Maggie speaking all week at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Being a former 6-pack resident, I was always jealous of the Allen Hall kids. The A.I.R. program is just one of the reasons...


#3

@pesco and @frauenfelder have done this program, too. It's a really cool thing. I'm a little jealous we didn't have anything like this at my school.


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Chicago is a "quick" (2 hours) drive or train ride away. Not that you're likely to have much free time while you're at UofI. Let me know if you think you might come up here: I'd be happy to treat you to dinner/coffee/whatever.


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Thank you for the invite. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to be able to get away. But I will get to Chicago at some point! Promise.


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@maggiekb, I work in town. Do you have any particular dietary restrictions? There's some good eating around here for a town this size.


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I went to UIUC for grad school and fondly remember some of the restaurants. I was in Krannert all the time and would get gyros from Zorbas for dinner on a regular basis. I heard there was a fire a couple of years ago - did they ever recover? The Red Herring vegetarian restaurant was a nice place for lunch. And I recall that Dos Reales had the best margaritas (or the strongest, at any rate) in town.

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There's nothing "quick" about a trip to Chicago from UIUC, unless you consider Kankakee part of Chicago...


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I used to drive to Mattoon/Charleston from the far north side every weekend. Champaign-Urbana to the south side cuts out about 1/3 of the miles and thus is barely over 2 hours of driving. I suppose "quick" depends on where you're from and how accustomed to road trips you are.


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I don't go down to campus often (one too many uncomfortable drunken undergrad experiences), but, last I recall, Zorba's was still existent. I do like the Red Herring, Dos Reales is pretty good. Was downtown worth a damn when you were here? Big Grove Tavern is pretty new, and is totally my go-to spot, I'd go with Cafe Kopi for best cafe around town, and if you are of the meat-eating sort, absolutely must check out Black Dog for barbecue.

CC: @maggiekb

and heck, if you're around town with some time to burn and feel like grabbing coffee or something with a reader, feel free to drop me a line smile


#11

you have my sympathy :wink:


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I was a grad student without a car so most of my experience was in the campus area and anywhere I could quickly get to on bike.


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Used to go to Panama Red's on my travels south from Chicago. Have a great time in Illinois,


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How long ago (if you don't mind my asking, of course)?


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I finished my MFA back in '05.


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and heck, if you're around town with some time to burn and feel like grabbing coffee or something with a reader, feel free to drop me a line

Not sure how much off-campus time I'm actually going to be able to work in, but I will keep this in mind. And thank you for the invite! (The general public is definitely welcome at the evening talks, too!)


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I'm hoping to get to the wednesday one, my week is pretty packed during the evenings. Hope to see you there!


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