August 13 to 17th 2012
This is my third year going to the Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare. It's a nice hotel with good banquet facilities. Since Chicago is a short forty-five minute flight from Minneapolis at 10:30 am so I could sleep in.
I was in the Earhart room this year (this part is for my reference next year). I like a room that is a little larger but it worked out fine.
The nice thing about the Hilton Garden Inn is it's next to the Rivers Casino. I ate there twice. I had a burger at Hugo's Chop Bar and Frog House. The burger was good. Last year I was able to get on of my favorite beers, Pere Jacques, at the restaurant but not this year.
I went to the casino on Wednesday for dinner hoping to hit the buffet. When I got there the line for the buffet wrapped half way around the inside of the casino. I didn't know it at the time but it was crab legs night. I went back to the Hilton Garden Inn for dinner.
I went back to the casino on Thursday for dinner. I was able to get into the the buffet this time. Dinner at the HGI cost in the upper $20s to low $30. The buffet was $28 so it was a good deal, comparatively.
It was an enjoyably easy flight home on Friday.