The Annual Ritual of Blowing Things Up (now a MoMu15)
posted May 27, 2014 1:17 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri July 4 at 3:00 PM, Winnemac Park
Damen & Argyle, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
AKA USA! USA! USA! Winnemac Park in Chicago has the BEST illegal fireworks display in the city. You should join us to watch things go BOOM.
I am not kidding when I say that the Winnemac Park fireworks is completely bonkers. No one ever believes me.

Bring food! Bring discreet beer (this being a public park)! We may even play some kubb early on, and I can bet there will be knitting.

Small children and dogs can totally come, but be forewarned, it gets really loud, and somewhat crowded. Street parking is pretty easy in the neighborhood, but may not be as the afternoon goes on.

We usually show up mid-afternoon to stake out a good spot where we can see and not actively fear for our lives. You should join us.
posted by bibliogrrl to Meetup (34 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Somebody may have purchased a $3 sparkly red, white, and blue hat at Target a couple of weeks ago and likes the idea of wearing it.

If we are in town, which I'm pretty sure we will be, we will be there.

And yes, I did not believe it before I saw it; it is completely bonkers.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:59 PM on May 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

I spent $1.79 on these earrings back in October AND STILL HAVE NOT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEAR THEM. This is the time. I got them to match Mike's hat.
posted by phunniemee at 2:09 PM on May 27, 2014 [2 favorites]

I just noticed that you scheduled this for June 3. Which actually would be even more bonkers.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:41 PM on May 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

We are going to blow so much shit up, we will go BACK IN TIME!!!!!
posted by baniak at 9:57 PM on May 27, 2014 [3 favorites]

posted by bibliogrrl at 6:15 AM on May 28, 2014 [2 favorites]

posted by bibliogrrl at 7:30 AM on June 26, 2014 [4 favorites]

posted by garlic at 8:01 AM on June 26, 2014

We just moved to Chicago and this just may be the IRL event that gets me to go to meetups. Is the cabal newbie friendly?
posted by rossination at 10:27 AM on June 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

we are 100% newbie friendly (i think). We occasionally forget we're supposed to be looking for newbies at trivia, but everywhere else I feel like we do a decent job of keeping our eyes open for people looking for people from the internet.
posted by garlic at 12:58 PM on June 26, 2014


Also, me and baniak will be bringing taco fixings. (fuck yeah arrachera). We will have our tiny grill, and anyone who wants to bring meats or whatever are welcome to use it.

We'll bring salsa and chips, and probably water and who knows what else.
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:40 AM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

hopefully kubb while there's space to play!
posted by garlic at 8:46 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

When does the action start? I may be late because of s different event in the moderate south.
posted by Going To Maine at 10:51 PM on June 30, 2014

Fireworks generally kick off a little before dusk and go on til durn near midnight
posted by baniak at 11:08 AM on July 3, 2014

I have tomatillo salsa and pico on my list of things I will bring.

Since there will be tacos, if anyone else has a request for a taco or taco-adjacent ingredient, I live where they can be had dirt cheap, so please just let me know and I'll bring it!
posted by phunniemee at 11:55 AM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

We have 3dz corn tortillas, 4# of skirt steak, and will be bringing Mexican rice and refried beans. (for the plates)
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:50 PM on July 3, 2014

Is there a strategy for being findable for newbies and the visual array challenged?
posted by srboisvert at 6:02 PM on July 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

New to irl meetups here, we'll be on sorta strange small folding bikes, riding around looking a bit lost. So please shout out if you see us.
posted by Sophont at 10:02 PM on July 3, 2014

My move to the north side was successful, so I will definitely be in the park. Somewhere. Also, the Sears on Lawrence has some pretty awesome USA themed t-shirts for five bucks, if they're open today.
posted by papayaninja at 8:40 AM on July 4, 2014

We will be off the main path, under a tree. Look for chairs and a tiny grill and a small table and people knitting. :D

posted by bibliogrrl at 11:37 AM on July 4, 2014

I'll pop in and post once we're there and set up :)
posted by bibliogrrl at 11:39 AM on July 4, 2014

I will wear a wide brimmed hat.
*looks at tshirt*
and a Heroku tshirt.
posted by bleary at 11:56 AM on July 4, 2014

Here is our spot.

We are across the main path from the middle of the 3 main softball fields.
posted by bibliogrrl at 12:05 PM on July 4, 2014

Do you have a lat/long, or is that just silly?
posted by Going To Maine at 12:51 PM on July 4, 2014

41• 58'24" N
87• 40'52" W
posted by bibliogrrl at 1:27 PM on July 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Not silly at all.
posted by bibliogrrl at 1:28 PM on July 4, 2014

On my way! So... maybe an hour from now.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:41 PM on July 4, 2014

Is there room for two more?
posted by lunastellasol at 3:44 PM on July 4, 2014

posted by garlic at 3:54 PM on July 4, 2014

There is room for all of you!!!
posted by bibliogrrl at 4:00 PM on July 4, 2014

We're planning on being up there around dusk. See you soon!
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 4:34 PM on July 4, 2014

is there anything needed?
posted by lunastellasol at 4:43 PM on July 4, 2014

Oh my god this is stunning. Here with other folk and will do a walkabout soon to say hiya.
posted by travertina at 8:06 PM on July 4, 2014

Today was PERFECT. Thank you everyone for coming. <3
posted by bibliogrrl at 9:12 PM on July 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Movie pitch: Step Up + Bring it On but instead of dance battles and cheer-offs, it's different groups competing with illegal fireworks displays.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:31 PM on July 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

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