My first TravBuddy Meet-up

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Probably one of the most photographed spots in all of Chicago.
I was invited to the TravBuddy meetup in Chicago well in advance, but in typical fashion I waited until the last minute to actually plan my arrival. Due to my love of traveling to places beyond the upper midwest I am very stingy with my vacation days and wasn't planning on using one for this, though I was going to show up after work. This meet-up was on Friday, and on Tuesday as I was leaving work I told my boss that I wanted to take Friday off, and am I ever glad that I did.

Thursday night I drove from my apartment in Madison, Wisconsin to my mom & dad's place in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I got up bright and early Friday morning to catch the commuter train into the city. It got a bit crowded on the train as there was a Cubs game that afternoon.
Iconic sign of the Chicago Theatre
But, a 2-hour train ride in for a distance that likely would've required at least 2 hours by car anyway allowed me to arrive right downtown late in the morning without having to worry about paying all day for parking, which can be pricey. I checked into my hotel, wandered around downtown Chicago, and relaxed for a bit before heading over to Flatwater to meet up with my fellow TravBuddies.

The Flatwater is a restaurant right on the Chicago River. Great location, great outdoor patio (though a bit tight). The weather was perfect all day long. I met the TravBuddy group, and there were a good number of us, and we sat and talked, ate, and drank for quite a few hours at Flatwater before we all got up to head to a bar called Sullivan's, where there was a nice little band playing some chill music as we pretty much continued the same activities from Flatwater's. The night ended for me at a pub called fado. At each stop our group got significantly smaller. I finally called it a night at around 2:00 and wandered back to my hotel. Another train ride back up to Wisconsin and my TravBuddy weekend was completed.

I love TravBuddy meetups, even though I only have one experience so far. Such a great group of people.
marksreynolds says:
Glad you made it down to Chicago early. It was great meeting you! This was my first Meet-up as well and we had a great time! But, the next time I host one, it will be much closer to home! :)
Posted on: Aug 19, 2009
montecarlostar says:
I am glad you liked the TB-meet up. My first one will be in Hawaii and I have great expectations already!
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
MiamiMaria says:
Jo and I ate a grilled cheese after Fados LOL then we went to bed!!
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
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