Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/9/12 6:02 PM
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I agree on the issue of the dates, but I disagree on going to Moody's later in the evening- getting a table later for a dozen or so people who will want to sit outside (weather permitting) will be really difficult.  I guess the rest of it is okay; I'd just want to call ahead to make sure their hours work with our logistics.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/10/12 10:02 AM
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2. This is not an uncommon problem; we've never had a meet up where everyone was able to attend, and we've all somehow managed to stay friends even when someone is left out.

 
Sure we have.  You just weren't there.
 
Either the 1st or the 8th works for me/us.  We have baseball tickets for the 1st but have put them up for sale; the Brewers are playing the Pirates so maybe some yinzers in for the weekend will pay the high price I'm asking.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/10/12 10:03 PM
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From what I read in other comments, September 8 is not possible for MilwaukeeFoodLovers, so I figured that tipped the balance toward September 1 as the excursion date. But I'm fine either way. If we keep waiting long enough, everyone's calendar will fill up, so maybe that will ultimately decide the date.  Or maybe we could do a tour on both dates--like a miniseries.
 
All of the venue suggestions are fine with me, and Black Dog sounds like a good addition.  Are there any marathons or street closures or sporting events or anything of the sort to consider for logistics that day?
 
 
BuddyRoadhouse


I hate to be the guy who makes an unpopular decision, so I'll just state the facts:

1. No matter when we schedule this meet up, someone will be unable to join us.
2. This is not an uncommon problem; we've never had a meet up where everyone was able to attend, and we've all somehow managed to stay friends even when someone is left out.
3. September 1st looks like the day, not only where we have the least number of "unavailables", but the most "availables" (seems like a logical conclusion, but not necessarily).
4. I would love to pick a day when JRPfeff/Pie Diva and irisarbor are all available, but that day doesn't seem to exist.

You guys do the math and let's pick a day.

As for the stops we choose, I'll chime in with some thoughts:

I think abe's suggestion of Moody's is a dandy pick; great burgers in a lovely beer garden setting.  What could be better for late summer outdoor dining?  I would add to the list, Cemitas Pueblas for amazing Mexican sandwiches, and Troha's for some outstanding fried shrimp.  While I love Cunis Candies' ice cream (Thank you CarolinaBob/SurreyCounty, if you're reading this, for introducing us to Cunis), let me suggest a place The Contingent hasn't visited before, Black Dog Gelato.  Black Dog has been getting raves over at LTHForum, and I can personally attest to the excellence of their product.

Also possible; Ferro's Beef as suggested by stricken_detective, and Edzo's Burgers, per chicagostyledog.

That would give us, in no particular order, six places: Edzo's, Moody's (just my opinion, but this should be our wrap up spot in the evening), Ferro's, Troha's, Cemitas Puebla, and Black Dog.  I know we love La Palapa and Mario's, but that's already a long list.

How about some feedback folks?

Buddy



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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/11/12 11:25 AM
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Now that we have one more vote on the Doodle survey for September 1st from someone who cannot do the 8th, September 1st is the day of the tour!  Sorry it doesn't work for everyone 
 
Since I don't know if changing the thread title to add that date in is something I can do or if a mod has to do it, I've flagged Jpfef's post requesting it be added in so a mod can change the title, or tell me how to do so.  If someone else can answer that for me sooner (since I flagged it a couple days ago and still no reply), I'd appreciate it.

Do those places Buddy threw out sound good?  I'm going to check with Moody's to see if they take reservations for exceptionally large groups, and that will determine if we start or finish with them.  Sooooo, can I get a head count of how many will be from each party?

The Froeman/Maki Household- 2
The Roadhouse Household- 2 
 
Oh, and to answer Q's question about street fests and stuff, here's what I found:

Crush in Old Town September 1 & 2, 2012
Wells St. from North to Evergreen Ave.
12 Noon - 10 pm Raise your glass and toast the farewell of another beautiful Chicago summer at Crush in Old Town! This sophisticated cocktail party is sure to please the novice wine seeker, as well as the expert taste buds of a sommelier.  
 
Ravenswood Remix September 1 & 2, 2012
Ravenswood
Belle Plaine & Ravenswood Ave. 
12 Noon - 10 pm Ravenswood Remix™ is a festival celebrating artists who incorporate used or recycled items in creating original, handmade art, clothing, household items, jewelry, paper objects, collectibles or any other crafts.  
 
Honestly, that Ravenswood Remix sounds kind of interesting.  If others want to go to that, I'll look at the map and see if it's something that can be done- I think it's pretty close to Moody's.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/15/12 11:06 PM
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I'm definitely still in for the 1st and can drive also. 
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/15/12 11:59 PM
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Ravenswood does sound interesting.
 
For the tour, add:
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/16/12 1:05 PM
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I'm going to guess 2 or 3 from my household, although the Mr is being kind of crabby this week....
I also think the Remix fest sounds interesting (not that the Crush sounds bad, but wine can = instant headache for me...)

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/16/12 9:54 PM
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Sorry to be so silent, guys.  I'm still not sure if I can attend, and since it is getting really close I better just put in a "no".  It's possible that may change, but if we need to make reservations I don't want to mess up any plans by switching the total count all over the place.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/17/12 6:20 AM
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I'm in.
I'll probably ride with Gyp, if he lets me. 


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/18/12 8:32 AM
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Mon, 08/20/12 10:36 AM
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Based on the above replies and the Doodle, here's the headcount so far:
Abe & Mr. Maki- 2
The Roadhouses- 2
MFL- 2
CSD- 2
Gyp- 1
Quijote- 1
X1- 1
Stricken- 1
Iris- 2 or 3
TOTAL- 14 or 15
 
I'll call Moody's later today and find out about possible reservations.
 
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/25/12 4:00 PM
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I'm gonna keep editing this one rather than post a bunch of times. Edited again to say: dammit, abe...lol.

Cubs/Giants @ Wrigley on September 1, game starts @ 12:05. The first 10K fans through the gates get a luggage tag.
 
abe_froeman, you have to PM a mod to do it for you. They will never see your flag.
 
JRPfeff + PieDiva =
 
Q or Gyp: how much gas money do you want? Who still has room in their car?
 
Alright, people, help me out with the geography:
 
Bennison's
1000 Davis St  Evanston, IL 60201

Cemitas Puebla
3619 W North Ave  Chicago, IL 60647
 
Black Dog Gelato
859 N Damen Ave  Chicago, IL 60622  or
1955 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL 60657
 
There's a dog park on the corner of W Schubert & N Sheffield called Wiggly Field, LOLOL 
 
Edzo's
1571 Sherman Avenue  Evanston, IL 60201
If you click the names of the restaurants, you will get to their website, or a reasonable facsimile.
Ravenswood does look like it would be pretty cool.
 
Looking forward to other drinks elsewhere, lol
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/25/12 5:53 PM
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Ok, I think I've narrowed down the stops, made some additions and cut some stops.

I've cut Moody's from the list, for a few reasons.  Edzo's is just a better burger.  It just is.  Moody's is good, but the bigger reason to go to Moody's is the beer garden and it's a good place to hang out, but we don't have that kind of time.  Not that I want to rush through the tour, but in the context of the rest of the day, it just doesn't work.

Based on Buddy's suggestion, I've decided to add in Captain Porky's.  It's very close to the Wisconsin border, so we can either start there or end there.  My vote is to end there, but I'm convincible.
 
If we do Captain Porky's at the end, we'll start with Edzo's...maybe around 12/12:30.  I think Q mentioned possible doing breakfast somewhere near there before Edzo's and I suggested Bennison's.  I'm willing to get together early for that, and anyone is welcome to join us.  
 
Next stop will be a non-food one- the Ravenswood Remix.  With that Cubs game starting at 12:00, we should try to get there by 2-ish, so that everyone going to the game should be there by then (Wrigley Field's only about a mile and a half away).
 
Next stop will be Cemitas Puebla.  Then Black Dog Gelato.  And assuming we're doing Capt. Porky's last, up to Wadsworth.

That Cubs game sorta throws a wrench into the day, so if anyone has ideas about ways to minimize its impact on us (gawd, why does Chicago even bother having a baseball team?!?!?....kidding! ), throw it out there!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/25/12 6:00 PM
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abe_froeman
Next stop will be a non-food one- the Ravenswood Remix.  With that Cubs game starting at 12:00, we should try to get there by 2-ish, so that everyone going to the game should be there by then (Wrigley Field's only about a mile and a half away).
Everyone who's going to the game will be there by noon, and the game will get out @ 3-3:30. Well. Depending on who's pitching. The Cubs just traded 2 pitchers for some Little League players, and if they pitch like crap the game will be over sooner. But remember that one day they went into 14 innings? For the Cuban Sammiches tour?
abe_HATERADE_froeman
That Cubs game sorta throws a wrench into the day, so if anyone has ideas about ways to minimize its impact on us (gawd, why does Chicago even bother having a baseball team?!?!?....kidding! ), throw it out there!
If Lincecum is pitching for the Giants, we may get a contact high & not care about the traffic.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/25/12 6:10 PM
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Aye Aye, Captain Porky!!!
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 08/25/12 7:38 PM

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/26/12 12:44 AM
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Looks like a great tour, and I'll be happy to kick it off with a Maple Bacon Donut at Bennison's. What time?  10/10:30? If anyone else from Milwaukee wants to meet up and get to Evanston early, I'll be happy to pay gas money and go as a passenger, or I'll be willing to drive myself and others. If we meet at Bennison's by 10/10:30 am, that means a departure time of around 8 am.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/26/12 12:48 AM
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stricken_detective


Banana Pudding

 
Mmm, love naner pudding. There's also that newish donut place in downtown Chicago where everyone lines up for great things every morning.... Okay, I better start thinking about celery and carrots now.


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/26/12 1:11 AM
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8AM? Where do you want to meet @ 8AM? Gyp's house? LOLOL
 
Seriously, you live on the North side? (just guessing, please don't be insulted if you live in Elm Grove) Should we do the Park & Ride Lot in Oak Creek? At 8AM?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/26/12 1:41 AM
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We can probably get away with leaving at 8:30 or 9:00, so you'll be able to sleep in.   Any later, though, and we risk getting to Bennison's after hungry Evanstonians have gobbled up all of the city's supply of Maple Bacon Donuts.  Oak Creek is fine, but Chez Gyp is good, too, if that pans out.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 08/26/12 6:49 AM
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Gyp lives in Bay View now, just sayin'.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Mon, 08/27/12 3:21 PM
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Sorry for neglecting this. I will be happy to drive. So it'll be X1, SD, and Q in my vehicle. I'll post more details tonight when I get home. I'm using my phone now. The ancient browser we use at work doesn't allow me to post messages for some reason

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 2:04 PM
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How do we feel about the fact that the Hurricane Isaac effect is supposed to hit Chicago sometime on Saturday afternoon? 
 
Keep calm and carry on? 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 2:57 PM
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OC Park and Ride works for me. I'll pick X1 up on the way. I just have one underground parking spot at my new place, other than that it's street parking. Not as conducive to all day parking as my Tosa apartment. 8:30 maybe?

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 3:38 PM
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If we decide to cancel, I will post here and send out a text message.  I have cell phone numbers for everyone on the headcount list below except Gyp, MFL and CSD. 
 
MFL, I know you're a luddite, so check this thread before you leave.  I'll try to post by 8:00am on Saturday. 
 
Other than the Roadhouses, who I know don't do texts, is anyone else opposed to receiving a text message?
 
Abe & Mr. Maki- 2
The Roadhouses- 2
MFL- 2
CSD- 2
Gyp- 1
Quijote- 1
X1- 1
Stricken- 1
Iris- 2 or 3
 
Is that list still accurate-ish?
 
Thanks!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 4:34 PM
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You're kidding me Hurricane Isaac should be all pooped by Sat...
I'm supposed to fly from Boston Fri evening
I swear it always storms when I fly....
I am fine w txt msg-
I have childrn-tht is how thy comunc8,,LOL
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 6:18 PM
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Weather information was taken from Tom Skilling's Tribune forecast page.  It usually changes as the week wears on, but sometimes it's dead accurate.  We'll just need to wait it out and see what the storm does.
 
We even considered swapping the October Milwaukee tour with this weekend's Chicago tour, but if the storm hits, it will be just as bad up north.
 
Buddy

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 9:07 PM
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Well I never!!!! My friend, abe_froeman...a p****???? (Did you just call MFL "Amish"?? )
 
LOL @ iris.
 
What does Albert the Alley Cat have to say about Saturday?
 
Edited to say: What kind of interference from Ike? Like a little rain, you're not sugar you ain't gonna melt? Or like "ALL I WANTED WAS SOME ICE CREAM AND TO SMELL LIKE BOOKS!!! I DON'T WANT TO DIE IN A CULVER'S PARKING LOT, PEOPLE WILL THINK I ATE HERE!!!"
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 10:34 PM
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Gyp, thank you--if the tour goes through I'll see you at 8:30 at the Oak Creek P&R.
 
I don't really do texting myself, but I think I can receive them just fine on my cell. I hope Isaac doesn't ruin the day for us.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 10:51 PM
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I enjoyed an Atomica at Cemitas Puebla, last night. Did I mention that I live in Ukranian Village a few days a week. After speaking to the owner, he suggested that we call an hour prior to arriving at the restaurant on Saturday, since the place gets mobbed on weekends. Be advised that parking on North Ave and the adjoining one way side streets is limited. FYI, we're having a tent sale at the Vienna Beef Factory on Saturday. All skinless and natural casing hot dogs are on sale in 10 pound cases, so bring a cooler, if so inclined. 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Tue, 08/28/12 10:54 PM
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abe_froeman


If we decide to cancel, I will post here and send out a text message.  I have cell phone numbers for everyone on the headcount list below except Gyp, MFL and CSD. 

 
588-2300 Empire
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 1:23 AM
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stricken_detective
Well I never!!!! My friend, abe_froeman...a p****????

What the heck is a  p****?
stricken_detective
What does Albert the Alley Cat have to say about Saturday?

Albert the Alley Cat???  You're much older than I suspected.
 
Buddy
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 8:55 AM
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chicagostyledog


abe_froeman


If we decide to cancel, I will post here and send out a text message.  I have cell phone numbers for everyone on the headcount list below except Gyp, MFL and CSD. 


588-2300 Empire
I see you changed it.  The one I have for you is NAtional 2-9000.
 
Unfortunately as of right now the Chickens are unlikely to be in attendance but we have Oct. 20 marked on the calendar and hope to see you all in Milwaukee.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 9:26 AM
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Heads up to Buddy and MFL- your inboxes are full and you're not receiving messages!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 1:17 PM
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I dont normally follow Chicago weather, but looks to be a bummer this weekend. Had i been able to attend, wouldnt stop me!!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 6:20 PM
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ann peeples


I don't normally follow Chicago weather, but looks to be a bummer this weekend. Had I been able to attend, wouldn't stop me!!

The normal Chicago summer weekend forecast is usually 32. Shootings!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Wed, 08/29/12 9:26 PM
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stricken_detective
Well I never!!!! My friend, abe_froeman...a p****????

What the heck is a  p****?
It is an unkind way of calling someone a chicken, that also won't get you kicked off the board because IT'S JUST STARS!!  It could also stand for party, porst, potty, patty, prude, etc. Although with what we went through on our last voyage to Cunis, (see quote from #1 son (in law) on previous page about Culvers) I am starting to re-think the name calling because that was some horrible weather right there.
 
"Albert the Alley Cat???  You're much older than I suspected."
 
My dishpan hands never gave me away.
 
They took that guy (Lynn) off the Empire Commercials & that is a shame.
 
I think I'm just going to wear my eatin' pants (some people call them yoga pants; tomayto, tomahto)  & bring a jacket just in case. And of course an umbrella. Which I will most likely leave in Gyp's car.  
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/30/12 1:08 AM
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P****, as in a certain Russian girl punk band, recently convicted of hooliganism?  Not sure why everyone is afraid to say their name.  You take a room full of cats, throw in a handful of catnip, and whaddaya get?
 
It doesn't matter that they took Lynn Hauldren off the Empire Carpet commercials, because he is now deceased.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/30/12 1:27 AM
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I know, but to me, he *was* Empire.
 
I'm old enough to remember when the commercials said 312-588-2300. And when Zion & Gurnee's area code was 312.


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/30/12 3:01 AM
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Heck, the entire northeast corner of Illinois was 312.  Now the same area is covered by five area codes; 312, 773, 847, 708, and 630.  Plus a dedicated cellphone area code; 224.
 
Buddy
 
P.S. Potential good news (for the tour, at least): Watching ABC overnight news; they're showing Issac being delayed by at least a day, and taking a more southerly path.  According to current predictions, the storm will be moving through central Missouri on Saturday, passing through Illinois--but south of Chicago--on Sunday.
 
Our thoughts go out to our Contingent friends, ChuckL50 and his Significant Other, in NOLA.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/30/12 9:22 AM
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Actually, 224 is being assigned to non-cellular numbers, too.
 
Anyway, back on track, I think we should start the day at Edzo's with whoever wants to get there early starting at Bennison's, then end at Capt. Porky's.  It will make for a shorter drive at the end of the night for our Wisconsin friends.

What time for Edzo's?  12? 1?  Maybe 90 mins earlier for Bennison's?  It is possible that they'd run out of a given item [*cough*maplebacondoughnuts*cough*] so earlier is better.  Bennison's and Edzo's are walking distance from each other, so if the weather's nice, there's lots of shopping and stuff in between.
 
ETA: And just a heads up, the only real rule at Edzo's is that you don't claim a table until after you've placed your order.  They take this rule very seriously.  I've been there when it's really busy and have always gotten a table by the time my food was ready, if not immediately after placing the order.  There is a strong possibility that we may not all be able to sit at one table, but will have to be in small groups.
 
I have never experienced the owner, Eddie, to be anything but gracious and professional, but then, I've always followed the rule.

They offer two options- 8oz char-grilled or 4oz griddled burgers (you can double and triple the griddled ones).  You can also upgrade the beef from standard (but great quality) ground beef to an organic and/or grass-fed beef.  They usually have 2-3 different premium beefs to choose from for $2-$4 extra per 4oz.  I have had both the standard and upgraded beef and can attest to the fact that they are both great tasting and do have distinctly different flavors.  If you're sharing a couple different burgers, it may be worth getting one standard and one upgraded one to see the difference.

They have a bunch of french fries to choose from, too- regular, cheese, old (they've been kept in the fryer a little longer to achieve maximum brownness and crispiness), garlic, crazy (chili, cheese and onion), Buffalo, loaded (cheese, bacon, sour cream, green onion), Taylor Street fries (Italian Beef au jus, sweet and hot peppers), truffle salt and parmesan, and angry (spicy).
 
If you still have room after that, they have great hand-dipped shakes, and not just chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry- they have Nutella, peanut butter, Oreo, banana, coffee, maple and one or two daily special flavors, too.  On the 26th, they had blackberry, but I'm not sure if that's still around.
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Thu, 08/30/12 10:45 AM
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We'll arrive at Edzo's by noon and stop at Bennison's first. If we miss the bacon/maple bars, the Parisienne macaroons are worth the trip. They sell good cookies, cup cakes, and pastries, too.  Don't plan on sitting as a group at Edzo's. On a Saturday, it ain't gonna happen. Vienna Beef is having their Labor Day Tent Sale until 3pm. The deal of the day is a case of natural casing seven inch hot dogs for $30 (70 natural casing hot dogs), if they have any left. They'll be frozen, so bring a cooler. The sandwiches at Cemitas Puebla are large and can easily be shared by two, pace yourself accordingly. Nina & I will be splitting from the group to go to Grant Park for Summer Dance: 6-7 Free Tango Lessons & 7:30-9:30 Dancing.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 12:19 PM
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588-2300 Empire
I will go to my grave remembering that number and UPtown 3-9108 my parents phone number. We will try to make it to the Oak Creek Park 'n Ride at 8:30. I understand the train leaves the station within 5 minutes of that time so we will be there. If someone's car is too full, we have lots of room. Not a fancy car, like that fancy man Gyp, but a good solid roomy Korean Elantra Touring Model which seems appropriate.


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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 2:07 PM
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Perhaps the early arrivers could pick up a few extra Bacon Maple Bars at Bennison, which the Roadhouse clan would happily pay you for.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 7:40 PM
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It seems to me that the Oak Creek Park and Ride is on Ryan Road? Just want to make sure. I'll call Gyp or X1 tomorrow morning to confirm that.
 
If we get to Bennie's in good time we'll be sure to pick up a few baconmapledonuts for our friends. We may pick off all the bacon, though....

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 7:58 PM
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I have no idea, so call Gyp.
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 9:07 PM
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So, the Wisconsinites are planning on getting to Bennison's...what about the Illinoisans?  I know the Roadhouses aren't...I think we should shoot for 11:00am at Bennison's.  Anyone who wants to get there earlier is welcome to, I'll be there around 11.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 10:38 PM
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Is there a firm rundown for this shindig?
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 11:03 PM
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Will any of the drivers not have a GPS device available to them, either their own or one from a passenger?

I'm working on the handout, just want to know how detailed I need to be about directions, or if just a few maps will do.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Fri, 08/31/12 11:05 PM
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Bennison's at 11, for anyone who wants to get there.
Edzo's at noon.
Ravenswood Remix, Cemitas Puebla, Black Dog Gelato, Captain Porkys.
 
Rain or shine.
 
If you need any other details, I'm at your house right now, so you'll get them soon.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 09/1/12 2:15 AM
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I also included directions to the Vienna Factory if anyone wants to stop there!

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 09/1/12 3:24 AM
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Q, Oak Creek is correct. Why in the blue **** are we leaving @ 8:30AM if we don't have to be there until 11AM?? OH YEAH, CONSTRUCTION! Time for me to buy a train pass & a sleeping bag.
 
Roadhouses, I got your back.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 09/1/12 7:15 AM
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I understood we'd have to be at Bennison's a lot earlier than 11 to actually get bacon donuts.
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 09/1/12 10:23 AM
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Hopefully they'll still have some.  Earlier than 11 just wasn't looking realistic and if the weather's crappy, there's not a lot to do in between Bennison's and Edzo's.

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sat, 09/1/12 10:36 AM
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BuddyRoadhouse


Is there a firm rundown for this shindig?

Buddy

Shindig? We should have the Contingent star on Shindig and dance to "Keep On Eating."
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 09/2/12 2:02 AM
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Oh CSD, you always make such a Hullabaloo out of these things.  I do think we've got some pretty good singers in the group though.  We could go Where The Action Is and have us a dandy Hootenanny after the next tour.
 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 09/2/12 8:33 AM
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Buddy,
We sang our own rendition of the Animal's version of "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" at the last stop after washing down deep fried crustaceans with well water infused Coke products. 
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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 09/2/12 8:38 AM
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I'd like to thank Abe Froman! Besides being Chicago's Sausage King, Abe proved to be Chicago Tour Director King. Keeping track of Contingent members is somewhat like getting an army of cockroachs to all march in a straight line. The street fair was a brlliant idea and allowed us all to catch our breaths and regain an appetite. Putting the last stop closer to the cheese curtain was thoughtful and appreciated. Hail Abe!
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 09/2/12 9:20 AM
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Thanks, Abe. A job well done!
Mark & Nina
 

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Re:Dog Days of Summer Tour: The Contingent - Sun, 09/2/12 12:08 PM
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An echo of thanks to the venerable Abe for organizing the tour and selecting great places for us to stop at. Also, many thanks to MilwFoodlovers for hauling me around for most of the trip, and to Gyp for shuttling me back to the Milwaukee metro area at the end of the day. The day's start at Bennison's was an excellent idea, and though the Maple Bacon Bars had vanished long before we got there, the other goods--especially the macarons--were delightful.  Our stop at Edzo's for burgers was fun, and I particularly enjoyed the truffle parmesan fries.  Next time I'll have to make sure my burger is ordered medium-rare, though.... The quick stop at Wiener and Still Champion was a nice surprise, and I'm glad I was able to meet guspas. The fries there were excellent, too, and I can't wait to return and have a serious meal.  The Ravenswood Remix afterward was quirky and enjoyable, and I loved the cemita al pastor sandwich afterward at Cemitas Puebla (it didn't hurt, either, to have a couple of fried shrimp from Red Hot Ranch, provided by Buddy Roadhouse). I loved the goat cheese cashew gelato at Black Dog afterward, yet I wish I had also tried the Bluberry French Toast gelato. Oh well, next time. By the final stop, Captain Porky's in Wadsworth, I was quite full, but I know I'll enjoy working on the pulled pork, brisket, and hot link I bought to go from the counter. Gotta have something to eat on Labor Day, after all.  As always, it was fun seeing so many of you there, and I hope to see you at the Milwaukee Tour in October, if not before.
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