Re: Chicago meetup

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What, like an essay test? How many words?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:01 AM
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As many as it takes to write something satisfactory.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:07 AM
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When last we left our brave heroes, Josh was all like:

So we have Di and Rory, PMP, m. leblanc, and Scudder (I'm counting the "maybes" as "yeses", dammit), plus me and Magpie. I'm guessing that Monday makes the most sense, but I have no clue where to go. (I've been told that we need to go to Kuma's Corner, but I have no idea how appropriate it would be for a meetup spot.) Anyone got any ideas?

And I guess that's specifically Monday during the day because Josh and Magpie are going to a Cubs game that evening. Or something.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:17 AM
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Oh, link to previous thread at my url.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:17 AM
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Chicago is the 3rd most populous city in the United States. It sits on the edge of Lake Erie. Because of Chicago's enduring love of '80s fashion, it is known as the city with big shoulder-pads. Chicago has a rich history and is well over 100 years old. Historically, Chicago rose to fame by turning pigs into sausage and Irishmen into politicians.

Chicago is a popular place for meetings because it is convenient to Gary, Indiana and because you can freeze your balls off for more of the year than in any other large American city.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:40 AM
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It sits on the edge of Lake Erie

Wrong lake.


Posted by: Matt F | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:57 AM
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And everything else was accurate?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:58 AM
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I don't really follow fashion. Couldn't say.


Posted by: Matt F | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:02 AM
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Kuma's isn't a good place to meet with a big group unless you are all "waiting hours for a table" fetishists.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:27 AM
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"waiting hours for a table" fetishists

I don't have anything against brunch in general, but those guys creep me out.


Posted by: lemmy caution | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:30 AM
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From the dawn of history, Chicago has been a great American

city. It is known as hog butcher for the world, and is also tool

maker, stacker of wheat, has historically been a player with

railroads and the nation's freight handler. Many people describe

Chicago has been described as "Stormy", "husky", and

"brawling".


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:35 AM
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I hadz a footnote but I deleted it.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:36 AM
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Okay, so Kuma's is out. And yes, Monday during the day, because we are in fact going to a ballgame that night.

So, uh, where should we meet?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:23 AM
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The greatest Mexican restaurant on earth is Los Nopales, located at Western and Wilson. The only question is whether it's open Mondays.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:29 AM
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Chicago has been described as "Stormy", "husky", and

"brawling".

Let's not forget "flammable".


Posted by: Mrs. O'Leary's cow | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:34 AM
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Stupid tags.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:35 AM
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The only part of Chicago I know well is the C concourse at O'Hare. I don't recommend it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:37 AM
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Another great option: Ethiopian Diamond, near Broadway & Granville.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:40 AM
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18: I used to live a block in from Bway on Granville. Man, was that a crappy apartment.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:41 AM
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Eve suggests Reza's on Ontario or Big Bowl (Chinese) or Rock Bottom Brewery or Kan Zaman or Cafe Iberico.

Personally, I'm thinking Cafe Iberico.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:53 AM
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Yeah, Cafe Iberico looks good. Anyone else wanna weigh in?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:31 PM
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21: I agree.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:32 PM
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Oh, or did you mean anyone who might make it to the meetup?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:32 PM
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23: You shouldn't jam this thread with useless posts.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:40 PM
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No restaurant choice limericks, then?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:42 PM
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24: You mean "please do not hack up this thread with cafeteria-style one-liners".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:43 PM
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No, we should all avoid this thread unless we live in Chicago.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:44 PM
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Or surrounding communities.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:44 PM
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You hear that, Josh? Stay out!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:44 PM
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Someone from Pittsburgh suggesting the Burger King on Michigan would be the sort of thing we must strive to avoid.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:46 PM
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Big Bowl is horrific. Kuma's is great but Adam is right re: the lines (although I can't imagine it'd be particularly bad during the day). Haven't been to Cafe Iberico.

I, for my part, suggest the greatest restaurant in the world, Feed. Though it is, admittedly, far.

We also should check if places are going to be closed because of the holiday.

Finally, I hereby announce that if I show, I will probably smell bad, as I believe I'm going to move that day.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:47 PM
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Also, I don't remember what we're looking for for meetup-criteria (p.s., Feed is BYOB). But if you're looking for restaurant recommendations for the rest of the weekend, I highly, highly recommend Silver Seafood for a group outing. Me and my crew go there for basically every occasion--birthdays, someone's moving away, someone got a job, etc. They've got giant tables with lazy susans and they're open until 1 am. They're BYO AND you can buy alcohol there. Sometimes there's a giant Chinese engagement party.

Other recommendations: Tank Noodle. Habana Libre. And like Adam said, Los Nopales (also BYO).


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:54 PM
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OR. If you're not looking for a huge menu, but great atmosphere, nothing can beat Moody's Pub, with cheap beer, good burgers (but not much else), and the greatest urban beer garden I've ever seen.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 12:56 PM
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Do other cities have this many BYO locations? It seems like an odd business plan, considering the usual mark-up on booze that restaurants/bars can get away with.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 1:04 PM
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Tank Noodle is awesome. Also highly accessible from public transport (like less than a block from the Argyle red line stop).


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 1:05 PM
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34: it's not generally the restaurant's idea; it usually has to do with an inability to get a (heavily limited) liquor license.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 1:10 PM
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Big Bowl is a bad idea. Not that I am or will be anywhere near Chicago. Reza's is decent.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 1:17 PM
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If Rock Bottom is anything like the various Rock Bottom franchises around here, it is also a bad idea. NTIAOWBANC.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 1:22 PM
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34: There are quite a few BYOB restaurants in Pittsburgh. Like in 36, it's a license issue.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 2:10 PM
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Okay, can we call it for Cafe Iberico, 1pmish, Monday? Or alternate plans?


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 2:13 PM
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Eve (Tom's mostly-absent-from-Unfogged fiancee) checking in - the recommendations above were based on a request to have the place be somewhere near the Mag Mile. Of course, there are half a billion cheap, yummy (and BYOB) places NOT near Mag Mile, but if we are going by those criteria, then Cafe Iberico or Reza's are most likely to make the most people happy. (And yes, Tank Noodle, Silver Seafood, etc. are also fabulous. Tank Noodle, however, is not so conducive to extended hanging out.)


Posted by: Eva Luna | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 3:17 PM
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Someone from Pittsburgh suggesting the Burger King on Michigan would be the sort of thing we must strive to avoid.

How 'bout if I suggest the Black Hawks win something off the Wings if they want to play the Penguins in the Stanley Cup finals. Huh? Huh?

Oops - back to the taxes/Jesus thread.



Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 4:13 PM
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No one's suggested Lula?


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 4:33 PM
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Chicago Meetup at the Crossroads

From before the dawn of history, Chicago has been a great American city. It is called the hog butcher for the world, and is also tool maker, stacker of wheat, a player with railroads and the nation's freight handler. Chicago has a rich history and is well over 100 years old. I'd write more about Chicago but suddenly I am run over by a truck.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 5:05 PM
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Cafe Iberico's review describes it as "noisy." Noisy sucks for meetups. Moody's, OTOH, had me at "urban beer garden."

My criteria are: a) not insanely noisy b) something to eat besides seafood and c) we won't get dirty looks if we hang out for a while. Close to public transit and having a nice patio are pluses.


Posted by: Magpie | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 5:51 PM
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Apparently Iberico is not so loud if you go downstairs; a problem with Moody's is if you're coming in from the Mag Mile place you're talking 45 minutes or more via public transport. But you know, whatevs. Y'all are the folks with the transport issues - further north is better for me.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 6:18 PM
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45 minutes on the CTA sounds like an overestimate, barring delays. 30-ish, Red Line all the way. Though maybe walking to/from the stations adds 15?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 6:38 PM
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Cafe Iberico is extremely delicious. Yes, it is noisy, but that generally refers to dinner time especially on Friday and Saturday, when it's utterly packed. On weekday nights and Sunday nights I haven't found it too bad for noise, except for the time we had a super-noisy drunken wedding party next to us.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 6:48 PM
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47: All those places up north are pretty damn far away even by red line. Uptown/Andersonville area are at least 30 minutes, plus any unusual waiting time for trains and walking time. But it seems like most of our Chicago people live pretty far north, as I know Kotsko, M. LeBlanc, and apparently Scudder do.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 6:50 PM
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I live so far north I'm not even in Chicago.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 7:30 PM
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I am run over by a truck.

But then the alarm goes off--it was all a dream!


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 7:44 PM
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I am fond of a truck.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 7:48 PM
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Then that truck was run over by a *mammoth* truck!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 7:54 PM
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Okay, so it's settled: tomorrow morning, 1AM, by the stockyards. Everybody bring a shovel and a heavy blanket you won't miss.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 9:54 PM
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Okay, contra Tweety, both Magpie and I are in for Cafe Iberico. 1 PM on Monday it is!


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:16 PM
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54: Your fiendish plan would work, too... If all our stockyards weren't torn up for new condos in the West or South Loop about 5 years ago. Mind you, the newly-built, overpriced condos are just as abandoned as the old stockyards, so it might still suffice.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:55 PM
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56: well, look, if we're going to illegally move homeless people into vacant condos they'll need to keep warm and we'll need to check if the foundations have been poured properly.

What the... what did you think I meant? You sicko.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 10:59 PM
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And here I thought you just wanted to play one last game of shovel polo on segways. Pity.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:30 PM
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Whee! Gimme my lucky shovel!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-19-09 11:33 PM
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Don't suppose it would be possible to get an approximate head count? I have 4 now (me, Eve, Josh & Magpie) plus a buncha kindas. Oh, and we'll save a place for Sifu, and one for ToS.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 10:22 AM
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Don't forget Elijah.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 10:29 AM
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Well, I'm guessing there will be no shortage of red wine at the table, anyway.


Posted by: Eva Luna | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 10:53 AM
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Pretty sure the classical Stock Yards area is a blighted nothing -- or have you heard of a lot of people building condos around 47th and Halsted?


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 12:09 PM
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I'm building a condo there right now.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 1:09 PM
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I'm unlikely, I'm afraid.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 1:21 PM
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65: What now?


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 2:09 PM
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I believe we cry twice. Then something else happens.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 2:29 PM
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An erection. And all that follows.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 2:41 PM
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If you have an erection or a meetup lasting more than four hours, please contact your doctor.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 2:47 PM
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66: After factoring in how far from the city I actually live and the likely holiday traffic, I realized I would have a very sullen and irritable 10 year old on my hand unless I came up with some reason this would be great fun for her.

An erection. And all that follows

Unspeakable shame and regret?


Posted by: di kotimy | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 6:39 PM
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70: kids love Josh.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 6:41 PM
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An erection. And all that follows.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 6:43 PM
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I bet kids would love Josh.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 6:45 PM
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71, 73: It's true, but I'm not supposed to give them candy anymore. One razor blade spoils the whole bunch...


Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 05-20-09 7:21 PM
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Yeah, Cafe Iberico looks good. Anyone else wanna weigh in?

21-23: I won't be at the meetup, either, but I concur with Sifu's endorsement of Cafe Iberico as the venue. The food and wine are good and inexpensive, and the seating arrangements (long, shared tables) are conducive to accomodating a party of uncertain or fluctuating size.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 05-22-09 2:24 AM
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Well. I went ahead and made a reservation (under "tom") for 8, on a complete-wild-guess basis.


Posted by: Tom Scudder | Link to this comment | 05-23-09 5:17 PM
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