Time: June 22, 2013 from 4pm to 11:30pm
Location: Illinois Centennial Monument (the eagle pillar)
Street: 3200 W. Logan Boulevard
Website or Map: http://goo.gl/maps/rNIqK
Event Type: social
Organized By: John Greenfield
Latest Activity: Jun 23
Join us as we venture to the northwest suburbs, home to Chicago's largest Japanese expat community, in search of the region's best bowl of ramen noodle soup. This ride was inspired (and named after) a Chicago Reader article on the subject. Here's the plan:
4:00pm: meet at Logan Square's Centennial Monument (the pillar with the eagle on top), 3200 W. Logan Boulevard. Depart at 4:15. Ride 20 miles at a mellow 10 mph pace, stopping somewhere along the way for a break.
6:45pm: Arrive at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights, an awesome Japanese shopping center with groceries, a bakery, liquor department, a bookstore, and a great food court. If you like, try the ramen at the Santouka stand, rumored to be Chicagoland's finest. Depart at 7:45 and ride 1.5 miles.
8:00pm: Arrive at Mount Prospect's Karaoke House Nina, which offers a full menu of alcohol-friendly foods like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and gyoza, in addition to three varieties of ramen, which some say is even better than Santouka. Eat and drink your fill, since we won't have much more riding to do, and then take the mic to perform your rendition of Roxy Music's "More Than This." Depart at 10:00 and ride 2.5 miles.
10:37pm: Catch Metra home from the Mount Prospect station arriving at Irving Park station at 11:05, then ride 2.5 miles back to the monument, or else get off at whatever station is most convenient for you.