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11 attending
4 maybe
WED
6
Sep

Hey There's a First Wednesday Approaching

Join us after work at the original World Famous Billy Goat Tavern for tiny beers and food from the greasy grill. We're fun! We're friendly! Frankly. we're fantastic. Later in the evening, we'll meander over to Livewire Lounge for First Wednesday Karaoke with the incomparable Mary Mac. That's when you'll see how fantastic we truly are. There might be shenanigans in between. You can never be too sure.
Chicago, IL at World Famous Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 11 comments

5 attending
0 maybe
SUN
27
Aug

BarberQue

Let's get together and help out the BarberQue folks throw a great event feeding, clothing, and giving haircuts to people who need them. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Kells Park, 9AM by garlic - 12 comments

1 attending
1 maybe
SAT
19
Aug

Second Something Um What Are We Calling This Now?

Looks like today is the current second Saturday. Maybe third? What's up?
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 6PM by Evilspork - 1 comment

10 attending
3 maybe
WED
2
Aug

Let Us Goat Then, You and I

Did you know this Wednesday is First Wednesday again already? Where did July go? Join us at the Original Billy Goat Pub for drinks and friendship! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 8 comments

9 attending
2 maybe
SAT
15
Jul

The Ocassional Third Saturday Return of SSSCSSCC: Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee

Calendars are hard. Depression and holidays combining make them harder. But we're getting together this Saturday at the Long Room to decompress, cheer, drink, eat, be merry and/or pissed off. Come with ideas for a SUMMER PROJECT for us to tackle together! (Or share them here if you can't here.)
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 15 comments

0 attending
0 maybe
THU
6
Jul

The Birthday Party Project!

So this was the event The Chicago Cabal* was hoping to do but the list was already full. One of the organizers just reached out to me today because they had a whole group of six volunteers bail and they're really hoping we can fill the gap and help them throw a great birthday party for some wonderful kids! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at A Safe Haven, 6PM by eamondaly - 2 comments

9 attending
2 maybe
WED
5
Jul

Goats!

Oh hey, Wednesday is first Wednesday. So join us at the Original Billy Goat Tavern where we eat sandwiches, drink tiny beers, and talk about stuff and junk. Then possibly on an adventure to other places (I'm assuming, but have not confirmed, LiveWire Lounge for rockstar karaoke). We're friendly; you'd like us.
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5PM by crush - 19 comments

5 attending
2 maybe
FRI
30
Jun

#11 Beer Crawl Redux

We have discussed recreating the #11 bus route beer crawl, as we had so much fun the last time. Friday June 30th. Calendars are hard. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Grafton, 11AM by crush - 30 comments

3 attending
1 maybe
SAT
10
Jun

The Continuing Return of SSSCSSCC: Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee

We're re-establishing the habit of meeting on the second Saturday to check-in. Cheer each other for fighting the good fight. Share what we've done since the last time and what's on the calendars for June. Offer tools and tips for resisting effectively. Provide emotional support when the persistence is flagging. And drink booze. And eat biscuits. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 11AM by crush - 8 comments

11 attending
5 maybe
WED
7
Jun

Man that Goat is Wired--1st Wednesday

First Wednesday is throwing us a curve ball for June. It's not next week, like you think it is, but the week after! Yes, Wednesday of the approaching week is only May 31. So don't try to meet up until a week from Wednesday, when it will be June 7. 5:30-6:00ish at the Original Billy Goat Tavern in the seedy underbelly of tourist-addled springtime Michigan Avenue. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 16 comments

7 attending
0 maybe
SAT
3
Jun

Food Depository repack -- June

Let's get together and help the food depository in their warehouse. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Greater Chicago Food Depository, 1PM by garlic - 21 comments

1 attending
6 maybe
SUN
28
May

Chicago Spring Resolutions: Gettin' This to Fitness!

As has been mentioned, I've been working on losing weight. I'm now ready for phase 2, aye kay aye the next 50 pounds, along with improving my general fitness level. So how about yoga? (no preexisting laxness required) [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Chicago Bodywork, 6PM by Evilspork - 13 comments

4 attending
4 maybe
SAT
13
May

The Return of SSSC: Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Part 6

So last month, the calendar and my dark mood got the best of me and we didn't get together for activism talk and grousing and camaraderie -- with food and drink!) Let's fix that this month at the Long Room. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Long Room, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 9 comments

7 attending
5 maybe
WED
3
May

The Billy Goat, in the Tavern, with the Triple Cheeseborger - NO PEPSI, COKE!!

Is posting a week early TOO early? Are we not cutting it close enough? I WANT IDEAS, PEOPLE, NOT EXCUSES [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by Evilspork - 13 comments

11 attending
1 maybe
SUN
30
Apr

make bagged lunches for Inspiration Cafe

Let's get together and make 150 bagged lunches for inspiration cafe [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Dave's house, 2PM by garlic - 16 comments

9 attending
5 maybe
WED
5
Apr

Live Goats!

Join us after work for tiny beers and cheeseburgers and delightful company at the Original Billy Goat Tavern under Michigan Avenue. You won't be sorry. Special half-tine stop at Cheesie's Pub for hard root beer floats! You *really* won't be sorry. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 19 comments

9 attending
3 maybe
FRI
31
Mar

Mike's March-End Art Part 2 - AIDS Art America

Along with the meetups we've had that are fun and/or political, let's end March with a couple of free art events (that are also fun and/or political, I guess.) Join me to tour AIDS Art America before it closes. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Alphawood Gallery, 3:30PM by MCMikeNamara - 14 comments

3 attending
3 maybe
WED
29
Mar

Mike's March-End Art Part 1 - The Furies

Along with the meetups we've had that are fun and/or political, let's end March with a couple of free art events (that are also fun and/or political, I guess.) Join me for the premiere of The Furies, by King is a Fink Productions. The Furies is a series of five dance films that explore how social prohibitions against female anger limit self-actualization for women. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Chicago Cultural Center, 6PM by MCMikeNamara - 2 comments

10 attending
9 maybe
THU
16
Mar

Springtime drinks in Chicago

Hi y'all, I'm going to be in Lakeview/Boystown in the afternoon. I'm totally flexible on time and place as long it's 4 pm or later. I just picked the Long Room because we've been there before and they have food. Can't wait to see the Chicago Cabal again!
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 5PM by AFABulous - 32 comments

8 attending
5 maybe
SAT
11
Mar

5th Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Or 5thSSSCSSCC

We meet, we talk about and organize the resistance, we share some foods. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at kaz's place, 11AM by misskaz - 20 comments

5 attending
2 maybe
SAT
4
Mar

Food Depository Repack -- March

let's help the Greater Chicago Food Depository get food repacked so it's easier for them to distribute to hungry people. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Greater Chicago Food Depository, 1PM by garlic - 10 comments

8 attending
3 maybe
WED
1
Mar

A-Goating We Shall Go

As is the other custom of our people, we gather at the Original Billy Goat Tavern, sip the tiny beers, quaff the tiny whiskeys, eat the beast (no fries). Then make the long journey to Live Wire, tip our bartenders generously and show each other the love. You know you want to.
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush-onastick - 31 comments

9 attending
4 maybe
SAT
18
Feb

4th Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Or 4thSSSCSSCC

(except that it's gonna be on the 3rd Saturday again maybe) Because of the holiday weekend and conflicting events, I'm suggesting we move this month's event to the Third Saturday. However, I'm open to other routes. NOTE: Please see the changed location and the fixed time; garlic has generously volunteered to host this month and I'm generously taking him up on that offer.
Chicago, IL at garlic's place, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 38 comments

6 attending
0 maybe
SAT
11
Feb

Come watch me wince in pain!

I snagged one of the tattoo slots at the Field Museum Tattoo exhibit. Come keep baniak company! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Field Museum, 11AM by bibliogrrl - 11 comments

11 attending
6 maybe
WED
1
Feb

Another First Wednesday at the Goat

First Wednesday is on that trickiest of calendar days this February - the first day of the month! Please join us at the Original Billy Goat Tavern, followed by karaoke later in the evening. Newcomers are always very welcome. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 10 comments

21 attending
3 maybe
SAT
21
Jan

Women's March on Chicago

The Women's March on Chicago begins with speakers and a rally at 10:00 AM at the Corner of Jackson and Columbus (Not quite the Drive). Please check in here if you're going, want to join at th meeting spot (SE corner of Jackson and Wabash around 9:30), or are interested in lunch/beers/bonding afterward (post-rally at Bar Below 127 S. State around 2:30). [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Corner of Jackson and Columbus, 10AM by crush-onastick - 72 comments

0 attending
3 maybe

Chicago TGIF Happy/Sad/Terrified Hour

I'm going to be in Lakeview/Boystown on Friday, January 20 for some appointments. I'll be done with what I need to do by 2 pm at the absolute latest. Does anyone want to meet up anytime after that (I assume most of you work)? It's inauguration day (*shudders*) so we all may need a beer to cry into. If you don't want to cry, you can help me celebrate some (obviously unrelated) good news.
Chicago, IL by AFABulous on Jan 14, 2017 - 11 comments

14 attending
2 maybe
SAT
14
Jan

Third Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Or 3rdSSSCSSCC*

House MCNamara is still out of commission--we'll be meeting at the crush family compound. Contact me (email in profile or via MeMail) or MCMikeNamara for actual address. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Private Meeting Space, 11AM by crush-onastick - 24 comments

7 attending
2 maybe
SAT
7
Jan

Food Depository repack

let's help the Greater Chicago Food Depository get food repacked so it's easier for them to distribute to hungry people. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Greater Chicago Food Depository, 11:30AM by garlic - 28 comments

10 attending
3 maybe
WED
4
Jan

Live Goat on a Wire

First Wednesday of the month, first Wednesday of the new year! Bring your resolutions and drown them in a tiny beer (in a weird new glass) at the Original Billy Goat Tavern. Then adjourn to the Livewire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee Ave) for karaoke of the finest sort. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush-onastick - 11 comments

3 attending
3 maybe
TUE
20
Dec

DIY Messiah!

Who wants to come sing some beautiful music! Come to the DIY Messiah at the Harris theater in Chicago. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Harris Theater, 7PM by bibliogrrl - 2 comments

12 attending
3 maybe
SAT
10
Dec

Second Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Or 2ndSSSCSSCC*

So Second Saturday is upon us sooner than I realized. And we're still getting together and chatting about our activism plans again like we did last month. However, there's a slight change in plans... [more inside]
Chicago, IL at bibliogrrl and banaik's place, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 29 comments

13 attending
1 maybe
WED
7
Dec

First Wednesday is Upon Us

First, we meet at the Original Billy Goat Tavern. Then we decamp for shenanigans. You should join us because the world is a terrible place, but the Goat is familiar and the Chicago Metahounds are the best folks around. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush-onastick - 13 comments

14 attending
9 maybe
SAT
19
Nov

Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee Or SSSCSSCC*

So there's no way I would have made it through the last few post-election days without the support of my friends and family, especially seeing so many reactions that amounted to"WHAT CAN I DO?" and last night I was struck by all the youth hitting the streets, but, even as I was there, I wondered "what can I, an older person out of the activist game, do?" Here's what I came up with: [more inside]
Chicago, IL at My Place, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 50 comments

5 attending
0 maybe
SUN
6
Nov

November RMH Brunch

let's cook brunch for the families of sick kids. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Ronald McDonald House, 8:30AM by garlic - 19 comments

7 attending
3 maybe
WED
2
Nov

Fly the Tiny Tiny W

So, of course, first Wednesday is this week, but there's some sort of sporting event closely associated with the Goat and the question is: do we go? [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush-onastick - 39 comments

0 attending
0 maybe

Third Coast Conference!

Any public radio or podcasting MeFites gonna be in Chicago for the Third Coast Conference from Nov 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place? I'll be in from L.A. representing KCRW. Would be fun to have a lunch / drink / meetup at some point over the weekend, if we aren't already going to be stacked with plans. I haven't even looked at the schedule yet, but just throwing it out there. Would be fun to raise a glass with my fellow producers! (I'm also planning a field trip to the best bookstore in the world.)
Chicago, IL by mykescipark on Nov 1, 2016 - 3 comments

8 attending
3 maybe
WED
5
Oct

Hey are we doing this?

It seems that since calendars are hard, we have not put up an event for our monthly meetup at the Billy Goat... [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by MCMikeNamara - 37 comments

3 attending
2 maybe

There is no Chicago Cabal of Charity

We've been there, done that with RMH meals. We might be there, do that again (say in November). But in 2017, lets try some new charitable things we can do as a group. But what should they be? [more inside]
Chicago, IL by garlic on Sep 22, 2016 - 8 comments

9 attending
7 maybe
WED
7
Sep

Nope, You Did Not Miss It!

Apparently, I am not the only person to think "oh, shit! GoatFrog is tonight!" but it's not. It's next week. And anyway, there is no Frog anymore. . . . . Oh, I made myself sad. But don't you be sad! You can still join us for First Wednesday! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush-onastick - 15 comments

5 attending
0 maybe
SUN
4
Sep

RMH Brunch -- September

let's cook brunch for the families of sick kids. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Ronald McDonald House, 8:30AM by garlic - 14 comments

8 attending
7 maybe
SUN
21
Aug

Pequod's for Pizza

Time change! Meet at 3 PM! Pizza at Pequod's at 2 PM, August 21. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Pequod's, 3PM by ChuraChura - 50 comments

6 attending
0 maybe
FRI
5
Aug

Save the 11 Bus! Destroy your liver!

Remember the 11 bus? Were you mad they discontinued it? Well, it's back! Temporarily, anyway, and a number of bars along the route have teamed up for 11 on 11: a beer explorer trek to bump up ridership. Join us for a full day of stupidity as we try to hit all 11 in one day because we are idiots. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Grafton, 11AM by eamondaly - 9 comments

6 attending
1 maybe
WED
3
Aug

August: Goat County

This Wednesday is First Wednesday, which means Chicago will be gathering for another meetup at the Billy Goat. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by MCMikeNamara - 12 comments

8 attending
6 maybe
SAT
30
Jul

Ice Cream Social for Chicago!

So, there's not a Chicago Ice Cream Social. I proposed one. The votes are in! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at George's Ice Cream and Sweets, 4PM by crush-onastick - 14 comments

14 attending
1 maybe
SUN
10
Jul

Jessamyn is coming! Let's drink!

It's drinking season! Maybe we'll drink... yes, we'll drink. Join us for a chilly glass of rose at the City Winery on the Riverwalk. It'll be a delight!
Chicago, IL at City Winery on the Riverwalk, 6PM by eamondaly - 20 comments

10 attending
3 maybe
SUN
10
Jul

Jessamyn is coming! Let's dance!

It's SummerDance season! Maybe we'll dance, maybe we'll just sit and watch. Maybe we'll dance, then sit, then watch, then dance again! Who's to say? But join us Sunday for a twirl about the park for Chicago's SummerDance... and don't forget your comfy shoes!
Chicago, IL at SummerDance Chicago, 4PM by eamondaly - 8 comments

8 attending
2 maybe
WED
6
Jul

Independence Goat: Resurgence

This Wednesday is First Wednesday, which means Chicago will be gathering for another meetup at the Billy Goat. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 4 comments

6 attending
0 maybe
SUN
3
Jul

Ronald McDonald House, July edition

Let's make brunch for families of sick kids at Ronald McDonald House in July. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Ronald McDonald House, 8:30AM by garlic - 12 comments