Visiting Chicago, anyone want to meet at Hopleaf?
posted January 2, 2013 11:39 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat January 5 at 7:30 PM, Hopleaf
5148 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
I got a bunch of great responses to this question about what to do in Chicago, and one of the suggestions for things to do in Chicago is a meetup. So, does anyone want to meet up at Hopleaf on Saturday the 5th at around 7:30pm?
I may run a little late depending on traffic from Detroit.
posted by _cave to Meetup (32 comments total)

I'm in, but you might want to make it earlier because the Hopleaf gets crowded. I suggest we aim for the upstairs part of the bar.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:32 PM on January 2, 2013

I mean this in all sincerity: There's an upstairs at the Hopleaf?
posted by shakespeherian at 8:40 PM on January 2, 2013

Yes shakespeherian.... there is a Santa Claus, er I mean upstairs at Hopleaf. Enjoy!
posted by FlamingBore at 9:00 PM on January 2, 2013

Man, if I didn't have a party already in some suburb I should probably look up soon, I would be all over this. :-/
posted by adamdschneider at 9:24 PM on January 2, 2013

Does this Hopleaf place have an address?
posted by Evilspork at 1:05 AM on January 3, 2013

Does this Hopleaf place have an address?

Clark just south of Foster, on the west side of the street.

(goes and looks it up....)

5148 N. Clark.
posted by eriko at 1:15 AM on January 3, 2013

The west wing is now open, so seating shouldn't be a problem. I have a thing so I can't commit, but I'll try to swing by!
posted by eamondaly at 1:29 AM on January 3, 2013

Yay! I saw your question and wondered if there would be a meetup. Then I missed our monthly outing yesterday. I am 99% sure that I can be there.
posted by youngergirl44 at 5:35 AM on January 3, 2013

I'll be driving in from Detroit, so I'm not sure how long it will take the two of us to get there. But if 6:30-7 is better timing for finding seating, we could just be the fashionably late ones to the party.
posted by _cave at 7:01 AM on January 3, 2013

I could probably be there. MAKE IT A THING.

And yeah, with the new space now open there's a bit more breathing room, though it still does fill up especially on weekend nights.
posted by misskaz at 10:59 AM on January 3, 2013

I'll be coming back from snowboarding, but since it gets dark so bloody early and boarding under lights weirds me out, I should be right on time for this. Yay visits and tasty beers!
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 1:23 PM on January 3, 2013

So I hope this doesn't screw everything up, _cave, but I hope you weren't planning for dinner at the Hopleaf. The restaurant part is separate from the bar part. I would be happy to join whomever in a meal, but dining at meetups gets complicated. The Hopleaf don't take reservations and they might not put us on the waitlist until everyone gets there.
posted by hydrophonic at 4:40 PM on January 3, 2013

good to know. If it's a small group maybe we could meet up for drinks at the bar and then get food afterward if we haven't had a chance to eat.
posted by _cave at 4:30 AM on January 4, 2013

I mean this in all sincerity: There's food at the Hopleaf?
posted by youngergirl44 at 8:38 AM on January 4, 2013

Hopleaf has amazing food, but you can order food in the bar section too. If there's not enough table space for everyone, eating-while-standing might be a bit difficult, but it's totally possible to get food on the bar side.

That said, I'm not sure if I can make this and I'm so burnt out on drinking beer after spending the holidays with my parents, but maybe?
posted by booknerd at 8:55 AM on January 4, 2013

A MEETUP IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD! Buuuut... that's the night of the Chicago sketchfest. Sigh. Well, if anyone else lives in the 'hood and would like to do this again some time, count me in! The Goat is just too far for this lazy chica to schlep to...
posted by artemisia at 8:18 PM on January 4, 2013

Also, hell yes there is food at the Hopleaf! The steak is AMAZING...
posted by artemisia at 8:18 PM on January 4, 2013

No go for me. Had derby all day today and now I have a thing in the early evening. Have fun!
posted by eamondaly at 2:51 PM on January 5, 2013

I will likely be there around 8 and might have a plus one depending on the weather.

Fair warning to anyone who has seen me before: I am going to wear glasses out of the house for the first time in about ten years.

To _cave - I wear glasses all the time, I swear...
posted by youngergirl44 at 4:25 PM on January 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm going to start heading up early from Lincoln Park in a couple minutes. I'll try to grab some space around in the new part.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 4:32 PM on January 5, 2013

Got a table all the way around the bar, at the end of the new section (by the windows). It's low on chairs, but hopefully we can steal some from the table next to us as they leave...
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 5:01 PM on January 5, 2013

Also, to help with identification, I'm wearing a bright yellow shirt over a black long sleeve shirt.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 5:07 PM on January 5, 2013

I'm on my way. I've got glasses and a mustache and a a bright blue t-shirt with a cartoon drawing of Wanda Jackson on it.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:23 PM on January 5, 2013

Weird bike problems so running late, but be there soon.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:43 PM on January 5, 2013

For anyone else coming, we moved to a booth in the same area, second from the end.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 6:18 PM on January 5, 2013

About to leave the house now. How in the hell do nearsighted women without contacts put on makeup?!? I can only move the mirror so close before it's ON MY FACE. That took about six times longer than it should have.
posted by youngergirl44 at 6:23 PM on January 5, 2013

And the fog when you go inside from being in the cold! Wearing glasses is hard!
posted by youngergirl44 at 6:35 PM on January 5, 2013

posted by Evilspork at 8:54 PM on January 5, 2013 [2 favorites]

I was randomly given a copy of this at work today. How was your trip, _cave?
posted by hydrophonic at 9:32 PM on January 9, 2013

It was pretty great. We did the Clark St walk for about 5-6 miles, ate at the Soupbox, and met up with some friends on Day 1. On Day 2, we went to the library, walked around the loop, went to the Willis Tower, went to Millenium Park, had some pizza, and found the entrance to the pedway but didn't really have time to explore. This trip was way too short.
posted by _cave at 10:58 AM on January 11, 2013

Neat! Here's a short film that you might enjoy.
posted by hydrophonic at 6:47 PM on January 12, 2013

Sorry to be late to respond back--Wisconsin doesn't believe in the internet--but that was an awesome video, hydrophonic!
posted by _cave at 1:08 PM on January 16, 2013

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