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2 attending
3 maybe
WED
2
Oct

First Wednesday Rebooting the Reboot

Sadly, the trivia night interfered with our new alternate First Wednesday plan. So we are trying another new thing this month! We hope that means some new faces! Kite String Cantina at 1851 W Addison (Addison at Wolcott). Sometime after work, say 5:30? [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Kite String Cantina, 5:30PM by crush - 10 comments

5 attending
3 maybe
SUN
29
Sep

#11 Busless Beer Crawl (Rescheduled)

Rescheduled after sickness & questionable weather caused an eleventh-hour cancellation of our originally planned event: We had so much fun going to all eleven stops of the #11 Bus Beer Explorer Passport in a single day in 2016 that we did it again the next year. We missed organizing one last year, and the #11 bus no longer exists, but we're going to recreate the crawl on foot or other methods of transportation for 2019. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Grafton Pub, 11AM by jessypie - 28 comments

7 attending
2 maybe
SUN
8
Sep

Canceled/Pending Reschedule: #11 Busless Beer Crawl

UPDATE: At least two of us are now sick, it's starting to rain, and we're going to push this to a different day (TBD). [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Grafton Pub, 11AM by jessypie - 27 comments

4 attending
2 maybe
WED
4
Sep

A First Wednesday Experiment

It's First Wednesday again already! We're going to mix things up a little this month and try a new location very close to our traditional location. Meet us at the Red Star Bar inside Whole Foods Streeterville (255 E. Grand) for food and drink and excellent companionship. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Red Star Bar at Whole Foods, 6PM by jessypie - 5 comments

6 attending
3 maybe
WED
7
Aug

August Goat is a Go!

After work, we shall nonetheless gather at the Goat on this, the First Wednesday of August 2019. Tiny beers, grilled meats, unexpected party room complications! Wheel of Fortune. Internet jukebox. All this can be yours, if you join us. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by crush - 8 comments

2 attending
0 maybe

I’m in Chicago again! (also: help!)

I will be in Chicago for a week starting tomorrow 8/1, because I have to retake the stupid blasted exam that kept me from graduating med school because it was misadministered. First Wednesday meetup on 8/7! [more inside]
Chicago, IL by ocherdraco on Jul 31, 2019 - 13 comments

10 attending
4 maybe
SUN
14
Jul

Mefi20 Chicago - Picnic in Smith Park

Happy 20th! Chicago-area Mefites will celebrate with a picnic in Smith Park, on the West Side. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Smith Park, 12PM by Iridic - 26 comments

1 attending
0 maybe
WED
3
Jul

It's raining goats

First Wednesday is upon us, which means it's time for the monthly Chicago meetup at the Billy Goat Tavern! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by Iridic - 11 comments

1 attending
3 maybe
FRI
28
Jun

Chicago Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren 6/28

Anyone going to this thing and care to meet up and stand around together? I have been trying to talk myself into going because I know I will be very happy I made the effort. I will be traveling solo from Evanston, a thing I do rarely and awkwardly, and attempting to arrive between 4 and 4:30. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Auditorium Theatre, 4:45PM by Glinn - 3 comments

5 attending
3 maybe
WED
5
Jun

One World, First Wednesday, One Love (plus 20th Anniversary planning)

It's World Environmental Day and also Arbor Day in New Zealand, so since we can't go plant some trees there sadly, let's drown our sorrows for fellowship, beers tiny and otherwise, and hopefully Wheel of Fortune. I'm also commandeering this time to discuss what Chicago will be doing for Metafilter's 20th anniversary in July. Eventually, we'll dismiss to karaoke if the last ~10 years are anything to go by. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5PM by MCMikeNamara - 15 comments

0 attending
2 maybe
SUN
2
Jun

Music Improv Performance (at the same building as Second City)

Goat Milk Goddesses - a new music improv team formed with my classmates. We'll improvise a short musical. There's an opening non-music improv act. You get what you get. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Second City's de Maat studio theater, 6:30PM by amtho - 0 comments

0 attending
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22
May

4 attending
1 maybe
TUE
21
May

Hello Chicago!

I’ll be in Chicago next week and I’d love to meet everyone! Details inside. [more inside]

5 attending
2 maybe
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1
May

Tiny Beers of the World, UNITE!

So First Wednesday being on May 1st means it absolutely snuck up on me. Let's celebrate International Workers' Day by meeting at the Billy Goat under Michigan Avenue and striking up conversation. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by MCMikeNamara - 4 comments

5 attending
3 maybe
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3
Apr

April Showers Bring Tiny Beers

It's maybe-springtime and another First Wednesday is upon us. Let's gather for fellowship under Michigan Avenue at the Original Billy Goat. I'd love to see your face!
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by MCMikeNamara - 8 comments

5 attending
3 maybe
WED
6
Mar

This is my calendar. It is hard.

Greetings, Sapients! Forsooth, thar be a First Wednesday a-brewin'! Get it? Brew? Beer? Brew? Beer? Bruins? Beer? Aight? Pip pop, Cheerio, Wheaties, wot wot, and a few other m in the area of the car as it left the scene in the middle of the night and I was wondering if you had any experience with the right promotion program and how to palm coat gloves or something like that and a full size if you are able to fit them in around then and would like to be able to make it right on the right hand side of the street from the event that you are near the entrance to the entrance to the entrance to the entrance, breaker, breaker, breaker, end keyboard suggestion mouthfart cascade, ten-four good Computar, five by five, Tea, Earl Grey, Hotpants, tiny Bears, bear Cubs can't use bridges, you insensitive clods! Hope that helped! Your mileage may vary, ta ta for now. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by Evilspork - 8 comments

5 attending
4 maybe
WED
6
Feb

First Wednesday, a Filmways presentation, darling*

It's the 102nd anniversary of Zsa Zsa Gabor's birth. Celebrate by slapping a cop joining us at the Billy Goat for our monthly revelry. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by MCMikeNamara - 19 comments

5 attending
6 maybe
WED
2
Jan

Ho! Saturnalia!

The First Wednesday of 2019 is soon upon us. Join us at the Goat for companionship and strange new tiny beers. We really would love to see your face, Don't be like Lyft drivers--don't look for us on Upper Michigan; we'll be on Lower. (Goddamn calendars) [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by crush - 7 comments

2 attending
2 maybe
TUE
11
Dec

ocherdraco in Chicago

Hello friends! I’m in town for an interview, and am sticking around through next week. I’d love to meet up with folks (anyone know of a good bar trivia night?) UPDATE: We’re on for Riddle Me That on Tuesday evening!
Chicago, IL at Logan Bar, 8:30PM by ocherdraco - 11 comments

12 attending
6 maybe
WED
5
Dec

10 Years of Goating It Up

So at some point, post-daylight savings but pre-New Year ten long years ago we settled into a comfortable routine of drinking tiny beers and eating greasy grill food on the First Wednesday of every month in one another's splendid company. This is the closest you're getting to an anniversary event. We hope you'll join us. There might be cake. Or swag. Or nothing at all. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 14 comments

0 attending
6 maybe

Come Explore Elgin!

I've heard through the grapevine that there's been discussion of the Chicago non-cabal taking a field trip out to Elgin - I am more than happy to facilitate! See inside for some options. [more inside]
Elgin, IL by Fig on Nov 13, 2018 - 5 comments

3 attending
1 maybe
WED
7
Nov

First Wednesday!

I have no clever title. But I will have a drink. See you Wednesday, after work at the Billy Goat Tavern on Lower Michigan Avenue. We'll decamp 8ish, 9ish, for some sort of karaoke shenanigans. I don't know what.
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by crush - 11 comments

5 attending
1 maybe
THU
1
Nov

SSSCSSCC on a Thursday? VOTE! (Benefit for Chicago Votes)

So though the Second Saturday Second City Stand-Up Sanity Check Committee has been silent for a few months (though I know many of us have not been inactive), the Long Room (which has hosted us many times) and 5 Rabbit Brewery are hosting a benefit for Chicago Votes. Let's hang before the weekend [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 7PM by MCMikeNamara - 3 comments

5 attending
3 maybe
WED
3
Oct

It's so Hard to Say Goat-bye

OH MY GOSH! FIRST WEDNESDAY IS THIS WEDNESDAY! ALARUM! ALARUM! As always, we'll be starting at the Billy Goat on/under Michigan Avenue for tiny beers and gigantic bathrooms. Afterward... we'll just have to see.
Chicago, IL at Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by eamondaly - 9 comments

5 attending
5 maybe
WED
5
Sep

Every Time I Say Goat-bye

First Wednesday is nearly upon us! Cheap grill food and beers at the still weirdly upgraded Original Billy Goat Tavern. Then karaoke for what is rumored to be the last time Angela's last First Wednesday behind the bar at Live Wire Lounge. She's delightful and so are you. Plus, it's a short work week--what do you have to lose? Join us, won't you?
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 5 comments

9 attending
0 maybe
TUE
28
Aug

Dinner and democracy

Come have dinner at my place 8/28 from 7-10 and we'll also write postcards to get out the vote, and tell our elected officials what we think. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at My place, 7PM by garlic - 0 comments

4 attending
10 maybe
TUE
14
Aug

Coco and Picnic at the Park

The Millennium Park Summer Film Series is showing movies (again) at the Pritzker Pavilion - bring a cheese plate or a bottle of something, a blanket to sit on, and be prepared to be EMOTIONALLY DESTROYED, courtesy Pixar. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Pritzker Pavilion (Millennium Park), 6PM by floweringjudas - 2 comments

4 attending
1 maybe
WED
1
Aug

Goating Is Easy, Calendars Are Hard!

The calendar has pulled that trick again where First Wednesday falls on the first of the month, which is...this week! That's very soon, but there's still time to make plans to join us at the Original Billy Goat Tavern for tiny beers and excellent company. Even if - especially if! - you haven't joined us before, we'd love to see you on Wednesday. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 11 comments

0 attending
1 maybe
SAT
28
Jul

The Collider Improv Competition (with the Dunning-Kruger Effect)

Seven teams enter, one team leaves with a prize. Plus there's food. And an excuse to hang out in a bar this Saturday. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 8PM by amtho - 1 comment

10 attending
10 maybe
SUN
22
Jul

Chicago Suburbs Ice Cream (& hog dog) Social!

Join us for an ice cream social at the Village Green Park in Northbrook! Bring a picnic, or buy a hotdog, and have some ice cream. Park features shady grassy areas, picnic tables, and a great playground if you bring the kids! (The small McGees will be there.) Hang out and chat with the grownups, or rediscover your inner child on the playground (we won't judge). 1 block from Metra, free parking for drivers. [more inside]
Northbrook, IL at Village Green Park, 11AM by Eyebrows McGee - 12 comments

3 attending
3 maybe
WED
4
Jul

LOCATION CHANGE--The Goat Blowed Up Real Good

We tried and failed to come up with an alternate plan R Bar Chicago (Renaldi's bar annex) for First Wednesday which happens to be this miserable shitheel of a country's birthday celebration.There is no Live Wire karaoke that night, but we think Shakers on Clark in Lakeview/Boystown will have karaoke for those who enjoy. If not, trivia starts at R Bar around 9 pm. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at R Bar Chicago, 5PM by crush - 19 comments

7 attending
0 maybe
WED
6
Jun

Goats on Fire!

Man, it's hot. Next week may not be so hot. But next week will be First Wednesday. Join us at the Original Billy Goat Tavern (Lower level Michigan Avenue), after work, for beers and stuff. Then join us after the Goat for karaoke and stuff at Live Wire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee Ave). [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 10 comments

7 attending
0 maybe
WED
2
May

Goat Goat Goat!

It's first Wednesday! Join us for beers, burgers, bonding and the Original Billy Goat Tavern. It might even be warm enough to make the trek to Live Wire for karaoke bearable!
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 7 comments

10 attending
4 maybe
WED
4
Apr

The Return of the Goat

Yes, it's open again. The Press tells us it now has spacious spa-like bathrooms. No shit! Or shit! Whatever. Join us, won't you? [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 14 comments

4 attending
4 maybe
SAT
10
Mar

SSSCSSCC - The 2018 Primary Edition

As everybody who wrote postcards to voters until their hands cramped last month, the Illinois Primary is March 20th. Let's get together and discuss any questions we might have about the candidates and where our loyalties lie. Also BRUNCH! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 11AM by MCMikeNamara - 4 comments

7 attending
2 maybe
WED
7
Mar

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Goat

First Wednesday is almost upon us, which means it's time for the monthly Chicago meetup! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Berghoff, 6PM by Iridic - 23 comments

13 attending
6 maybe
SUN
25
Feb

Medieval Times

Medieval Times in Schaumburg is now ruled by a queen. We must show our fealty. [more inside]
Schaumburg, IL at Medieval Times, 4:30PM by garlic - 32 comments

7 attending
5 maybe
SAT
10
Feb

SSSCSSCC An Occassional Series: More Postcards

Yes, we're still doing our American political hellscape support group. This month, again, we've got postcards. I should have gubernatorial primary postcards for Biss and some GOTV for Roskam's district. We meet at the Long Room! Feel free to bring a friend. We meet, talk politics, support one another in our efforts to Resist & Persist. Drink and eat. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Long Room, 11AM by crush - 14 comments

6 attending
4 maybe
WED
7
Feb

Goat Goat Goat? Fr. Goat

The Goat is not yet reopened, but First Wednesday is next week. We will decamp to LiveWire for Metahound karaoke around 10, but where should we drunken first? We have agreed that Monk's Pub is a good place for the drunkening. Hope to see your faces there!
Chicago, IL at Monk's Pub, 6PM by crush - 29 comments

4 attending
4 maybe
WED
3
Jan

Happy New Goat

Wednesday, January 3rd is the first first Wednesday of 2018. Let's make it happy. Join us at Monks Pub in lieu of the Original Billy Goat Tavern with their crazy new beers because renovations. Then wander with us (quickly! though. It's cold) to LiveWire for something special.
Chicago, IL at Monks Pub, 6PM by crush - 25 comments

10 attending
3 maybe
WED
6
Dec

The Weather Outside is Goatful

First Wednesday is next week! Apparently the Goat has changed how it does beer! But we have not changed how we do fun--it's still good and you should join us! [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Original Billy Goat Tavern, 5:30PM by crush - 24 comments

8 attending
7 maybe
SAT
18
Nov

SSSCSSCC - So It's Been A Year

And we've made it through all 17 of the years that have passed since last November somehow. In the oldest tradition of Second Saturdays, let's get together on the Third Saturday to commiserate and even celebrate what we can. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at The Long Room, 10:30AM by MCMikeNamara - 24 comments

8 attending
2 maybe
WED
1
Nov

Remember, Remember the Goat of November

First Wednesday is on the first of the month in November! Don't let it catch you by surprise. Join us at the Original Billy Goat Tavern for tiny beers and excellent company. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 12 comments

2 attending
4 maybe
SAT
14
Oct

SSSCSSCC An Occassional Series: Peace March

The Nationwide Solidarity March For Peace falls on October's 2nd Saturday and I know some intrepid Second Saturday-ers were interested. Shall we go together? Meet afterwards for drinks and debrief? I suggest we meet at 11:30 near the Dunkin' Donuts, SE of Federal Plaza. The march details are the event details. The rest is in the comments. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Federal Plaza, 12PM by crush - 8 comments

8 attending
2 maybe
WED
4
Oct

Here We Come A-Goatening

It's about to be first Wednesday again! Let's go enjoy burgers and tiny beers and excellent company. [more inside]
Chicago, IL at Original Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by jessypie - 14 comments

11 attending
4 maybe
WED
6
Sep

Hey There's a First Wednesday Approaching

Join us after work at the original World Famous Billy Goat Tavern for tiny beers and food from the greasy grill. We're fun! We're friendly! Frankly. we're fantastic. Later in the evening, we'll meander over to Livewire Lounge for First Wednesday Karaoke with the incomparable Mary Mac. That's when you'll see how fantastic we truly are. There might be shenanigans in between. You can never be too sure.
Chicago, IL at World Famous Billy Goat Tavern, 6PM by crush - 11 comments

3 attending
0 maybe
SAT
2
Sep

UB40 at Ravinia (7:30 concert start)

UB40 with opening band, Raging Fyah. [more inside]

3 attending
6 maybe
MON
21
Aug

Mefi after eclipse Carbondale meetup

Meet with Mefites after the solar eclipse on the 21st in Carbondale IL at Turley Park from 3-5pm-ish for picnic snacks, socializing and general mefi weirdness. Follow-up to this IRL proposed event [more inside]
Carbondale, IL at Turley Park — Meet near the fountain, 3PM by metaphorever - 11 comments