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Spring break 2011 - Chicago


Online version of spring break PowerPoint; also downloadable

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  • 1. SPRING BREAK 2011 – CHICAGO!!!
    Just do it.
    Press Slide Show!!!!
  • 2. Why Chicago????
    Why the he!! not???
    Don’t even think about answering that
    Direct transportation from Lafayette to Union Station; 3 hours and 33 minutes by Amtrak
    About an hour longer than driving from Purdue but without the worries of parking fees, car crashes, gas or having enough space
    Looking to save this $pring Break???
    Cheaper overall trip compared to air travel down south somewhere; transportation is relatively cheap per person
    If you’re looking for vacation and a little down time
    Trip is from Monday to Friday – four days outside of trip to relax and do whatever you want; food costs cheaper during the week
    City and surrounding area arefull of thingsto do (many free activities): museums, opera (college student discounts), sports teams, other attractions
    I haven’t been there since 6th grade
  • 3. This is what you can expect:
    Coolosity Path Diagram:
  • 4. 2011 Purdue Info
    Spring Break
    Start Date:
    Saturday, March 12
    End Date:
    Sunday, March 20
  • 5. Possible Travel Stats
    Trip Date: Monday, March 14th to Friday, March 18th
    Departure – 7 am (Monday)
    Amtrak Train Station – Lafayette
    200 North Second Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
    Return – 5:45 pm (Friday)
    Union Station
    225 South Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60606
    Ticket Prices (1 reserved coach seat)
    $19.00 – From Lafayette to Chicago
    $24.00 – From Chicago to Lafayette
    Travel time: 3 hours and 33 minutes
    19.00 + 24.00 = $43.00
  • 6. Possible Hotel Stats
    Best Western River North Hotel
    125 W Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610-4203Phone: 312/467-0800 | Fax: 312/467-1665
    Fun Facts:
    Indoor pool
    Minutes from Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Sears Tower and the Water Tower
    1.3 miles from Union Station (about 8 minutes)
    Near the Museum of Science and Industry and five miles from Soldier Field
  • 7. Possible Hotel Stats (continued)
    Best Western River North Hotel
    Rooms (Source:
    Suite - 1 King and 1 Double, Nsmk, 3Rdbed Sofabed, Free Parking, 2Bedrms
    The Plan 
    4 people per room
    $79 per night for 4 nights
    Total Cost including taxes = $457.16
    $114.29 / person
  • 8. Possible Hotel Stats (continued)
    2. Howard Johnson Downtown
    IL US 60654
    Fun Facts:
    Located 5 blocks from downtown
    Chicago Place, 900 N Michigan Shops, and the Water Tower Mall are approximately one mile from the hotel
    1.3 miles from Union Station (about 8 minutes)
    2 miles from Soldier Field
    Both hotels are relatively close
  • 9. Possible Hotel Stats (continued)
    2. Howard Johnson Downtown
    Rooms (Source:
    Standard Room With 2 Double Beds Smoking Non Refundable
    The Plan 
    4 people per room
    $76 per night for 4 nights
    Total Cost including taxes = $348.12
    $87.03 / person
  • 10. Show Me the Money!!!
    Trip total cost up to this point:
    Train tickets: 43
    Hotel room costs: +87.03 or 114.29
    $130.03 or $157.29
  • 11. Maybe some activities???
    Free Activities:
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    Grant Park
    Chicago Cultural Center
    Garfield Park Conservatory
    Navy Pier
    Art Institute of Chicago – (Free admission on Thursday evenings)
    Water Tower Place – mall
    Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
    Museum of Contemporary Art – free admission on Tuesday
    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – free admission Thursday
    • More information at:
  • Maybe some activities??? (cont’d)
    CityPass option:
    $70 – Customer can choose 5 out of 7 of Chicago’s most popular museums and attractions; 9 day pass:
    Shedd Aquarium - VIP entry includes all exhibits and choice of a 4D theater experience
    Adler Planetarium - General admission and two theater shows at the most advanced planetarium on earth
    The Field Museum - General admission to all permanent exhibits at this world-renowned museum of natural history
    Museum of Science and Industry - General admission and one Omnimax Show at the western hemisphere’s largest science museum
    Skydeck Chicago
    John Hancock Observatory
    More info at:
    • Many of these museums and attractions also offer free admission days throughout the year; this is just an option
  • Maybe some activities??? (cont’d)
    • Lyric Opera of Chicago:
    • 12. Offers “NEXT Student” discounts for full-time college students
    Purdue is one of their accepted universities; discounted tickets cost $20 or less for any remaining available seats in the house
    Carmen – famous opera is showing during the week of spring break
    If this thing goes down – ladies …this is a dress up night. Guys, dust off those tuxedos. (Ellen)
    Registered students are notified of discounts fairly close to the date so I’ll keep the opera status updated if anyone is interested
    I can’t say I’ve ever been to an opera so this sounds pretty sweet to me; plus, Arnold’s class went to this opera for a field trip in an episode of Hey Arnold back in the day.
    • Visit here to register for NEXT discount notifications and get more information if interested:
    • 13.
    • 14.
  • THAT’S IT FOR NOW!Got any suggestions, comments or questions???!!Write it in the Facebook group!!!