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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Welcome, welcome to the latest confirmees. I'll post a schedule once I confer with L'Artisan and the restaurant next week. The scheduled portion of this event will be exclusive to Saturday, but if I can get some other frag counters to extend perks to members of our group throughout the weekend, it'd be super. We're going to have to break into groups for at least the L'Artisan portion because they can't accommodate a single mob. I'll continue to post details in this thread as they develop.

    Here's the latest list:

    1) Quarry
    2) MFfan310
    3) MFfan dad
    4) Paul G
    5) Nattygold
    6) Indie_Guy
    7) et_emergo
    8) Kotori
    9) JaneBrkn (MUA)
    10) MacAmy (MUA)
    11) PrincessCaro (POL)
    12) Aramanis (POL)
    13) LisaLaw (MUA)
    14) Ubuandibeme
    15) Ubuandibeme's guest
    16) Cindyhtl
    17) Michelle_gale
    18) Manicboy
    19) Manicboy g-friend
    20) Quarry's client's wife
    21) Quarry's client's wife's guest
    22) High_Tech_Radiance
    23) Snakesandladders
    24) S&L's wife
    25) Trioxin
    26) The Refined One (POL)
    27) TRO's guest
    And Jam's a maybe.

    I'll miss the rest of you not being there--especially you, Vijay, sincerely.

    Trioxin--can't catch a train? I'd never drive to Chicago. Big cluckin' chicken here. Hey, why'd the chicken cross the road? To get to Chicago Scent Me!
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Trioxin--can't catch a train? I'd never drive to Chicago. Big cluckin' chicken here. Hey, why'd the chicken cross the road? To get to Chicago Scent Me!
    Peoria sucks. We are the third biggest city in the state, but not only is there no direct route to Chicago from here, we are not on any train routs either. It might be worth it though to drive down to bloomington and catch a train from there. I'll look into it when we get a schedule set.

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    1) Quarry
    2) MFfan310
    3) MFfan dad
    4) Paul G
    5) Nattygold
    6) Indie_Guy
    7) et_emergo
    8) Kotori
    9) dali67
    10) PrincessCaro
    11) Aramanis
    12) LisaLaw
    13) LisaLaw's guest
    14) Ubuandibeme
    15) Ubuandibeme's guest
    16) Cindyhtl
    17) Michelle_gale
    18) Manicboy
    19) Manicboy g-friend
    20) Quarry's client's wife
    21) Quarry's client's wife's guest
    22) High_Tech_Radiance
    23) Snakesandladders
    24) S&L's wife
    25) Trioxin
    26) The Refined One
    27) TRO's guest
    28) Lauermar
    29) Lauermar's daughter
    And Jam's a maybe.

    Had one cancellation and a couple more additions. By Tuesday I'll be giving the final count to L'Artisan and the restaurant. I guess I'll tell them 30!
    Last edited by Quarry; 22nd April 2007 at 02:40 PM.
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    Ah, perfume and Italian...good times.

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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    It sounds so lovely, Quarry! I wish I could come, but my son's b-day is the 24 and the last day of school for both sons is the 25. I need to stay here and be all matriarchal.
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trioxin View Post
    Peoria sucks. We are the third biggest city in the state, but not only is there no direct route to Chicago from here, we are not on any train routs either. It might be worth it though to drive down to bloomington and catch a train from there. I'll look into it when we get a schedule set.
    Actually Peoria is seventh! (we're doing a unit on Ilinois in my class now). It's the fourth biggest that's not a suburb (taking Aurora, Joliet and Naperville out of the equation). I started my undergrad at ISU and there's tons of trains coming that will take you right downtown where you can get there from the EL. There's a ton of buses too. As parking will run you, best case scenario, a minimum of 20 or 30 bucks in the city, that's definitely the way to go. I'm not sure how much they run on Saturdays though.
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    LUNCH PLANS
    I'm now working with the Italian restaurant that's in the same building as L'Artisan. They want me to make selections from the menu I posted earlier in this thread. I think I'll just tell them to give us the most popular items from each category, but avoiding anything too garlicky since smell is of the essence for us. I'll drop the dessert option to save us calories, money and time.

    Since we'll have a room to ourselves, we can take this opportunity to really be ourselves and give away or swap whatever any of us chooses to take along. (You don't have to do this, I'm just going to do a little housecleaning myself.)

    Please respond with a YES or NO to joining us for lunch so I can give Tucci Benucch a final number. I'm not sure if they will ask me for my charge card number or something to hold the spot for us, so I'd appreciate your certainty. THANKS!
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Thats a negative on lunch.

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    I'm too far away to go, but wish you all a wonderful and fragrance-filled weekend. I'm anticipating some great stories on your return home.

    HAPPY SNIFFING!!
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    Count me in for lunch (I can't pass up food...). So are we going to L'Artisan in the AM then?

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    Count both me and my dad in for lunch, too.
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    Please count lauermar and 11 y.o. daughter for lunch at the Italian restaurant. We love Italian!!!
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    I'm a yes for lunch!! Lisa

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    Count me in for lunch.

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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Three years ago I used to live 2 blocks away from 900 North Michigan where this new L'Artisan shop is. There is a Truefitt & Hill store on the top floor in that building too. I wish I could be there but have fun without me!
    Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
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    Count me in for lunch -- thanks!! :-D

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    yes for lunch

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    I'm really excited about L'Artisan in Chicago! Exciting too is the wonderful response for this event. Sorry I won't be joining the group for lunch ~ my guest and I are going to try and hit a few other spots while downtown, no offense to anyone. Thanks again for organizing this outing,

    June (ubuandibeme!)

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    I'll be there for lunch - looking forward to meeting everyone! THanks, Quarry, for putting it all together!!

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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Doing some recordkeeping now to keep all my ducks in a row. Proofread and tell me if I've erred.

    21 "yes" lunch responses:
    Quarry (Joy)
    Quarry's guests (Nikki & mom)
    LisaLaw (Lisa)
    Aramanis (Michael)
    Lauermar (Mary)
    Mary's daughter
    The Refined One (Tambri)
    Tambri's friend (Beth)
    dali67 (Mac Amy)
    MF Fan
    MF Fan's dad
    Ubuandibeme (June)
    Ubu friend
    Cindyhtl
    Hightechradiance
    Snakesandladders (Chris)
    Snake's wife
    Indieguy
    Michelle Gale
    gingele (Amy)

    1 "no thanks":
    Trioxin

    Awaiting:
    Paul G
    et_emergo
    Kotori---UPDATE: Yes (that makes 22 yeses)
    manicboy & girlfriend
    nattygold
    PrincessCaro (Caroline)

    MENU NOTE: If you prefer the vegetarian entree of eggplant parmesan, please let me know, otherwise we'll be getting chicken parmesan for the main course. I'll choose the least garlicky options for the remaining items and opt out of the dessert. Katie also offered the option of flowers on the tables, but I told her we were saving our noses for bottled fragrances .

    Here's something else to think about ...
    Don't answer this question yet, cuz things are still up in the air, but think about whether you have a preference for being amongst the half of the group who does L'Artisan before or after lunch. I'm waiting to hear back from L'Artisan about how early they can receive us. Then, I'm going to call another fragrance store to see if they would alternately receive the other half of our group before and after lunch AND provide some perks (fingers crossed for C.O. Bigelow's since they carry niche frags). I know that Paul G has tickets for a game later that day, so he'd probably prefer to be in the pre-lunch L'Artisan group. Some of you may be traveling a greater distance and would rather count on the after-lunch L'Artisan time.

    Stay tuned ...
    Last edited by Quarry; 25th April 2007 at 10:49 PM.
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    I'm there!
    And he whose soul is flat -- the sky
    Will cave in on him by and by.

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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    :wave:

    Good News: C.O. BIGELOW OFFERS US GOODIE BAGS, TOO!


    Stores open at 10:00 a.m. • Lunch served at noon at Tucci Benucch

    I believe our schedule will be: At 10 a.m. half of our group will go to L'Artisan and half to Bigelow's, at 12 noon we will all meet to eat, and then by 2 p.m. each half-group will switch off to the visit the other shop. Bigelow will be giving us sample products but not providing a "program" as L'Artisan will, so you should have ample time to sample what you like at Bigelow's and the other fragrance sources shown in bold below.

    835 N. Michigan Ave. ~ Water Tower Place:
    C.O. Bigelow's*, The Body Shop,
    and Crabtree & Evelyn are all located on Level 4; Sephora is on Level 5.

    900 N. Michigan Ave. ~ Bloomingdale's:
    L'Artisan Parfumeur, L'Occitane
    and Bloomies' fragrance counter are all located on Level 1; Tucci Benucch is on Level 5.

    *The following fragrances are listed at bigelowchemists.com: Acqua di Parma (Blu Mediterraneo, Arancia di Capri, Fico di Amalfi, Sicilian Almond, Tuscan Cypress, Classic Fragrance, Collezione Barbiere, Colonia Assoluta, Colonia Iris Nobile, Lavanda, Profumo), Carthusia (Aria di Capri, Carthusia Uomo, Fiori di Capri, IO "Capri", Ligea "La Sirena", Mediterraneo, Numero Uno, Via Camerelle), Comptoir Sud Pacifique, (Exotic Fruits, Island Vanilla, Rain Forest, Spice Route, Sun Waters, Tropical Garden), Diptyque (Do Son, Eau D'Elide, Eau de Lierre, Eau Lente, Jardin Clos, L'Autre, L'eau, L'Ombre dans L'eau, L'Eau Trois, Ofresia, Olene, Opone, Oyeda, Philosykos, Tam Dao Virgilio), GEO F. Trumper (Almond, Coconut, Limes, Rose, Sandalwood, Violets), i Profumi di Firenze (Acqua di Firenze, Ambra del Nepal, Caterina de Medici, Costa Mediterranea, Florentia 24, Melograno Selvatico, Tabacco, Talco Delicato, The Verde, Vaniglia del Madagascar, Zenzero), Miller Harris (Citron Citron, Coeur de Fleur, Feuille de Tabac, Figue Amère, Fleur du Matin, Fleur Oriental, Noix de Tubéreuse, Tangerine Vert, Terre de Bois), Tocca (Florence, Stella, Touch).



    So ... which shop do you prefer to visit in the morning and which in the afternoon?

    If you don't state a preference, I'll assign you alphabetically by usernames.
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    I'd prefer to be at L'Artisan in the morning and C.O. Bigelow in the afternoon.
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    I'd prefer to be at L'Artisan in the AM too. Thanks for organizing this!
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    There's a new L'Artisan offering: L'Eau de Jatamansi

    Read about it at Lucky Scent.
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    UPDATE

    We have 20 confirmed for lunch. My two guests can't make it at all that day, and the following have not responded regarding lunch:

    Paul G
    et_emergo
    manicboy & girlfriend
    nattygold
    PrincessCaro (Caroline)--May 5 update: "Yes," on all counts!

    Awww. High Tech Radiance had to honor another commitment.


    Since we have restaurant reservations for 25, that means the next 5 people to speak up can still be a part of our big day--even if you didn't sign up at all earlier. The actual cost of the lunch will be $26.66 (which includes all taxes and gratuities).

    Just post your intentions in this thread.
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    The days are flying by, and soon we'll be inhaling Chicago. Have you composed your "must sniff" list yet? I plan to smell as much as I can, but these are top priority:

    L ' A R T I S A N . B O U T I Q U E
    L'Ete en Douce.

    B L O O M I N G D A L E ' S
    Marc Jacob Splashes, esp. Cucumber and Rain.

    C . O . B I G E L O W
    Miller Harris Noix de Tuberose and Citron Citron.

    What's on your must-sniff list?
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    I know I am new around here, but I just found out I will be in Chicago that weekend and I am wondering if there is room for me!? I have never been to Chicago before (although I was born in Bloomington, IL). I would love to be included, if you could help out this clueless-about-the-eastern-half-of-the-U.S. California girl with directions, etc.

    Edited to add: I may not arrive in Chicago until 2:30 p.m., though. That would probably be too late for the festivities, hmm? I will ask if my flight can get in any earlier.

    I suppose I could still go scent shopping by my lonesome, but it would be much more fun with a bunch of fellow scent enthusiasts.
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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pebbles View Post
    I know I am new around here, but I just found out I will be in Chicago that weekend and I am wondering if there is room for me!? I have never been to Chicago before (although I was born in Bloomington, IL). I would love to be included, if you could help out this clueless-about-the-eastern-half-of-the-U.S. California girl with directions, etc.

    Edited to add: I may not arrive in Chicago until 2:30 p.m., though. That would probably be too late for the festivities, hmm? I will ask if my flight can get in any earlier.

    I suppose I could still go scent shopping by my lonesome, but it would be much more fun with a bunch of fellow scent enthusiasts.
    Argghhh! Get those plane tickets moved up (pretend you're on "The Amazing Race"). Of course you're welcome, with fragrant open arms.

    Here are two maps that will help you navigate "The Magnificent Mile," as Chicago's shopping corridor is known. (Map 1) (Interactive, Map 2)

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    Hey there! Just registered my Basenotes account! I'm all logged in and ready for some sniffing in Chicago! Thanks so much for doing this, Quarry. What fun!

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    Default Re: It's Official: Chicago L'Artisan to host us May 26!!!

    2-WEEK COUNTDOWN ...

    Getting excited yet? I am.
    Here's a new article at Osmoz--L'Artisan's history in a nutshell:
    http://www.osmoz.com/statique/2007-0...an/artisan.htm
    (I want one of them thar butterfly mouillettes!)
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    *weeping in sorrow* here because I will be in Chicago, but just one weekend after.(sigh)
    Well I guess this still doesn't forbid me from going to the new L'Artisan store or poking my nose around in C.O. Bigelows. ;D

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