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January 30th, 2012 - Catherine-708752 said:

Hi to all, I trust everyone made it home safe and sound. I had a good time and look forward to getting together for future events. Thanks to all the planners, we couldn't have done it without you!

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January 30th, 2012 - Robert-618938 said:

Thanks !! Janet, One othe Mary's, and Juli, for coordinating the event ... I had a great time! God bless all who came and made this happen.

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January 29th, 2012 - Chuck-209629 said:

It was a great day and I was happy I was able to make it. As others have said Janet I am sorry you were not able to make itwe all had a good time. I do hope to make it out to some other events where ever they may be.

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January 29th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

Just got home and "uber" (Rob term) or "mega" exhausted, and such a well worth, good exhaustion. Thank you Janet, and so sorry I did not get to meet you (as I was looking forward to it), but count on it in the future! Thank you Juli and Mary for all your work and your "pinch hitting" as well dear ladies. How wonderful it was to meet and share some time with new friends and more special times with present dearly loved sisters and brothers. Onward with more good times together in the future!

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January 29th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

The MegaIndy Crew is heading home on the Megabus. We had a terrific time-- thank you everyone!! God bless you!!

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January 29th, 2012 - John-779695 said:

Hello All: I have posted the photos that I took from the event to my Facebook page. Do a search for "John W Ainsworth", feel free to copy any of them that you like.

Great see all of you that attend!! Janet, sorry that I did not get to meet you, next time! OK

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January 28th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

I am sorry that I was not able to be there to greet everyone in Chicago. I am still stuck at the airport here in Pittsburgh.

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January 28th, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

Such a peaceful ride on the top deck of the Megabus! Can't wait to see everyone! Such an awesome way to meet friends!!!!

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January 28th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

Thanks so Much Wendy!! So good to see you. Wish you could come.

If all goes well I'll make my train and be there at the Food Court at 12:30pm in Front of the McDonalds as Janet had planned. It's inside, right when you get to the Navy Pier, in the first section.

Well it's 10am and 27 degrees here in the near suburbs of Chicago and sunny. It's a bit breezy. So, I recommend layers and as good shoes if you're making a day of it.

My cell phone is 847-894-3076. Leave message if I'm on the train and don't get reception or otherwise am busy. I'll get back to you ASAP and try to help you out if you're from out of town or need directions re: buses, etc.

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January 28th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

The Indy group is settled on the top deck of our double-decker Mega Bus - we're on our way!

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January 28th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Hi All - Yes, Mary is correct that I am STUCK in Pittsburgh, PA. I just got to my room and it is 3 AM. I still do not know when I will fly next. Thank goodness for Mary being another wonderful event planner to step in my place. I am hoping to make it to Chicago for at least mass and dinner. I have wanted to see all of you! Mary & I will be in touch.

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January 28th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

2 am update: Janet ran into plane troubles and is spending the night in Pittsburgh, with no idea right now when she may fly out tomorrow. She hopes to see us Saturday, but has asked me to take over as coordinator if she can't make it. Our Indy group will try to meet up with everyone at 1:30 at the food court, and just plan to stick to Janet's schedule. If our bus is late, we'll find you whenever we get there.

Janet won't be able to take phone calls while she's flying, so my cell is 317-694-7743 for texts/calls in the morning. Let me know if your plans change please. I'll be on the bus but should have reception. See you all at the Pier!

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January 28th, 2012 - John-49562 said:

Hey, Deanne! I wish I could give you a "thumbsup" emote, but I guess the parenthetical one will have to do!

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January 28th, 2012 - John-49562 said:

I am taking the Metra to either Davis Street (Evanston) or Ogilvie Transportation Center (Chicago) and taking the el. I may get there a little late, but I will be there.

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January 27th, 2012 - Chuck-209629 said:

I may not be there after all :( Work has gotten in the way. I have to see what time I can get out then decide if I can mke it. If I don't I hope you have a great time.

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January 27th, 2012 - John-779695 said:

I had to be in the city today, so I took a drive by Navey Pier. It is so warm today that they have all of the snow sculptures covered with tarps to keep them from melting!! LOL

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January 27th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Any snow predicted?

Deanne - so you're showing up in T-shirt, shorts and flip flops? :) You'd be easy to find in the crowd......

See you all Saturday.

Janet - thanks again for putting this outing together. You are amazing!

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January 26th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Thank you Juli for all of your help with giving people the advice on the bus to and from the Cathedral. There will be quite a few vehicles at Navy Pier that we might be able carpool to the church, otherwise, people will need to take the bus or taxi. John - thank you for mentioning the price for parking at Navy Pier. I have been working in NYC all week and have been working on average 15-18 hours a day. Please make sure to research which transportation option you want to go with and partner up with people if you want to. We have people coming all different times of the day. I will be emailing all of you my cell phone that you can use on Saturday. I will not be available via phone at all on Friday since I will be flying from NYC that evening after working all day.

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January 25th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

This weekend at Navy Pier, expect some fun:

Snow Sculpting Competitions, Dog Sled Competitions, Snow Board Rail Jam, Competition and Demonstrations, Kids Activities, Professional teams from the US and around the world including Austria, Czech Republic, Russia and Spain,

Magellanic Penguins from Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Blackhawks Street Team with fun games and prizes, and much more! The Sail Boat Show is also going on this weekend at Navy Pier.

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January 25th, 2012 - John-779695 said:

Just for your info: The parking garage that is located right on the pier is only $18.00, before you park miles away and pay to take the bus to and from consider parking right on the pier, if it is not already full by the time that you arrive. Also just so everyone know, the snow sculptors will be located in Gateway Park located just west of the entrance to Navy Pier.

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January 25th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

FYI, Cafe Iberico has a Parking Lot that opens at 11am Saturday. All day parking is $12. For some you may wish to park there in the morning, take the CTA #66 Bus straight to Navy Pier, the end of the line. Catch the CTA #66 (Grand) on Chicago Avenue, going East toward Lake. Cost: $2.50. Have change or singles available for bus fare. Cafe Iberico is located at 737 N. LaSalle, Chicago, 60654. Phone: 312-573-1510. We would take the same exact bus back to Holy Name in the evening and walk a couple blocks over to Cafe Iberico for dinner & drinks. Amy, from Michigan, who's going, found out this information. I'd thought I share her information. Your car would be waiting for you in the parking lot at the end of the night. This is is another option other than the Navy Pier parking lots.

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January 24th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

Christina's on the money... Layers, Layers, Layers.......

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January 23rd, 2012 - Chuck-209629 said:

I will be making it this weekend looking forward to it.

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January 23rd, 2012 - John-49562 said:

Just to make it official, I am going. Yaay!

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January 23rd, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:

OK quick question, what are you all wearing for Snow Days? Snow suits or just layers of warm clothing? Just trying to plan a head but dont want to over pack. Trying to keep it light for the bus trip.

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January 23rd, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:

Looking forward to a fun weekend with my CM friends. Mega Bus may never be the same. LOL Just kidding, we will be on our best behavior.

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January 23rd, 2012 - Dawn-58330 said:

Justin, we will miss you. Hopefully you can join in at another CM event in the future. Good luck with the car stuff.

Janet and Juli (for planning purposes), I'm coming up with the Indy crew on the Megabus, doing all the activities and going to dinner. Will be staying the night at a hotel and all of us Indy peeps are bussing back on Sunday. I'm really looking forward to this and praying for good travel weather!!!

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January 23rd, 2012 - Justin-503770 said:

Ugh, I won't be coming after all :-( I found out that I need to get my car heater replaced, so that's gonna set me back more than what I can handle at this point. I'll be thinking of all of you, though!!!

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January 22nd, 2012 - Chuck-209629 said:

Hi Janet

I may have a change of plans for the weekend and be able to make it for some of the events. I may have to work in the morning the I can take the train down town form one of the train stations by my work. I just wont know untill later this week. I will let you know. Corey do you know what line you guys are taking down there if I don't work I may be able to meet up with you at one of the other stations.

Chuck

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January 22nd, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

If you have yet to RSVP Janet via email or CM message re: if you plan on attending dinner at Cafe Iberico after mass, please do so. She needs to know so she can make reservations. Cafe Iberico has a lively atmosphere, I think it'll be a nice, cozy place to end the day's festivities.

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January 22nd, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

If you have yet to RSVP Janet via email or CM message re: if you plan on attending dinner at Cafe Iberico after mass, please do so. She needs to know so she can make reservations. Cafe Iberico has a lively atmosphere, I think it'll be a nice, cozy place to end the day's festivities.

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January 21st, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

http://www.transitchicago.com/fares/

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January 21st, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

According to CTA's site, Mary, there is a Vending Machine at Navy Pier. Don't know how often you use the bus or train, but for others, the bus driver does NOT make change. He takes single dollars and change. The vending machine does not disperse change either. It only adds to a card you already have. So, you can get your card when you first get there in the early afternoon. Or, you can also purchase it from a train station in your area.

Depending on the weather, there may be some, me included, that want to split a cab, and in turn you could you split the fare. It's not that far.

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January 19th, 2012 - John-779695 said:

I will be there at 12:30 but I wont be able to stay for the evening events because I am running a Texas Holdem event at my church that night. See all of you at Navy Pier!!

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January 18th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Paula from Carmel, IN - pls get in touch through Janet's email (at the top of this event page) - there are several of us traveling together from Indy and we'd love for you to join us. By the time you get there, we'll be fast friends!!

John - will be good to see you again!

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January 17th, 2012 - John-49562 said:

It looks like I may be able to go since I have that weekend off.

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January 17th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Tim ~ That really stinks that you are not able to make it since it would have been our first time of actually meeting each other after these years of knowing each other!!! I know all about system upgrades since my work life is all about computer systems as well. I hope they push it back so that you can make it. :-)

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January 17th, 2012 - Justin-503770 said:

i am not sure if i am going to be spending the night or leaving the same evening...it all depends what the weather does and if i am on schedule to serve as lector or EM for my parish the next morning

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January 16th, 2012 - Rosemarie-58633 said:

I'm getting excited about meeting new people, spending time with those I have already met and love dearly!

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January 16th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

Gentlemen... I've reserved a double queen bed room at the Double Tree - Miracle Mile hotel for Saturday night. Would anyone be interested in rooming with me and splitting the cost?

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January 16th, 2012 - Tim-100809 said:

I was hoping to go, but a system move scheduled at 2 am on Saturday threw a monkey wrench in my plans! :( Have a terrific time!

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January 15th, 2012 - Justin-503770 said:

I marked this event on my calendar...it will be my first CM event :-)

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January 14th, 2012 - MaryKate-710661 said:

I'm way to far away right now, but as an Arlington Heights native, I've enjoyed the Volz sculptures for years! I remember being disappointed in college, because I wasn't home to see them.

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January 14th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

I'm part of the Indy contingent - we'll hit Union Station about noon and head to Navy Pier from there. Spending the night - so planning on some 'after-dinner' hang out time too! Thanks again, Janet! Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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January 13th, 2012 - Rob-362135 said:

I'm coming for the entire slate of events... including dinner. Looking forward to this day! It's snowing here in Indy too :)

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January 13th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

Well our snow is finally here, for you out of towners. Right now there's about 4", expecting up to 6" or so.

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January 10th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

Just a correction.. it's $2.50 for the CTA bus,, not $1.75... thanks Corey..

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January 10th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

There is a CTA bus, #124, that departs from Union Station and goes directly to Navy Pier, stopping along the way. About a 20 minute trip for only $1.75 each. Check the website www.transitchicago.com and put you're departing location "Union Station" and arrival place "Navy Pier" or your hotel or hotel's address and it will provide you with the proper bus number. You just need to punch in date and time.

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January 10th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

If you are driving and might be able to help with rides from Union Station - post it here please. The Indy MegaBus riders are due to arrive at noon.

Also, if you'll be joining us for dinner - post that here as well. We'll need a good count to make proper arrangements.

BTW - non paying members CAN post on Event pages. So even if you don't currently have an active subscription - you can RSVP and communicate here so we know to look for you.

Praying for colder temps......

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January 9th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Frank - that is great that you know FIRST HAND how amazing Fran's (my cousin) work is. It is a shame that he is too busy organizing the event that he doesn't create a sculpture of his own during the event. He did his first year, but hasn't been able to do it since then. The sculptures are amazing! Like I said in a previous post... pray for it to be below freezing so the sculptures don't melt.

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January 9th, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Hi All - I hope you all can take a quick look at your transportation options - car, train, taxi, bus. I am leaving all transportation to Navy Pier up to all participants. I know that Mary from Indiana is coordinating some people riding the Mega Bus. Some people from WI plan to ride the train and some plan to drive. Please reach out to the participants who've mentioned what they plan to do so that you can coordinate with someone who is doing something similar to what you need to do.

I personally am flying from New York the night before from a 2 week work trip, which is why my time is limited. I have posted all of the times and locations well in advance to help people know where to go and when. I am going to be asking help from a couple of people who have organized some events in the past as well. Mary - 363093 and I talk frequently, so if you are not able to get a quick answer from me due to my work schedule, she will likely know the answer..... or knows how to hunt me down for the answer. :-) I am going to be working with one of the other participants to help make sure our dinner location is secured.

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January 9th, 2012 - Alisa-402450 said:

Looking forward to it -- see you in Chicago! Thanks for coordinating, Janet. You always do a wonderful job:)

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January 9th, 2012 - Mary-363093 said:

Janet, thanks again for putting this together. So far, 5 of us Indy folks (Rob and his harem, plus me - as his cousin, I'm NOT a part of his harem, lol) are making the trip via MegaBus and spending the night at the Double Tree. We are really looking forward to this!

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January 8th, 2012 - Juli-369533 said:

It looks like we might meet the number limit for getting a room at Cafe Iberico, that would be fun.

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January 7th, 2012 - Robert-618938 said:

The train might work for me... Thanks Corey!

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January 6th, 2012 - Christina-50555 said:

I am coming up with the Indy Crew on the Mega Bus. We will be spending the night at the Double Tree Inn (Humble Beginnings of CM Chicago) not far from Navy Pier. This will be a fun weekend.

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January 3rd, 2012 - Janet-83198 said:

Monica - the snow sculptures are amazing! They will have the event even if it doesn't snow. They have one of the ski hill places come in with a snow machine and make the snow for the sculptures. So don't fret people... this should most likely happen! Just pray for once that it is cold enough to keep the snow frozen. (I can't believe that I just prayed for it to be cold.) LOL

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January 1st, 2012 - Catherine-708752 said:

Hi, I plan to meet up with the group at Holy Name, since I have a class until 3 pm that day. It will be nice to see some of the people I met at the Christmas party and meet some new people also. Happy New Year!

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December 29th, 2011 - Effer-806482 said:

Hi everyone, hope i can join you but i can't. im staying in malaysia and perhaps one fine day :) anyway, hope you guys enjoy and take care.

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December 22nd, 2011 - Mark-16207 said:

Hello

Sounds like a great day Janet

Mark

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December 22nd, 2011 - Dawn-58330 said:

I'm in!! The only thing that could stop me now is the weather. Working with some others from the Indy Crew to take the Megabus up. Gotta pray, Peeps, for no bad weather from KY to Chi-town!

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December 22nd, 2011 - Mary-363093 said:

Janet - still working out the details, but this is looking more and more likely for me. YAY! Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting everyone else!

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December 21st, 2011 - Janet-83198 said:

Hi ~ Do all of you reading this post realize that you have a great combination of people coming to this event? We have some of the regular Attendees from annual Wisconsin/Illinois events as well as the Indianapolis regular Attendees coming to this event. For any of you worried about not knowing anyone, don't worry... you will meet plenty of us that are used to easing that tension for someone new. Just be ready for a BLAST!!!

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December 19th, 2011 - Juli-369533 said:

Janet, I'm aware of and have some contacts with some Catholic groups in Chicago and the suburbs. If you like I can forward this event information for you on your behalf. I'm not a CM member now but have about 4 Chicago Catholic groups I can share the info with. Let me know what u think. Juli

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December 18th, 2011 - Sylvia-775951 said:

Sounds Like Fun :)

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December 16th, 2011 - Juli-369533 said:

Not sure if I can come. Now I remember my conflict. Might actually be doing the Polar Plunge in Lake Michigan at 11 am at Oak Street Beach, walking distance from Navy Pier. If you guys get there in time you can see some people do something crazy for a good cause! I say you guys take the train. It's a great chance to chat with people and get to know them.

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December 15th, 2011 - Chuck-209629 said:

Janet I so wish I could be there but I will be down state that weekend. I know you will have fun.

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December 14th, 2011 - Meesch-691047 said:

I SO wish I could go!

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