It seems there are a number of folks who will be joining me on our last Delta 747 ride before they all are, sadly, parked in the Arizona desert. So let’s do some planning on where to eat, where to stay and so on.
I am assuming most everyone on the 747 run will be arriving on October the 15th. How about some German Hofbrauhaus to start the fun (located here)? This place looks great and is close to ORD. If you are local and want to join us that would be great as well. Update: After a visit to the Hofbrauhous it is just too loud. Change of plans now just doing Shelby Campbells at Holiday Inn Elk Grove Village. Also you can stay at the hotel and get a ORD shuttle as well cheap!
Next up, after meeting up in the Sky Club ORD to start this fun and flying to Manila, we need a place to stay on October 17th for about 11-ish hours before we fly home! Delta flies from Terminal 3 in MNL and right across from it is an IHG property, the Remingtion that looks good for either points or cash for an overnight. Another idea I am really considering is just staying in the airport at the Wings Transit Lounge (for the price, I guess I could just sleep during a 6-8 hour massage)? Before we fly home we have 2 PP lounges to consider as well as the Sky Club MNL.
Now on to Thursday the 19th pre-Chicago Seminars. I have not decided what we are going to do for fun and want your input. I have always wanted to do the Chicago Helicopter tour but it is not cheap (there are also weight restrictions). Depending on the weather the Segway tour is fun and if you have never done it (or it has been a long time) the Architectural canal tour is really nice. Let me know in the comments below what sounds like the best choice to you.
For dinner on the 19th I am thinking deep dish Chicago pizza at say 7PM maybe? I would like to reserve a larger table(s) so if you can confirm you can join us please comment below and I will include you in on an email chain with updates.
Lastly, I tend to not attend the social hour Saturday night at the Chicago Seminars. What I do tend to do instead is go for a steak and that means Harry Caray’s. For this one, due to the size of the restaurant, I am limiting my group to 8.
Phew! This is going to be a fun week. I can not wait to experience all of it including the Chicago Seminars over the weekend (tickets are still for sale btw). Again, if you are going to fly with me on the 747 please comment below so I can including you on that email list or if you can attend any of the dinners or the Thursday pre-event fun let me know that as well! – René
UPDATE: If you are on the 747 run, there has been a schedule change. The connection in DTW is now tight. Have Delta move you to 7AM out of ORD to DTW (first leg)!