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twentywontowin
05-04-2009, 12:47 PM
I hope this is the right place for this, but I figured we could use this thread for those going up to Milwaukee and give suggestions and tips and get togethers.

I personally need hotel recommendations. I know a lot of them are booked already, but if anyone can throw out a good one I'd appreciate it.

Group of four of us going up there on Thursday night and coming home Sunday, so we'll be there for the Friday and Saturday games. If anyone has a tailgate party we could join too that would be great.

Soxaredabest
05-04-2009, 01:19 PM
I hope this is the right place for this, but I figured we could use this thread for those going up to Milwaukee and give suggestions and tips and get togethers.

I personally need hotel recommendations. I know a lot of them are booked already, but if anyone can throw out a good one I'd appreciate it.

Group of four of us going up there on Thursday night and coming home Sunday, so we'll be there for the Friday and Saturday games. If anyone has a tailgate party we could join too that would be great.

The Pfister is the nicest hotel in downtown Milwaukee, I also believe that the team stays there.

I_Liked_Manuel
05-04-2009, 01:58 PM
I recommend avoiding the Doubletree. Last summer when I went to Summerfest, my car was fine. I valeted the car, and when I got it back it had a lot of extra "bounce" to it. It ended up being $1,300 worth of work. It could be a coincidence, it might not be, but I have a suspicion the valet had something to do with it.

Marqhead
05-04-2009, 02:00 PM
Are you looking to stay downtown or in the suburbs? There's a Hilton and a couple other chains right downtown near all the restaurants and bars.

I'll be up there for Saturday and Sunday's games. A WSI tailgate would be sweet. :gulp:

twentywontowin
05-04-2009, 02:04 PM
Preferably downtown I'd like to stay since we're taking Amtrak (btw, anyone know if the Hiawatha is BYOB? I know they have a beer car).

We were looking at the Double Tree and the Ambassador Inn. Pfister would be nice but we're cheap.

I know the few things we're going to try and do is the Lakefront Brewery tour, Miller Brewery tour, Sobelman's for burgers, and some gambling at Potawatomi.

Jpgr91
05-04-2009, 02:15 PM
I feel that some of the more established hotels in Milwaukee (Pfister and Hilton) appear very run down. I think there are ton of excellent "modern" hotel options in Milwaukee. On an unrelated side note, Bud Selig serves on the board for Marcus Hotel Company, the hotel that owns most of the downtown Milwaukee hotels including the Phister and the Hilton.

If you are looking for a contemporary chain hotel, there is the Intercon:
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/mkewi?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/6c/1/en/hotelsearchresults

If you are looking for a Boutique hotel, the Hotel Metro is pretty cool
http://www.hotelmetro.com

For this trip, I will be staying at the Iron Horse Hotel. I have never stayed at this hotel before, but the company that owns it has some really awesome hotels.

Jpgr91
05-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Preferably downtown I'd like to stay since we're taking Amtrak (btw, anyone know if the Hiawatha is BYOB? I know they have a beer car).

We were looking at the Double Tree and the Ambassador Inn. Pfister would be nice but we're cheap.

I know the few things we're going to try and do is the Lakefront Brewery tour, Miller Brewery tour, Sobelman's for burgers, and some gambling at Potawatomi.

I am pretty sure that the Doubletree will have larger rooms, which may be better for your situation. I am pretty sure the Ambassador is a older hotel, so they will have smaller rooms.

The Pot is a cool casino, especially since the renovation.

Soxaredabest
05-04-2009, 02:36 PM
Preferably downtown I'd like to stay since we're taking Amtrak (btw, anyone know if the Hiawatha is BYOB? I know they have a beer car).

We were looking at the Double Tree and the Ambassador Inn. Pfister would be nice but we're cheap.

I know the few things we're going to try and do is the Lakefront Brewery tour, Miller Brewery tour, Sobelman's for burgers, and some gambling at Potawatomi.

Seeing as I'm not 21 yet I don't know from first hand experience but I do believe you are allowed to bring your own.

Double Tree is closer to the train station, and in the heart of downtown.

And to anyone going to the game, Sobelman's is a must!! The burgers there are incredible.

amsteel
05-04-2009, 03:11 PM
My fave hotel in Milwaukee is the Iron Horse. Fairly new, great service, incredible design. http://www.theironhorsehotel.com/

I plan on staying on Marquette's campus, pregaming at the bars there and taking the bus down to Miller. The parking lots can be a disaster after crowded games.

KenBerryGrab
05-04-2009, 03:27 PM
Your best bet if you are driving up and don't plan on tailgating is to go to a nearby establishment (many on Bluemound), park free (if you buy food or drink or both) and ride the tavern shuttle.

beasly213
05-04-2009, 03:33 PM
I'll be there for Fridays game. Anyone know what time they open the lots to tailgate?

Milw
05-04-2009, 10:11 PM
The Iron Horse Hotel is one of the top 10 hotels in the country. No joke.

Marqhead
05-05-2009, 07:30 AM
Preferably downtown I'd like to stay since we're taking Amtrak (btw, anyone know if the Hiawatha is BYOB? I know they have a beer car).

We were looking at the Double Tree and the Ambassador Inn. Pfister would be nice but we're cheap.

I know the few things we're going to try and do is the Lakefront Brewery tour, Miller Brewery tour, Sobelman's for burgers, and some gambling at Potawatomi.

I take the Amtrak a lot, but I don't know their feelings on outside beverages. You can certainly buy them on the train, but that's expensive.

I don't know much about the Double Tree, but it's only a couple blocks from the Amtrak station (which has been renovated and is very nice btw) that option would work out well. The Ambassador is supposed to be a nice hotel, but it's in a crumier part of town (the Jeffrey Dahmer district!) if that matters at all. Double Tree or Hilton lets you walk to the bars, Ambassador makes it a short cab ride.

I went on the Lakefront tour two weeks ago, it's always a good time with good beer. As another poster said, Sobelman's is a must, and if you haven't been to the renovated Poto you are in for a good time.

Looks like you got all your bases covered, and this sounds like the ideal weekend to me! :gulp:

rwcescato
05-05-2009, 08:27 AM
I hope this is the right place for this, but I figured we could use this thread for those going up to Milwaukee and give suggestions and tips and get togethers.

I personally need hotel recommendations. I know a lot of them are booked already, but if anyone can throw out a good one I'd appreciate it.

Group of four of us going up there on Thursday night and coming home Sunday, so we'll be there for the Friday and Saturday games. If anyone has a tailgate party we could join too that would be great.

Embassy suites in the suburb of brookfield is a nice place. Its only 10 min from the park.

skobabe8
05-05-2009, 09:24 PM
The Pfister is the nicest hotel in downtown Milwaukee, I also believe that the team stays there.

Is there anyway to confirm the team stays at the Pfister?

HomeFish
05-05-2009, 09:26 PM
If you are looking for a contemporary chain hotel, there is the Intercon:
http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/overview/mkewi?rpb=hotel&crUrl=/h/d/6c/1/en/hotelsearchresults


This is the official hotel of HomeFish in Milwaukee, where I stay. I highly recommend it.

twentywontowin
05-06-2009, 10:49 AM
We ended up just booking Ambassador Inn. We got a good deal for Thursday-Sunday. Plus they do a shuttle to Miller Park which is great since we won't have a car. We figure we'll do the bars at Marquette and then cab it downtown.

Should be a great time. Definitely would like to find a nice tailgate part for Friday and Saturday.

fox23
05-06-2009, 05:26 PM
I'll be there for Fridays game. Anyone know what time they open the lots to tailgate?


They "officially" open the lots 3 hours prior to game time per their website, but I know once my buddies and I got there 5 hours early with no problem (that was a long day!)

My bus 'o Sox fans will be there 3 hours early to tailgate for the Saturday game!

Konerko05
05-06-2009, 05:33 PM
I think about 15 of my friends are going to rent a bus to take us to the Saturday game. No one wants to spend the night so this is the best option for drinking. We will probably be dispersed in groups of four around the stadium, but that's ok. Nothing in stone yet, but it's an idea we are strongly considering.

amsteel
05-06-2009, 06:20 PM
We ended up just booking Ambassador Inn. We got a good deal for Thursday-Sunday. Plus they do a shuttle to Miller Park which is great since we won't have a car. We figure we'll do the bars at Marquette and then cab it downtown.

Should be a great time. Definitely would like to find a nice tailgate part for Friday and Saturday.

I didn't realize the Ambassador had a shuttle to the park, but upon using my brain (who knew its that easy!) its probably the same shuttle the GF and I took to the casino when we stayed there last year. I'll be staying at the Ambassador the last weekend in May for 2 nights for the Brewers-Reds series. I really like it, reasonably priced, aesthetically pleasing, good location, all around great.

I'm crashing at a bud's place on campus at Marquette for the Sox games and we'll be pregaming at the bars on campus too!

Milw
05-08-2009, 02:59 PM
Is there anyway to confirm the team stays at the Pfister?
I emailed Brooks about this a couple weeks ago. He confirmed it for me.

By the way, most of the downtown hotels are already full for that weekend. If I might suggest it, the Knickerbocker is a decent place at a decent price and its right by the lakefront, and they still have some rooms available. Pfister has availability too still, but it's a little pricier.

soxfantim
05-11-2009, 10:27 AM
Here is some info for people going to the series and driving.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Not only is there construction on 294 and 94 on the IL side they just started construction on 94 in WIS

http://www.plan94.org/pdf/I-94%20Rackcard%20V13.pdf

RockJock07
05-11-2009, 12:39 PM
I didn't realize the Ambassador had a shuttle to the park, but upon using my brain (who knew its that easy!) its probably the same shuttle the GF and I took to the casino when we stayed there last year. I'll be staying at the Ambassador the last weekend in May for 2 nights for the Brewers-Reds series. I really like it, reasonably priced, aesthetically pleasing, good location, all around great.

I'm crashing at a bud's place on campus at Marquette for the Sox games and we'll be pregaming at the bars on campus too!

The Ambassador does have a shuttle, it's pretty nice. The hotel itself is very nice the location isn't the greatest. I wouldn't go walking at night west of the hotel but that's just me. You can Priceline the hyatt and Hilton for around $50 night including tax.

Most teams stay at the Pfister except for the Dodgers who stay out in Brookfield and the Rockies and Tigers who stay at the Hyatt.

skobabe8
05-11-2009, 02:46 PM
Here is some info for people going to the series and driving.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Not only is there construction on 294 and 94 on the IL side they just started construction on 94 in WIS

http://www.plan94.org/pdf/I-94%20Rackcard%20V13.pdf

Getting there is going to be a nightmare. We will be leaving during rush hour on Friday.

fox23
05-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Getting there is going to be a nightmare. We will be leaving during rush hour on Friday.


With the mess on I-94, I may leave then to make the Saturday game!

ewokpelts
05-13-2009, 08:53 AM
Is there anyway to confirm the team stays at the Pfister?
media guide will have that answer

latiger12
05-13-2009, 08:56 AM
This is the official hotel of HomeFish in Milwaukee, where I stay. I highly recommend it.

This is a great hotel for the money!

The Tiger
http://secsportschat.com/sport-chats/img/3760/y09w0429bqwm/whitesox.gif

twentywontowin
05-15-2009, 10:25 AM
We just bought our tickets today, going to be in Sec. 234 on Friday and Saturday if anyone else is close by.

GlassSox
05-17-2009, 12:10 AM
This is the official hotel of HomeFish in Milwaukee, where I stay. I highly recommend it.

I just made a reservation for that weekend. Any recommendations for things to do within a reasonable distance of the hotel or restaurant/bar recommendations? Also, we are taking Amtrak so is there a shuttle or public transportation to Milller park?

Any help will be appreciated.

dickallen15
05-17-2009, 07:52 AM
I just made a reservation for that weekend. Any recommendations for things to do within a reasonable distance of the hotel or restaurant/bar recommendations? Also, we are taking Amtrak so is there a shuttle or public transportation to Milller park?

Any help will be appreciated.
There is a shuttle that goes right down Wisconsin Ave. I think its $2.

GlassSox
05-17-2009, 01:56 PM
There is a shuttle that goes right down Wisconsin Ave. I think its $2.

Thanks.

Milw
05-17-2009, 07:00 PM
I just made a reservation for that weekend. Any recommendations for things to do within a reasonable distance of the hotel or restaurant/bar recommendations?
Depends what you're looking for.

If you want a rowdy night of drinking, just walk a couple blocks north of the InterContinental on Water Street and there's a Wrigleyville-style bar scene (much smaller scale of course).

If you want a more artsy/upscale night on the town, hit up the Third Ward.

For something in between, try Old World Third Street.

If you're into the club scene, go to Milwaukee Street.

If you're more of a beatnik type, give Brady Street a whirl.

The beautiful thing about Milwaukee is all of these are within about a three mile radius...

GlassSox
05-17-2009, 08:17 PM
Depends what you're looking for.

If you want a rowdy night of drinking, just walk a couple blocks north of the InterContinental on Water Street and there's a Wrigleyville-style bar scene (much smaller scale of course).

If you want a more artsy/upscale night on the town, hit up the Third Ward.

For something in between, try Old World Third Street.

If you're into the club scene, go to Milwaukee Street.

If you're more of a beatnik type, give Brady Street a whirl.

The beautiful thing about Milwaukee is all of these are within about a three mile radius...

Thanks, we like about everything. I am more into jazz and the wife is more into blues. We are staying Thu - Mon and we look forward to the get away and to some new things.

ChiSoxGirl
06-01-2009, 02:05 PM
I just came across tickets for the Friday night game! :bandance: Since the last day of school is this Friday, I can leave as early as needed to make it up to Miller Park in plenty of time to walk around and get a feel for the place, as it'll be my first time up there.

JB98
06-01-2009, 02:18 PM
I just came across tickets for the Friday night game! :bandance: Since the last day of school is this Friday, I can leave as early as needed to make it up to Miller Park in plenty of time to walk around and get a feel for the place, as it'll be my first time up there.

I'm heading up there Friday night as well. See ya there!

amsteel
06-01-2009, 03:53 PM
I was at the Brewers-Reds game Sat nite and it felt like an appetizer for this series. I cannot wait!

amsteel
06-01-2009, 03:56 PM
I just came across tickets for the Friday night game! :bandance: Since the last day of school is this Friday, I can leave as early as needed to make it up to Miller Park in plenty of time to walk around and get a feel for the place, as it'll be my first time up there.

If you've never been there before I'd say get there early and grab a bite at the TGIFridays in LF, you can get into the restaurant before the gates open and you can watch the Brewers take BP and take in the park. Then, as soon as gates open, pay your bill and check out the rest of the park. I did this last week and caught a BP homerun from my table.

chisoxfanatic
06-01-2009, 04:22 PM
I just came across tickets for the Friday night game! :bandance: Since the last day of school is this Friday, I can leave as early as needed to make it up to Miller Park in plenty of time to walk around and get a feel for the place, as it'll be my first time up there.
I'm heading up there Friday night as well. See ya there!


I don't know if I'm going or not; but, I'm assuming you're driving up there. Their parking lots are named after NL teams. The lot named "Giants," which is right on the other side of the I-94 underpass, is a very cheap lot. The walk is not bad (about 10 minutes from car to the gate), and it's much easier to get out of the lot after the game is done (you'll be right on the expressway in no time, since less people park in this lot).

JB98
06-01-2009, 05:03 PM
I don't know if I'm going or not; but, I'm assuming you're driving up there. Their parking lots are named after NL teams. The lot named "Giants," which is right on the other side of the I-94 underpass, is a very cheap lot. The walk is not bad (about 10 minutes from car to the gate), and it's much easier to get out of the lot after the game is done (you'll be right on the expressway in no time, since less people park in this lot).

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. My buddy who shares the Sox season tickets with me is in charge of hotel arrangements. I'll have to find out where we're staying Friday night and figure out what we're doing as far as getting from the hotel to the ballpark.

skobabe8
06-01-2009, 07:03 PM
ATTENTION!

We have 4 tickets for Saturdays game. An unpredictable family event has come up and we can no longer make this game. If anyone would be interested in taking these off my hands OR trading for Fridays game, please PM me.

Also, can anyone fill me in on any good alternate routes from Chicago? I am coming from the South Loop and I don't know much about construction north of the city.

Thanks!

ChiSoxGirl
06-01-2009, 09:01 PM
I'm heading up there Friday night as well. See ya there!

Awesome! :thumbsup: We'll have to meet up.

NDSox12
06-01-2009, 10:08 PM
I will be at the games on Friday and Sunday with my family. It used to be a family tradition of ours to go up to Milwaukee for a Sox/Brewers game every summer when they were still in the AL.

When I saw these games on the schedule, it was an easy decision to make this the time for my summer trip back to the Midwest.

twentywontowin
06-02-2009, 09:49 AM
We're having lunch at Sobelman's on Friday and Saturday and doing the Lakefront Brewery tour on Friday if you end up running into us.

SoxGirl3
06-02-2009, 11:00 AM
Any one going Sunday? looks like most folks on here are Fri/Sat.
????

Rocky Soprano
06-02-2009, 11:01 AM
Any one going Sunday? looks like most folks on here are Fri/Sat.
????

I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday.

34 Inch Stick
06-02-2009, 11:08 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion tickets for that Sunday game are going to be readily available so I will probably pick some up for that game.

Marqhead
06-02-2009, 11:09 AM
I'll be there on Saturday and Sunday.

As will I.

jej254
06-02-2009, 11:13 AM
I'll be there Sunday, tailgating and sitting in left field (loge 235). A group of 10 are going.:gulp:

amsteel
06-02-2009, 11:16 AM
I'll be there all 3 days. I want to tailgate but by no means do I want to drive back to Marquette's campus where I'm staying afterwards so we might just 'tailgate' at some bars.

amsteel
06-02-2009, 11:18 AM
I have a sneaking suspicion tickets for that Sunday game are going to be readily available so I will probably pick some up for that game.

I would be careful, they had 42000+ for every game last weekend against the Reds.

ChicagoHoosier
06-02-2009, 11:29 AM
We're tailgating Saturday but I need to search the thread and board for tailgating advice at Miller Park. Suggestions are welcomed and appreciated! :wink:

twentywontowin
06-02-2009, 11:31 AM
If there's anybody tailgating on Friday and Saturday as well post it up here.

34 Inch Stick
06-02-2009, 11:54 AM
I would be careful, they had 42000+ for every game last weekend against the Reds.

The same is true for Cubs-Sox games, but you can always find a ticket as the weekend approaches.

beasly213
06-02-2009, 11:58 AM
I will be tailgating on Friday. What time do the lots open to tailgate?

LoveYourSuit
06-02-2009, 12:04 PM
I am planning to leave Aurora/Naperville at 3pm for the Friday game.

Is this enough time to get up there even with all the road construction?

Marqhead
06-02-2009, 12:12 PM
I am planning to leave Aurora/Naperville at 3pm for the Friday game.

Is this enough time to get up there even with all the road construction?

I would venture to say yes, but it could easily take you 3-4 hours to get there at that time of day.

If you want to tailgate or have a decent amount of time at the park before the game, you might need to leave earlier.

JB98
06-02-2009, 12:13 PM
I am planning to leave Aurora/Naperville at 3pm for the Friday game.

Is this enough time to get up there even with all the road construction?

Head up Route 47 and avoid that headache all together. That's what we're doing.

canOcorn
06-02-2009, 12:17 PM
I'm taking 47 up to Lake Geneva and then cutting over on 43. That takes a little under 2.5 hours (from Plano) and that's with Friday Lake Geneva traffic.

Edit: JB beat me to it.

LoveYourSuit
06-02-2009, 12:20 PM
Head up Route 47 and avoid that headache all together. That's what we're doing.


How would I map that, can you send me a link?

All I get is the 294 nonesense.

Marqhead
06-02-2009, 12:34 PM
How would I map that, can you send me a link?

All I get is the 294 nonesense.

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Aurora&1s=IL&2c=Milwaukee&2s=WI&2pn=miller+park#a/maps/l:::Aurora:IL::US:41.760601:-88.32:city:Kane+County:1/l::SR-47;+Il+Route+47:::::41.959045:-88.477806:::2/l:Miller+Park+Milwaukee+Brewer:201+S+46th+St:Milwa ukee:WI:53214:US:43.020094:-87.971419:address::1/m:::::0:::::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e

Try this link.

LoveYourSuit
06-02-2009, 12:37 PM
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Aurora&1s=IL&2c=Milwaukee&2s=WI&2pn=miller+park#a/maps/l:::Aurora:IL::US:41.760601:-88.32:city:Kane+County:1/l::SR-47;+Il+Route+47:::::41.959045:-88.477806:::2/l:Miller+Park+Milwaukee+Brewer:201+S+46th+St:Milwa ukee:WI:53214:US:43.020094:-87.971419:address::1/m:::::0:::::/io:1:::::f:EN:M:/e

Try this link.

Awesome!

Frankfan4life
06-02-2009, 01:12 PM
I'll be going for the whole series as part of the Grinders' Road Trip. Anyone else signed up for the Milwaukee Road Trip? This will be my first time going on a Grinders' Road Trip so any advice would be helpful.

GlassSox
06-02-2009, 07:57 PM
Any one going Sunday? looks like most folks on here are Fri/Sat.
????e

We will be at Sunday's game.

salty99
06-02-2009, 09:32 PM
I will also be there Sunday

BigP50
06-04-2009, 08:09 AM
I will be at the game on friday, I have been to Miller Park one time, last year, and it was one of my favorite ball parks that I have been to. The Brewers have a great fan base.

BigPapaPump
06-04-2009, 08:26 AM
Sorry if this has been mentioned, but I'm not going to read all 5 pages of posts. If anyone is looking for a fun time in Milwaukee, go to the Safehouse (http://www.safe-house.com/). Its a kick ass spy bar that is worth trying to find. There's a password you'll need to get in, and I know it, but If I told you I'd have to kill you!!!:cool:

DaSox_05
06-04-2009, 08:37 AM
I will be at Saturday's game second row behind Sox dugout!!!

twinslayer
06-04-2009, 10:57 AM
Tailgating Friday, but need to know when the gates open.

ChicagoHoosier
06-05-2009, 09:30 AM
Okay, i tried search but couldn't find much. Any advice on tailgating? I can look up on Milwaukee website, but have any of you done it before and can tell me what to avoid?

Appreciate it!
:gulp:

KenBerryGrab
06-05-2009, 10:24 AM
Okay, i tried search but couldn't find much. Any advice on tailgating? I can look up on Milwaukee website, but have any of you done it before and can tell me what to avoid?

Appreciate it!


Don't leave hot coals near your vehicle when you enter the park. There are metal garbage bins labeled to take them.

I remember being at old County Stadium and hearing this classic PA announcement: "Will the owner of a white Ford Econoline van, license number (whatever), please report to your vehicle? It is on fire."

MarkZ35
06-05-2009, 03:04 PM
Tailgating Friday, but need to know when the gates open.
On the Brewers website it said 3 hours before game time.

twinslayer
06-05-2009, 03:25 PM
On the Brewers website it said 3 hours before game time.

Thanks. TOo lazy to look :redface:

SaltyPretzel
06-05-2009, 04:29 PM
I'm doing a bus trip on Saturday leaving from the South Loop around 10:30 a.m. or so. It looks like I might have extra tickets. PM me if anyone's interested. The seats in in the Loge Bleachers. :gulp:

skobabe8
06-05-2009, 05:25 PM
ATTENTION!

We have 4 tickets for Saturdays game. An unpredictable family event has come up and we can no longer make this game. If anyone would be interested in taking these off my hands OR trading for Fridays game, please PM me.

Also, can anyone fill me in on any good alternate routes from Chicago? I am coming from the South Loop and I don't know much about construction north of the city.

Thanks!

Trading is no longer an option, but these tickets are still available for purchase.

$120 for all 4, or I can split them up. (they are $35 face value)

I'm confident I will sell them in Milwaukee next weekend if I have to, but I would rather sell them here to Sox fans.

PM me.

Frankfan4life
06-06-2009, 01:30 AM
I'll be going for the whole series as part of the Grinders' Road Trip. Anyone else signed up for the Milwaukee Road Trip? This will be my first time going on a Grinders' Road Trip so any advice would be helpful.Thanks for the help.

thomas35forever
06-06-2009, 06:49 PM
My dad and I will be going up for Sunday's game. Besides the I-94 construction, does anyone have any driving tips or ways to avoid unnecessary traffic?

chisoxfanatic
06-06-2009, 07:51 PM
My dad and I will be going up for Sunday's game. Besides the I-94 construction, does anyone have any driving tips or ways to avoid unnecessary traffic?
Get one of these:
http://www.brysonmeunier.com/assets/2008/8/11/flying-car-m400.jpg

JB98
06-07-2009, 12:18 AM
My dad and I will be going up for Sunday's game. Besides the I-94 construction, does anyone have any driving tips or ways to avoid unnecessary traffic?

As I mentioned before, my friends and I are meeting in St. Charles and heading up Route 47 on Friday afternoon. You cut across on I believe Route 43 once you get up to Lake Geneva.

RockJock07
06-07-2009, 10:32 PM
On the Brewers website it said 3 hours before game time.

Parking lots open 3 hours prior, gates will open 2 hour before 1st pitch. I'll be at Miller Park for all 3, it's gonna be crazy, I'm gonna say at least 44,000+ for each game.

soxfan21
06-07-2009, 11:25 PM
I'll be there Sunday, sec 201 row 9, Go Sox!!!

chisoxfanatic
06-07-2009, 11:31 PM
I'll be there Sunday, sec 201 row 9, Go Sox!!!
How on earth have you already been to 13 games when you live in LaSalle County? That is extremely commendable...especially considering the dandies they've had at home this season.

ajismyhero
06-08-2009, 12:44 PM
I'll be there on Saturday tailgating. Tailgating at Brewer's games is a blast and it sounds like there will be quite a few Sox fans making the trip - should be a great time!

I would recommend the cheese fries in the baseball helmet at the stadium :)

Walker29
06-10-2009, 12:27 PM
Booked a roon the other day at the Crowne Plaza Wauwatosa (or "Tosa" as its locally known). They offer a free shuttle to and from the ball park. The wife and I will be there for the Saturday game. Plan to hit Soblemans after the game followed by "The Safehouse" and then maybe some of the "Tosa" bars like Long Wongs or Kelly's Bleachers. Brat Stop on the way back on Sunday. Wish we could do the whole weekend and do a brewery tour. If anybody is tailgating or staying at the same hotel and doesn't mind a twosome joining the party or wants to meet up, PM me. Hope we are going for a 4 game winning streak on Saturday!

soxfantim
06-10-2009, 12:55 PM
I have an update on the traffic. I live in Kenosha but I work near O'Hare. I leave work at 4:30 pm everyday. The exit I get off in WI is Hwy 165 (first exit in WI also those traveling a distance the rest stop is closed at this location, there is a BP station, culvers and mcd's if you need to stop). It takes me 1 hour to get there. That is with construction all the way up till Gurnee. My wife works in MIL and it takes her 30-45 min to get to downtown once she is on I-94.

Now a couple things to think of.

- It is Fri and there will be a ton of people heading north for the weekend which will add time

- yesterday was the first day they put up cones on I-94 at the merge with US 41. It goes from 3 lanes down to 2. Traffic wasn't stopped yesterday but it was slowing down. I'm not sure how far north the lane closure goes, I'll ask the da wife tonight.

Here is good website on I-94

http://www.plan94.org/

beasly213
06-10-2009, 01:04 PM
I have an update on the traffic. I live in Kenosha but I work near O'Hare. I leave work at 4:30 pm everyday. The exit I get off in WI is Hwy 165 (first exit in WI also those traveling a distance the rest stop is closed at this location, there is a BP station, culvers and mcd's if you need to stop). It takes me 1 hour to get there. That is with construction all the way up till Gurnee. My wife works in MIL and it takes her 30-45 min to get to downtown once she is on I-94.

Now a couple things to think of.

- It is Fri and there will be a ton of people heading north for the weekend which will add time

- yesterday was the first day they put up cones on I-94 at the merge with US 41. It goes from 3 lanes down to 2. Traffic wasn't stopped yesterday but it was slowing down. I'm not sure how far north the lane closure goes, I'll ask the da wife tonight.

Here is good website on I-94

http://www.plan94.org/

Thanks for the update! I'm going to be leaving pretty early on Friday (Like 10:30 or so) but still plan on taking an alternate route instead of I-94.

BigP50
06-10-2009, 01:21 PM
I'm going to the game on Friday and Can't Wait, I saw a Pirates@Brewers game last year and that alone was so much fun now replace the Pirates with the Sox, should be good times........

soxfan21
06-10-2009, 01:29 PM
How on earth have you already been to 13 games when you live in LaSalle County? That is extremely commendable...especially considering the dandies they've had at home this season.


I'm actually in Chicago for most weekends for work/ play, so driving usually isn't too bad of an issue, and might be getting a full time job in Chicago soon by the Cell, keeping my fingers crossed.

Foulke You
06-10-2009, 02:37 PM
Mrs Foulke You and I will be there Saturday and Sunday. I hope we play better on the road than we have at home. Anyone know what the pitching matchups for this weekend are?

WisSoxFan
06-10-2009, 02:49 PM
I'm making my first Sox game in seemingly forever on Sunday. I'll be in section DB120, Row 2, seats 8 and 9. Suppose to be two row ups from the Sox on-deck circle. We shall see.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 03:07 PM
Mrs Foulke You and I will be there Saturday and Sunday. I hope we play better on the road than we have at home. Anyone know what the pitching matchups for this weekend are?
Friday: Richard vs. Suppan
Saturday: Buehrle vs. Parra
Sunday: Undetermined, but most likely will be Contreras vs. Looper

doublem23
06-10-2009, 03:20 PM
Friday: Richard vs. Suppan
Saturday: Buehrle vs. Parra
Sunday: Undetermined, but most likely will be Contreras vs. Looper

FWIW, the Sox main website has Contreras going Saturday and Buehrle on Sunday.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers.jsp?c_id=cws

MarkZ35
06-10-2009, 03:27 PM
Friday: Richard vs. Suppan
Saturday: Buehrle vs. Parra
Sunday: Undetermined, but most likely will be Contreras vs. Looper
At least we miss Gallardo because he has been great this year and he his a pretty good hitter too.

NDSox12
06-10-2009, 03:44 PM
FWIW, the Sox main website has Contreras going Saturday and Buehrle on Sunday.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers.jsp?c_id=cws

That makes more sense. No need to have two guys pitch on short rest.

chisoxfanatic
06-10-2009, 03:51 PM
FWIW, the Sox main website has Contreras going Saturday and Buehrle on Sunday.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers.jsp?c_id=cws
Interesting. I was just going by what I saw on Yahoo! Sports.

BadBobbyJenks
06-10-2009, 04:00 PM
So how long do you think it is going to take from Chicago if I dont get going until 3:00 on Friday?

salty99
06-10-2009, 04:01 PM
So how long do you think it is going to take from Chicago if I dont get going until 3:00 on Friday?


4 hours, 10 minutes and 52.3 seconds

TDog
06-10-2009, 04:07 PM
4 hours, 10 minutes and 52.3 seconds

If you resist the temptation to stop at the Mars Cheese Castle or the Bong Recreation Area.

amsteel
06-10-2009, 04:40 PM
So how long do you think it is going to take from Chicago if I dont get going until 3:00 on Friday?

I'd say leave earlier, if you leave at 2 it might take you 2-2.5 hours, if you leave at 3, it could take you 3.5+ things get real touchy on Fridays. I'm leaving South Bend around 1 EDT, which should get me into Chicago around 2 CDT. I'm erring wayyyyyyy on the side of caution for this one.

skobabe8
06-10-2009, 04:48 PM
If you resist the temptation to stop at the Mars Cheese Castle or the Bong Recreation Area.

No one has ever been able to resist both.

kobo
06-10-2009, 04:48 PM
If you resist the temptation to stop at the Mars Cheese Castle or the Bong Recreation Area.
I always camp at Bong when I see shows at Alpine. Nice campground.

Going to the game on Saturday with a big group. It will be my first game of the season, which is pretty sad. Then again, with the way the team has been playing, I'm not that upset. First time at Miller Park as well, looking forward to the game.

Foulke You
06-10-2009, 05:41 PM
Friday: Richard vs. Suppan
Saturday: Buehrle vs. Parra
Sunday: Undetermined, but most likely will be Contreras vs. Looper
Thanks chisoxfanatic + voodoo. Well, our hitters have seen Suppan before. I don't think we've faced Parra and Looper but "on paper" they both seem like hittable pitchers. At least they aren't AAA call-ups. Then I'd really be worried. I just remembered though, we're going to have to watch Jose Contreras with a bat again this weekend.:o:

Here is a look at the illustrious batting careers of the three pitchers going this weekend in Milwaukee:

Clayton Richard- No Career At Bats
Jose Contreras- .000 avg (0 for 20) 3BB 13K 0H 0RBI
Mark Buehrle- .083 avg (3 for 36) 1BB 20K 3H 1RBI

twentywontowin
06-10-2009, 05:45 PM
Leaving on Amtrak from Union Station tomorrow night. 90 minutes of booze on the ride up. :gulp:

GlassSox
06-10-2009, 08:19 PM
Taking Amtrak tomorrow afternoon :cool:

cbone
06-11-2009, 10:15 AM
Taking Amtrak tomorrow afternoon :cool:


I am as well. Just booked it for my son and I.

EddieStickney
06-11-2009, 11:50 AM
Headin up for the day on Sunday... I lucked out and stumbled on tickets for Suite 50! All the beer & brats I can handle! Luckily one of our vendors out of Hartford has the suite right behind home plate, I can't wait! :bandance:

Frankfan4life
06-11-2009, 01:06 PM
Is there anyone else besides me going on the Sox Grinders Road Trip to Milwaukee?

I've never done this before so I just wanted to know what to expect. Maybe I'm in wrong thread or something.

BadBobbyJenks
06-11-2009, 02:47 PM
My buddy says 41 up to Wisconsin will get past the bad traffic tomorrow. So we will be doing that and hopefully tailgating by 5.

What's the best lot for that?

amsteel
06-11-2009, 04:09 PM
My buddy says 41 up to Wisconsin will get past the bad traffic tomorrow. So we will be doing that and hopefully tailgating by 5.

What's the best lot for that?

They're all good for that but I'd avoid the lots to the East of the stadium, they tend to be a absolute mess after the games

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/directions.jsp

So anything other than Mets & Dodgers and you should be good. Enter on Yount Dr. off of Bluemound and you should be good to go. I prefer the Giants lot, lower price and pretty close to the stadium.

RockJock07
06-11-2009, 06:21 PM
They're all good for that but I'd avoid the lots to the East of the stadium, they tend to be a absolute mess after the games

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/directions.jsp

So anything other than Mets & Dodgers and you should be good. Enter on Yount Dr. off of Bluemound and you should be good to go. I prefer the Giants lot, lower price and pretty close to the stadium.

If you enter off of Yount Dr, you'll most likely be in the Giants lot which is across 94 however that lot is the best after the games because of it's ease to get out off.

If you don't have parking before hand avoid the preferred lots as parking there with be $25. The Mets, Dodgers, and Giants lots are $15 for the entire weekend.

If most have never been to Miller park the parking lots get crazy, it's a massive party. Tailgating at Miller Park during the weekend is just like a college football game down in SEC country.

Should be an interesting to see the crowds for this game. People with IL addresses have around 30% of the tickets for sat/sun however that number doesn't include Brewers season ticket holders who have sold their tickets.

ComiskeyBrewer
06-12-2009, 12:15 AM
As I mentioned before, my friends and I are meeting in St. Charles and heading up Route 47 on Friday afternoon. You cut across on I believe Route 43 once you get up to Lake Geneva.

Keep heading up 12 past Lake Geneva and you will hit I-43. It's closer to Elkhorn than LG.

ComiskeyBrewer
06-12-2009, 12:22 AM
If there's anybody tailgating on Friday and Saturday as well post it up here.

I'll be there Saturday.

nug0hs
06-12-2009, 09:21 AM
Anyone know if they will have the roof open tonight? It wont really be that warm out...

amsteel
06-12-2009, 10:01 AM
Anyone know if they will have the roof open tonight? It wont really be that warm out...

I tend to think not, I'd guess it would have to be at least 65 for them to open it, and game time temp is supposed to be 58 and dropping. The chance of rain tomorrow will likely keep it closed too. Boo.

My plan of attack is 80-90 -> 294 -> pick up my buddy at the Cumberland Blue line -> 90 -> 94-US41 -> US41 to the WI border -> 94 to Milwaukee.

What are other people doing?

roylestillman
06-12-2009, 10:15 AM
May want to monitor this site:

http://www.gcmtravel.com/gcm/maps_chicago.jsp

Just started turning light green, so its building already.

Plan on leaving here at 12:30 with a pick up in the Loop. If there's enough time a stop at Buffalo Water or Milwaukee Ale House.

Marqhead
06-12-2009, 10:21 AM
May want to monitor this site:

http://www.gcmtravel.com/gcm/maps_chicago.jsp

Just started turning light green, so its building already.

Plan on leaving here at 12:30 with a pick up in the Loop. If there's enough time a stop at Buffalo Water or Milwaukee Ale House.

Water Buffalo :D: and The Milwaukee Ale House are both great restaurants. Not too expensive, and nothing fancy but they serve some good food, and the Ale House has some great microbrews.

I'll be on a plane outta Baltimore at 6, can't wait for the games Saturday and Sunday! See you all in the parking lot!

twentywontowin
06-12-2009, 11:02 AM
Milwaukee fans up here are rude to Sox fans so far. I was here 45 minutes and someone yelled "Go Tigers" and "Sox suck" to us.

Such unknown hostility.

Marqhead
06-12-2009, 11:05 AM
Milwaukee fans up here are rude to Sox fans so far. I was here 45 minutes and someone yelled "Go Tigers" and "Sox suck" to us.

Such unknown hostility.

Were they Brewers fans for sure? You gotta remember there are a ton of Chicago people crawling around Milwaukee and tons of unwanted Cubs fans.

LoveYourSuit
06-12-2009, 11:06 AM
Any post game bars around the area of the park? Somewhere you can walk back to get to your car in the lot?

TGIF open after the game?

LoveYourSuit
06-12-2009, 11:09 AM
Milwaukee fans up here are rude to Sox fans so far. I was here 45 minutes and someone yelled "Go Tigers" and "Sox suck" to us.

Such unknown hostility.


I think Sox fans will be rolling in there 35% deep.

That will help balance things a bit.

Marqhead
06-12-2009, 11:17 AM
Any post game bars around the area of the park? Somewhere you can walk back to get to your car in the lot?

TGIF open after the game?

I don't know about TGIF, but there aren't really any bars within walking distance of the park. Your best bet is to head to Water St. after the game.

KenBerryGrab
06-12-2009, 11:25 AM
Milwaukee fans up here are rude to Sox fans so far. I was here 45 minutes and someone yelled "Go Tigers" and "Sox suck" to us.

Such unknown hostility.

In the '80s, you would have been challenged to a fight by now.

They hate the Cub fans worse than they hate us.

LoveYourSuit
06-12-2009, 11:26 AM
I don't know about TGIF, but there aren't really any bars within walking distance of the park. Your best bet is to head to Water St. after the game.


Yeah, so it looks to be just like the Cell. Nothing in the imediate area.

I'm the type of guy the minute I have to jump back into my car, I am heading straight home.

KenBerryGrab
06-12-2009, 11:30 AM
Yeah, so it looks to be just like the Cell. Nothing in the imediate area.

I'm the type of guy the minute I have to jump back into my car, I am heading straight home.

Bluemound Road is the closest real action.

ComiskeyBrewer
06-12-2009, 11:36 AM
Any post game bars around the area of the park? Somewhere you can walk back to get to your car in the lot?

TGIF open after the game?

4th base(on National Ave) is the bar that was owned by Former Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn. You can walk to it if you go south from Miller park about a block and take a right. Foods a little overpriced, but that's the closest sports bar i can think of to the stadium.

Max Power
06-12-2009, 12:50 PM
They're all good for that but I'd avoid the lots to the East of the stadium, they tend to be a absolute mess after the games

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/directions.jsp

So anything other than Mets & Dodgers and you should be good. Enter on Yount Dr. off of Bluemound and you should be good to go. I prefer the Giants lot, lower price and pretty close to the stadium.

Thanks for mentioning that. I've always ended up in the Mets/Dodgers lots in the past and they're terrible to get out of. I'll try the Giants lot tonight.

Max Power
06-12-2009, 12:52 PM
I tend to think not, I'd guess it would have to be at least 65 for them to open it, and game time temp is supposed to be 58 and dropping. The chance of rain tomorrow will likely keep it closed too. Boo.

My plan of attack is 80-90 -> 294 -> pick up my buddy at the Cumberland Blue line -> 90 -> 94-US41 -> US41 to the WI border -> 94 to Milwaukee.

What are other people doing?

That's been my plan all along. Good to know the consensus is that's a relatively good route.

SoxFan1979
06-12-2009, 07:27 PM
Schedule from The U website. When did the twins move to Milwaukee?

Chicago White Sox Baseball
Chicago White Sox @ Milwaukee Twins

ChiSoxGirl
06-13-2009, 12:51 AM
I got back from Milwaukee about an hour ago. I totally loved the ballpark! One of the first things I noticed is how friendly all of the concession workers are. We got into the ballpark a little after 5p and even when we were just walking by a concession stand, a worker would say, "Welcome to Miller Park. Enjoy your time here." I went to buy some food and the woman at the counter asked if I'd ever been there before and when I said I hadn't, she started making suggestions about what was good and what I could skip. I thought the food was good, and there were a lot of different choices.

Brewer fans, on the other hand... well, I summarized my experience with them in tonight's postgame thread. :rolleyes:

cheezheadsoxfan
06-13-2009, 01:04 AM
I got back from Milwaukee about an hour ago. I totally loved the ballpark! One of the first things I noticed is how friendly all of the concession workers are. We got into the ballpark a little after 5p and even when we were just walking by a concession stand, a worker would say, "Welcome to Miller Park. Enjoy your time here." I went to buy some food and the woman at the counter asked if I'd ever been there before and when I said I hadn't, she started making suggestions about what was good and what I could skip. I thought the food was good, and there were a lot of different choices.

Brewer fans, on the other hand... well, I summarized my experience with them in tonight's postgame thread. :rolleyes:

Pretty much agree. My first time there and thought the ballpark is nice, good food, friendly concession people. For watching the game tho, not so much. We were in the left field bleachers and compared to the Cell it felt like the upper deck. Couldn't see CF or LF most of the time.

Every place I've sat at the Cell, bleachers, upper deck, whatever, I could always see all of the field. Plus, walking to the EL and taking the train home beats the hell out of sitting in the lot for an hour.

ChiSoxGirl
06-13-2009, 01:07 AM
Pretty much agree. My first time there and thought the ballpark is nice, good food, friendly concession people. For watching the game tho, not so much. We were in the left field bleachers and compared to the Cell it felt like the upper deck. Couldn't see CF or LF most of the time.

Every place I've sat at the Cell, bleachers, upper deck, whatever, I could always see all of the field. Plus, walking to the EL and taking the train home beats the hell out of sitting in the lot for an hour.

My only complaint about the baseball experience is that people over there have no regard for the fact that a game is going on. They couldn't care less if they stand up in the middle of an inning to buy a beer, let people in or out of their row, or even stand up and wave to someone else they know in the ballpark while talking to that person on their cell phone. My view of the game was blocked numerous times, which was very annoying. And then, of course, there were the beach balls being tossed around down the left field line. People were more concerned with those than what was happening on the field.

ComiskeyBrewer
06-13-2009, 01:18 AM
My only complaint about the baseball experience is that people over there have no regard for the fact that a game is going on. They couldn't care less if they stand up in the middle of an inning to buy a beer, let people in or out of their row, or even stand up and wave to someone else they know in the ballpark while talking to that person on their cell phone. My view of the game was blocked numerous times, which was very annoying. And then, of course, there were the beach balls being tossed around down the left field line. People were more concerned with those than what was happening on the field.

As i said in the other thread, Weekend games at Miller Park are more about a party nowadays than about the game itself. Honestly, it reminds me alot of going to Wisconsin Football games. Just parties all over the place. Weeknight games are different(however you still see people getting up and movign around at bad times).

BigP50
06-13-2009, 01:19 AM
Miller park is a unique experience, a got a lot of "Sox Suck" yelled at me, but I just laughed everytime. They have very passionate fans, annoying, but there passionate in a small market so I like to see that.

chisoxfanatic
06-13-2009, 01:26 AM
My only complaint about the baseball experience is that people over there have no regard for the fact that a game is going on. They couldn't care less if they stand up in the middle of an inning to buy a beer, let people in or out of their row, or even stand up and wave to someone else they know in the ballpark while talking to that person on their cell phone. My view of the game was blocked numerous times, which was very annoying. And then, of course, there were the beach balls being tossed around down the left field line. People were more concerned with those than what was happening on the field.
That's pretty much spot-on what I experienced at both games I have attended at Miller Park. There are "fans of the game"...and then there are Brewers fans.

There are also a ton of seats with a sizable amount of the field obstructed. It really seems like they were trying to just cram as many seats in there as possible without thought. It was poorly designed.

twentywontowin
06-13-2009, 10:10 AM
I love this town, I hate the people and Brewers fans.

Constant **** talking from them, worse than a Sox/Cubs game. And this is without us even saying a word. If I was a Milwaukee fan I'd be pretty embarrassed about their behavior.

Also had a beer vendor take $20 from us, and somehow stuff didn't get passed down the aisle and of course nobody knows what happened.

roylestillman
06-13-2009, 01:19 PM
In the '80s, you would have been challenged to a fight by now.

They hate the Cub fans worse than they hate us.

I heard Brewer fans say this a number of times last night. They think the Sox fans are much easier to take than the Cub fans.

For those driving, the I-94 construction was not horrible. The worst of it is on the Illinois side around Half Day Road. Get in that express lane when you have a chance. We made it from the Loop to Milwaukee in just under two hours.

If you're doing the Third Ward/Water Street area before the game (which I'd highly recommend) locals told us of a back door shortcut to the park. Take St Paul to 16th. South on 16th to Canal, right on Canal for about 4 miles until it ends at the parking lot. There is only one stop light on Canal and nobody is on the road.

TDog
06-13-2009, 03:31 PM
In the '80s, you would have been challenged to a fight by now.

They hate the Cub fans worse than they hate us.

There was a thread a while ago in which someone said people in Milwaukee are pro-White Sox because of their hatred for the Cubs. I answered that I never found that to be the case. The hatred of Chicago is there in Milwaukee that exists exclusive of the rivalry. And the rivalry in the AL Brewers days was just as ugly as the current Cubs-Brewers rivalry.

I don't know why so many are so excited about going to Milwaukee this weekend. It looks like people are finding that from a lot of Miller Park, it's not a very good place to watch a baseball game.

ChiSoxGirl
06-13-2009, 03:59 PM
There was a thread a while ago in which someone said people in Milwaukee are pro-White Sox because of their hatred for the Cubs. I answered that I never found that to be the case. The hatred of Chicago is there in Milwaukee that exists exclusive of the rivalry. And the rivalry in the AL Brewers days was just as ugly as the current Cubs-Brewers rivalry.

I don't know why so many are so excited about going to Milwaukee this weekend. It looks like people are finding that from a lot of Miller Park, it's not a very good place to watch a baseball game.

Personally, I was looking forward to seeing another (my 14th) Major League ballpark. Plus, I like seeing the Sox on the road because it usually provides excellent photo opportunities; Milwaukee did not disappoint in that aspect!

TDog
06-13-2009, 04:06 PM
Personally, I was looking forward to seeing another (my 14th) Major League ballpark. Plus, I like seeing the Sox on the road because it usually provides excellent photo opportunities; Milwaukee did not disappoint in that aspect!

I like seeing the Sox in Oakland (although I wouldn't take my camera). I only get to see the Sox on the road. And I saw the Sox in Miller Park when I was in Waukesha. And I can understand the novelty. They haven't been there since, I think, 2002. But for people who regularly go to games at the Cell, I really don't understand the excitement of going to Miller Park.

SoxGirl3
06-13-2009, 08:48 PM
now that many of you went to Friday/Saturday games-what's the consensus on the following...

has the traffic been brutal or manageable? Is 47 still a better route?
park in giants lot?
how's the tailgating?

thanks a lot!

LoveYourSuit
06-13-2009, 08:58 PM
Went to the Friday night game and it was a blast, outside of the bullpen implosion by the Sox.

Food in the parks sucks IMO from the last time I was there. So did the smart thing and dropped by the Friday's restaurant. We had a great meal and a great seat from the 7th inning forward. And unlike the mod edit: putting a space in a prohibited word is avoiding the language filters, and will result in a suspension. that run the bullpen sports bar at the cell, who throw you out almost the minute your are walking in there to get served (flashing lights etc), they kept the place open until midnight.

The Sox need to grasp this concept and build something similar on the LF corner with an entrance on 35th and Wentworth. That could keep a place operating year round.

Warriorjan
06-13-2009, 08:59 PM
I don't know where you're driving from, so don't know if 47 works better for you. We left Park Ridge Friday at 3 and it took forever to get to the state line. They have stuff set up in Wisconsin but haven't actually got lots of lanes closed, so that part was okay. A friend of mine who went to Kenosha today said the Tri-state was okay. I parked in the Giants lot, came in off of Blue Mound, it was great. When we left, we went east on Blue Mound and got on 94 at 27th St. (you have to watch the signs, it's a little confusing). Never left a game so fast. Tailgating looked awesome, although we didn't do it ourselves. Deciding between Amtrak and driving myself tomorrow.

MarkZ35
06-13-2009, 09:06 PM
For anybody coming up on Sunday we had way better luck on the epress lanes where you can't exit on 294 and that was on Friday. Not sure if everyone was as lucky but it's worth a try.

ComiskeyBrewer
06-13-2009, 09:11 PM
That's pretty much spot-on what I experienced at both games I have attended at Miller Park. There are "fans of the game"...and then there are Brewers fans.



I had the exact opposite experience today. I sat in the bleachers and from the first pitch on, there wasn't more than 3 mins where there wasn't some sox fan getting up and walking up and down the aisles, no matter the situation. I guess it's not just with one team, but alot of fans in general do this.

Viva Medias B's
06-13-2009, 09:17 PM
I think a lot of the animosity Milwaukee fans have with Chicago fans stems from the Bears-Packers rivalry which transcends to the other sports. When the Brewers were in the AL, the White Sox represented the archrival (or one of them along with the Twins) that the Cubs represent today. Of course, this rivalry transcends itself in the NFL (Packers-Bears, Packers-Vikings) as well as college football (Wisconsin-Minnesota, Wisconsin-Illinois).

cards press box
06-13-2009, 09:17 PM
Today's game was a lot of fun. Jose Contreras pitched great, the Sox scored some runs and Gordon Beckham crushed a ball off Trevor Hoffman to the deepest part of centerfield. Mike Cameron made a spectacular catch to rob Beckham but it was still an encouraging at bat.

Miller Park is top notch, too. It is one of the best parks in the Midwest (if not the best).

Did anyone else see the guy dressed up as a giant chicken but wearing a Carlos Quentin jersey? I thought it was funny but some Brewer fans were not amused. The 7-0 score at the time may have impacted their sense of humor. As he walked by our section, I shouted, "You were the real MVP in '08!"

roylestillman
06-13-2009, 09:26 PM
Did anyone else see the guy dressed up as a giant chicken but wearing a Carlos Quentin jersey? I thought it was funny but some Brewer fans were not amused. The 7-0 score at the time may have impacted their sense of humor. As he walked by our section, I shouted, "You were the real MVP in '08!"

Saw him Friday walking over the bridge back to the Parking lots. I've also seen him at the Cell.

ChiSoxGirl
06-13-2009, 10:10 PM
I don't know where you're driving from, so don't know if 47 works better for you. We left Park Ridge Friday at 3 and it took forever to get to the state line. They have stuff set up in Wisconsin but haven't actually got lots of lanes closed, so that part was okay. A friend of mine who went to Kenosha today said the Tri-state was okay. I parked in the Giants lot, came in off of Blue Mound, it was great. When we left, we went east on Blue Mound and got on 94 at 27th St. (you have to watch the signs, it's a little confusing). Never left a game so fast. Tailgating looked awesome, although we didn't do it ourselves. Deciding between Amtrak and driving myself tomorrow.

I could see the Giants lost from 94, but never found how to get into it! If there's an exit on Bluemound Rd. from 94, I never saw it. I ended up going about a mile past the ballpark in my quest to find Bluemound Rd., got off, and got back on going east, figuring it couldn't be too far past the park, and just exited at Miller Park Way. I pulled in to some lot where I paid $15 and asked the guy how to get to the Giants lot for future reference. He directed me there and wrote on my parking coupon that I'd paid, and waved me through. I attempted to find the Giants lot on his directions, but to no avail and ended up back on 94! Finally, since it was so close to 5p, I gave up and went back to the original lot I pulled into.

chisoxfanatic
06-13-2009, 11:17 PM
(you have to watch the signs, it's a little confusing)
Isn't that the truth? Milwaukee's signs are horrible!
Today's game was a lot of fun. Jose Contreras pitched great, the Sox scored some runs and Gordon Beckham crushed a ball off Trevor Hoffman to the deepest part of centerfield. Mike Cameron made a spectacular catch to rob Beckham but it was still an encouraging at bat.

Miller Park is top notch, too. It is one of the best parks in the Midwest (if not the best).

Did anyone else see the guy dressed up as a giant chicken but wearing a Carlos Quentin jersey? I thought it was funny but some Brewer fans were not amused. The 7-0 score at the time may have impacted their sense of humor. As he walked by our section, I shouted, "You were the real MVP in '08!"
Beckham also scalded a ball to deep center field during Thursday's game. It's comforting to see that he is at least starting to make good contact. He's looking more comfortable out there now that he has several games under his belt.

I also have seen that dressed up chicken you're talking about at a game against the Mariners this year. He was wearing a Quentin jersey as well. When he got on the big jumbotron, Nancy started playing the Chicken Dance song.

cheezheadsoxfan
06-13-2009, 11:25 PM
Today's game was a lot of fun. Jose Contreras pitched great, the Sox scored some runs and Gordon Beckham crushed a ball off Trevor Hoffman to the deepest part of centerfield. Mike Cameron made a spectacular catch to rob Beckham but it was still an encouraging at bat.

Miller Park is top notch, too. It is one of the best parks in the Midwest (if not the best).

Did anyone else see the guy dressed up as a giant chicken but wearing a Carlos Quentin jersey? I thought it was funny but some Brewer fans were not amused. The 7-0 score at the time may have impacted their sense of humor. As he walked by our section, I shouted, "You were the real MVP in '08!"

I saw him on Friday night in the parking lot. Pretty funny.

Warriorjan
06-13-2009, 11:32 PM
There is no exit to Blue Mound from I-94. We had taken the bypass around Milwaukee so we were west of the stadium. We went past the exit to get back onto 94, the next exit north was Blue Mound. took Blue Mound east a couple of miles to the park. If you take 94 straight in, you have to exit once you're turned west downtown before Miller Park Way, I'm not sure where the exits are now that they have finished the reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange, go north to Wisconsin Avenue which becomes Blue Mound. If you check the tripadvisor website, the Milwaukee forum, I had posted a question about the construction and in one of the responses a poster suggested a route involving getting onto Canal Street which runs just south of the highway and taking that to the park.

Warriorjan
06-13-2009, 11:34 PM
Just to clarify, what i meant was that we took the 894 bypass, turned back north where 43 splits to go south, and stayed on the bypass until the Blue Mound exit which was the first one past I-94. I hope I didn't make this explanation worse!

rookie
06-14-2009, 03:18 PM
Personally, I was looking forward to seeing another (my 14th) Major League ballpark. Plus, I like seeing the Sox on the road because it usually provides excellent photo opportunities; Milwaukee did not disappoint in that aspect!

We went Saturday and had a great time! We were in the second row of sec 432 which was supposed to be obstructed, but wasn't and it was a great view.

The tailgating was awesome. Seemed like everyone was tailgating. Tons of Sox fans. I'm sure they had more tailgaters playing us than the Cubs, since Sox fans know how to tailgate.

And Jose pitched a great game. We had the lead so early that you didn't mind leaving the game halfway through just to wander the park. Plus the weather was perfect, which you never would've guessed from the morning.

BigP50
06-14-2009, 04:15 PM
take 2 of 3 from a 1st place team on the road................I like it.

soxfan21
06-14-2009, 08:15 PM
Had a great time up there today,glad I was able to see them win, and glad that we took 2 of 3 from them. Buerhle's homer was sweet to see to, something I will always remember.

Rocky Soprano
06-15-2009, 09:18 AM
I had a blast in Milwaukee, the highlight was running into a ton of players at the hotel.

The best was actually getting to meet and talk to Thome, it was an honor to shake his hand. He is every bit the nice guy that we see on tv.

KenBerryGrab
06-15-2009, 09:27 AM
The left-field loge bleachers yesterday were very, very Soxy. Tons of fun, and no abuse from Brewer fans.

salty99
06-15-2009, 09:34 AM
The left-field loge bleachers yesterday were very, very Soxy. Tons of fun, and no abuse from Brewer fans.

Yes!!! That is also were I was sitting, row 14.

WisSoxFan
06-15-2009, 09:39 AM
My wife and I sat in the second row right behind the Sox on deck circle. The woman next to my wife commented about the Sox fans (there was a 50/50 split I would guess in our general area) being pretty nice because everytime one of them got a ball tossed to them they gave it to a kid regardless of who the kid was rooting for. It was fun to get to a game. It's been a while and what a great game to see!

Rocky Soprano
06-15-2009, 09:42 AM
Yes!!! That is also were I was sitting, row 14.

I was there as well, row 6.

beasly213
06-15-2009, 10:02 AM
I went on Friday, despite the Sox Losing :angry: I still had a good time :smile:


I've been there before and Miller Park is a decent enough stadium with wide concourses and good food.

Although one annoying Brewers fan told me "There is nothing to do in Chicago besides go to Chicago." :scratch: He also told me that Wrigley Field and Bridgeport were in the suburbs.

Marqhead
06-15-2009, 10:04 AM
Certainly was a fun weekend, especially seeing my first two games, and wins of the year.

My sections were loaded with Sox fans, and it was a lot of fun both days. I had no problems with any Brewers fans, and the bars were packed with Sox fans after all the games. Fun stuff.

Jim Shorts
06-15-2009, 10:15 AM
Watched all three on TV and got to give Sox Nation some kudos. Sox fans were loud enough for me to guess the attendance spilt at >70% Sox fans.

It wasn't that lopsided in Milwaukee, was it?

Rocky Soprano
06-15-2009, 10:20 AM
Watched all three on TV and got to give Sox Nation some kudos. Sox fans were loud enough for me to guess the attendance spilt at >70% Sox fans.

It wasn't that lopsided in Milwaukee, was it?

I don't know if it was that bad, but Sox fans were much louder, a ton of Lets Go White Sox Chants.

The place went nuts when Buehrle went deep, we were hoping for a curtain call. :D:

mrfourni
06-15-2009, 10:34 AM
So, would anyone else be for the idea of only playing the Cubs 3 games and being able to play the Brewers 3 games every year?

I didn't make it to Miller Park this year, but I've been in the past and think the park is great. I would like to see a Brewers-Sox series every year and I think the Cubs-Sox series is overrated.

areilly
06-15-2009, 10:41 AM
Anyone else see the fight after Saturday's game in 438?

ewokpelts
06-15-2009, 10:44 AM
i have a feeling we'll play milwaukee sooner than every 8 years. we've played the pirates the last four years straight, with teh first two years in pitt, followed by two in a row here.

Rocky Soprano
06-15-2009, 10:45 AM
Anyone else see the fight after Saturday's game in 438?

No, what happened?

Warriorjan
06-15-2009, 10:53 AM
I hate the crosstown series and would much rather play the Brewers and head to Milwaukee for a weekend with fellow Sox fans.

areilly
06-15-2009, 11:01 AM
No, what happened?

Just the usual: two drunks screaming nonsense at each other, which led to a pair of female fans ripping each other's hair out, which led to one guy kicking another in the head. Sadly, it was Sox fan-on-Sox fan violence.

:o:

ohthosechisox
06-15-2009, 11:05 AM
So, would anyone else be for the idea of only playing the Cubs 3 games and being able to play the Brewers 3 games every year?

I actually suggested that to my family yesterday after the game. I hate the Crosstown Classic, but considering they're probably not going to get rid of it, it would be better if they played only one series switching home parks every other year and then played the Brewers for a series.

I had so much fun yesterday. I was in section 128, which was also quite loaded with Sox fans. In response to all the "Let's go White Sox" cheers, one Brewers fan behind me said, "I can't believe we're hearing that here!" Haha. :D:

cbone
06-15-2009, 11:34 AM
I had a great time as well. I met many freindly Sox and Brewer fans, Walked down by the river in the city, had a few cold ones. Hope we go back soon. !!!:gulp::bandance:

Warriorjan
06-15-2009, 11:47 AM
Sox fan fighting Sox fan at another team's ballpark? LOL. Hope they all got tossed, though.

Frankfan4life
06-15-2009, 12:31 PM
I went to all three games at Miller Park as part of the Sox Grinders Road Trip. I totally enjoyed it. I have to say that my experience with the Brewer fans was positive but there was a lot of drinking going on on Saturday and a few fights broke out in the parking lots. The Sox fans at the games were just incredible. You could run into a Sox fan no matter where you were in Milwaukee during the weekend. I have never seen anything like it. Especially on Saturday, there had to be more Sox fans than Brewer fans at the game. I was impressed! I felt like we owned the city for the weekend.

I enjoyed seeing Miller Park. The park is located in the middle of nowhere but the tailgating was an event all by itself. Brewer fans are some serious tailgaters and have taken it to an art form. A lot of Sox fans were tailgating too. I sat in Section 130 for all three games and got plenty of sun on Saturday and Sunday. Whew, it got really steamy.

I stayed at the Pfister for the weekend and got to see most of the Sox players and coaches going to and coming from the games. I even saw the Hawkaroo a few times. I saw AJ with his wife and two kids going to the park down the street. It was interesting to see AJ take the stroller like a typical dad after the game on Saturday. Some players like TCM drove their own cars and some players like TCQ and Fields took separate cabs to the games. I also got an autograph and my picture taken with Harold Baines. :bandance:

Friday's game was a huge disappointment. Some of us at the hotel wanted to lock Dotel in his room. I can't say enough about Jose's performance on Saturday. He totally rocked!! The batters also impressed me by scoring early and putting together more than three runs. Even though Mark didn't have his good stuff (again) on Sunday, his homerun was the highlight of the day (between him and Richard, we may have some clutch pinch-hitters).

I was just very proud to be a Sox fan this weekend. I highly recommend that everyone check out the Grinders Road Trip to Detroit in July. I'd like to go but I'm remodeling my kitchen and it's becoming a money trap, however, I'm giving it a lot of thought because I had so much fun on the Milwaukee trip.

roylestillman
06-15-2009, 01:53 PM
so, would anyone else be for the idea of only playing the cubs 3 games and being able to play the brewers 3 games every year?

I didn't make it to miller park this year, but i've been in the past and think the park is great. I would like to see a brewers-sox series every year and i think the cubs-sox series is overrated.

yes!

ewokpelts
06-15-2009, 02:27 PM
I went to all three games at Miller Park as part of the Sox Grinders Road Trip. I totally enjoyed it. I have to say that my experience with the Brewer fans was positive but there was a lot of drinking going on on Saturday and a few fights broke out in the parking lots. The Sox fans at the games were just incredible. You could run into a Sox fan no matter where you were in Milwaukee during the weekend. I have never seen anything like it. Especially on Saturday, there had to be more Sox fans than Brewer fans at the game. I was impressed! I felt like we owned the city for the weekend.

I enjoyed seeing Miller Park. The park is located in the middle of nowhere but the tailgating was an event all by itself. Brewer fans are some serious tailgaters and have taken it to an art form. A lot of Sox fans were tailgating too. I sat in Section 130 for all three games and got plenty of sun on Saturday and Sunday. Whew, it got really steamy.

I stayed at the Pfister for the weekend and got to see most of the Sox players and coaches going to and coming from the games. I even saw the Hawkaroo a few times. I saw AJ with his wife and two kids going to the park down the street. It was interesting to see AJ take the stroller like a typical dad after the game on Saturday. Some players like TCM drove their own cars and some players like TCQ and Fields took separate cabs to the games. I also got an autograph and my picture taken with Harold Baines. :bandance:

Friday's game was a huge disappointment. Some of us at the hotel wanted to lock Dotel in his room. I can't say enough about Jose's performance on Saturday. He totally rocked!! The batters also impressed me by scoring early and putting together more than three runs. Even though Mark didn't have his good stuff (again) on Sunday, his homerun was the highlight of the day (between him and Richard, we may have some clutch pinch-hitters).

I was just very proud to be a Sox fan this weekend. I highly recommend that everyone check out the Grinders Road Trip to Detroit in July. I'd like to go but I'm remodeling my kitchen and it's becoming a money trap, however, I'm giving it a lot of thought because I had so much fun on the Milwaukee trip.who's TCM?

Marqhead
06-15-2009, 02:28 PM
who's TCM?

The Cuban Missile = TCM = Alexei Ramirez

ewokpelts
06-15-2009, 02:31 PM
The Cuban Missile = TCM = Alexei Ramirezoh, you mean starvin marvin? or roger from american dad?

SSrep
06-15-2009, 02:43 PM
oh, you mean starvin marvin? or roger from american dad?

No, he meant The Cuban Missile

TDog
06-15-2009, 03:24 PM
Just the usual: two drunks screaming nonsense at each other, which led to a pair of female fans ripping each other's hair out, which led to one guy kicking another in the head. Sadly, it was Sox fan-on-Sox fan violence.

:o:

Probably started over who hated DeWayne Wise more.

DaveFeelsRight
06-15-2009, 03:30 PM
Brewer fans are classy. As I made my ways up the stairs after sundays win, a couple of them gave me a pat on the back and said "good game"

hi im skot
06-15-2009, 03:31 PM
Was at all three games and had a great time. As I mentioned in one of the game threads, there were some knuckleheads Friday night, but everyone was super-cool the rest of the weekend.

I look forward to seeing the Sox there again soon.

OldRomanPizza
06-15-2009, 03:39 PM
Sox fan fighting Sox fan at another team's ballpark?

I saw some of this out at the bars on Saturday night. Obviously, at that point it has nothing to do with baseball and all to do with the all day and night drinking. Busy night for the bouncers...

Only saw one rude Brewers fan who was swearing at Sox fans right in front of his wife and <2 year old son!!

Konerko05
06-15-2009, 03:53 PM
I had one slight altercation with a drunk Brewers fan in the 9th inning of Saturday's game. My group decided to just head back to our bus before anything stupid happened.

Besides that, I didn't hear a word from any Brewers fans. Although I'm sure that had something to do with being outnumbered and losing by seven runs.

Great job by White Sox fans all weekend.

BigP50
06-15-2009, 04:33 PM
Thye should have a series against the Brewers every year.

GlassSox
06-15-2009, 04:45 PM
I had a great time as well. I met many freindly Sox and Brewer fans, Walked down by the river in the city, had a few cold ones. Hope we go back soon. !!!:gulp::bandance:

We had the same good experience. Met many, many friendly Brewer & Sox fans and did not have any trouble. Also, enjoyed the river walk, restaurants, & bars. It was our 1st visit and we plan on returning.

VeeckAsInWreck
06-15-2009, 04:55 PM
I was there for Sunday's game sitting in sec. 407.

My impression of the park itself was very good. Just surprised by the number of Sox fans there.

Everything was fine except at the end of the game it started to get a little ugly. We have good fans but like all team's fanbases we have some bad apples too.

BigP50
06-15-2009, 05:50 PM
I think that Milwaukee is loaded with young talent and I always enjoy seeing them play. Hardy, Braun, Fielder, Hart, Gamel,

chisoxfanatic
06-15-2009, 05:55 PM
Although one annoying Brewers fan told me "There is nothing to do in Chicago besides go to Chicago." :scratch: He also told me that Wrigley Field and Bridgeport were in the suburbs.
Ummmm, and he's from MILWAUKEE?!?! :?:

WagMan
06-15-2009, 10:23 PM
Went to the game on Sunday with the family. We sat in the LF Loge bleachers, right below Bernie's slide. There was a good mix of Sox and Brewers fans, but mostly Sox fans in our area. The Brewers fans sitting right around us were nice and kept the rowdiness to a minimum given that my kids were there. Overall, it was an excellent experience, especially seeing Buehrle's homerun and the 9th inning heroics. Most of my trips to Miller Park involved the roof being closed, so it was a pleasant surprise to have the nice weather and the regular feel of an actual ballpark.

I agree with many of the posts in this thread that I would gladly skip an extra 3 games series with the National ballclub and pick up 3 vs Milwaukee on an annual basis.

KenBerryGrab
06-15-2009, 10:28 PM
Went to the game on Sunday with the family. We sat in the LF Loge bleachers, right below Bernie's slide.

What row? We might have been sitting right behind you.

WagMan
06-15-2009, 10:33 PM
What row? We might have been sitting right behind you.

We were in 237, row 4

chisoxfanatic
06-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Most of my trips to Miller Park involved the roof being closed, so it was a pleasant surprise to have the nice weather and the regular feel of an actual ballpark.
Even with the roof open, you still feel you're trapped inside a dome. That's a poorly designed roof.

Rocky Soprano
06-15-2009, 11:02 PM
We were in 237, row 4

I was two rows behind you!

Walker29
06-16-2009, 09:31 AM
The stupidest thing I heard all weekend was at Saturday's game. A group of 3 17-19year old Sox Fans and one of their fathers were getting into it with a a couple Brewers fans. When the Sox fans decided to depart after the 8th, one of Sox Fans decided to get in a final verbal shot, (something along the lines of "Have fun, jackass!"). The Brewers fans retort was "Oh yeah?! Have fun driving on your TOLLways...paying your TOLLS!) Classic.

Warriorjan
06-16-2009, 12:36 PM
I think it was 2007 at Sox Park, we lost to the Cubs. After the game, lots of razzing going on. I pointed at my WS trophy shirt and said, hey, we got this. The girl razzing me, said something like, Big deal, two years ago....I was speechless and her other friends, also Cubs fans, were rolling their eyes and shaking their heads at her - stupidest taunt I ever heard.
I had no issues with the Brewers fans, I've heard much worse at our park. They are all rooting for us this week.