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PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« on: March 10, 2023, 16:51:02 »
PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Eventbrite Page is Live Now!

PagodaFest will be held September 28 through October 1, 2023 in Oak Brook, IL (a suburb of Chicago) on the Beautiful 80 acre campus of the prior McDonald's World Headquarters, and Hamburger University.  The events are held on Friday the 29th, and Saturday the 30th.  The campus is secure for our Pagodas and the Hyatt Lodge Hotel is right on the Campus.

It is important to note that due to IRS Rule 501 non-profit rules, only paid members can attend, and we have limited attendees to the first 125 people (including spouses and guests). There will be a waiting list, as in past years.  We have arranged for special rates for the Hotel for select nights, but reservations need to be made soon, as the Hotel is a popular Wedding venue and we would prefer if all of our precious cars are on the campus, rather than alone overnight at a Suburban Shopping mall nearby.

The Link for the Eventbrite page is:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pagodafest-chicago-2023-tickets-566897274007

A password is required:  Bracq2023!

The Link to make Hotel reservations is on the page as well.  Hotel reservations can be Cancelled, but require a credit card at time of booking to hold the room. We got a great deal on Friday and Saturday Night, but rates may be higher on Thursday night when out-of-towners are expected to arrive. Certainly less than rates in the big City Hotels.

Hotel Link:

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHILO/G-PAGO


IMPORTANT HOTEL RESERVATION INFO: THE LINK ABOVE FOR THE HOTEL IS ONLY GOOD FOR THURSDAY 9-28 TO MONDAY 10-2 CHECKOUT.  ANY OTHER NIGHTS NEED TO BE BOOKED SEPARATELY ON THE HYATT WEBSITE AT A HIGHER RATE.  THERE ARE PLENTY OF ROOMS AVAILABLE AT THE LOWER RATE FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.  THURSDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT ARE LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR THE LOWER RATE.  ONCE THEY ARE GONE THE BOOKING MAY SAY THE DATES ARE UNAVAILABLE. WE WILL TRY TO GET MORE ROOMS AT THE LOWER RATE FROM THE EVENTS PEOPLE AT THE HOTEL.

There is also a preliminary Agenda on the page as well.

We'll have more details as they become available, but please buy your tickets as soon as possible and book the Hotel Rooms.  Because of the proximity of Chicago to much of the Midwest USA, we expect this event to be fully subscribed.

Please post any questions you may have and we will try our best to provide answers.

The COVID Pandemic delayed our get-together, but now we are looking forward to this long overdue event.

Sincerely,

Your 2023 PagodaFest Planning Committee.



« Last Edit: March 10, 2023, 22:57:03 by mmizesko »
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2023, 17:23:53 »
Booked!  See ya'll there!

Will there be event-specific merch available?
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2023, 17:29:14 »
Yes,  We haven't designed it yet, but thinking of using the logo above.  Give us a month or two.

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2023, 20:46:54 »
Hotel link:

Link added to Forum post if not working properly in Eventbrite...

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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2023, 21:35:09 »
Well done organisers.


We are in. Looking forward to catching up with everyone again.


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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2023, 02:11:39 »
Just booked. Wondered if the cars will be on the courtyard or by the woodland side of hotel? Cheers, James

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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2023, 11:48:46 »
James,  This is what we had in mind.  The Loop in front of the Conference Center.
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2023, 15:18:01 »
I'm in ! I just registered. Thanks to the organizers !! I look forward to seeing everyone.
Only 52 spots available now.
See ya all soon,
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2023, 19:53:06 »
So glad you'll be there.

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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2023, 20:19:48 »
Thanks Mike.
I'm excited to see you and the rest of the group. I feel like it has been a long time.
This will be my fifth gathering. 2 at Blacklick (thanks Joe), one in Virginia (thanks Tom), and a smaller gathering at Dan's place (Dr. Benz) (thanks Dan).
I was a newbie in 2009 ..... it's been a great 14 years.
See you soon,
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2023, 01:21:59 »
Thanks Mike.
I'm excited to see you and the rest of the group. I feel like it has been a long time.
This will be my fifth gathering. 2 at Blacklick (thanks Joe), one in Virginia (thanks Tom), and a smaller gathering at Dan's place (Dr. Benz) (thanks Dan).
I was a newbie in 2009 ..... it's been a great 14 years.
See you soon,
Mark

Mark, we have met before (at PUB and Dan's) and look forward to reconnecting in Chicago hopefully.  I too got my Pagoda in 2009 and have been to two Pub's (great time Joe) and been to Dan's twice (also great trips and maybe again this year(?)).  Missed Virginia on account of a Pinot harvest but that won't happen again.
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2023, 15:36:13 »
I'm looking forward to seeing you again, Marcus.
Take care,
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2023, 10:10:53 »
Garry, do you know if there are any 113 anniversary events being planned for Australia?
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2023, 10:57:13 »
Richard,


I dont know of any unless one of the MB Car clubs do something.
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2023, 18:42:11 »
Great venue, looking forward to bringing my 1967 250sl which is now restored,  it's the same one I took to Blacklick several years ago. Any further details would be appreciated, Bill

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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2023, 20:51:19 »
Great venue, looking forward to bringing my 1967 250sl which is now restored,  it's the same one I took to Blacklick several years ago. Any further details would be appreciated, Bill
wetaylor,

The registration links are in the first post of this thread.  Looking for more details?  It will not be like the Blacklick, Ohio events at all.  See this thread in the Events forum:  https://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=31379.0
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2023, 14:33:34 »
URGENT:  FINAL NOTICE

PAGODAFEST has room for another 40 members.  THE HOTEL AND CAMPUS with Secure parking are close to selling out.  We chose this location because it was important to have an isolated campus where our Pagodas would be safe.  It is therefore important that if you plan to come to PagodaFest this September, that you register and secure a hotel room at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook immediately.

Our committee is also setting events and meals in which we need attendee counts for.  With four months to go, the time is now to complete the registration process.
Announcing PagodaFest Chicago to be held on the beautiful wooded campus of the former McDonalds World HQ!  We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Pagoda W113 introduction.
Full Members of The Pagoda SL Group (SL113.org) are invited to make reservations now for Thursday night, September 28, Departing on Sunday morning, October 1, 2023. Attendance is limited to the first 125 people.  We expect 50 Pagodas and lots of informational presentations, great camaraderie, and merriment.   The events will be almost exclusively on the campus as is the hotel with safe parking.  We have secured a block of rooms at the hotel discounted by $50 per night. We are planning an off-campus drive and Saturday dinner at a local restaurant. Tickets for the event include meals and events for Friday and Saturday at a cost of $435 per person. The preliminary agenda is on the reservation page, with a map of the venue.

Link on the Forum is:  https://www.sl113.org/forums/index.php?topic=36347.0

Reservations:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pagodafest-chicago-2023-tickets-566897274007

Hotel:  https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHILO/G-PAGO

We expect great attendance because of the event’s central U.S. location, and being the first post-pandemic gathering we’ve had.  We hope to see you there.

Sincerely,  Your PagodaFest 2023 Committee
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2023, 19:58:34 »
Hi Mike,
Attending for our 1st time to Pagodfest in Chicago from the UK.
Unfortunately without the Pagoda ☹️.
Just of interest, how many European member have signed up?
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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2023, 23:34:42 »
Wish me luck.  My Pagoda is down but I'm still hoping to drive it to the event.  A valve adjuster stand on my cylinder head has worked loose and stripped the threads.  I can't do that myself but I've found a guy who'll take it into his shop next Monday.  I have a bare head that is at a specialist being evaluated.  Fingers crossed It all goes well.  I'm looking forward to re-connecting with folks and meeting a new crowd.
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Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2023 Registration is Live... Hurry
« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2023, 00:54:43 »
JohnH,

I've got a meeting to go through all of the signups tomorrow I will answer your question about Euro folk in the next day or two.

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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2023, 14:44:23 »
John,

as it stand now, 5 from UK, 1 from Australia, 6 Canada, 4 from other Europe.  That's 16 non US out of about 90 attendees so far.

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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2023, 14:52:28 »
what is the maximum number of attendees for this convention?
Enjoy some pictures at this link:
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2023, 15:34:45 »


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« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2023, 17:46:27 »
John,
we can handle about 120 or so.  I think we'll be at about 90 or so, unless we get swamped at the last minute.

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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2023, 01:37:23 »
Thank you to all worked to make PagodaFest a success. The venue was beautiful, the topics discussed were on point and it was great to put faces with names.
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