Approximately 3 days until we find the best, trophy (or is that tropy worthy) tacos. Some logistical info and such:
We are meeting at 9:30. That's early enough to appreciate the market (this is the kind of place where early is better) but late enough for people to actually get there. Set your alarm if necessary.
The Maxwell St. Market is not on or near Maxwell St. if you happen to be reading a copy of Ira Berkow's great book or otherwise looking at a map. It is actually on Canal St, near the intersection of Roosevelt. Most of the Market runs south of Roosevelt on Canal, but a bit runs north of Canal. The movie set worthy, classic diner, White Palace, makes a great landmark at the corner of Roosevelt and Canal for finding the market. That and all the people on Canal (closed to traffic). In addition, just east of Canal, and actually next to the market is a Dominicks.
DO NOT PARK IN THE DOMINICKS' PARKING LOT. Parking itself is not that hard. There is free street parking on Clinton and Jefferson south of Roosevelt, the two streets just west of Canal. In addition, there is a paid lot at the south end of Clinton.
It is possible to take public transportation as well. The market is about a mile from the Red line exit on Roosevelt. There is also a bus that runs on Sunday on Roosevelt. I have linked to a pdf file of the Roosevelt bus schedule.
While it offended one person, I still believe it worthwhile to meet near the Starbucks inside the Dominicks. It is amazing, that the market itself can be jam-packed, yet the Domminicks remains uncrowded enough to spot people. The Starbucks itself is actually about 20 paces from the seating area, both right inside the Domminick's entrance. If you go to either the seating section or stand by the coffee machines, we should be able to pick you out (about 2/3rds of the people expressing interest know each other already).
We will give you until about 9:45 to meet. At that point, and if DaveHammond is willing, maybe you can call his cellphone #. If you do not see us at Domminicks we'll probably be at El Colonial eating empanandas early on, because it is just past the Dommincks or attacking the eyeballs--this place is just north of the Dommicks. Still, as it stands, we are going to have to break into sub-groups. I just cannot imagine any place being able to fit the 15 or so chowhounds (at least) into their tight seats. So, if you go to any food place, you might find a chowhound. After we all meet, we can figure out a plan about going where when, and meeting up later. I do not know about others, but Ms. VI wants to, heaven forbid, shop!
SusanB asked about kids. As I said before, there will be at least four kids there, Zim's and mine. I must warn, though, that it's not the most kid friendly place with the crowds and all. Keep that in mind if you have not been there before with kids.
I am sure I forgot some key details. I should be around most of the day to post updates or answer e-mail. I also look at the the board (and my e-mail) over the weekend, so you have plenty of chances.
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