Journey To the End of The Night Chicago
posted May 5, 2011 2:35 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 7 at 5:00 PM, The Grafton
4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, USA (Map & Directions)
From the website: Journey to the End of the Night is a race through city streets. You will try to make it to six checkpoints as fast as you can, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who are caught will become chasers themselves, rising to pursue their former friends and allies.
If you'd like to fuel up beforehand, some of us are heading to The Grafton at 5pm. Please RSVP so we can make a reservation-- with over 1,000 signed up so far, I suspect the bars surrounding Welles Park might get a bit crowded.
posted by eamondaly to Etc (31 comments total)

I want to play, but have a bum brainstem (no, really) and can't run more than a few meters without getting a really bad headache. Laaaame.

Any other dedicated slowpokes?
posted by phunniemee at 3:11 PM on May 5, 2011

I think they're still looking for volunteers, if you'd like to participate!
posted by eamondaly at 3:17 PM on May 5, 2011

I'm very likely a slow poke, but have been excited about this since hearing about it last week.

Will there be costumes? I think I'm wearing a tutu no matter the answer.
posted by crankyrogalsky at 8:54 PM on May 5, 2011

That's what you say about everything.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:16 AM on May 6, 2011

I have to work. I also can't run. Anyone want to give me their number so I can ping them at 11 and come meet somewhere maybe?
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:27 AM on May 6, 2011

At last count I believe me, Mark, Bri, Tacopunch, Zack, Victoria, Adam, Greta, & Ben were all planning on this.
posted by Windigo at 6:18 AM on May 6, 2011 the Grafton close to the starting point?
posted by Windigo at 8:35 AM on May 6, 2011

Derp Derp! The start point is in Welles park.
posted by Windigo at 8:36 AM on May 6, 2011

My friend Leslie will also be there, sans tutu.
posted by crankyrogalsky at 9:56 AM on May 6, 2011

Yes. I do actually have a metafilter account. As Windigo mentioned, I shall be there, and I'm bring my two friends Jason and April.
posted by theButterFly at 11:47 AM on May 6, 2011

Please note that you are RSVPing to The Grafton, not the Journey. I only need a headcount for the former.
posted by eamondaly at 1:19 PM on May 6, 2011

I'm excited for this tonight!
posted by Windigo at 9:39 AM on May 7, 2011

I'm in and so is Victoria!
posted by Zaximus at 10:55 AM on May 7, 2011

Wow, that looks like a ton of fun. Unfortunately I've been out of town for the past week and can't spare another night of doing crazy things.

Anyone know if Chicagø will be doing things like this throughout the year, or is this more of a one off thing? Their website didn't have a lot to go on.
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 11:04 AM on May 7, 2011

I think it's an annual thing.
posted by Windigo at 11:50 AM on May 7, 2011

We've got the room in the back, I'm told, under "Daly" or "Mefi". See you there!
posted by eamondaly at 12:52 PM on May 7, 2011

Tweeters, it looks like eriko resuscitated @mefichi! Log in to Twitter and add your mobile phone. Then go to and click both "Follow" and the little mobile phone icon.

To broadcast a message, just text 40404 like so: "d mefichi OH NOES CHASERS AT ASHLAND AND FULLERTON".
posted by eamondaly at 1:58 PM on May 7, 2011

Sorry we missed this!
posted by crush-onastick at 6:42 PM on May 7, 2011

It appears Eamon was the lone survivor of our group of roughly 15.
posted by Windigo at 10:05 PM on May 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

Did anyone land any shiny prizes?
posted by Iridic at 10:12 PM on May 7, 2011

So who's in for next year?
posted by Windigo at 10:17 PM on May 7, 2011

My ass hurts.
posted by eamondaly at 10:50 PM on May 7, 2011

Got home about 10 minutes ago. crankyrogalsky and I grabbed a table at the last checkpoint around 11, but Eamon and Bob were the only ones who showed up and joined us.

Shiny prizes went to some guy who finished in an hour and a half and that big dude who was standing in the group of weirdos behind us at the starting point (as a chaser he collected 16 ribbons).

I was tagged out right before checkpoint 3. :(
posted by phunniemee at 11:54 PM on May 7, 2011

Yeah, right around checkpoint 3 seemed to be the hardest part.
posted by Windigo at 6:25 AM on May 8, 2011

I can't move. I've never appreciated sweatpants this way before.

Congrats again to eamondaly. His preparation was sick. Next year!
posted by crankyrogalsky at 7:37 AM on May 8, 2011

Oh, and we ran into avoision at the first checkpoint! I had never met him before, but recognized him from all the Month at the Museum stuff he did a few months ago.
posted by phunniemee at 8:20 AM on May 8, 2011

Sorry, puninniemee, several of us got there about 11:30, but the line was so long trying to get in, we collapsed outside for a while, then headed home. We saw Bob outside, but never Eamon.

Yeah, that was awesome. Between checkpoints 2-3-4 was definitely a tough spot. That's where I got nabbed, but also where I chased down 4 of my 5 tags.
posted by BevosAngryGhost at 9:01 AM on May 8, 2011

Holy crap, I have a bruise on my shin the size of my hand from my heroic leap over the CTA turnstile. This is amazing.
posted by phunniemee at 1:08 PM on May 8, 2011

That was a lot of fun (and a nice bonus getting to meet phunniemee)! Working on some photos and a blog re-cap of the event.

I have cuts on both arms from climbing a tree, hopping a wall, and sneaking into/through a cemetery. I feel very proud about this.
posted by avoision at 6:21 PM on May 8, 2011

My legs are STILL sore. So worth it though.
posted by Windigo at 8:39 AM on May 9, 2011

I just got an email stating that 750 did the Journey, with about 175 finishing 'alive.'
posted by Windigo at 12:14 PM on May 10, 2011

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