My main concern is about the place where the flatware workshop
(by James Obermeier)is being held: Northern Illinois University. It
seems that is more than an hour away from downtown Chicago (where I
live, in Belgium, that would mean driving to another country !!!)
You're right-- there could be some difficulty getting out there from
the conference hotel. I will check with the committee to see what,
if anything, is arranged to deal with that.
I put that workshop down as my second choice, though I'd be thrilled
to attend ALL of the offerings. Probably a good thing they're all
simultaneous, or I'd be broke and exhausted. So if I don't get my
first choice, you can count on me.
In any case, I feel pretty sure there will be someone local who is
going and would be happy to give you a ride. If you give the OK,
I'll post your email to the CMAG forum for you, to look for a
volunteer. Alternatively, I could put a "ride wanted" notice for you
(or anyone else who asks) in the next issue of the CMAG newsletter.
This seems like a good idea to me.
I encourage you to take the leap of faith, send in your request for
the flatware workshop, and trust that there will be a solution. If
all else fails, maybe you could get a hotel close to the workshop
for the pre-conference period, then "move" downtown.
At least you won't have to change languages or currency in the