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How to make the most of your flight delay:beer and italian beef


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How to make the most of your flight delay:beer and italian beef

tummyache | Nov 27, 2007 10:00 PM

I had a weekend (plus monday) in Chicago and found out yesterday that my 7:30 flight to NYC had been delayed till 9:30. Finding myself around the Western blue line stop around 4 but not wanting to spend my afternoon/evening in O'Hare, I headed to the Maproom (a place suggested to me last time I posted about going to chicago) and enjoyed two great brews: Founder's Breakfast Stout and Dirty Bastard. They also had lots of polish sausages, cheese, and a ton of mustards out for the taking. If I lived in Chicago, I would come here every week. With about 3 hours till flight time, I decided it wasn't a successful chicago trip without an italian beef (I enjoyed one on each of my only two other visits: one at Al's on West Taylor and one at Mr. Beef on Ontario) so I took the blue line to Harlem and then the #90 bus 30 minutes to Johhnie's in Elmwood Park. I lugged my suitcase with me and grabbed two hot and juicy combos with fries and a lemon ice to go. I was nervous the whole time that something would go wrong and I would wind up stranded in Elmwood Park or get stuck in traffic and miss my flight (this is where you start to question your sanity/chowhound nature) Chowhounding can be stressful! Anyway, the sandwiches were great and I was probably the only delayed passenger at Jet Blue Gate E-8 with a big smile on my face. Thanks to the chi-hounds who hipped me to the maproom and gave good directions to Johnnie's!

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