Stormy Sunday: Chicago Itinerary Checklist for OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 RA Fans Film Viewing Gathering, August 03, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #14)

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pIntotheStorm2014ChicagoViewingPosterJun0714GratianaLovelace_400x686--sizedlargerIf you are joining us for our planned Chicago or New York City RA Fans seeing the exquisitely talented IntotheStorm--RichardArmitageasGary_MovieNewsPlus3-25Jul14_Aug0214ranetBritish actor Richard Armitage’s (image of his in character as Gary, right) new film Into the Storm on Saturday August 9th, hopefully you have already started your travel planning.  We are seven days away from our RA Fans meet ups in Chicago and in New York City on August 9th.

Please be sure to complete the Contact Form by Thursday Aug. 7th on this web site (see tab on home page above) to let us know that you will be joining us.  I/Grati need accurate counts for lunch and dinner reservations (everyone pays their own way).

And with all of the rave reviews coming from people who saw the film in previews, Into the Storm is sure to be an exciting film.  In this interview hyperlinked here, Into the Storm Director Steven Quale.talks about the special effects challenges of the film.

SpReAd-the-Love-Into-the-Storm-Challenge_Aug0214Jazzbaby1But tornadoes are serious business–not for the faint of heart–and lives are devastated each year when they strike.  So as a tie-in to the movie Into the Storm, there is a SpReAd the Love plan to make a donation to disaster relief organizations via the SpReAd the Love campaign with each act of kindness given or received.  I’m donating a pint of my blood on Monday to our local Red Cross agency.  Won’t you also consider sharing a kindness given or received–especially within the RA Fandom?  Your sharing will put money into  disaster relief organizations coffers via an anonymous donor. Thanks to Jazzbaby1 and Obscura for organizing this SpReAd the Love tie-in to the Into the Storm film.

 

Below is a Detailed Itinerary for our Chicago August 9th OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 RA Fans Gathering (everybody pays their own expenses):

11:45am meet at Macy’s 111 N. State Street Chicago at their Walnut Room (I’m making us a reservation for 10TheWalnutRoom-description-by-OpenTable_Jul2614crop2 people so far) for 12noon lunch (Macy’s was formerly known as Marshall Fields);  arrive early at 11:30am and go to Macy’s lower level Visitor Center to buy a $35 Shopping Package (see right), the gift card may be used toward Macy’s purchases, including lunch at the Walnut Room; and you also get a neat Macy’s shopping bag and the traditional chocolate Frango mints, etc.  Note that for the 10% off visitors pass part of the shopping package, Macy’s said that that promotion  is only for people who live 200 or more miles away.
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1:30 – 4pm site seeing and shopping (we can split up if people’s interests vary); here are some choices:
* shopping a bit at Macy’s after lunch (note that Macy’s shopping package deal mentioned above (and detailed in the graphic below)

* walking from Macys to the Art Institute, we could just take a leisurely window shopping stroll along State Street and Michigan Avenue

* please note that the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has purse size limit guidelines and handy $1/item bag checking for Art-Institute-of-Chicago-Exhibitions_Aug0214AICitems not allowed into the museum.  And here is the Art Institute’s admission fees page  (the range seems to be $14 – $23);  Current AIC exhibitions (sample below) are eclectically divine for those of us who like the French impressionists (tons of Monet haystack paintings), modern masters, blown glass paperweights, art and artifacts from antiquity, etc. The AIC is a feast of cultures and histories from around the world and also from our own backyard.  You will find me making a beeline for  the  blue hued splendor of the Chagall windows when we arrive. And as a finale to your visit, the AIC has the most fabulous Museum Gift Store!
* Millennium Park–an outdoor garden, playground, cultural venue that has, among other things, the much touted bean (that silvery mirrored thingy, ha!)

shopping at Navy Pier; someone indicated that there is a free trolley or bus for transportation within Navy Pier’s shops and such
* Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)–the tallest building in the world for a really long time
*  etc.

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Art Institute of Chicago maps of exhibits:

Art-Institute-of-Chicago-Floor1Map_Aug0214AIC  Art-Institute-of-Chicago-Floor2Map_Aug0214AIC

4:30pm arrive for 5:00pm viewing of Into the Storm at AMC River East 21 Movie  Theatre at 322 E. Illinois Street, Chicago;  Please be sure to buy your movie tickets online days ahead of time at Fandango to avoid the problem of the movie being sold out;  My ticket says auditorium 10, in case they are showing the film  in two theatre auditoriums at the same time

7:00pm we head to dinner after the movie to decompress,  unwind, and review the film (the restaurant is tba, the AMC River East 21 Movie Theatre has MacGuffin’s Bar & Lounge, or other restaurant  at nearby Navy Pier  that we decide upon) ;  then after?

Please note that transportation between venues that are not within easy walking distance of each other will be by hailing a taxi at each individual’s expense.

P.S. My room at the hotel reservations I booked for Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago that is centrally located at 160 E. Huron (formerly the Crowne Plaza) in Chicago, near Michigan Avenue. Their phone is (312) 585-9333 should you also wish to book a room–we do not have a block of rooms, but you might still be able to get a reservation.  These are nicely sized suites that are the most economical I found–everything else for only a single room was 2 or 3 times this.  And the Hilton hotel reservation folks cut me a deal as a government employee (for just under $200).  Snap! So if anyone needs a place to stay Saturday night and wants to split this hotel cost with me, please contact me via this blog’s contact form.   Thanks!

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15 thoughts on “Stormy Sunday: Chicago Itinerary Checklist for OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 RA Fans Film Viewing Gathering, August 03, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #14)

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    August 3, 2014–The Chicago August 9th OpeRAtion “Into the Storm” 2014 RA Fans group meet up and film viewing has about 9.5 confirmed attendees so far. Yippee! The .5 person is a definite maybe. Ha!

    So if you will also be joining us in Chicago, please complete a Contact Form on this web site (see the tab above)–be sure to indicate where you are coming from.Thanks! Grati ;->

    I need to know exact numbers of our attendees for our luncheon and dinner reservations.

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    August 3, 2014–The NYC August 9th OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 RA Fans meet up and viewing has about 5 confirmed attendees at this point.

    So to aid Marie in planning, please email her at marieastra8@gmail.com ASAP to let her know that you plan to join them and to ask any questions.

    Read the NYC posts in this web site and peruse the tabs above for the general NYC info

    jazzbaby1 said:
    August 3, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you so much for the STL signal boost, Grati! I hope everyone in Chicago and NYC has a fantastic time and that there are lots of posts about the festivities!

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    August 3, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    jazzbaby1

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    August 3, 2014–Michaela Servetus (Thanks!) shared a link she saw on sahraobsessed’s tumblr (Thanks!), for The Weather Channel interviewing Richard Armitage (Grati’s cap) about Into the Storm August 1st (based on his attire that he also wore for the Canada AM interview, ha!):

    Grati’s Cap: https://twitter.com/OperationITSadm/status/496077458622279680/photo/1

    Serv: http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/richard-armitage-comes-to-dads-favorite-television-channel/

    Sahra: http://sahraobsessed.tumblr.com/post/93684771038/amhq-goes-into-the-storm

    The interview: http://www.weather.com/video/amhq-goes-into-the-storm-51882?collid=/tv/shows/amhq

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    August 3, 2014–Thanks to Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog for sharing a recent ad where one of our Chicago August 9th event co-admin organizers SahraObsessed is quoted about her experience in seeing the film Into the Storm in previews:

    http://armitageagonistes.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/warner-bros-its-tweeted-ad-i-see-a-familiar-name-and-it-isnt-ra/

    Sahra will be with us on August 9th in Chicago

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    August 3, 2014–Obscura (OpITS 2014 Chicago Co-admin) at her Ancient Armitage blog shares an even cooler reason to view “Into the Storm” its opening weekend in Chicago–the potential to win free movie tickets:

    http://ancientarmitage.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/hollywoodchicago-com-hookup-75-pairs-of-passes-to-into-the-storm-with-richard-armitage/comment-page-1/#comment-8536

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    August 5, 2014–Mini Update from Grati and Sahraobsessed:

    Sahra and I just confabbed about adjusting our planned Saturday schedule in Chicago to cover certain exigencies.

    1) Chicago–Macy’s Walnut Room is now closed Saturday Aug. 9th for a wedding. So we will meet at Macy’s visitor center onthe Lower level as planned, then eat next door at the food court.

    2) Chicago–I am also making dinner reservations for City Porch at Navy Pier for after the film. So I really need a strong head count for that. Right now, we have about 9 people. So if you are coming to join us for the Chicago RA Fans meet up and film viewing but have not messaged me/Grati via this web site’s contact form, please do so ASAP.

    3) NYC–Wednesday, I will post links to MarieAstra8’s and others Into the Storm Premiere Experiences; and remind people to contact Marie if they are attending the NYC RAFans gathering.

    4) Chicago–Friday, I will post our final updated Chicago itinerary on the blog–short form. Ha!

    5) Chicago–Friday, I will bcc email those who have indicated they will be joining us. So if you don’t receive an email from me by 12noon CST, please use the contact form to let me know. I/Grati check that several times a day.

    Thanks and Cheers!

    operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
    August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

    August 6, 2014–A reminder that our Chicago RA Fans gathering Into the Storm movie time is:

    Into the Storm
    Saturday, August 9th at 5:00pm at AMC River East 21
    located at 322 E. Illinois Street in Chicago

    I bought my ticket online days ago. Please be sure to buy your ticket today to insure that you get a seat.

    Here is the link to the direct theatre/day/time purchase:
    http://www.fandango.com/chicago_+il_movietimes?date=8/9/2014

    Melinda Moore said:
    August 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    This morning I found that the Red Eye, a local, widely-distributed free paper in Chicago, has a leading feature on “Into the Storm” with a picture on its cover. I have collected some of these, and can bring them on Saturday. Would about 12 of them be enough, so that everyone could have one? They are thin and small, so they would be easy to carry.

    Melinda

    On 3 August 2014 01:28, OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 wrote:

    > operationintothestormchicagoadmin posted: “If you are joining us for > our planned Chicago or New York City RA Fans seeing the exquisitely > talented British actor Richard Armitage’s (image of his in character as > Gary, right) new film Into the Storm on Saturday August 9th, hopefully you > have already s”

      operationintothestormChicagoAdmin responded:
      August 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Melinda,
      Thanks for your lovely note. Sorry I didn’t see it until now. I have been out all day doing last minute travel prep,etc.

      That will be wonderful for you to bring the extras of the Red Eye articles about Into the Storm! We have nine confirmed attendees–so twelve should be enough if we have some last minute attendees (who are always welcome). Thanks for thinking of us!

      Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday,August 9th,Macy’s Chicago,11:30am Lower Level, Visitor’s Center is where we are congrating. I’ll be the lady in a light blue jeansy dress holding the OpeRAtion Into the Storm 2014 Poster I made.

      Cheers! Grati. ;->

    […] For links for the venues mentioned in the graphic above, please refer to this earlier post:  “Sto….   But note that we are no longer eating lunch at the Walnut room because they are catering a wedding. […]

    […] For links for the venues mentioned in the graphic above, please refer to this earlier post: “Storm….   But note that we are no longer eating lunch at the Walnut room because they are catering a wedding, we are eating at the lower level food court. […]

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