Setup day on Thursday runs until about 4pm when they toss you out. The official opening for the show is Friday at 3 or 4pm but dealers are allowed in at something like 9am for additional setup and unofficially for more buying and selling.
As we left the convention hall a friend of Ted’s invited us to Gibson’s Steakhouse, now Gibson’s is one of the primary reasons I love Chicago but the invitation for dinner was at 730 and we hadn’t eaten since breakfast so we didn’t know if we could hang on. We got the brilliant idea to go over to Murray Bros and just order some appetizers which should hold us over. Murray Bros is run by Bill Murray and his brothers and is decorated with a lot of props from his films like the Gopher from CADDYSHACK. There are also items from his brothers films, his brother is the guy who played the Bubble Boy’s dad on Seinfeld and a host of other things— I like him very much just not enough to look up his name. Shockingly, the food is quite good at Murray Bros and Ted ordered some kind of Cabbage Salad and fries and Joe and I split an order of Buffalo Wings and fries. The Wings were solid, if a little undercooked. I like my wings crispy and closer to burnt but they had good flavor and they were nice plump wings.
Of course by the time 730 rolled around we weren’t hungry so Joe and I decided to get a long 5 mile walk in around the neighborhood where we discovered the entertainment complex behind the hotel which included indoor sky diving;
Basically a wind tunnel which you are blown around in while a group of onlookers watch you flail about. It looked like fun but they nickel and dime you with the added fees so in all it’d end up costing about $150 for about a half an hour and that’s about the same price as actual sky diving.
The next morning we were up early and at the show at 9 only to find out we couldn’t get in until 10 so we had to make do walking around the perimeter of the convention hall. Ted had Ubered himself to Indiana to look at another collection so we were tasked with getting the booth up and running.
Friday morning is busier sales wise than Friday night—and that’s pretty odd considering the show doesn’t officially open until 4pm— but dealers and serious collectors are able to get in early and do a lot of buying selling and trading.
The upside to busy sales is obvious, more money, but it also makes the show go by quicker. The opening night closed at 9pm which made for a pretty long day but we headed back to the hotel trying to figure out what we were going to do about dinner. We had the van but it was a pain to get it in and out of oversized parking so we decided to use Uber Eats to deliver us some sandwiches from SUBWAY. Only trouble was 45 minutes past the time they said they’d be delivering we were still waiting for our food. Apparently our driver couldn’t figure out where we were.
We opted to go to the hotel food area and grab a few salads which for hotel food area food, wasn’t that bad.
NEXT: Inventory the next morning reveals a major theft