Chicagoland MG Club: Driveline December 2010

Amtrak Road Trip 2011
January 21 - 23, 2011

The Chicagoland MG Club has gone many wonderful places over the years during the dead of winter and without a single MG breakdown. The secret to this unparalleled accomplishment has been to take Amtrak. Of course, Amtrak breakdowns and delays are legendary and more that make up for any we may have missed driving MGs.
The advantage of traveling by Amtrak is that the train company takes care of all the problems that they are capable of handling. You need only sit in your very comfortable seat, much larger than the best and most expensive on airliners, and enjoy the view between trips to the clubcar. Generally, snacks are passed around as well to make up for any supper anyone may have missed. Patience with train travel is rewarded by eventually reaching the desired destination.
We have been many places over the years with multiple trips to the Ford Museum and the Detroit Auto Show, twice to the Studebaker National Museum, once to the National Corvette Museum, and several times to St. Louis. But we have never before taken the most obvious trip of all, the Hiawatha train to Milwaukee to visit the Harley Davidson Museum.
When: Leave Union Station at 5 P.M. on Friday, January 21 2011; return Sunday January 23 2011 leaving Milwaukee at 1 P.M.
Where to stay: Courtyard Marriott Downtown. This is the center of downtown Milwaukee and has many restaurants, bars and pubs across the street and within a block. It is one of the few Milwaukee hotels to have a pool, though it is not very large.
What to pack: Enough clothing for being outside up to halfhour to walk to the museum (about one-half mile). Bring swimming


attire for the pool Saturday night and Sunday morning.

What you need to do:
1. Reserve at the Courtyard, 300 West Michigan Street, Milwaukee at 414-291-4122 under the group rate for Chicagoland MG Club. Rooms with one king bed are $89/ two queen beds are $99 a room each night. You have until December 31 2010 to make the reservation to get these rates.
2.Get tickets for Amtrak at or at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). You want the #339 Hiawatha from CHI to MKE leaving at 5:08 P.M. on January 21 and the #336 Hiawatha from MKE to CHI leaving at 1:00 P.M. on January 23. The round trip cost is $44 subject to any discounts for which you are eligible.
3.Get tickets for the Harley Museum at the museum door for $16 each.
Unless the weather is really bad, we should all be able to walk the quarter mile from the station to the hotel and the half mile from the hotel to the museum. A small light will help at night. The hotel does not have a shuttle service. Most likely there will be pubs along the way to provide sufficient antifreeze solutions for everyone’s taste if necessary.
Union Station is at Jackson and Canal in Chicago. We usually meet behind the bar on the food concourse level in a kind of half-cellar that sometimes has a tap and barkeep in operation. We will line up for the boarding process in the boarding area at track level downstairs at approximately 4:15 P.M. Sometimes we have been befriended by a redcap, but it is best not to count on special seating even if the group is rather large.

Questions? Ann or Jake Snyder at 847-295-2753 or

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