Wednesday, March 25, 2009

DIRECTIONS and MAPS for Our Wedding

A map and some directions were included in our wedding invitation (which we mailed this morning), but since y'all are coming from so many different places, you can pick the directions that apply to you and print them. There is also a corresponding map and a handy link to a larger one.

Directions to Salvage One coming North on I-55
Take I-55 N to I-90 W/I-94 W
Take I-90 W/I-94 W to exit 49B, Augusta Blvd/Milwaukee Ave/1000N
Follow the signs to Augusta Blvd (west)
In ½ mile, turn left (south) on Ashland Ave
In ¾ mile, turn right (west) at W Hubbard St
(Hubbard is about 500 feet after Grand Ave)
Salvage One will be on your right at 1840 W Hubbard St

Click here to view directions with a larger map


Directions to Salvage One coming West on I-90/I-94
Take I-90 W/I-94 W to exit 49B, Augusta Blvd/Milwaukee Ave/1000N
Follow the signs to Augusta Blvd (west)
In ½ mile, turn left (south) on Ashland Ave
In ¾ mile, turn right (west) at W Hubbard St
(Hubbard is about 500 feet after Grand Ave)
Salvage One will be on your right at 1840 W Hubbard St

Click here to view directions with a larger map


Directions to Salvage One coming East on I-90/I-94
Take I-90 E/I-94 E to exit 49A, Division St/1200N
Turn right (west) off the ramp onto Division St
In ¼ mile, turn left (south) onto Ashland
In just under a mile, turn right (west) onto Hubbard St
(Hubbard is about 500 feet after Grand Ave)
Salvage One will be on your right at 1840 W Hubbard St

Click here to view directions with a larger map


Directions to Salvage One coming East on I-290 E
Take I-290 E to exit 28B, Paulina St/1600 W/Ashland Ave/1700 W
1st traffic light is Paulina – 2nd traffic light is Ashland Ave
Turn left (north) on Ashland Ave
In 1 mile, turn left (west) onto Hubbard St
(Hubbard is about 500 feet after you go under some railroad tracks)
(there is no traffic light, but there is a left turn lane)
Salvage One will be on your right at 1840 W Hubbard St

Click here to view directions with a larger map


Directions to Salvage One from the Holiday Inn (Mart Plaza)
Start at the Holiday Inn (Mart Plaza)
Turn left (north) out of the hotel parking facility onto Orleans St
In ¼ mile, turn left (west) on Grand Ave
In 1 ½ miles, turn left (south) on Ashland Ave
Turn right on Hubbard Street
(Hubbard is about 500 feet after Grand Ave)
Salvage One will be on your right at 1840 W Hubbard St

Click here to view directions with a larger map


Salvage One to the Holiday Inn (Mart Plaza)
OK. It may seem like you don't need directions for getting from the reception back to the hotel ... but there are many one-way streets in the area around Salvage One as well as around the hotel ... so just in case you do need directions, here they are:
Leave Salvage One and head east on Hubbard
Turn left (north) on Ashland Ave
In 500 feet, turn right (east) on Grand Ave
In 1 ½ miles, turn right (south) on Wells St
At Kinzie, you will head under the El tracks, staying on Wells.
Stay to the right and turn right at Merchandise Mart Plaza.
If you have crossed the river, you have gone too far!
Take Merchandise Mart Plaza straight across Orleans into the parking structure.

Click here to view directions with a larger map
(If you crossed the river, then just turn right on Wacker Drive, then right on Orleans St. The Holiday Inn will be on your left just across the river. The parking structure entrance is right on the river.)


No Car?
For those of you who will be without a car, the hotel and Salvage One are a quick, cheap cab ride away from each other.


More Directions
Need directions other than those you see here? Please don't hesitate to email us and ask!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

We're delinquent

So, um....we're a little behind in our wedding blogging. Sorry about that. However, that's because we are NOT so behind in our real, live wedding planning! Here's a few details to catch you up:

-We have a caterer! We found a great guy who we really like. We had a tasting with a couple we're friends with, and the food is fantastic. No, really. Like "save room because there's more delicious stuff coming" fantastic.

-We have a rabbi! After getting some recommendations of rabbis willing to do less-traditional interfaith services, we met with a few, and liked two of them a lot. We went back and forth over the particulars, and chose the one we meshed with more. He is from a downtown congregation that is largely made up of interfaith couples, and he really puts us at ease with our ceremony planning.

-We have music! Our friend Mike will be the DJ for the wedding. He is a wizard of all things related to sound and video. He's won several Jeff awards (Chicago's Tony award) for sound, video, and projection design, and he's DJ'ed most Barrel of Monkey weddings. We're really glad he's available to be a part of our day.

-We have invitations! We became invitation experts in a very short time, largely thanks to an independent shop owner in Evanston, who showed us the ropes. Because she only carried certain companies' products, we ended up not purchasing through her. But we combined elements of various invitations we liked and had them made. Gretchen's brother Paul is a graphic designer, and he took our idea and ran with it. We then had another small shop print everything up for us. We're really happy with how they turned out, and they should be getting to you in the very near future!

See? I told you we've been working on it! Also in the works or done: the rings, our clothes for the big day, honeymoon plans, ceremony particulars... Now be honest: raise your hand if you read this entry's title and thought it either referred to us breaking laws and being thrown into "juvie", circa "West Side Story", OR not paying our library fines in a timely manner. OK - the two of you with your hands up are uninvited. Everyone else, thanks for checking back to see if this blog is still among the living. Gretchen and I thank you.