Mefi20 Chicago - Picnic in Smith Park
posted July 2, 2019 12:58 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun July 14 at 12:00 PM, Smith Park
2526 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
Happy 20th! Chicago-area Mefites will celebrate with a picnic in Smith Park, on the West Side.
Things you may want to bring:
-Swimsuit (there's a public pool on the premises)
-Blankets
-Picnic food
-Beverages
-Lawn games
-Small grillable items (we'll likely have a small grill)
-Umbrella or sunscreen, as the forecast suggests
See you there!
posted by Iridic to Meetup (26 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Special optional meetup bonus extension!:

Smith Park is very close to the Western Avenue Metra Station, which means the celebrated Hala Kahiki Tiki Bar is just a fifteen minute ride away. It's been proposed we go there for après-picnic tropical drinks.

Useful information:
-Trains from Western Avenue to River Grove will leave at 4:39, 6:49, 8:49, 10:49, and 12:49.
-The bar is open on Sundays from 4pm to 2am.
-Trains from River Grove back to the city will leave at 6:41, 8:55, and 10:55.
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posted by Iridic at 1:03 PM on July 2 [3 favorites]


Sounds like fun. I'm afraid I arrive at Midway at 8:30pm, which makes even the Tiki Bar a challenge, so I probably won't make any of it. Thanks for organizing it. See you at the 30th!
posted by eotvos at 7:04 AM on July 3


I'll bring a blanket or two and some food & drinks. Can anyone confirm if there will definitely be a grill?
posted by jessypie at 12:28 PM on July 11


I'll probably just stop at Chicken Hut. The pick up some sort of sweet on my way.
posted by crush at 1:15 PM on July 12


The park itself doesn't have grills, so if someone wants to grill, it's BYO. (I don't have a portable, surprisingly.)
posted by eamondaly at 3:55 PM on July 12


We will bring a hibachi and some charcoal and a chimney
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:49 PM on July 12 [1 favorite]


In that case I will pick up some hot dogs & sausages on my way down!
posted by jessypie at 10:55 PM on July 12


Jessypie told me about this last night. I'm in for the picnic and will bring snacks and drinks (will probably take a pass on the Tiki bar because I'm that monster who doesn't like Tiki drinks). See all of you tomorrow :)
posted by anactualwolfe at 9:00 AM on July 13 [2 favorites]


There's a deli a couple blocks away. I'll probably grab some potato salad or such to share.
posted by Iridic at 7:45 PM on July 13


Andy has made potato salad and cookies and we will see you all later today.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:17 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


Thinking about coming, though would need to bring the small one. Is it OK if Tinysky tags along?
posted by AlexiaSky at 5:45 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


100% yes! We would love to see you!

I have assorted hot dogs & sausages for the grill plus buns, mustard, relish. I also have some assorted drinks. Is anyone bringing plates, cups, utensils, napkins?
posted by jessypie at 6:06 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


I'll bring plates and utensils
posted by AlexiaSky at 6:23 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]


I also grabbed cups
posted by AlexiaSky at 7:11 AM on July 14


I'm running a little behind but I should be there in a short while!
posted by crush at 9:27 AM on July 14


I have napkins I can bring.
posted by anactualwolfe at 9:30 AM on July 14


I'm also delayed a bit. 12:30, I hope!
posted by Iridic at 9:44 AM on July 14


Also running a tad behind, should be there between 1215 1230
posted by AlexiaSky at 9:56 AM on July 14


Switched from my plan of taking a bus to taking an Uber so I just got here, a few minutes early instead of wildly late. I'm under the trees just north of the swimming pool (SE corner of the park).
posted by jessypie at 9:56 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]


I'm going to be WILDLY late. LMK if there's anything we need.
posted by eamondaly at 10:21 AM on July 14


I over-provisioned but brought only a water canteen for myself! :(
posted by crush at 10:35 AM on July 14


On the way, bringing chicken. Anybody need anything?
posted by eamondaly at 12:39 PM on July 14


Great seeing everyone!
posted by AlexiaSky at 2:01 PM on July 14


Is Hala Kahiki still on the agenda?
posted by readery at 3:53 PM on July 14


Sadly, no. We were all sun-sleepy and headed home. We're thinking some Sunday in the future for Hala Kahiki.
posted by crush at 5:44 PM on July 14 [1 favorite]


So sorry I missed some of you! Next time!

Also, mad props to all of us on the 49 bus for eventually making the right decision and agreeing to go our separate ways. I had no idea how exhausted I was until I collapsed on the couch at home.
posted by eamondaly at 2:36 PM on July 15 [1 favorite]



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