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Photo TR: Chicago, SFGA, Food, CORN MAZES and more FOOD!

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 6:55 pm

Stacey and I had a wedding to attend this past weekend in Chicago so we decided to make a mini-vacation out of it and do Six Flags Great America for Fright Fest, explore Chicago since we have not been there in a few years and eat WAY too much amazing food. Overall it was a very fun and relaxing trip! I do feel as if I have grown out of Six Flags parks however... While we had a good time they just do not feel as if they offer much to me any more. Credits are good but the horrible service, long lines, lack of other rides and entertainment and the clientele make me want to stay away. Ahh well.

We have a bad tendency to go to SFGA when it is *way* to busy and this time was no exception. We had 45 min to an hour lines even with Fast Lane and the lack of an open full service restaurant and huge lines at the crappy quick service actually had us leave the park to eat dinner (which we never do!) For some reason I thought the opening weekend of Fright Fest on a Saturday nite would not be busy... silly me! :roll:
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We landed at Midway airport and ran smack into a White Castle after we got our rental car. We don't have White Castle in Florida so it was a rare treat!
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Our hotel was in Schaumberg and we could see our Ikea credit taunting us from our window! (we don't have ikea here either so its a big deal to us!)
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We had an amazing dinner at a restaurant called Cafe Mateu - The highlight was poached figs drenched in honey. It made me cry!
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This was all over the buildings near the restaurant. WTF?!?!
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Next day lunch was at Gino's East for some deep dish chicago pizza! I told you it was all about the food :)
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Being city folk we had always wanted to check out a corn maze and a traditional farm. About 20min from our hotel we got our wish!
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They also loved to violate copyrights here... Why are the muppets on sesame street? Oh yeah..they were painted by a drunk farmer!
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I got to fondle a donkey! Yae! Donkey credit!
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They even had a zoo set up at this farm! This was a very sad looking tiger... :(
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Hello Robb!
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I decided to try and feed this creature with long claws that was very fast. Bad idea? Why yes... yes it was.
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These little piggies all have their boob credit ;)
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We then decided to try out the corn maze. It started off very easy but we actually got lost a few times. I want to try a bigger one now!
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This is *way* to country for us!

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:06 pm

More fun and food!
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The ACEr's built their own park.. yae for them!
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A combo Zebra and Donkey! ROCK ON!
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Stacey got lost in the Hay Maze.. it was only really effective if you were.. um.. 3 feet tall.
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Awesome apple cider, apple cider donuts, and apples with warm caramel and nuts. MmmmMM Apple-Delicious
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Stacey is not tall enough to get the pumpkin credit :(
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Next day for lunch we headed to Portillos for some hot beef action! No..seriously...they serve hot beef there. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!
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We then made it to SFGA...the most bizarrely crowded park EVAH!
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They tried with their theming..but it just cant get that bad six flags taste out of your mouth.
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They had a few different scare zones but no people really scaring - just kinda walking behind you. When we were in guest relations later that night we heard them say they "Toned it down" this year.
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Area 51-- OMG!! Perhaps the Aliens could help with the 90 minute wait for every attraction in the park?
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The theming at Viper consisted of a sign out front saying "Snakes on a Train"...that is *Amazing* halloween theming.
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The Demon! Rock ON!
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Best Coaster in the Park.. Raging Bull! Fast Lane was very helpful here!
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Damn you stacker and your PSP prize taunting me. I'm really good at this game usually but at a $1 a pop and the top prize a PSP..it took me for quite a few dollars.
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Wow.. Let me put on my surprised face.

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Postby RRollergod » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:10 pm

Sadly you should have gone to the worlds largest maze that is actually 1.5 hours from where you are. They have 3 mazes. The large one, a haunted one, and a small boring one.and they get hay rides. But nice job doing the donkey!
LOL Snakes on a train :lmao: !

EDIT: Didn't you know that portillos beef is supposed to be on recall right now it gave my family the Shilts!
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Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:21 pm

and more...
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Demon was also a highlight of the day.. not for the horrible and rough ride but the retro 80's song and commercials playing in the queue for the ride.
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The Troll way!!! GET IT?!?!! HAh! The tower actually looked really cool at night with smoke and flames in addition to kong.
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We skipped this crappy ride.. We have decided to never ride stand ups ever again....seriously.
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This was the *free* scare zone. Once again it seemed scaring was not their focus. They mainly hung out, talked to each other and occasionally scared a small child. Hmm.
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We searched and searched for the headline magic show that was in the map. This is where it was.. we laughed and walked away. We actually got their early thinking we wouldn't get seats! :)
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Hi Joe!
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Fun ride - horrible people in line. We then ran over to the next attraction at full speed. We had 5 minutes at the end of the night to make it to...
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The clone of Primeval Whirl at DAK.. it was *exactly* the same.. with no theming or audio.
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We were kinda hungry so of course we had to get another white castle credit. Why are these not in Florida?
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For lunch the next day we went to the Weber Grill restaurant where they cook all of their food on... huge weber grills. It was *awesome*
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The food was too die for. We don't have a grill in our apt so it is a rare treat!
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We then headed to downtown chicago to explore. This used to be the Chicago DisneyQuest.. RIP! :(
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Then to the American Girl Doll Store for Stacey which made her very happy!
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I'm not sure what is worse.. the little girls, the moms or the dolls. This one was pretty creepy!
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We then went to the Millennium Park where we saw the Cloud Gate sculpture - it was pretty amazing!
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OMG! I'm touching myself!
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No one has *ever* taken this photo before!
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Dinner was at another amazing restaurant called Sweets and Savories where we had a great meal and a 3 course desert tasting. This was our Duck Fat Fries with Fig Ketchup. The fries melted in your mouth.. drool.
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Before our flight we hit navy pier which had horribly overpriced parking, marginal food and a few rides.
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I leave you with this ferris wheel photo. McDonalds and Vekoma in the same picture.. Love it or hate it?!?! It is enough to make you go crazy.

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Postby SharkTums » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:33 pm

Great TR!

I'm actually shocked at how much effort SFGAm puts into Fright Fest! Changing the names, adding dye to the water, giant props, wow, almost cool. As for Deja Vu...HAHAHAAHAHA...I HAVE ALL 4!!!!!

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Postby ParkTrips » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:34 pm

Thanks Reed, but to be honest I don't even like Whizzer that much :angel:

Glad to see y'all got to do some cool stuff up in Chicago

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Postby vjgx » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:40 pm

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Win. :lmao:

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:40 pm

SharkTums wrote:Great TR!

I'm actually shocked at how much effort SFGAm puts into Fright Fest! Changing the names, adding dye to the water, giant props, wow, almost cool. As for Deja Vu...HAHAHAAHAHA...I HAVE ALL 4!!!!!


Heh. When we went to guest relations that night (which we never do but we were a tad bit miffed about the 45-60 min waits WITH fastlane) there was a guy in front of us complaining that DejaVu is always closed when he comes. The lady was saying how "It is always open" and he "Must have bad luck" and it is "One of their most reliable rides". I seriously almost laughed out loud.

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Postby Golfie » Thu Oct 12, 2006 7:47 pm

LOL! Snakes on a train? woah... I literally JUST got that - as I was typing.

I think that's cool how they changed iron wolf's name; I've never been to fright fest before. However, that will all change soon :D


Navy Pier looks cool, along with the cloud gate - AMAZING! It's almost mesmerizing... Funny, I only saw the two projection towers when I went to Chica-ga two years ago. I do wish that went to see that, too.
I get to go to navy pier next spring with my class; something about eighth grade priveleges?

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Postby DejaVu The Ride » Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:11 pm

The actual funny thing is.....Dejavu ran all day (except for minor mishaps) on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. It also hasn't seen a day where it hasn't ran at all in quite a long time. It's almost like....dare I say it?.....a normal coaster.

Just a random tidbit....fireworks are now BACK for Fright Fest. Catch them on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in conjunction with the nightly Zombie Jamboree pre-show and parade.

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