Thank You

Jess and PattiThe Host of the Roots Family Reunion 2016 would like to say thank you for an enjoyable and successful reunion.
See you in Miami.

Transportation from O’Hare or Midway Airports

For those of you flying into O’Hare or Midway Airports and not wanting to rent a car, my contact suggest the following transportation:

Depending on airport, fares will range from $31.00 – $39.00. Your drop-off location is Marriott Suites, Downers Grove, IL

DO NOT catch a Yellow Cab…they’re registered in the City of Chicago and their rates DOUBLE when driving to the suburbs.



Just trying to make it Easy…Please let me know if you have any questions.

It’s here…2016 Chicago RFR Weekend! Helpful hints from your hosts:) Updated 6-29-16

Wow, is it already two years since we gathered in Cleveland?  Time flies but Patti, Alexa, Simone and I are looking forward to having you in Chicago and hosting this years RFR!

Couple of helpful hints:

  • Weather looks to be perfect…Friday, Mostly Sunny Hi 76…Low 55 | Saturday, Partly Cloudy, Hi 80…Low 57 | Sunday, Partly Cloudy, Hi 82…Low 61  Evenings will be cool so be sure to pack a sweater and/or jacket
  • Rush hour in Chicago starts around 2:00 pm CT.  If possible, I suggest you take Interstate 294 Tollway and avoid going into Chicago.  Friday traffic before holiday will be a complete mess.  Expect some delays when you hit Interstate 88 but it shouldn’t be too bad…besides, by the time you hit 88, you’ll be close to the Marriott Suites
  • Hotel breakfast is served 7:00 am – 10:00 am
  • It takes approximately 20 minutes to get from Marriott Suites to our home in Bloomingdale.  The quickest route is via, Interstate 355…there is a $1.50 toll
  • Wear/bring comfortable shoes…especially if you plan on heading into the City or shopping at Oak Brook Mall
  • For those of you interested, the Kane County Flea Market will be going on this weekend…I’m sure Patti will welcome the company:)
  • Friday welcome dinner dress is very casual…we’ll be looking for you anytime after 6:30 pm…bring an appetite!
  • Saturday dinner dress is casual cool…Dinner we be served at 7:00 pm
  • Home Address: 117 North Windham Lane, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
  • Jess – 773-294-1599
  • Patti – 630-302-0640
  • Alexa – 630-532-3977

Can’t wait to see you…it’s gonna be so Easy!




Hotel Breakfast

I received a couple questions regarding breakfast…

Family members who have booked under the RFR room block will receive a complimentary continental breakfast. Up to two guests are covered per room. The breakfast will be served in Allie’s Lounge. The continental breakfast will consist of the following items:

Scrambled Eggs
Assorted Breakfast Breads & Pastries.
Preserves & Jellies
Assorted Fresh Fruits
Juices & Freshly Brewed Coffee.

You can upgrade to a full breakfast buffet at Allie’s restaurant for a $4.00 up-charge.  All RFR family members have been flagged as having two continenatal breakfasts included.  The restaurant servers will know you’re part of our group, and you’ll be presented with a check to sign and provide your room number. Signature is just for Marriott internal accounting purposes.

Thanks…we just want to make it Easy!

Chicago RFR 2000 vs. Chicago RFR 2016…Fun Facts:)

I came across my 2000 Windy City Reunion notes…how do the two reunions compare:

                                       2016                                                                      2000

Date:                              July 1 – July 3                                                        June 30 – July 2

Hotel:                             Marriott Suites, Downers Grove, IL                       Oak Brook Hills Hotel, Oak Brook, IL (now a Hilton)

Room Rate:                   $99.00/nite                                                             $109.00/nite (Wi-Fi wasn’t even a consideration)

Cost:                              $110.00/pp                                                             $125.00…$70.00/pp 17 years and younger

Dinner:                           Hotel                                                                       Harvest Restaurant, Chicago (Closed:(

Attendees:                     40 and counting:)                                                    38

Communication:            e-mail/web site                                                        USPO/e-mail

First to commit ($):        Toni & Jerry                                                            Tony & Dolores


Previous Host:  Dennis, Daisy, Danis & Dallas   Plano/Dallas, TX July 3 – 5, 1998


Can’t wait to see were the next RFR takes us!




Mangia…Mangia! (Eat…Eat!)

I know most of you will be driving (and even those of you flying) but don’t waste your appetite on rest stop McD’s, Starbucks or airport food courts because Friday nights welcome meal is “Dinner Italiano!”

In true Italian fashion, Patti is cooking and there will be plenty of everything for everyone.  If someone has a dietary restriction or food allergy, please let us know and we’ll make certain you still leave stuffed:)

We can’t wait to see you!