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2016 Pinball Expo : Trip Report

By labnip

5 years ago


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#201 5 years ago

Yuk ... going to be driving through downtown Chicago during rush hour.

#202 5 years ago
Quoted from KingBW:

Yuk ... going to be driving through downtown Chicago during rush hour.

Maybe you should just hang out somewhere till it's passed. Rush hour in Chicago suuuuuuucks.

#203 5 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

Maybe you should just hang out somewhere till it's passed. Rush hour in Chicago suuuuuuucks.

Yay ... not going to rush my wife out the door this trip ... in no hurry for that. Was going to try to get there as soon as we could and eat dinner around there. Guess we should stop for dinner on the way before we hit Chicago. Any locals know the approximate time that rush hour starts to die down from a grid-lock?

#204 5 years ago

Loading in/setting up at about 1 PM yesterday

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#205 5 years ago
Quoted from KingBW:

Yay ... not going to rush my wife out the door this trip ... in no hurry for that. Was going to try to get there as soon as we could and eat dinner around there. Guess we should stop for dinner on the way before we hit Chicago. Any locals know the approximate time that rush hour starts to die down from a grid-lock?

Last year at Expo. My brother and I drove separate and on the way home he decided to lead me through the scenic highway route so we could see a cool view of downtown Chicago. We were stuck in traffic for around an hour longer. It was not worth it.

If your driving from Michigan, there might be a highway that takes a wider swing around Chicago. If I remember right Expo is a little south of Chicago right?

#206 5 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

If I remember right Expo is a little south of Chicago right?

No, Expo is on the north side of Chicago.

#207 5 years ago
Quoted from KingBW:

Yay ... not going to rush my wife out the door this trip ... in no hurry for that. Was going to try to get there as soon as we could and eat dinner around there. Guess we should stop for dinner on the way before we hit Chicago. Any locals know the approximate time that rush hour starts to die down from a grid-lock?

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g35805-i32-k3405718-Rush_hour_times_AM_and_PM-Chicago_Illinois.html

#209 5 years ago

I-294, the Tri-state Tollway is well worth the extra miles and toll expense. Purchase an iPass transponder at the first Oasis and you can immediately use the Open Road Tolling lanes. And you get tolls for half the cash price with a passenger vehicle. When towing a trailer, no discount, but you still get the Open Road Tolling lane access.

Take it easy; Take the Tollway. The Famous Illinois Tollway....

#210 5 years ago
Quoted from Razorbak86:

Visit Pinball Life maybe?

No party this year, don't need parts.

#211 5 years ago

The Winnipeg crew is here and checked in already! Now catch some zzzzz and register,eat and play LOTS of pinball!!! See you there

#212 5 years ago

Quick update. Checked in and all's quiet on the western (Westin)front. Games getting moved into the free play area. Rob Anthony already set up. Vendor hall, nadda.IMG_0046 (resized).JPGIMG_0047 (resized).JPGIMG_0044 (resized).JPGIMG_0048 (resized).JPGIMG_0049 (resized).JPGIMG_0050 (resized).JPGIMG_0051 (resized).JPG

#213 5 years ago

That flintstones thing is cool,what is it?

#214 5 years ago

Ambulance is loaded and ready to go! 2 Head to Heads this year!

#215 5 years ago

Ice version of a pin. Bam bam clubs for flipper bats.

#216 5 years ago

Sitting on airplane. About to fly to expo.

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#217 5 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

Sitting on airplane. About to fly to expo.

You have wifi, send me some birds eye views....

& Make sure you don't let the flight attendants know they are sexy!
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/10/12/rowdy-passenger-reportedly-removed-from-alaska-flight-for-harassing-attendant.html

& lastly, how much is JJP#3 in Skymall ?

#218 5 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

Sitting on airplane. About to fly to expo.

I'm just happy your posts don't end with - "uploaded by the Galaxy Note 7"

#219 5 years ago

For those who arrived early there is a pinball art exhibit downtown called skillshot. Lots of original artwork that was used in many classic pins. It's open today til 5pm.

http://students.colum.edu/deps/glass-curtain-gallery/exhibitions/skillshot,-the-collaborative-art-of-pinball/index.php

#220 5 years ago
Quoted from MrBally:

I-294, the Tri-state Tollway is well worth the extra miles and toll expense. Purchase an iPass transponder at the first Oasis and you can immediately use the Open Road Tolling lanes. And you get tolls for half the cash price with a passenger vehicle. When towing a trailer, no discount, but you still get the Open Road Tolling lane access.
Take it easy; Take the Tollway. The Famous Illinois Tollway....
» YouTube video

I've heard it's cheaper and faster to drive through the iPass lane without a transponder like a real out-of-towner.

#221 5 years ago

About to land in Chicago
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Ice cold chicken-pot chicken-pot chicken-pot-pie
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#222 5 years ago

Guess where I spend next 60 mins...

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#223 5 years ago

Cool and drizzly at airport

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#224 5 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

Guess where I spend next 60 mins...

after seeing that pic from the airplane food I would of guessed the bathroom.

#225 5 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

Guess where I spend next 60 mins...

you checked luggage for a pinball show?

better be full of texas specialty beers or something

#226 5 years ago

Tournament games and a GB pro set up on quarter play.

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#227 5 years ago
Quoted from Whysnow:

you checked luggage for a pinball show?
better be full of texas specialty beers or something

Bag full of stuff for Jpop to autograph

#228 5 years ago

Man, I should have went this year. Damnit!

#229 5 years ago

Shuttle mode multiball

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#230 5 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

No party this year, don't need parts.

The party continues!

Quoted from pinballlife:

There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not we are having our open house this year. We are. In fact, we are holding it 2 days this year instead of only 1. We did remove the alcohol due to it being a liability issue, but otherwise it is more or less the same as always. Holding the event on 2 days rather than just 1 should dramatically reduce the congestion of the previous few years. We want everyone to have a good time!

See you here!

Terry.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-life-open-house-oct-13th-14th

And every pinhead always needs parts.

#231 5 years ago

So, anybody know if you are allowed to drink or have beverages in the free play or vendar halls?

#232 5 years ago

Damn... sure wish I could attend this one. Do me a (huge) favor if you can... please let me know if anyone is planning to record and/or livestream any of the following seminars. I really could use the information as we (VECTOR) are rather heavily focused upon EM's down here!

Thursday @ 1pm:
"So... Can You Make Me a New Backglass?"
Speakers: Bruce Westfall & Scott Moehring

Friday @ 2pm:
"Underrated EM Machines Seen Through
the Eye of a Classics Master"
(How to Find Those Rare Games.)
Speaker: Derek Fugate

Friday @ 3pm:
“From The Lost Playfield Drawings of Harry
Williams: A Pinball Machine 40 Years in the
Making”
Speaker: Duncan Brown

#233 5 years ago

Things are coming together...

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#234 5 years ago

Fawk this weather! IMG_0056 (resized).JPG

#235 5 years ago

Getting close

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#236 5 years ago

Look, I finally have a little soul. But not for long

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#237 5 years ago

Thar she blows

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Ok, found donuts nearby, all is safe
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#238 5 years ago

I'll be in around midnight. If you see someone wearing this hat say whatup.

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#239 5 years ago
Quoted from Aurich:

I'll be in around midnight. If you see someone wearing this hat say whatup.

Nice hat.

#240 5 years ago

Who plugged in too many pins ??
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#241 5 years ago

What do the shirts look like this year?

#242 5 years ago

Check in

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#243 5 years ago

Goodie bag

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#244 5 years ago

New shirt, ohhhh wait !!
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#245 5 years ago
Quoted from PaulCoff:

What do the shirts look like this year?

They don't have them out yet.

#246 5 years ago

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#247 5 years ago

Thanks for posting this photo journal of your trip. Unable to go this year and this makes me feel like i'm right there with ya. Keep it up!

#248 5 years ago

Thanks for all the photos and posts since I can't go this year. It's great to see it through your camera eyes!

#249 5 years ago
Quoted from labnip:

Shuttle mode multiball

I could have posted these pictures. Same experience. United flight onto the Alamo/National bus in the rain. Little nap, now headed to expo.

#250 5 years ago

We'll be heading to Expo in about 6 hours.

LTG : )

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