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Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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Here are the details, but I will also be posting them on the Chicagoland website once I get to it and will provide a direct link for reservations (they have not supplied it to me yet).

Where is the Chicagoland website?

Regards

Jack

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Carrie,

Did you say kegs? haha...

Sounds like you all have alot of fun at this event... Would love to come to your event. I know some family vacations are still in the works, but if you have room for a new member, I'm going to try to come.

Again, did you say kegs? :)

Kenny

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Carrie,

Did you say kegs? haha...

Sounds like you all have alot of fun at this event... Would love to come to your event. I know some family vacations are still in the works, but if you have room for a new member, I'm going to try to come.

Again, did you say kegs? :)

Kenny

Hi Kenny, yes I did say "Kegs"..but these are for the evening..after the formal events are concluded.

(I don't want anyone to get the idea that this is not a family friendly event..it is very family friendly and children will be present. Alcohol is not being served during the "mini" itself during the day but will be available in the evening ;) )

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Hi Kenny, yes I did say "Kegs"..but these are for the evening..after the formal events are concluded.

(I don't want anyone to get the idea that this is not a family friendly event..it is very family friendly and children will be present. Alcohol is not being served during the "mini" itself during the day but will be available in the evening ;) )

WHAT?????:eek::eek::eek::eek:

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Carrie,

I don't have a problem with it... Most events I go to have alcohol at them. I was joking btw, hopefully you didn't think I was serious. But since I have never posted in here before, I guess you wouldn't know that either. I'm always up for a good time.

Sounds like you have alot planned for the event. I will keep an eye out for your updated website.

Kenny

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Mark, I cannot believe you're going to come all the way from Washington. Bill Foley came down for our first one..and now you. Wow, fantastic!
Those airplane thingies are amazing...They even go to Washington.

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Josh, we'll make room..even if I have to rent my neighbor's yard!
Good - I'll need a place to pee and I was a little uncomfortable about doing it in your yard. :P

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Good - I'll need a place to pee and I was a little uncomfortable about doing it in your yard. :P

There is plenty of golf course just behind the backyard hedge.

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Hi Kenny, yes I did say "Kegs"..but these are for the evening..after the formal events are concluded.

(I don't want anyone to get the idea that this is not a family friendly event..it is very family friendly and children will be present. Alcohol is not being served during the "mini" itself during the day but will be available in the evening ;) )

I'm out. :P

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Baymont=don't waste your money, last time I was there it was a dive.

Annalisa, I agree..that's why we are using the Courtyard, soooo much better. I wish you could join us again, but I know its racing season for you that weekend.

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I stayed at the Courtyard last time, nice place. It has a nice pool and the Jacuzzi is great once the kids go to bed. There's even a weight room if you need to work off the food.:)

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The block is set up for 9/2 (Thursday) through 9/4 (Saturday night) at the

Courtyard by Marriott

1801 Milwaukee Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025

847-803-2500

If you call, tell them you wish to book a room for the PlanetChristmas event.

The rate is $69.00 per night for a double plus tax.

I wonder will they extend this rate from Wednesday 1st thru to Sunday 5th ? I will have to contact them by E mail.

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The block is set up for 9/2 (Thursday) through 9/4 (Saturday night) at the

Courtyard by Marriott

1801 Milwaukee Avenue

Glenview, IL 60025

847-803-2500

If you call, tell them you wish to book a room for the PlanetChristmas event.

The rate is $69.00 per night for a double plus tax.

I wonder will they extend this rate from Wednesday 1st thru to Sunday 5th ? I will have to contact them by E mail.

Linda, I have specifically told them that one room should be set aside for Wednesday night (for some UK friends) and I'm sure they will extend your room through Sunday evening.

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Thanks Carrie

We just contacted the Marriot and we have same rate for all nights.

Now all we need to do is decide where to stay in Chicago for the Monday & Tuesday after the get together.

We probably will not have a car for these two days so any recommendations on the best area to stay for sight seeing,shopping, eating & drinking would be appreciated. We might on one of these days take an organised tour so as to see as much of Chicago as we can.

So looking forward to this :)

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Thanks Carrie

We just contacted the Marriot and we have same rate for all nights.

Now all we need to do is decide where to stay in Chicago for the Monday & Tuesday after the get together.

We probably will not have a car for these two days so any recommendations on the best area to stay for sight seeing,shopping, eating & drinking would be appreciated. We might on one of these days take an organised tour so as to see as much of Chicago as we can.

So looking forward to this :)

Linda, one of the best hotels in the city is the Drake. Its right near the Mag Mile and if your budget allows, I highly recommend it:

http://reservationcounter.com/hotels/show/113158?SID=51287def-edd4-dcc9-3b71-00007d8c2c0b|130230

If you send me a budget, I can help you make a selection that would probably be suitable. :)

Edited by Carrie Sansing

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Will be there,one question though, where's the chicago world famous hotdogs?All I read was barbecue wheres the hotdogs!! lol

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We are locked and loaded with air & hotel. So we're coming for sure now. Thanks for the Drake info Carrie, that may be a cool option for Sunday night.

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