Chicago Meetup: the Bloody Return of Eamondaly August 19, 2008 5:49 AM   Subscribe

eamondaly and iguanapolitico suggest a Chicago meetup for September 25. Locale: Snuggery v. Billy Goat v. American Girl Boutique and Bistro.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:49 AM (62 comments total)

September 25 is a Thursday, for those of us who assume meetups happen on Wednesday. It's after the scheduled move into Mr. Blandings Dream House, so, barring catastrophe, I should have no more contractor emergencies that drain me of the will to live or leave the house when there is whiskey right here, at home, in the cupboard. I cast my vote for the Goat on Wells.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:26 AM on August 19, 2008


As a rule, I can't make Thursday, I'm traveling for work.
posted by eriko at 7:39 AM on August 19, 2008


I'm in, obviously. I'm also invoking my executive powers: the first venue to get five votes wins. I abstain, since the Goat was my idea.

Also, for future self: THURSDAY THURSDAY THURSDAY THURSDAY.
posted by eamondaly at 8:29 AM on August 19, 2008


American Girl Boutique and Bistro!
American Girl Boutique and Bistro!
American Girl Boutique and Bistro!
American Girl Boutique and Bistro!
American Girl Boutique and Bistro!

We have a winner!
Hey, it's Chicago.
posted by box at 8:45 AM on August 19, 2008


My vote is for lemonade with Samantha and Nellie. This will be so elegant!

I haven't managed to get myself to a meetup yet, though, so my vote probably shouldn't count.
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:55 AM on August 19, 2008


VOTE GOAT.

STABILITY WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

Everyone knows those "American" girls are terrorists. You don't support terror do you, citizen?
posted by sparkletone at 9:19 AM on August 19, 2008


Well, I totally vote Goat. And I prefer Thursdays because I'm already downtown Thursdays, but with notice, I can switch days. So if Wednesday is universally preferred, then, whatev. I am officially not casting an official ballot on the Wednesday vs. Thursday issue.
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:29 AM on August 19, 2008


I should be able to make it, but who knows. I'll be married by then, I may need to ask my husband for permission.

Goat gets my vote.
posted by misskaz at 10:26 AM on August 19, 2008


Goat vote on my end.
posted by WCityMike at 11:04 AM on August 19, 2008


The goat has five votes now (crush, sparkletone, iguana, misskaz and WCM), so it's signed, sealed and delivered. I have no Wednesday/Thursday preference. Pretty sure I'll be around.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:40 AM on August 19, 2008


We're opening our first Canadian store on that day, and rolling out a bunch of new pages on the companion website in conjunction. If everything goes smoothly, I'll be wanting to celebrate, and this seems like a spectacular way. If everything goes less than smoothly, there's a good chance I won't be able to make it.

Hooray for Chicago-based businesses! Everybody pull for Crate and Barrel's success in Toronto! My presence depends on it!
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:04 PM on August 19, 2008


SpiffyRob - awesome. I love Crate & Barrel. I just spent a fortune there for my new place. And the delivery guys were great.

I may or may not be able to make it. This time I will walk around the whole place like eighty times before I leave because I think no one's there.
posted by MeetMegan at 1:06 PM on August 19, 2008


Well, the 25th is in the post title, so I think we're committed. So: Billy Goat III at 330 S. Wells, 6PM, September 25th, which is a Thursday.

Here's an easy-to-remember mnemonic for you: Thor, the god of thunder, is said to ride a chariot that is pulled by a team of magic GOATS, animals whose horns signify WELLBEING ("Cornucopia") and the meat of which Thor eats at NIGHT to keep up his strength. The "Day of Thunor" is a rough Germanic equivalent to "Jupiter's Day", and as Jupiter was identified with Thor in northern Europe, eventually became "Thor's Day", or THURSDAY in English. So now we should all be on the same page.

AGAIN: THIS IS NOT THE BILLY GOAT UNDERNEATH MICHIGAN AVENUE. THIS IS THE BILLY GOAT A FEW BLOCKS WEST, NEAR UNION STATION. WE'RE TRYING SOMETHING NEW, BUT NOT TOO NEW, BECAUSE TOO NEW MAKES CRUSH'S HAIR FALL OUT.
posted by eamondaly at 1:07 PM on August 19, 2008 [3 favorites]


Well I want to see misskaz's tattoo in person (if she'll let me) so I'll have to try to make my first metafilter meetup.
posted by garlic at 1:08 PM on August 19, 2008


It's true; I fear change!
posted by crush-onastick at 1:23 PM on August 19, 2008


Thursday! Look, if you need help remembering, just think of it like this: The third day. All right? Monday, one day. Tuesday, two day. Wednesday, when? Huh? What day? Thursday! The third day! Okay?
posted by SpiffyRob at 1:25 PM on August 19, 2008


I can't make a commitment to something so far away. That's more than a month from now! But as the day approaches, I'll keep it in mind and see what my work/school load looks like.
posted by Arbac at 10:10 PM on August 19, 2008


Cruuuuuuuuuud! I'm again out of town (stupid Vegas). Have a great time, and keep 'em coming! It's been great to see a steady stream of Chicago meetups lately.
posted by asuprenant at 11:48 AM on August 22, 2008


Ok, guys, so I just made kind of a last minute decision to start my MBA this semester, so I may not be available. I find out when my classes are next week so I'll update here.
posted by MeetMegan at 4:20 PM on August 23, 2008


Wait wait wait...

We're sticking to the Billy Goat, because it's familiar. But we're moving it to the Billy Goat on S. Wells?

And it's on a Thursday?

What type of Bizarro-World Meetup is this?
posted by wfrgms at 7:54 PM on August 23, 2008


Ok, THIS time I'm in. For reals!

No, SERIOUSLY.
posted by Windigo at 4:20 PM on August 26, 2008


Going to try to make it out for my first meet-up.
posted by ejaned8 at 10:46 AM on August 28, 2008


I'm out. Classes on Wednesday and Thursday. Sorry all.
posted by MeetMegan at 11:49 AM on September 4, 2008


See you there.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:25 PM on September 14, 2008


I want to go to a meetup. I'm a part-time Chicagoan but haven't lived there in years. Is this a take-the-train, can't-park-anywhere-nearby-for-reasonable-price type of area?
posted by Locative at 2:18 PM on September 14, 2008


I don't have a car, so I'm not 100%, but I believe that about sums it up, Locative. Depending on where you're coming from, though, this one's only about a block away from the Metra hub at Ogilvie.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:19 PM on September 14, 2008


Oh, thanks adamdschneider. That actually will help a lot. I hope I can make it.
posted by Locative at 11:19 PM on September 14, 2008


Map of 330 S. Wells. You can see several L and bus stops as well as Union Station nearby.
posted by wfrgms at 11:42 AM on September 15, 2008


There are also six million parking garages in that area (and, in fact, one right next door on Wells), but I strongly recommend the train, el, or bus.
posted by eamondaly at 1:00 PM on September 16, 2008


Boo! I'm outta town. I'll be outta town until next August at the earliest, so maybe I need to organize a Paris meetup...
posted by LMGM at 2:29 PM on September 16, 2008


the american girl boutique and bistro thing is a joke, right? cause if so, hillllarioussssss
posted by camdan at 1:13 AM on September 18, 2008


I'm going to be in Chicago on October 12 & 13th. Would y'all perhaps want to have another meetup on the 12th?
posted by sciurus at 1:04 PM on September 18, 2008


we meet up all the damn time. We like our drink and to hear ourselves talk. That said, I'm out for the 12th, but y'all go on, have fun.
posted by crush-onastick at 2:00 PM on September 18, 2008


A word of warning about those parking garages: If dilly-dally in your a friend's car for more than 15-minutes your paid ticket expires and you either have to drunkenly explain yourself to attendant or pay again...
posted by wfrgms at 3:53 PM on September 18, 2008


Oops, my mistake. Even with all the hoopla I still thought we were meeting at Billy Goat II and not Billy Goat III, making it a bit more significant of a hike from Ogilvie (but still walkable).
posted by adamdschneider at 5:44 PM on September 21, 2008


I think the next meetup should be at the Wilson Avenue water crib.
posted by wfrgms at 8:29 AM on September 22, 2008


I came *this* close to thinking the meetup was tonight as I was leaving for work this morning.

/shakes her fist at the Thursday meetup
posted by misskaz at 8:30 AM on September 24, 2008


misskaz: I believe the Wednesday becoming Thursday thing is responsible for me thinking Tuesday was Wednesday and going to a hearing that wasn't happening yet.

330 S. Wells, 330 S. Wells, 330 SOUTH WELLS ahem
posted by crush-onastick at 9:36 AM on September 24, 2008


I'm here. Where is everyone?
posted by wfrgms at 4:05 PM on September 24, 2008


Right behind you!
posted by eamondaly at 7:42 PM on September 24, 2008


Great meetup guys! Can't wait to see you all at the next one!
posted by adamdschneider at 7:59 PM on September 24, 2008


Since my name is up there on the top line, does that mean my attendance is required?
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:24 PM on September 24, 2008


Is it time for beer yet?
posted by misskaz at 9:10 AM on September 25, 2008


Soon, my children. Soon.
posted by adamdschneider at 11:15 AM on September 25, 2008


I can't imagine anyone can be terribly disappointed about not seeing a person they've never met, but, because I continue to be a crap dude and not go to these, I figured I should mention:

I'm a crap dude, and I won't be there.

Sorry.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:23 AM on September 25, 2008


S'ok, Spiffy--we'll miss you, but we'll drink yours for you.
posted by crush-onastick at 12:21 PM on September 25, 2008


wfrgms: "I think the next meetup should be at the Wilson Avenue water crib."

Hey, Google Maps will tell you how to get there, see?
posted by WCityMike at 1:22 PM on September 25, 2008


I just saw this, but anyways I can't come because I have a ridiculous flu. See you next time!
posted by halonine at 1:28 PM on September 25, 2008


GET BETTER SOON Halonine. We'll also drink yours for you.
posted by crush-onastick at 1:55 PM on September 25, 2008


I think I'm going to have to sit this one out too, guys and gals. I'm not near close to being finished with today's work, and I have to be functional in the early morning... so...

Sorry! Please drink one for me.
posted by wfrgms at 2:44 PM on September 25, 2008


I'll be leaving in about 15 minutes. See you there!

330 S Wells, 330 S Wells, 330 S Wells...
posted by adamdschneider at 3:03 PM on September 25, 2008


I'm here and it's strange and lonely. And I don't know where to sit.
posted by misskaz at 3:38 PM on September 25, 2008


I will be along just as soon as I'm done at work...
posted by sparkletone at 4:05 PM on September 25, 2008


Special thanks to misskaz, eamondaly, crush-onastick, Iridic and sparkletone for making the trek to the new and deadly Billy Goat. The rest of you are bad people and should be ashamed of yourselves.

I still love you.
posted by adamdschneider at 7:10 PM on September 25, 2008


Ah, jeez, and WCityMike. Thanks a lot, Wild Turkey. Your memory-enhancing powers were much overstated!
posted by adamdschneider at 7:10 PM on September 25, 2008


Fun time again, guys. Bizzaro Billy Goat was even pretty cool and I rescind my earlier criticisms. Clearly all it takes to win me over is a basket of free fries. (But really, fries at a Billy Goat!? Weird!)
posted by misskaz at 7:34 AM on September 26, 2008


A pleasure as always. And, normally, I do not drink out of thimbles.
posted by crush-onastick at 8:08 AM on September 26, 2008


You know, I'm eating a cool blue Flav-r-Ice right now. And it is delicious.

Good meetup!
posted by Iridic at 10:26 AM on September 26, 2008


I got off of work at 10:30 last night and swung by on the way home, but it looked like everyone had left. Darn you people with your reasonable hours.

I'll say one thing for the bizzaro Billy Goat: It's nice to be able to scope out the scene without actually going inside. I didn't even have to get off my bike.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:10 AM on September 26, 2008


Hooray! Let's never go back!
posted by eamondaly at 2:30 PM on September 26, 2008


I am a bad person too.

Good news (bad news?) is I got shanghai'd into being my condo association's president. Yeah, more work and complaints for no money or thanks!
posted by garlic at 4:50 PM on September 26, 2008


(Had a great time as usual, by the way. Thanks so much to all of you for helping me blow off a little steam: I really needed it.)
posted by eamondaly at 9:58 PM on September 26, 2008


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