MetaFilter's 15th Anniversary Month of Meetups Kicks Off... IN THE DANGER ZONE
posted June 24, 2014 7:55 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Tue July 1 at 6:30 PM, Millennium Park
201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
Did you know it's been FIVE YEARS since the MeFiChi block party? So how can we top that for MeFi's fifteenth anniversary? A WHOLE MONTH OF MEETUPS! We'll kick things off July 1st in Millennium Park to watch the beloved bro classic: Top Gun.
The (free!) show starts at 6:30pm, so bring a blanket, grab a picnic-y foodstuff, and let the greatest film 1986 had to offer take your breath away!

And if you'd like to contribute to our MONTH OF MEETUPS, all you have to do is grab a date!
posted by eamondaly to Meetup (23 comments total)

Now I have a reason to watch homoerotic volleyball in public again without shame!

Helpful suggestion: If you're downtown and want to show up straight from work but don't want to bring a picnic to work but do want to picnic. the Mariano's on Randolph is quite convenient for your needs.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:17 AM on June 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also, there's a grocery store at 222 N Columbus Dr called BockWinkels.
posted by garlic at 8:39 AM on June 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

DAMMIT I would TOTALLY freaking go to this but I am going to be driving to Romeoville to pick up my new thanks-to-Ask-Me kittens (no their names are not going to be Meta and Filter)
posted by tzikeh at 4:53 PM on June 25, 2014 [3 favorites]

Oh my god those kitties.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:54 PM on June 25, 2014

They are adorable and I am a ridiculous person who is apparently now renting a car to drive out of Chicago during a Tuesday evening rush hour to meet someone I don't know in Romeoville where, if all goes to plan, she will have driven to from Nashville that morning with the kittens.

I wish I could take a month off work for kitty leave....
posted by tzikeh at 2:11 AM on June 26, 2014

tzikeh, this is a delightful story!
posted by crush-onastick at 7:06 AM on June 26, 2014

I may have to have a meetup at my place so you can all enjoy the kitties. Also because it would be the one time I'm 100% guaranteed to attend a meetup.
posted by tzikeh at 6:10 PM on June 26, 2014 [2 favorites]

I don't want to seem to be encouraging you not to show up, but I can't help but think that somehow pulling off not attending a meetup at your own place would actually be a pretty baller move.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:09 AM on June 27, 2014 [3 favorites]

"I have never seen Top Gun" is something that was just said to me but I don't know that I can truly comprehend it.

(I know there are plenty of people who could say that, but it's a total other thing to realize you've been sharing your bed with a stranger.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:41 PM on June 30, 2014

posted by garlic at 3:31 PM on June 30, 2014

I'm going to bring along plasticware and paper plates, so feel free to get something from a grocery store that needs utensils / plates.
posted by garlic at 6:58 AM on July 1, 2014

So what's the meetup plan? Who's bringing what? Should we prepare for soggy ground? I'm going to stop by the new fancy flagship Walgreens if anyone needs anything. My plan is to get some ponchos or something waterproof to sit on, snacks, and some kind of booze.

Also, does anyone know if people can bring bikes into the park, or should I plan to find a place to lock it up?
posted by misskaz at 11:57 AM on July 1, 2014

I have a medium size blanket for sitting on (which I think should handle the damp), and the plates that I listed above. I'll pick some cooked chicken up from somewhere for sharing, and probably grapefruit radler's because I love drinking those in the park.
posted by garlic at 12:47 PM on July 1, 2014

I grabbed some cheese and crackers and pretzel chips. also a $5 blanket from the NEW EXCITING WALGREENS in the wrigley building.
posted by misskaz at 1:38 PM on July 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

Still watching the game in Edgewater so I'll be a little late.
posted by eamondaly at 2:56 PM on July 1, 2014

Text me if you discover there's something we're missing.
posted by eamondaly at 2:56 PM on July 1, 2014

Grabbing a grass seat now
posted by garlic at 3:35 PM on July 1, 2014

Center right, 15 yards back from the steps.

I have bright orange bags.
posted by garlic at 3:37 PM on July 1, 2014

Andy is meeting me at office and then we're going to Mariano's and then we will be right over.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:42 PM on July 1, 2014

I'm planning on buying some vittles at pastoral and then coming over. I and my green sweatshirt and bulging leather bag will look out for your orange bags.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:51 PM on July 1, 2014

I just bought the weirdest bag of food.
posted by eamondaly at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2014

I'm not going to sit here and blow sunshine up your ass, lieutenant.
posted by garlic at 6:26 PM on July 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

So I should let y'all know that the kittens are here.

Sorry I missed the movie.

posted by tzikeh at 8:49 PM on July 1, 2014 [2 favorites]

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