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    Me and a friend are going to head to Midlands for the first time. Trying to decide whether to get a room for one night or two. Personally I would rather have some fun Saturday night and stay in town Sunday night instead of staying in so we're not so tired and driving home Sunday after finals. How many of you are going to be there/going out on Saturday, or any other thoughts welcome.
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    Oh yeah, and how's the traffic?
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    Traffic is never the greatest around Northwestern. Enjoy the town and make life easier....stay the night.
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    Definitely stay the night. Last year, finals ended around 10/10:30. You don't want to get on I-80 that late, especially after watching a day of wrestling.

    And I guess traffic is in the eye of the beholder. I've only found the traffic around Northwestern to be normal to moderately bad - the type of traffic to be expected around a stadium and a special event. Generally, traffic in Chicago can suck, but a lot depends on time of day, place, etc. Two questions for ya, ISU:
    1. Where are you staying?
    2. What way are you planning on taking? I highly recommend taking I-88 over I-80. Yes, it's a tollway, so it will cost you a bit more, but there is less traffic and way fewer trucks. I took that way the last few times I went to Iowa, and it was so much better than I-80. You pick it up just east of the Mississippi in Illinois.

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    I second the advice about I-88 over I-80, for all the reasons bluestater mentioned and also: The periodic stops to pay tolls help keep you awake if you're driving in the middle of the night.

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    I went a couple years ago, staying in Northbrook, which wasn't too far from the Northwestern campus. I had hardly any trouble with traffic around the arena, or, for that matter, anywhere going to or from Chicago. I live in Cincinnati, so came up from the south on I-65 to the Indiana Toll Road to the Chicago Skyway to the Dan Ryan to the Kennedy to the Edens, and it was as if I were in a presidential motorcade -- flying along at the speed limit and beyond. (I think a lot of folks had taken off the week after Christmas.)

    Glad to see the advice about taking I-88 instead of I-80. To my way of thinking, it's the straightest/shortest distance between Ames and Evanston. I-80 skirts to the south edge of Chicagoland, while I-88 eventually ends up at Michigan Avenue (via the Eisenhower Exway to Congress Pkwy), which is more the direction you want to go, since Northwestern is north of the Chicago loop.

    As you're coming from Iowa and cross the Mississippi on I-80, the I-88 interchange will be the second interchange which has two ramps. You'll want the second ramp, marked "Sterling-Rock Falls" (hometowns for yours truly, Mike Mena and Midlands organizer Ken Kraft) -- I think there's also a sign that says "Chicago Loop." The first 40+ miles are free; the East-West Tollway starts at Sterling-Rock Falls, with the first toll plaza at Dixon. Traffic on the Tollway tends to be lighter than it is on I-80, and, unless they've rebuilt I-80 in the past couple years, the Tway is much smoother and in better condition.

    The Midlands is a great event for so many reasons -- great talent, no bad seats, Evanston is a great college town with plenty of bars and restaurants, and it's just outside Chicago. Enjoy!

    Mark

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    Thanks for the advice, I decided to stay both nights. We're staying in Northbrook, so it's good to hear about the traffic from there. Actually, we'll be leaving from Waterloo so we'll probably take 20 to I-90. But again, thanks, hope to see some of you there.
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