 29th. Anybody planning on going? I've been to every one since 1989.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I am thinking about it pending family issues. Only a 60 ride for me.
  • anythngbutgmanythngbutgm Posts: 4,159
    Heading to Chicago in February, will my first time there and then NYC in the springtime will be #8. The best part about NYC is Mr. Biggs B&G for lunch, although a good friend of mine thinks they may have moved locations and are farther from the Javitz Center now :(
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,958
    I hope to be at Cobo in the morning. If you see some guy with an Edmunds ball cap on, walking around in a bit of a daze, that'll be me.
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