Sweet home meetup! June 27, 2010 6:37 AM   Subscribe

Chicago meetup for some out-of-towners passing through? July 23rd evening...

Hey! D.C. and I are going on a road trip this summer, and on July 23rd will be in Chicago overnight. We'd then do some sightseeing the following day and take off for my parents' in Michigan.

I know y'all have a fantastic meetup culture, and we'd love to meet you! Who's in? You Chicagoans would have to pick the location. We still don't know where we're staying yet.

(Bonus question: where's a good, inexpensive, non-bedbuggy place you'd recommend we'd stay?)
posted by Stewriffic to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:37 AM (31 comments total)

I haven't been to a meetup in a while, but those I have attended were at the Billy Goat Tavern at 430 N. Michigan Ave.
posted by youngergirl44 at 12:29 PM on June 27, 2010

Hi Stewriffic!
The monthly meetups are the first Wednesday of the month at the Goat, but I would assume that as you and D.C. are visiting our fair city for one night, you might prefer to eat something more substantial than a cheeseburger or fried ham and egg sandwich.

So let's think about meeting for dinner, maybe? Or if a bar a place that isn't hella loud and crowded on Friday night.

And as to where to stay, are you going to do architecture sightseeing? Museums? Art Institute? Baseball?
posted by readery at 3:59 PM on June 27, 2010

Well, one thing we're going to do is go to Skokie (totally the other direction from where we're eventually going, but there's this deli I must go to). Otherwise I'd imagine we'd want to be in the city. I might just priceline/hotwire something.

But to be clear, I won't be able to go to a regular meetup, sadly. I'm hoping we can round together enough people to do an extra one. I love that you have regular meetups, btw.
posted by Stewriffic at 7:40 PM on June 27, 2010

I called a meetup at The Exchequer (fantastic deep dish!)the last time I was in Chicago...the main reason I didn't want the Billy Goat is because my opinion of their "cheezborgers" is "enh" ;-P.
posted by brujita at 11:07 PM on June 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

I think Chicago's just gonna have to come to terms with 2 meetups a month, one of which revolves around pizza.

That said, they (Chicago Mefites) are all awesome.
posted by IndigoRain at 11:43 PM on June 27, 2010

Hi Stewie!

Friday dinner meetups can be tricky, crowd-wise, as the Giordano's meetup showed. (Or so I'm told.) Not knowing much about what kind of a crowd it draws on Fridays (and if it's usually a mob, we shouldn't try) my vote is that we go back to Pequod's. As "the guy who makes things happen", I propose the following:

2207 N Clybourn Ave

If someone hates the idea, or that doesn't work for you, Stew, we should do something else.
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:13 AM on June 28, 2010

I will be in New Orleans, celebrating turning very very very old indeed. I am sorry to miss the second coming of Pequod's.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:36 AM on June 28, 2010

And you, stew, I am sorry to miss the first coming of stewerrific.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:37 AM on June 28, 2010

Pretty sure I've got nothing going on that day. Count me in. I second Spiffy's motion.
posted by adamdschneider at 8:35 AM on June 28, 2010

OK, Let's make it SpiffyRob's then. Thanks for being the Guy Who Makes Things Happen!

I'm totally excited. I haven't been to Chicago since about 1996. I used to go there a few times a year when I was growing up.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:30 AM on June 28, 2010

Thank you Spiffy!

I missed the Pequod's meetup and have never been. and as of now it looks like I can make it.

posted by readery at 10:49 AM on June 28, 2010

Hey, I can actually pay for my beers in dollar dollar bills instead of churros this time because The Chainlink meetup is a whole week beforehand!

You should be very excited about meeting us, because we're awesome.

Also, can I tell you guys that I also love that we have a regular meetup culture, and love that we're up to two meetups a month now? July will be, what, the third or fourth month with an auxiliary pizza meet?

Also, can we call the second meetups the Ladies Auxillary Pizza Committee Jamborees?
posted by Juliet Banana at 7:22 PM on June 28, 2010

I dunno. I think we need a spiffier acronym for it.
posted by adamdschneider at 10:19 AM on June 29, 2010

Pizza Auxillary Yearning Nourishment Engagements

You were expecting a Spiffier acronym from someone else?

Come. We shall all feel the PAYNE.
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:24 AM on June 29, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm also an out-of-towner who will be in Chicago then, but I'm not yet sure if I have that evening free. I'll be there for a month, though, so maybe I can catch the regularly scheduled meetup instead...
posted by BlooPen at 12:35 PM on June 29, 2010

hey folks, I'm a semi-lurker over here and mildly active over at MeFight Club, I'll be in town on the 24th and would love to wander in to meet some real live MeFites. should I look for a can of beans on a table when I get there?
posted by phredgreen at 6:51 PM on June 29, 2010

Welcome, phredgreen! We'll likely be upstairs, and should be the biggest group in there. If not the biggest, probably the geekiest. Juliet will probably be all like LOOK AT MY iPAD and post up-to-the-minute table locations in this thread, so if you've got some sort of mobile browsing device, that'll serve as a fallback.

If all else fails, start speaking in Dutch, and Beardman will come to your rescue.
posted by SpiffyRob at 6:06 AM on June 30, 2010

Hey, it's not me showing off my iPad. If I was the kind of person who was capable of having an internet connection and not dicking around on Metafilter what would I be doing at the meetup at the first place?
posted by Juliet Banana at 8:14 AM on June 30, 2010

Fair point. Retracted.
posted by SpiffyRob at 9:53 AM on June 30, 2010

Juliet Banana, can I borrow your glasses?
posted by Stewriffic at 10:09 AM on June 30, 2010

If you're -4.5 in your right, -4.75 in the left, and promise to use them for good (i.e. attracting and seducing cute keebler bike kids), then yes.
posted by Juliet Banana at 10:35 AM on June 30, 2010

Attract and Seduce

Protect and Survive

Seek and Destroy
posted by adamdschneider at 10:40 AM on June 30, 2010

Steak and Egg
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:47 AM on June 30, 2010

Crap. I'm more like -8 and -7.5. Maybe just for a photo opp.

Slurp pizza and Beer?
posted by Stewriffic at 10:53 AM on June 30, 2010

Nother meetup newbie here, I'll have to adjust my work schedule but it is totally doable! If someone could mefimail me a number to call if I get lost I'd be happy, but I can probably find my own way.
posted by The Devil Tesla at 5:00 PM on June 30, 2010

Just booked the Palmer House! WHEEEEEEEEEEE!
posted by Stewriffic at 9:56 AM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh man. I am gonna drag baxter_ilion there because he's NEVER HAD PEQUODS. Which might be a crime.
posted by bibliogrrl at 11:09 AM on July 1, 2010

Added to IRL since I was annoyed Chicago wasn't at the top of the list.
posted by eamondaly at 1:48 PM on July 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

Why are you going from DC to Michigan via Chicago? I have lots of road maps if you need one ;)
posted by desjardins at 6:05 AM on July 2, 2010

Hooray more Pequods! I suspect I can be there.

Reminder: If you signed up to win a bike last time we were at Pequods, the drawing is in 8 days.
posted by lholladay at 1:31 PM on July 3, 2010

Oh, desjardins, I didn't see that. We went to DC for a long weekend, and now we're taking a road trip to MI via Skokie (Kaufman's Deli, yum) and Chicago.

OK. SO! We'll be in Skokie for lunch on Friday afternoon, then check in at the hotel (Palmer House) and find parking (!?? Where? How much?) and then go to the meetup.

So excited!
posted by Stewriffic at 1:00 PM on July 21, 2010

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