With 20 of us, cost is going to be $23 per person, which gives us $10 to tip the driver. I'd appreciate it if everyone could throw in an extra dollar or two. If our number drops below 20, the price will change, but I'll keep you informed. You can bring me cash on the day, or we can discuss paypal, since the tour is being charged to my credit card, rather than each individual paying the driver.
Both food and alcohol are allowed on the bus. The bus will be heated, so possible cold weather won't be a problem. The bus only seats 16 comfortably, so some of us will have to squish in, but I'm sure that won't be a problem. :D
As of right now, there are fifteen of us who expressed interest in dinner. There are a ton of restaurants in the area (the tour picks up and drops off at the corner of Clark and Ontario, so we should probably find something right around there). If anyone has any suggestions that are close by, please propose them in the comments! If anyone who knows the area wants to make suggestions, that would be fantastic, since I am kind of at a loss. If we all decide to eat together, I'm going to need to make a reservation, so I'd appreciate it if you could leave me suggestions in the next couple of days.
Anyone is welcome to come with us for dinner; you don't have to go on the tour! If you want to come to dinner, leave a comment so I can add you to the list.
[ETA:] Those of you who are going to dinner should meet in the lobby at 7pm on Friday, so we can meet our transportation at about 7:15pm.[/ETA]
As it stands, no one who is going early to have dinner has a car, so out best bet is to take a cab into Chicago from the hotel. We will probably need three vehicles, since there are tentatively 14 of us coming from the hotel for dinner. They have vans which comfortably seat 5, and cars which seat 4. A van is $48 one way, and a car is $44. We would just divide up into fairly even groups and split the cost between us.
For those of you staying at the hotel to watch Supernatural, it looks like you'll all be able to fit into linda3m's car, so you should all be able to get to the tour meeting place with no problems! Getting into Chicago seems relatively simple, but it looks like it will take about 30-40 minutes, or even more if traffic is terrible, so you guys will need to leave right after the show is over. You can get directions via googlemaps (from the hotel [1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523] to the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago), which seem pretty straightforward. The guy from the tour company recommended just using the valet parking at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is $12 for 3 hours, according to their website. You can check out other parking in the area if you want, though.
Any other questions or comments, let me know!
List of Attendees (check to make sure your name is on here, and please comment to confirm that you're coming!)
People coming to dinner
People coming after SPN
linda3m * - has car, will drive
jola * - not coming from the hotel
azurejay * - not coming from the hotel
verying * - not coming from the hotel
Names with an asterisk next to them are confirmed yeses (this is just for my reference).
OMG, one week! \o/