abe and I had lunch with carolina bob today, turning it into an unofficial practice run for Sunday. A couple of notes:
1. There are lane closures on I-90 near where it joins up with I-94. This shouldn't effect us much because a.)
all the Cheeseheads will be coming in on I-94, and b.)
in order to get to our first stop you'll be getting off north of the construction, either at the Dempster St./east exit
on the way), or the Touhy Ave./east exit
(NY Bagel & Bialy
on the way). However, be aware that the construction is going on further south and could
result in backups coming in.
2. After our initial stops on the north side, we'll be heading south, most likely taking Lake Shore Drive
. Our miserable experience today, driving down Lawrence Ave. convinced us we've made the right choices geographically. The sites we're hitting tomorrow are in areas that, we think, will be less traveled. Faster to get from place to place, easier to park once we get there. But it's still Chicago. We should be prepared for some level of resistance wherever we go.
3. All of the Open House Chicago sites close by 5:00pm. We have a lot of places listed with the intention of picking and choosing as we go. We shouldn't count on visiting every spot on the list, it just isn't realistic.
So, that's it. My alarm is already set for 8am. See you at 11:00 at the Emil Bach House!
P.S We had our lunch with Bob at Marie's Pizza and Liquors
. It is a decades old neighborhood establishment that has a similar vibe to Maria's Pizza
in Milwaukee. Nice retro feel including deep red vinyl clad banquette seating, simulated rock walls, and garish chandeliers overhead. Good Pizza, too.
We shared a 14", thin crust, all sausage, half mushroom and onion (guess who didn't
have the mushroom and onion side... Just kiddin' Bob, you know we love you) It was an excellent tavern style pie, cut in party squares. Nice crispy edges with a good tomato to cheese ratio. Sausage was plentiful, but I would've liked a bit more of the veggies.
More important, it was good to see Bob. He's sorry he won't be able to join us on Sunday, but says hello to his fellow Contingent
members and to all Roadfooders far and wide.
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