All things go, all things go.

So I’m taking a little trip to Chicago next week for a conference. I can’t remember the nature of the conference–words in the title included “sustainable” and “paradigms”–or maybe it was “matrix”–but I can’t remember the rest.

I’m kidding. It’s “Midwinter”, our denominational annual pastors conference. “Pastor’s conference?” you query. Yes. I know I’m technically not a pastor, but it was felt that it would be good for me to hobnob with those in our conference who are. It should be an interesting and educational week. I dont’t know if I’ll blog at all, but I’ll keep you posted here (also in my sidebar on the right).

I’m arriving in Chicago a day early, so I’m trying to think of where I should go. It’s the 3rd largest city in the U.S.ofA., so I will need to keep my goals reasonable. It dawned on me two days ago that Chicago is the birthplace of The Second City, the launch pad for many of our greatest comedians, including, but not limited to, Fred Willard, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey (the Toronto Second City was home to many, many more). Unfortunately, I arrive to late on Sunday to go to an evening show. So that won’t work. Hopefully I arrive in time to catch the hour long episode of The Office after the Super Bowl.

At this point I plan on going to North Park Seminary on Monday morning for a look-see. After that, who knows. Perhaps Chicago’s Old Town, where The Second City theatre is (as well as the Old Town Ale House, apparently a favourite haunt of Second City actors). And then maybe a stop at either Giordano’s or Gino’s East for some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (I’ve been thinking about it all week–let’s hope they sell pizza by the slice).

Then Monday night the conference begins.

7 thoughts on “All things go, all things go.

  1. Randall

    And i should be there around 6 monday night.

    Wednesday night is free, so if you want to we can head downtown and do the pizza thing, and some other touristy things. The good jazz gets going after nine pm.

    šŸ™‚

    There’s Navy Pier or the Sears Tower, all kinds of things.

    You have a travel plan for getting to north park?

    Shoot me an email if you need El directions.

    and we’ll see you Monday.
    well, if my plane doesn’t crash.

  2. Marc

    Thanks, Randall.

    Downtown on Wednesday night sounds like a good idea. I think the Navy Pier is one thing I’d like to do. Sears Tower would be interesting, but I’m afraid of heights!

    My travel plan for North Park is…um…look at a map, ask someone at the front desk? Maybe I’ll email you, too.

    Now I still need to decide what to do with the rest of Monday. Maybe I’ll go to the pizza place you *don’t* normally go to and then on Wednesday we can go to the other.

    It’ll be good to see you again, Randall.

  3. Collette

    hey Chicago! fun! lucky you.

    I was there for six days last June. it’s a great city! don’t forget to check out an authentic hot dog – Chicago is famous for those too. I only had two days free. I went to Millenium Park and saw “the bean” and the faces sculpture/waterfall and the bandshell designed my Frank Gehry, went to the Chicago Institute of Art nearby (great! and famous!), Grant Park (where Obama had his acceptance speech on Nov 4, in fact although the park is nothing special. but it’s right behind the Institute of Aart), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (I love contemporary art; lots of people don’t), and I took a bicycle tour that took me to the beach, the Old Town, and by the zoo as well. oh and I walked up and down Michigan Avenue and out to Navy Pier (that’s where my bicycle tour started), and I walked by the Sears Tower because my conference was near there.

    I have photos here and here if you’d like a sneak peek of the city before you go!

    I loved the vibe of Chicago. I actually really want to go back! oh and I missed out on The Second City. I wanted to go, but it didn’t happen.

  4. Toni

    Probably best to stay off the tower then, although it is a good experience. If you can, get a boat trip out on the lake at night, as the city lights from the water are ‘magical’ (I speak as one jaded by ‘wonders’) though it may be too cold right now.

    Hope you have a good trip.

    BTW I think it *dawned* on you.

  5. Marc Post author

    You’re right, Toni. I had corrected that, but lost the edited post because of a login timeout. Will correct. Thanks.

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