This is the catch-all SHIMMER travel discussion thread. It was started in 2011, so the early replies may reference previous tapings. Travel suggestions from the past still apply though.
Upcoming SHIMMER tapings:
OCTOBER 2015 SHIMMER EVENTS
Olympic Theatre - Cicero, IL Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015; 2PM-9PM
Eagles Club - Berwyn, IL Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015; 1PM-8PM
If you need help, or can offer help, copy the following into a new posting:
Name: Attending shows: Flying in to: Date and Time: Flying Home to: Date and Time: Ability to rent and drive a car: Knowledge of the area: Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): Other Information:
Let's help each other out as much as possible, by doing the following:
Recommend other things to do while in town.
Form groups to split the cost of rental cars and hotel rooms.
Recommended Berwyn travel options: Hotels Rodeway Inn - The (un)official SHIMMER Hotel - 8640 Ogden Ave, Lyons, IL; 4 miles from Eagle's Club - $60 per night pre-tax according to hotel website Priceline.com Name Your Own Price - Prepay a hotel at a desired hotel star level at your price; guaranteed to save 30% or more over listed price. Hi Hostel - 24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL; Very affordable $34-$38 a night; easy access to public transportation to get to Berwyn.
Airlines Southwest Airlines - First two bags are checked free.
Name: Greg Attending shows: All three Flying in to: NA; Local Ability to rent and drive a car: Own a car Knowledge of the Chicago area: Lived in suburbs for 20 years. Been to 15 days of SHIMMER shows. Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): PM Other Information: As usual, I'll have my car. My requirement of our group is that you're in town no later than Friday night, and that you attend both afterparties.
Post by capricornscott on Nov 6, 2011 21:38:48 GMT -6
Name: Scott Attending shows: Both days Ability to rent and drive a car: Renting/Driving from Arkansas Knowledge of the Chicago area: none Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): PM Other Information: I've stayed at the Rodeway Inn the last two Shimmer trips. However, I am not staying there this time. After bad experiences both times, I'm opting for something else. One of my fellow chair people said something about a Super 8 that was close.
Post by JessAndreia on Nov 6, 2011 22:02:37 GMT -6
Name: Jessica Attending shows: Both SHIMMER shows and AAW Flying in to: O'Hare Date and Time: Friday 16th, 12 PM Flying Home to: Flying to Buffalo, NY. Date and Time: Tuesday 20th, 2:15 PM Ability to rent and drive a car: Drive, yes (automatic) Knowledge of the Chicago area: None Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): Private Message Other Information:
Name: Martin Attending shows: Both (and AAW) Flying in to: O'Hare Date and Time: Friday Flying Home to: Heathrow Date and Time: Monday Ability to rent and drive a car: Won't, I'll taxi it like last time Knowledge of the Chicago area: Much more now than I had last time Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): Twitter themib Other Information: As it's St. Paddy's Weekend, I'm down for drinking a lot of Guinness. Rock it.
Post by Crusty Ruffles on Nov 9, 2011 20:27:16 GMT -6
Name: Nick Attending shows: AAW and both SHIMMER shows. Flying in to: Driving down from Wisconsin Date and Time: Friday Morning Flying Home to: The mothership, daddy! Date and Time: Monday Morning Ability to rent and drive a car: Have my own. Knowledge of the Chicago area: Pretty good Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): PM here or a DM on twitter @crustymarshall Other Information: Probably staying where Priceline gets me for cheap, but not positive yet. I do have an SUV so I can get 2-3 more people with me if need be since most likely I'm going solo.
Name: Dave Attending shows: All 3 Flying in to: Midway Date and Time: 3/16/12 11:15 AM Flying Home to: Philly Date and Time: 3/19/12 12: 17 Ability to rent and drive a car: Renting car from airport Knowledge of the Chicago area: None Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): davesecx@gmail or @davidmuscarella on Twitter Other Information: I dont drink and am willing to drive other people to and from shows. I got a GPS on my phone so I dont get lost too.
Name: Stephers Attending shows: Both Flying in to: O'Hare Date and Time: TBD Flying Home to: Winnipeg Date and Time: TBD Ability to rent and drive a car: can do both but will likely be 'pooling with a few friends Knowledge of the Chicago area: extremely limited Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): Twitter! @sxestephers Other Information: I'll likely be joined by at least one or two friends at the event if I'm able to make it. Depends on work and finances right now but if there's even the slightest possibility I'll be there.
Name: Paul Attending shows: Both nights of Shimmer, not sure about AAW Flying in to: driving from north Alabama Date and Time: Thursday 3/15 Flying Home to: driving back Date and Time: Tuesday 3/20 Ability to rent and drive a car: covered Knowledge of the Chicago area: pretty good for a visitor IMO; been to the Eagles Club for Shimmer tapings sixteen times thus far Best way to contact (E-Mail, or Private Message): e-mail (erock30 at gmail) is best, a PM is good as is a facebook message. I also have twitter (@pmahling) but don't make much use of it Other Information: not sure exactly where yet, but I'll be in a hotel in the Oak Brook area somewhere. I recommend the eastern part of Oak Brook to anyone that wants to be fairly close (15-20 minutes away from the Eagles Club via Cermak Road) and doesn't want to stay at the Rodeway Inn.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2011 2:03:49 GMT -6 by eromitlab
Post by thomasadcock on Jan 7, 2012 15:25:49 GMT -6
Name: Thomas Adcock Attending shows: both SHIMMER shows and maybe the AAW show too Flying in to:Taking Greyhound bus to the bus station, walking to Union Station and take the train to the Rodeway Inn Date and time: I'll be leaving Salina,KS Tuesday March 13th at 6pm and will arrive in Chicago at about 9am Wednesday March14th Flying home to: Taking the Greyhound bus home to Salina,KS Date and time:Going to leave Chicago at 8pm and get home about 12pm Ability to rent and drive car: No Knowledge of the Chicago area: Enough to not get lost!! Best way to contact: PM me, firstname.lastname@example.org,or call me at 785-342-5288 Other information: I will be staying at the Rodeway Inn. I've been coming to these SHIMMER shows since volumes 17-18 in. March of 2008, although I missed the last shows,due to being sick. Can call or email me anytime. I have a unlimited plan on my phone.
I think it may have been passingly mentioned in a previous thread - which one I don't recall. But I'm about to book airfare and hotels, and I'd like to have a hotey (if possible, rather than a motel or inn) a comparable distance to Berwyn as the other locations ...
But what I am looking for is something that would be in walking distance or a short taxi fare to a CVS or wherever it is you would buy posterboard in the area. I would really like to bring a "MELISSA FEARS PORTIA" sign as this will for all intensive purposes guarantee interaction with my two favorites.
I just don't want to pay like 100 bucks round trip to go to the posterboard store.
Any recommendations are appreciated.
I probably will decline on the after party as I will have made it through the holidays and my birthday without drinking. St. Patty's Day will be a cinch! I had considered drinking for this event, and who knows if I ever will again, sure had a lot of very fun memories with it, but - I don't want to break the streak just yet. I feel like if I did go to the after party I would probably just make people uncomfortable by telling them I'm the guy who pissed them off on the internet, and probably annoy Portia Perez who I would probably want to talk to for longer than I deserve. Hopefully I will be able to score Portia and Dave's autographs at the show, along with a handful of Chick Fight DVDs, and that Matsumoto vs. Kong thing, along with a few t-shirts. It'll be cool to say what's up to the girls I appreciate the most, and hopefully I will have an opportunity to deliver a very brief, condensed 30 second spiel to Portia about how frickin phenomenal she is.
Plus after six hours of wrestling, I'll probably want a classy meal, a movie, and a nap.
I'll research the internet tonight probably, but thought I'd ask for recommendations first, as to where I can find a hotel convenient to a place that sells posterboard. Something also near sushi would be a huge plus.
Last Edit: Jan 16, 2012 12:50:26 GMT -6 by theflozone