The LeakyCon Express

Hello everyone. If you are taking a look at this blog it's probably because you're looking for a hopefully cheap and fun way to get to LeakyCon!

Please take a look and see if there is a station near you. You can also see who else is going on the LeakyCon Express closest to you. All the info is in the links on the right so take a look and message me if you need any help.

Thanks for all your support and ideas. I can't wait to see you all at LeakyCon!

Hello LeakyCon friends!

There is still time to buy a train ticket to get to Leaky and save some money!

Check out routes at Amtrak or shoot me a message if you have any questions.

See you all there!


Anonymous asked:
Hey my friend and I are taking the Megabus up from Chicago, and we're supposed to get in at about 9ish. From Union Station to the Hotel, we were planning on just walking. I know I've made the walk before on previous trips, but do you know if that seems easily do-able, or do you think we would need to take the L?

  Your best bet will be to get on a bus. I mean. You can totally walk. It’s a little more than a mile away. I just hate walking around downtown with luggage. So annoying. The L would be a major waste of time though. It really won’t bring you that much closer.

   There are various buses that will take you from Union to The Hilton. They all leave in 10ish min intervals. So if you miss one there isn’t too much waiting for the next. Then again you can never really tell with the trackers. It all depends on traffic :(

   If you have a smart phone or you can go to google maps you can get public transit directions. There’s a quick little tutorial here.

   Also the X28 Stoney Island Express and the 1 Indiana-Hyde Park buses both leave from Union Station at the corner of Canal and Adams and take you practically to the Hotel.

A CVS that sells bus passes is also on that corner across the street.

   Then you just get off at Michigan and Balbo or Michigan and 8th it doesn’t really matter the hotel is between those streets and voila the Hilton.

   If you need help finding your stop ask the bus driver or someone on the bus! Most people usually don’t mind. And if they’re gruff with you oh well. Grumpy people are annoying and have miserable lives lol.

   Again I will be arriving on the 8th at 11:30ish so if you want my help I’ll try to be as available as possible.

Good Luck!


Thank you for the info, I was planning on taking a cab from the airport to the hotel, but I guess it's best to take he bus, if it's that easy. :) Thanks!

No prob :D

Yea the best way to go is to take the “L” which is the name for the chicago subway/train system. Whatever you wanna call it. It’s basically a subway that runs at street level, below street level (like a subway), and on an elevated track (hence the name the L.) 

If you are coming downtown from Midway airport take the Orange line towards The Loop aka downtown Chicago and if you are coming from O’Hare take the Blue line towards The Loop.

Again the official CTA website is extremely helpful. This page has info on traveling to/from the airports.

Good Luck!


Tips on getting around Chicago!

Hey!!!

   As of now my plan is to arrive in Chicago at 11:30am on Wed the 8th. So, I’m going to be pretty early and can take anyone from the station to the hotel that arrives on or after that time. So if you want to be shuttled from the station to the hotel by someone who knows CTA let me know.

   Either way I can give directions. So send me a message if you think you’ll need help and I’ll send you my cell number so I can help out if you get lost or I can pick you up.

Here are some tips for people new to public transit.

1. **Avoid cabs if possible.** They’re pretty expensive and honestly I wouldn’t even know how to flag one down. Lived there for 6 months. Never took a cab.

2. Get a CTA pass. They have 1, 3, and 7 day passes. They are sold at pretty much all CVS/Walgreens/Rite Aids. There is a CVS across the street from Union Station so it’s pretty easy.

3. The map apps on iphones/smart phones/google maps. Are pretty awesome. You can make it so the map gives you directions via public transportation. To do that choose the bus icon like I did here.

And just enter your current location and destination info. Voila. Directions on which bus/subway to take, where you get on them, and what time they leave.

4. The bus stop signs look like this.

And honestly I won’t be able to explain it any better than CTA does so go to this website.

If you have any other questions/comments shoot me a message. 

See you all at Leaky!!!


Hello LeakyCon friends!

This blog is here to try to help as many people as possible find a cheap way to get to Leaky.

I want this to be a central site everyone can come to in order to get info about their trip and to find other people taking the same train. So we can all buddy up and turn the traveling part from a necessary evil into something fun we will all enjoy.


There are currently two main parts to this project.
  1.) Find a train to Leaky near you!

  • This page helps you find the closest train station with a route to Leaky near you.
  • It contains a tutorial on how to find a route to Leaky.
  • It also has a link to some example prices and itineraries.


  2.) Find people leaving from your station!

  • This page has a list of the stations other LeakyCon-ers are leaving from.
  • It is broken down by state then city.
  • You can submit your own info so others can find you. Instructions are right here :D

If you are confused by any of this or have anything else you would like to add please contact me through this ask, my personal blog ask, the submission box, or my email. Here is the contact info page again in case you missed it :D


I hope to hear from all of you and t
hanks again for all the help and support everyone!

See you at the platform!!!


theleakyconexpress:

Hello to anyone and everyone following (or not). Here is an update and a bit of an apology.

I’m really sorry if you asked a question and I haven’t responded recently or I said I was going to make an itinerary for you and didn’t.

I have recently made the move from Southeastern Michigan to Chicago (it’s all very exciting :D)

So I’ve been pretty behind on everything but I am not in any way abandoning this project and as soon as I get settled here in Chicago I’ll be back to posting new itineraries and bugging you all about taking the train :P

So if you have a request please send it in and I’ll try to get it done soon.

Anyway I can’t wait to see you all at Leaky and if you live in or around the Chicago area and wanna meet up beforehand I’m all for that too!

P.S. - Also thinking about maybe doing a TLCE meetup/party cause I actually have a place now. It all depends on the roommates so I’ll keep you all posted on that too. Hopefully by time August comes around I’ll be a Chicago pro and be able to help you all get around :P


Hello to anyone and everyone following (or not). Here is an update and a bit of an apology.

I’m really sorry if you asked a question and I haven’t responded recently or I said I was going to make an itinerary for you and didn’t.

I have recently made the move from Southeastern Michigan to Chicago (it’s all very exciting :D)

So I’ve been pretty behind on everything but I am not in any way abandoning this project and as soon as I get settled here in Chicago I’ll be back to posting new itineraries and bugging you all about taking the train :P

So if you have a request please send it in and I’ll try to get it done soon.

Anyway I can’t wait to see you all at Leaky and if you live in or around the Chicago area and wanna meet up beforehand I’m all for that too!

P.S. - Also thinking about maybe doing a TLCE meetup/party cause I actually have a place now. It all depends on the roommates so I’ll keep you all posted on that too. Hopefully by time August comes around I’ll be a Chicago pro and be able to help you all get around :P


Calling all LeakyCon goers near Truckee, CA! The LeakyCon Express is stopping at a station near you!

Traveling from Truckee, CA to Chicago:

By Car:

1946 miles

30 hours

$568 in gas + $32 minimum for total parking costs** 

$600 for your traveling and parking expenses at the least. And I’m being really forgiving about parking prices. It will realistically be more like $32 a day not $32 for the whole week. But I’m giving LeakyCon the benefit of the doubt and sticking with their claim of an $8 a day parking lot. *I’m giving that tweet a whole lotta side eye. Just so ya know.*

**Calculated using current gas prices local in California and a car that gets 25 mpg. This price may go up or down depending on your circumstance.


By Plane:

Starting at $492 + $92 (taxi from Chi airport to hotel for both trips) = $542

(Supposedly there is a bus from the airport to Chicago that costs $4 each way. Check for other flights and transportation to the hotel. There might just be a better price.)

(Plus baggage fees. This differs for every airline. Check before you book.)


By Train:

around 46 hours

$278.00 - $27.80 (LeakyCon discount)= $250.20

*parking fees unknown at this time*


*This itinerary is only an example and the times and dates can be changed. Just check out the Amtrak website and fiddle with it. If you need any help just stop by my ask!*

Conclusion:

Although the trip is quite a bit longer it’s cheaper and you can sleep the whole time if you really wanted to. You might even be able to cut out a night of hotel expenses depending on the time of registration.The parking is honestly going to be ridiculously expensive in Chicago. You will probably be paying more than the estimated amount above. I’m guessing closer to $20 a day than $8.

Last thing…there are some incredible reviews about the landscapes that you see while on this trip. You pass through the Rocky Mountains and the train goes places cars and planes don’t even have access to. Many people say it’s worth it just for the views. So if you can sleep in a recliner. It’s pretty much the same thing. You can walk around the train. There is a dining and lounge car and lots of people to meet. I’d give it a shot if I were you. People go on airplanes all the time. I think it’s pretty cool to say you crossed the Rockies in a train. Here is the website for this route.

If you live in or around Truckee, CA…

Come ride The LeakyCon Express!!!


Calling all LeakyCon goers near Sacramento, CA! The LeakyCon Express is stopping at a station near you!

Traveling from Sacramento, CA to Chicago:

By Car:

2046 miles

32 hours

$597 in gas + $32 minimum for total parking costs** 

$629 for your traveling and parking expenses at the least. And I’m being really forgiving about parking prices. It will realistically be more like $32 a day not $32 for the whole week. But I’m giving LeakyCon the benefit of the doubt and sticking with their claim of an $8 a day parking lot. *I’m giving that tweet a whole lotta side eye. Just so ya know.*

**Calculated using current gas prices local in California and a car that gets 25 mpg. This price may go up or down depending on your circumstance.

By Plane:

Starting at $450 + $92 (taxi from Chi airport to hotel for both trips) = $542


(Plus baggage fees. This differs for every airline. Check before you book.)

By Train:

around 51 hours

$294.00 - $29.40 (LeakyCon discount)= $264.60

*parking fees unknown at this time*


*This itinerary is only an example and the times and dates can be changed. Just check out the Amtrak website and fiddle with it. If you need any help just stop by my ask!*

Conclusion:

Although the trip is quite a bit longer it’s cheaper and you can sleep the whole time if you really wanted to. You might even be able to cut out a night of hotel expenses depending on the time of registration.The parking is honestly going to be ridiculously expensive in Chicago. You will probably be paying more than the estimated amount above. I’m guessing closer to $20 a day than $8.

Last thing…there are some incredible reviews about the landscapes that you see while on this trip. You pass through the Rocky Mountains and the train goes places cars and planes don’t even have access to. Many people say it’s worth it just for the views. So if you can sleep in a recliner. It’s pretty much the same thing. You can walk around the train. There is a dining and lounge car and lots of people to meet. I’d give it a shot if I were you. People go on airplanes all the time. I think it’s pretty cool to say you crossed the Rockies in a train. Here is the website for this route.

If you live in or around Sacramento, CA…

Come ride The LeakyCon Express!!!


Calling all LeakyCon goers near Roseville, CA! The LeakyCon Express is stopping at a station near you!

Traveling from Roseville, CA to Chicago:

By Car:

2030 miles

32 hours

$592 in gas + $32 minimum for total parking costs** 

$624 for your traveling and parking expenses at the least. And I’m being really forgiving about parking prices. It will realistically be more like $32 a day not $32 for the whole week. But I’m giving LeakyCon the benefit of the doubt and sticking with their claim of an $8 a day parking lot. *I’m giving that tweet a whole lotta side eye. Just so ya know.*

**Calculated using current gas prices local in California and a car that gets 25 mpg. This price may go up or down depending on your circumstance.

By Plane:

Starting at $450 + $92 (taxi from Chi airport to hotel for both trips) = $542

(Plus baggage fees. This differs for every airline. Check before you book.)

By Train:

around 50 hours

$292.00 - $29.20 (LeakyCon discount)= $262.80

*parking fees unknown at this time*

*This itinerary is only an example and the times and dates can be changed. Just check out the Amtrak website and fiddle with it. If you need any help just stop by my ask!*

Conclusion:

Although the trip is quite a bit longer it’s cheaper and you can sleep the whole time if you really wanted to. You might even be able to cut out a night of hotel expenses depending on the time of registration.The parking is honestly going to be ridiculously expensive in Chicago. You will probably be paying more than the estimated amount above. I’m guessing closer to $20 a day than $8.

Last thing…there are some incredible reviews about the landscapes that you see while on this trip. You pass through the Rocky Mountains and the train goes places cars and planes don’t even have access to. Many people say it’s worth it just for the views. So if you can sleep in a recliner. It’s pretty much the same thing. You can walk around the train. There is a dining and lounge car and lots of people to meet. I’d give it a shot if I were you. People go on airplanes all the time. I think it’s pretty cool to say you crossed the Rockies in a train. Here is the website for this route.

If you live in or around Roseville, CA…

Come ride The LeakyCon Express!!!