One of the “problems” we have on these tours is a lack of non-eating activities to break up the day. We hit restaurant after restaurant, and even when we practice great restraint and moderation, we end up bloated and queasy at the end of the day. I’m hoping to toss in a few breaks in the foodie action on this tour in an effort to make us all a little more comfortable and, frankly, so we can spend more time with our friends.
I mentioned the grocery stops in previous posts. New York Bagel & Bialy
and Shop N Save
are two solid choices, but they’re still related to food, even if we don’t eat there. I’ve got two other potential stops in mind. I want to focus on one of them here because there would be an additional cost involved.
Dad’s Slot Cars ( http://www.dadsslotcars.com/
) has been a Des Plaines institution for at least a couple of decades, although I’ve never visited. They have a private party rate of $125 per hour. I know that sounds like a lot, but here’s the breakdown:
We get to choose one of their two tracks to have for ourselves for an hour. Each track has an eight car capacity. Dad’s provides the cars and controllers. If 16 of our members are interested in racing, it would only amount to about $8 a head. Each person would get a half hour of race time. If all 20 of us want to race, the price drops to $6.25 each. Of course, that will also cut each person’s race time to about 20-25 minutes.
I haven’t made any commitments yet because I wanted to open this up for discussion and see how many of you are interested. If enough people want to do this, I’ll go ahead and make a reservation and pay the $125, then you can pay me back.
I think this could be a fun distraction in the middle of chowing down. And, FWIW, they have premium Ice Cream available, if anyone gets hungry.