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"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Thu, 07/18/13 5:47 PM
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First of all, MilwFoodlovers gets full credit for this concept.  The only reason I’m starting this thread is because I know our group needs plenty of advance warning to make a commitment, so here’s your notification.  Anytime MFL wants to jump in and take charge I will be more than happy to step out of the way.
 
MFL recently sent me a link to an interesting event ( http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/buildings/ )
 
I thought this would be a good outing around which to build a Roadfood tour.  The idea would be to visit a building; go get something to eat; visit a building; go get something to eat; visit a building; go get something to eat; etc.  We’d pick four or five buildings to tour, match up a restaurant that is nearby or on the way to the next stop, and build a day around that.
 
The tour runs on both Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & 22.  Look at your calendars and see which date works best.
 
Also, Chicago is offering a similar tour ( http://www.openhousechicago.org/ ) on October 19 & 20, also a Saturday and Sunday.  The question is, shall we do one or the other, or both.
 
I’m encouraging full input on all issues: Milwaukee or Chicago (or both), which dates, which buildings to visit, and which restaurants to be included on the list.  Our last couple tours were huge successes, not just because of the food, but because of the in-between stops that gave us some breathing room.  This is a prime opportunity, made for Roadfooding.  Let’s grab it by the horns and go for a ride!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Thu, 07/18/13 7:20 PM
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What an awesome idea!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Thu, 07/18/13 8:42 PM
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I'm in for doing both!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/19/13 9:06 AM
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The Sept. tour in MKE sounds interesting but I/we would only be able to participate on the 21st.  Weatherwise the Chicago version sounds like it could potentially be a little more iffy but those dates are (so far) open.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/19/13 1:58 PM
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ChickenPerson,
 
I'm only proposing doing one day per tour, so the 21st is fine if the majority go for that.
 
You're sort of right about Chicago's weather issues.  If we're having a rainy autumn, it will be miserable.  However, if we're having a dry spell, it will be glorious!  Anybody got a Farmer's Almanac handy to see what they're predicting for late October in the upper Midwest?
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/19/13 5:02 PM
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Ben's almanac has above avg temps and below avg precip for October.
 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/19/13 6:34 PM
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Thanks CK!  Can we count on you to make the trip north and join us?
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/19/13 7:20 PM
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Buddy
 
I would love to make it north, but I am saving myself for a 3 week adventure in TN-AL-MS-AR in October/November.
 
I do need to get up to a contingent event, I miss the old home town.
 
You always seem to have a great time, I will get there for at least on of your future adventures.
 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 07/20/13 5:31 PM
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I'm interested in both, but really can't commit to anything quite so far in advance.
I'll keep checking back. 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 07/20/13 8:53 PM
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We are in - maybe.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 8:26 AM
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I had more fun exploring my own home town last year that I'm in. Across the street from St. Josaphat's Basilica (awe inspiring) we found a Salvadorian restaurant that offered some unusual and tasty dishes. I'm looking forward  to this one. This is a chance to get inside doors that my not always be open i.e. the Allen-Bradley Clock. However, you'll find some sites too popular for a fun and quick visit so I encourage you to consider the more quirky venues for a better experience. There are few parts of Milwaukee that doesn't have a good restaurant I'd be happy to recommend or at least tell you about. This tour btw should be titled the MFL Working Farewell Tour as my last day working for pay will be  Friday the 20th!!!!!!!!!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 2:24 PM
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MFL,
Congratulations (I hope it's a good thing) on your retirement!  I hope that will free you up to take a strong leadership role on this tour.  This poor Flatlander wouldn't even know where to begin organizing an Architecture/Food tour of your hometown.  Your few sentences above contain more valuable information than I could contribute in a hundred posts.  I'm here to help, but I'm also ready to get out of the way for a real Milwaukee Master.
 
If the group decides to do the Chicago Tour in October, I'll work with abe_foreman (most of you may not know this, but my kid is an architecture nut!) and any of the other FIBs who want to get involved.
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 7:02 PM
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Congrats, Mike. I will for sure be on this one to celebrate your retirement! And Buddy-very interested in the Chicago version, if I can pull it off!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 10:18 PM
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Mr Sancho Pancho and I are planning to do some Doors Open Milwaukee things anyhow, so I'm sure we can join in at least part of a tour on either day.  We have about 6-8 places that we want to try to see this time around, but we can schedule some of these for the non-RF day if they're not chosen for the tour. Most of the buildings on the Doors Open list are either downtown or on the near south side, so that should help simplify food choices and transportation issues a bit.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 10:25 PM
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q-
Don't keep your picks a secret.  All ideas are welcome at this point.  The list can get narrowed down as the tour date approaches.
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 07/21/13 11:26 PM
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There are so many possibilities with this tour. Some of the sites Sancho Panza and I are interested in are Best Place at Pabst Brewery, Pabst Boiler House, Gas Light Bldg, Germania Bldg, Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Ctr, the Mitchell Bldg, National Ace Hardware, and the Railway Exchange. It would also be cool to see the historic buildings (AO Smith, etc.) at Century City (on the near north side), but hours are limited (Sat 10-2) and it isn't convenient to other sites. The Port of Mke tour also looks interesting to us, but the appeal to others could be limited.
 
Sancho and I can work around the preferences and schedules of other RFers, though, and we can break away and reunite as needed throughout the day.
 
A few recommended sites include many of the iconic Milwaukee buildings-- the Basilica, the Tripoli Shrine, City Hall, Northwestern Mutual, Water Tower, US Bank Center (more for panoramic views).
 
Maybe one of the stops could be the Clock Shadow Building, which will include samples from Purple Door Creamery. The Public Market is another food-related site on the list.
 
It'll be interesting to see how all this pans out-- so many good buildings to see in just one weekend.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Mon, 07/22/13 3:53 PM
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Something else to throw into the mix here:
September 21 (Saturday) is the day of the Bay View Bash, a street festival on several blocks of Kinnickinnic Ave.:
http://onmilwaukee.com/seasonal/festivals/articles/bayviewbash.html
Sancho and I will probably want to attend sometime during the afternoon or evening. Maybe it's worth considering as a stop for the tour?

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Tue, 07/23/13 7:20 AM
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Loved the "Bash" while living in Bay View! This could be an easy tour for all of us as a lot of the buildings available are easily within driving distance-not to mention great restaurants.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 07/24/13 10:10 AM
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Oh uh. I love both the Bay View Bash http://www.bayviewbash.org/
and the Global Union World Festival http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/store/product/global-union
I'm disappointed that 3 don't miss things to do are scheduled at the same time. The Bay View Bash and Global Union World Festival are within walking distance of one another and both offer great food. I'm afraid I'd only be able to commit to the Sunday Doors Open date.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 07/24/13 7:40 PM
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Just doing the festivals would be fun......but the building thing is such a cool concept for a tour......

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 07/24/13 10:00 PM
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I absolutely love this idea.  I love architecture, history of our city, and I completely believe in being a tourist in your own hometown.   I'm leaving town that weekend, not sure if I'm leaving Saturday or Sunday yet.  Also, I'm concerned I may physically have difficulties with this one.  I'll watch what you guys decide to do and I'll let you know as the details get ironed out.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 07/24/13 11:23 PM
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MFL, thanks for posting the info on the Global Union World Festival-- it looks FUN and is only a block from the new home Sancho and I are buying. And as you say, it adds yet another great thing to do that weekend.
 
Because of this, perhaps we should do the RF Doors Open Tour on Sunday.
 
Or, RFers coming to Milwaukee can arrive on Saturday, enjoy perhaps a couple of buildings in the morning and then the two festivals in the pm (or continue seeing buildings, then meet up later). Visitors can always stay over Saturday eve, then continue on Sunday with a full day of buildings and eating.
 
Just FYI, some buildings closed on Saturday are: St. Josaphat's Basilica, the Cathedral, Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, the Grain Exchange (Mackie Bldg), Jewish Museum
 
Some buildings closed on Sunday are: St. Joan of Arc Chapel at MU, Pabst Boiler House, Germania Building, Golda Meir School, Central Library, Northwestern Mutual, North Point Water Tower
 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/26/13 5:59 PM
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quijote


MFL, thanks for posting the info on the Global Union World Festival-- it looks FUN and is only a block from the new home Sancho and I are buying. 

You found something?!?!

Spill the beans, Q!!!

(Oh, and congratulations!) 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 07/26/13 6:01 PM
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I'm going to print a list of all the Chicago sites next week and Buddy and I will go over it and narrow down some options!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 07/27/13 12:43 AM
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So if someone might be willing to pick me up at the airport and you decide to do Chicago in October, could a Georgia girl come and play with you guys? Notice I didn't say y'all because I wanted you to be able to understand me after being away for so long. September isn't going to work, but I might be able to make it in October. I would even be willing to get a rental vehicle if someone else drives on the tour! ;)
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 07/27/13 1:06 AM
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I'm sure we could make some arrangements!! 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Tue, 07/30/13 7:20 PM
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I will keep checking in then!

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 08/10/13 5:21 PM
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I hate to be the pushy guy here, but in order for me to insure I've got the day off for the September tour in Milwaukee, I need to give notification at work soon.
 
We're looking at Saturday, September 21st or Sunday, September 22nd.  Both days will leave someone out.  If we go on Saturday, MilwFoodlovers, who inspired this tour will be unable to attend.  If we go Sunday, ScreamingChicken is out of the picture.
 
Also, based on certain buildings being open on one day and not the other (St. Josaphat's Basilica in particular), I'm going to reluctantly cast my vote for Sunday the 22nd.
 
Let's get some chatter going on this issue and nail it down.  I need to turn in my September availability calendar by this Wednesday the 14th.
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 08/10/13 7:25 PM
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I vote for the 22nd.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 08/10/13 11:06 PM
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The 22nd works better for Sancho and me.  I'll be happy to help with planning, if desired.
 

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 08/11/13 1:47 AM
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Anything about the October Chicago dates? I truly wish I could come up in September, but I'm going to Alaska for 10 days at the end of August and won't have any more leave until October. At least none they will let me use. I doubt my boss would believe a preplanned illness requiring a trip to milwaukee.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 08/11/13 2:32 AM
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ScreamingChicken,
I thought you weren't available for the 22nd?  If that's changed, then great, nobody's left out.
 
pcdiva,
abe and I need to sit down and work that tour out.  August has been an especially busy month for me, and has kept us from having that meeting.  We'll get around to it, don't worry.  It will definitely be October 19th or 20th, because that's the only weekend the Chicago event takes place.
 
If you've looked over the list and have any buildings that particularly strike your interest, please feel free to chime in.  We'll do our best to include as many suggestions as possible, based on location and time restraints.
 
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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 08/11/13 10:23 AM
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Nothing's changed; I still have something planned for the 22nd.  But as you pointed out, this is MFL's idea and he should be able to participate, and I have a pretty good (maybe perfect?) attendance record this year so missing one event is no big deal.  Therefore, I vote for the 22nd.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Tue, 08/13/13 4:50 AM
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I have no clue what to see or do, I just want to hang out with everyone. I'm not good on stairs right now, but I have no problem hanging out waiting for folks if there are places that aren't too accessible.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 08/14/13 1:05 AM
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I am interested in doing both. Will do some research & come up with suggestions later this week.

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Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 08/21/13 6:33 PM
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This tour is just a month away and it's time to kick the conversation into high gear.  MilwFoodlovers sent around a list of potential stops.  Take a look and offer your thoughts.
 
Buddy

http://doorsopenmilwaukee.org/buildings/

Basilica of St. Josaphat

  • Address: 601 W. Lincoln Avenue
  • Hours: Sat. NOT OPEN Sun 1:30pm - 5pm
  • Charles Allis Art Museum

  • Address: 1801 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

  • Address: 839 N. 11th Street
  • Hours: Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 12-4pm
  • Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center

  • Address: 790 N. Van Buren
  • Hours: Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Add To Your Map Irish Cultural and Heritage Center/Grand Avenue Congregational Church
  • Address: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

    Jewish Museum Milwaukee (Evan & Marion Helfaer Community Service Building)

  • Address: 1360 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Sat NOT OPEN and Sun 10am-5pm

    Mackie Building / The Grain Exchange Room

  • Address: 225 E. Michigan Street
  • Hours: Sun 10am-4pm
  • Marquette University / St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Address: Located behind the Memorial Library - 1335 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm
  • St. Joseph Convent Chapel

  • Address: 1501 S. Layton Boulevard
  • Hours: Sat 11am - 5pm
  • Tripoli Shrine Center

  • Address: 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
  • Hours: Sat 10am – 2pm and Sun 10am – 5pm
  • Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

  • Address: 2220 N. Terrace Ave.
  • Hours: Sun 1pm-5pm
  • Watts Building

  • Address: 761 N. Jefferson Street
  • Hours: Sat 9am – 5pm and Sun NOT OPEN
  • Wisconsin Black Historical Society

  • Address: 2620 W. Center Street
  • Hours: Sat 9am - 3pm Sun NOT OPEN

  • Wisconsin Conservatory of Music

  • Address: 1548 N. Prospect Avenue
  • Hours: Sunday 10am-5pm
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Thu, 08/22/13 10:41 PM
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    What would a good starting time be for the non-Milwaukee crowd?
     
    I've rearranged the sites you listed into neighborhood/area clusters, roughly from north to south. I also threw in a few more sites that may be of interest. I left out the places on the list that aren't open on Sunday, presuming that's the day you're coming up here.
     
    If we pick from these possibilities, it might be best to start off downtown, because the sites with the earliest opening times are concentrated there.
     
    After starting off with some eats, we could do the Humphrey and/or the Mackie (and/or maybe another place), then grab some grubs again before heading to the Tripoli Shrine, then grab a bite to eat on/near the south side, then see the Basilica, and then finish with dinner somewhere on the south side. 
      
    I've interjected a few restaurant/market/bakery ideas, just to get the ideas spinning.
     
    NORTH POINT / GOLD COAST AREA (EAST SIDE):
    * Villa Terrace (1-5 pm)
    * Jewish Museum (10-5)
    * Charles Allis Museum (1-5)
     
    [Food options near North Point/Gold Coast include Glorioso's Italian Market, Peter Sciortino's Bakery, Comet Café (tough to get a seat sometimes), a couple of cafes on Brady, and various other possibilities. These places are convenient to downtown, too, and could serve as rendezvous sites]
     
    DOWNTOWN AREA (East of River):
    * Humphrey Scottish Rite (10-5)
    * Mackie Bldg (10-4)
    * (Cathedral) (12-5)
    * (City Hall) (9-5)
    * (Mitchell Bldg) (10-5)
    * (Gas Light Bldg) (10-5) 
     
    DOWNTOWN AREA WEST / MU AREA WEST:
    * Chudnow Museum (12-4)
    * Tripoli Shrine Ctr (10-5)

    [Downtown East/West food options are limited on Sundays, but among possibilities are Buckley's, Classy Girl Cupcakes, and España Tapas House; just a scone's throw from downtown is the Third Ward, with options such as the Milwaukee Public Market, Smoke Shack (don't know if it's open Sundays), Kasana Café, Bavette la Boucherie, and other places. The Marquette U neighborhood may have some places worth investigating, too.]

    SOUTH SIDE:
    * Basilica St Josaphat (1:30-5:00)

    [Anything good on the south side that's open on Sundays would work before and after the Basilica, such as El Salvador Restaurant, A&J Polish Deli (if open and worth going to), Lopez Bakery, and lots of other places. And heck, after the Basilica we could even go to a place in Southwest Milwaukee, West Allis, or Greendale, on the way to Kopp's.]   
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 08/23/13 2:13 AM
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    Not to speak for the entire Flatlander branch of The Contingent, but 11am seems like a reasonable start time.
     
    I'm pushing for Sunday the 22nd because that's the only day MilwFoodlovers can participate.  Also, because that's the only day the Basilica is open.  But, just in case, I made sure I've got both Saturday and Sunday off from work.  If MFL can't do the Sunday, we might consider rescheduling for Saturday when ScreamingChicken is available.
     
    My only question would be the parking situation for the downtown stops.  Not sure how tough it will be in downtown Milwaukee, but I can tell you, for the Chicago tour, abe and I will be looking primarily at stops outside the downtown area.  Keeping the group together, and finding inexpensive parking in downtown Chicago will be a major headache.  If that's not an issue for Milwaukee, then full steam ahead!
     
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 08/23/13 12:08 PM
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    Milwfoodlovers, are you on for Sunday, then?
     
    If not, then the tour can take place Saturday, if that's what people want. I won't be able to participate for much of Saturday, but I'll make an appearance at some point. Still, I don't mind helping to organize the tour.
     
    There should be no problems with parking downtown on Sunday. Saturday is generally not so bad, but it depends on what else is going on. A large share of the Doors Open historical venues are downtown, so it would be a shame to skip it altogether. If downtown looks like a crowded area on Saturday, we can always rendezvous somewhere else and then caravan/car-pool around.
     
    If the tour is Saturday, the Basilica and Cathedral won't be on the list, but other things will be.
     
    But we should nail down the day first.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Fri, 08/23/13 9:31 PM
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    We might have better luck getting an answer from MFL through Facebook.  I'm not on FB, so anyone else who's a friend of MFL...
     
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 08/25/13 8:16 AM
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    I actually posted on Saturday but I'm still not Windows 8 savvy as I deleted my post when I hit the wrong button; disgusted I went to bed. OK, try #2. I wanted Brad, Kathy, and anyone possibly coming to Milwaukee on Saturday the 21st to  know that they would find all sorts of interesting foods available at the 2 fests I'll be splitting my time at. The Global Union Festival is at our Humboldt Park which is located on Oklahoma Ave on the south (3100 S), Montana on the north, Howell Ave. on the west, and Logan on the east. http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/store/product/global-union Free, it will have quite a few food vendors. The Bay View Bash is just blocks away on Kinnickinnic (called KK) between Potter and Clement. http://www.bayviewbash.org/ Savvy RFers have already visited this area  home to Honey Pie, Groppis,  Chocobella, and others. It will have a wide variety of tasty food but I'm most looking forward to the Korean taco truck.
    Q did a great job of putting the Open Door Milwaukee sites in a manageable group and I'd just like to add a few dining choices to the mix. If Mexican seafood  appeals to you La Canoa can easily handle a large group and it is just blocks from St. Josaphats. However Gyp, Miss Beth, and I Saturday had baleadas at El Salvador just across the street from Josaphats. Baleadas are incredibly delicioso and are cheap with the regular being the one to order.
    http://www.foodspotting.com/places/1882-la-canoa-milwaukee This pic is NOT a regular but the con carne version which I believe is carne secca which is a bit salty and covers up the taste too much http://www.foodspotting.com/reviews/3968170 These are some tough choices so I'd share a baleadas, share the Salvadorian national drink (like a liquid strawberry jello but in the best way) and head over for some seafood. If you go downtown, a Marquette U and also an Eastown location RF standby is also open both days. If you like Green Bay's Chili John you will probably love Milwaukee's Real Chili. http://realchili-milwaukee.com/ If I were coming to town Saturday I'd suggest taking Oklahoma Ave to Howell Ave., turn north to Montana where the park ends,  drive east until you are past the park maybe a block or two and find parking.  Back track to the park or head east maybe 3, 4 blocks and you are at the Bash; you would be centrally located to both. Exhausted and satiated I'll be available Sunday for as many things we cram in, all those choices are worthy.
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 08/25/13 9:59 AM
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    It looks like Saturday might work better for more people, but it depends on how badly visitors may want to see the Basilica (not open for touring on Saturday) and other sites. There are some Open Door sites open on Saturday that aren't available on Sunday, too.
     
    Of course, you could come over for both days-- Saturday for the Bay View Bash and Global Union and maybe a couple Open Doors places, and Sunday for more Open Doors.
     

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 08/28/13 2:57 PM
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    There's always brunch @ Polonez on Sunday for a certain birthday boy's birthday.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/1/13 12:59 PM
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    Just thought I'd bump this a little. Is there more interest in doing a combo of Doors Open and street festivals on Saturday, or a more focused Doors Open itinerary on Sunday? Any preferences from anyone about the day of the tour? Locals? Flatlanders? Non-MKE Badger Staters?

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/1/13 7:10 PM
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    I'm going to exclude myself from the entire Sept. 21-22 weekend.  We're already going to be in MKE on Sunday so I'd rather not drive out on Saturday as well; nothing against the company but that's a lot of road time for me as well as the loss of an entire weekend.
     
    However, I'm definitely in for the Chicago tour at this point.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/1/13 10:30 PM
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    I am good with whatever those more knowledgeable than I decide.  

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Mon, 09/2/13 1:23 AM
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    quijote
    Just thought I'd bump this a little. Is there more interest in doing a combo of Doors Open and street festivals on Saturday, or a more focused Doors Open itinerary on Sunday? Any preferences from anyone about the day of the tour? Locals? Flatlanders? Non-MKE Badger Staters?
    I've managed to get both Saturday and Sunday off, so we can conceivably do both.
     
    I'm all for playing it loose on either day, but I think we need to have a clear "road map" laid out for the Doors Open tour.  Not necessarily a timetable, just a clear path from one location to the next with logical eating stops in between.  We might want to hit a few specific times for those buildings with limited open hours, but the rest can be done at a leisurely pace.
     
    The most important thing right now is that we get a sense of who is going to join the tour.  Also, a little feedback from the interested parties.  Where's that Contingent enthusiasm?
     
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Mon, 09/2/13 10:18 AM
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    Sorry Buddy, I'm in NC that weekend & I don't know if Pie Diva can be trusted without me.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Mon, 09/2/13 11:52 AM
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    I'd like to join you guys sometime. I've already got 16,000 miles on the camper van this season so what's a few more?   Unfortunately, we are heading out to Kansas next week for a Class B camper van social and then on to Southern Utah's national parks.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Tue, 09/3/13 5:11 PM
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    If I'm feeling really energetic- Saturday is a maybe.
    Sunday I am otherwise committed to that "other" food-related picnic 
    I would love to see everyone- it has been too long.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 09/4/13 10:31 PM
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    BuddyRoadhouse


    I'm all for playing it loose on either day, but I think we need to have a clear "road map" laid out for the Doors Open tour.  Not necessarily a timetable, just a clear path from one location to the next with logical eating stops in between.  We might want to hit a few specific times for those buildings with limited open hours, but the rest can be done at a leisurely pace.

     
    Here's a basic proposal for Sunday, referring back to an earlier post of mine and taking into account some suggestions. this is a mix of Doors Open venues and restaurant/other food sites:
     
    10:30-11:30  Meet up at Glorioso's and stop by at Peter Sciortino's (both on Brady Street)
    12:00-1:00  visit Mackie/Grain Exchange Bldg and/or Scottish Rite Bldg and/or Cathedral
    1:15-2:15  visit Tripoli Shrine
    2:30-3:15  Real Chili (near Marquette U)
    3:30-4:30  visit St. Josaphat's Basilica
    4:45-->  El Salvador Restaurant; maybe La Canoa after that? Lots of other places around, too, for a flexible schedule
     
    In order to make a visit of the Basilica viable, we need to get there around 3:30pm (it closes at 4:30 pm) The other elements are pretty flexible. I think the Tripoli Shrine and the Basilica are pretty good crowd pleasers, but I don't know what preferences are for the first building stop (12:00-1:15). So, maybe we can visit two of the three places listed; they're in close proximity to each other.
     
    Of course, this is a collaborative effort, so any ideas to improve the plan are welcome.


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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 09/4/13 10:44 PM
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    Without knowing anything about any of those places (except what you told us about the Tripoli Shrine the last time we saw you, Q, and that the Basilica is that big place kitty-corner from that Serbian- or was it Polish?  Either way, it was good!- place we went to), that sounds good to me.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Wed, 09/4/13 11:02 PM
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    I've just posted a basic framework for Sunday, so here's a basic outline to work with for Saturday.  In addition to Doors Open venues and a couple of restaurant sites, I'm incorporating the Global Union Festival and the Bay View Bash (starting mid-afternoon) into this schedule. Feel free to request changes or add some ideas. As I said before, I won't be able to participate in parts of the tour (esp. the morning), so the tour should reflect the interests of those who attend.
     
    11:00-12:00  Jake's (has Buddy been here yet?) for corned beef, pastrami, etc.
    12:15-1:15  visit the Gas Light Building
    1:30-2:15  Milwaukee Public Market (which is part of Doors Open this year) or, if the visitors have already been to it, Kasana and/or Bavette in the Third Ward
    2:30-3:15  visit the Mitchell Building (downtown near Third Ward)
    3:30-4:15  visit Clock Shadow Building and Purple Door Ice Cream in Walker's Point
    4:30-6:00  the Global Union Festival at Humboldt park, Bay View
    6:00- ??  Bay View Bash on KK Ave.; food for sale and nearby restaurants/other to choose from
    <message edited by quijote on Wed, 09/4/13 11:04 PM>

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 09/7/13 9:54 PM
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    Buddy and I went over the Open House Chicago list yesterday and I've created a Google map of all the sites we thing are worthwhile.  We haven't yet researched any food for those neighborhoods, so this would just be the buildings.

    Would it be better to wait to post it until after the Milwaukee tour so this doesn't get too convoluted and confusing in here?
     

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/8/13 12:29 AM
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    It may be a good idea to wait. I'm still wondering who all plans to come on Sat and/or Sun, and if the suggested itineraries seem okay or need modifications. Getting into the Chicago thing right now could confuse things a little, I suppose, but it depends on how soon we confirm the Milwaukee plans.

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/8/13 1:54 AM
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    Count us in for Sunday for sure, Saturday, probably.
     
    Due to pure chance and happenstance, I've got a nine day stretch of "vacation" time built around that weekend.  Our current plan is to wander about the Dairy State for a good chunk of that time, making sure we're in Milwaukee for the Tour Weekend.
     
    Anyone else ready to commit?  So far we only know JRPfeff and ScreamingChicken are definitely unavailable.  Don't make me send out PMs looking for you people.
     
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sun, 09/8/13 10:11 PM
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    I have both days open, but I'm undecided if I'll do both or one of them.  If everyone else wants to narrow it down to one day, we'll go then, but I'm not ruling out doing both days.
     

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 09/14/13 2:52 AM
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    Can we get a date & a headcount?
     
    Start time is 11AM. This is next weekend.

     
     

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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 09/14/13 2:33 PM
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    Count Mrs. Roadfhouse and me as two for sure on Sunday.
     
    Saturday will be a work in progress, depending on where we are in our travels around the Dairy State.  We'll keep you posted as we get closer to Saturday.
     
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    Re:"Building" The Next Contingent Tour(s)...OMG that heading is so clever ***snicker***. - Sat, 09/14/13 11:12 PM
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    It looks like Sunday the 22nd is on for sure, as the Roadhouses have confirmed. If anyone else plans to come along, please say so, and we'll have a basic itinerary ready for you at Glorioso's. I'll post info soon on directions to Glorioso's.
     
    So far, those confirmed for Sunday the 22nd are:
     
    quijote (2)
    The Roadhouses (2)
     
    It seems that Saturday the 21st is iffy, as no one has committed. But if anyone plans to come to Milwaukee that day, please say so and I'll post info on the stops. Since I won't be present at many of the morning and early afternoon stops, I can just post directions and other info here. We can exchange phone numbers by PM so we can meet up later in the day at the festivals.

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