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Chicago meetup
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:27:32 AM »
I saw interest in a Chicago meetup on an old thread, but don't know if anything ever got off the ground. I'd be interested in meeting other Mustachians in the city. A friend in Omaha meets regularly with a MMM group at locations that rotate among different parts of town. It'd be great to get something like that going here.

Give a holler and let's try to get something on the calendar. Maybe (definitely) at a place with cheap eats and/or drinks?

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2015, 10:19:26 PM »
About 40% to FI and always interested to talk strategy or support newcomers. Tried once or twice before to no avail. A strong organizing presence for this is what is needed (not my strong suit).

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2015, 06:56:33 AM »
Following.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2015, 10:12:44 AM »
No matter when this is, I'm a definite maybe.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2015, 10:27:29 AM »
Okay, then let's get this rolling a little more. What are everyone's general availability and location preferences?

Monday and Thursday evenings work best for me.

Live on the North Side and work in the Loop. I'd prefer to meet anywhere near the Red Line, though I'd be happy to deviate from that. (In other words, it would not change my participation if we didn't meet near the Red Line.) My friend and her Omaha MMM group meet at a dive bar that serves food. We could try exploring everyone's favorite Chicago neighborhood dives. Any other suggestions?
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2015, 08:09:52 AM »
Yep I'm also in.  I say start with something on the North Side and I heard mention of a Thursday so how about March 26th, Thursday.  Any objections?  Anyone have a place that they are thinking of?  Just throw out a few ideas, happy to organize a little for the group.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2015, 02:14:20 PM »
I'll be in town the week of April 26th. Would love to meet up!
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2015, 09:51:15 PM »
It is too early in the year for the March/April 26 meetups Even Steven and Mr. 1500 are talking about, but I propose establishing something around the Navy Pier Fireworks. Free fireworks and music coming off the yacht clubs on a summer night is easily my favorite Mustachian entertainment.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2015, 06:27:49 AM »
I'm totally down for something in March or April (or May). I think a bar may be preferable to Navy Pier fireworks because it's more of a chance to talk to each other. There was a Chicago meetup last year. You can always search the thread and reach out to people there, too. I remember from that meetup, there were people who traveled from the suburbs. Something to keep in mind. I live in the city, so I'm up for whatever. Keep me posted!

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 10:41:31 AM »
A meetup would be great! I'm also a fan of a central location like around the loop or along the red line.

I'm especially a fan of taking advantage of the multitude of free outdoor events in Chicago, which I would think appeals to the readership here. Of course, this is when the weather improves (soon/now!). Some ideas: Millennium Park free music (especially weekday / less crowded ones), Navy Pier fireworks (viewed from almost anywhere such as museum campus or Lincoln Park lakefront), festival like Jazz/Blues/Celtic, or a community garden of some sort.

Indoors, the Chicago Cultural Center has free open meeting areas but isn't open very late on weekdays (7pm). Could still be a meeting point.

I'm still open, of course, to a delicious happy hour.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2015, 04:02:15 PM »
Sorry, the thread got away from me. For whatever reason, I stopped receiving the notifications and quit checking this particular forum -- until today.

March 26 won't work for me -- one of the few Thursdays when I have plans. But please feel free to proceed without me. I could always join a future meeting.

I'm happy to meet at a bar or free cultural event. A concert or fireworks might not be the best for conversations, but I'm willing to give it a try. The website smalltabs.com is a good place to check daily bar specials. The ones near DePaul would be located near the Red/Brown lines, but I haven't been to any and don't know if any would be mellow.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2015, 05:50:22 AM »
Good luck getting launched! The biggest challenge for the Omaha group has been finding locations where the background noise doesn't drown out conversations. Something to keep in mind.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2015, 03:59:19 PM »
Gaaah I don't want to see this thread languish. Let's make this meetup happen!

***I propose Thursday, April 30th at Kelly's Pub.***

Kelly's Pub
949 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Mr1500 will be in town that week, and roadtripper is available Mon and Thurs. I figure Thursday is a better meetup night than Monday. (Well, for those of us still working, anyway.) That being said, if Monday is better for everyone, then Monday it is.

Kelly's Pub is two blocks south of the Fullerton el stop, so it's convenient. Plus it seems like a lowkey place to talk -- with an outdoor beer garden allegedly! I don't know how crowded it gets, especially if it's a nice evening, but we can take our chances. On Thursdays, they have $3 beer, so cheap drinks. http://www.kellyspub.com/index.html

April 30th seems far away, but it'll sneak up on us quicker than you think. It will give people some time to find the thread and consider going. I'm flexible, though, so this date doesn't have to be set in stone.

Let's do it!


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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2015, 02:14:27 PM »
Great idea! I'm in for 4/30.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2015, 02:24:26 PM »
I think 4/30 could work, Mr. 1500 days?

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2015, 01:23:36 PM »
In for 4/30. 6? I'm coming from work in the burbs.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2015, 03:27:40 PM »
I'm down for 4/30.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2015, 03:28:17 PM »
I'm a maybe. Following.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2015, 05:28:08 PM »
I can likely make it as well.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2015, 06:31:28 AM »
I will try to make it, but I'm getting married the weekend before and finishing the semester's grading that week, so I may just want to sleep for a few days... but I'm excited Chicago meet-ups are getting momentum!

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2015, 10:18:56 AM »
Sorry, I'm out for 4/30. Heading to Omaha that day for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. I'm not a shareholder, but know someone who can get me in -- and I'd like to check out this event at least once in my life.

I'll keep an eye on the thread for future meetups. I'd definitely like to meet Chicago locals who post to these boards.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2015, 11:16:29 AM »
Hey roadtripper, we'll be at Berkshire too along with a small group of others. PM me if you want to meet up in Omaha.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2015, 11:57:39 AM »
aaaaaaand I'm back out. Flights were 1/2 price miles leaving Thurs rather than Fri.  Frugality first, folks!
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2015, 02:04:23 PM »
I'm a bad Mustache. I had no idea the BRK meeting was that weekend. And I'm currently reading Tap Dancing to Work. Double oof!

Roadtripper & Reepekg - at the next Chicago meetup, you'll have to give us the full scoop on the meeting.


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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2015, 09:15:50 PM »
Although I'm sure the BRK meeting will be entertaining, I take Warren's advice and just buy VTI. We'll have to get the details from Roadtripper as my 1/2 miles flights are to a friend's wedding.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2015, 09:08:50 AM »
Bah, I'm leaving on Thursday for the Berkshire meeting as well. If it changes to 4/27-4/29, I can make it. Sorry everyone.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2015, 01:56:41 PM »
You leaving Thursday night Mr. 1500 days?  or Friday morning and don't' want to take the risk of any crazy nights?

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2015, 10:21:33 AM »
Gaaah I don't want to see this thread languish. Let's make this meetup happen!

***I propose Thursday, April 30th at Kelly's Pub.***

Kelly's Pub
949 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

Mr1500 will be in town that week, and roadtripper is available Mon and Thurs. I figure Thursday is a better meetup night than Monday. (Well, for those of us still working, anyway.) That being said, if Monday is better for everyone, then Monday it is.

Kelly's Pub is two blocks south of the Fullerton el stop, so it's convenient. Plus it seems like a lowkey place to talk -- with an outdoor beer garden allegedly! I don't know how crowded it gets, especially if it's a nice evening, but we can take our chances. On Thursdays, they have $3 beer, so cheap drinks. http://www.kellyspub.com/index.html

April 30th seems far away, but it'll sneak up on us quicker than you think. It will give people some time to find the thread and consider going. I'm flexible, though, so this date doesn't have to be set in stone.

Let's do it!

I'm going to say the clause of "if Monday is better for everyone, then Monday it is" has been triggered. It is still 3 weeks out. So that Mr. 1500, roadtripper, and myself can attend, can we adjust to:
Monday 4/27/2015
Kelly's Pub
949 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2015, 10:47:43 AM »
Monday, I can do that.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2015, 12:33:21 PM »
Monday 4/27 -- I'm in!

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #30 on: April 07, 2015, 07:37:25 AM »
I'm in!


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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #31 on: April 07, 2015, 09:33:18 AM »
Agreed! Good call, Reepekg. I'm in for Monday, too.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #32 on: April 07, 2015, 02:39:19 PM »
Monday works for this guy!

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2015, 10:17:41 PM »
Stevie, you're so fancy!
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2015, 09:53:27 AM »
How to identify fellow Mustachians in said establishment?
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« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2015, 02:50:29 PM »
I saw the Marquee option for my message and started laughing, your comment made it even better, thanks.

Identify mustachians.......good question.  I can now spot Mr. 1500 days out in a crowd, and I look like this guy in the attachment.  So I will be wearing sunglasses, have no hair, dressed in a suit with dollar bills coming out from my pockets, also I will be giving the thumbs up to everyone who even looks in my direction. 


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« Reply #36 on: April 16, 2015, 02:43:24 PM »
Yes, Even Steven looks just like that, complete with glowing thumb. When he gets excited, his dome also lights up. It's quite the spectacle.

I'll be wearing this really ugly cap. Hopefully I get around to washing it before the trip:
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2015, 11:44:20 AM »
I could join Monday 4/27.  Count me in.

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« Reply #38 on: April 18, 2015, 11:04:44 AM »
great work, guys. I'll be there, likely +1.
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« Reply #39 on: April 19, 2015, 06:00:48 PM »
I believe I can do Monday 4/27!

I usually get off work about 4 (flexible hours), and it looks like about 30 minutes from my office.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #40 on: April 20, 2015, 03:41:41 PM »
What time works for everyone? I can get there by 5:45.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #41 on: April 21, 2015, 08:13:47 AM »
I can get there at 5:30 or anytime after that.

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« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2015, 11:40:15 AM »
6pm for me. See ya'll then.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #43 on: April 23, 2015, 10:46:30 PM »
Looking forward to Monday. Since the forecast is 50F, I'll roll up around 6:00 in my shell coat that says Tigercat.
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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #44 on: April 24, 2015, 10:02:13 AM »
I'll be there before 5:45. If I remember, I'll bring a mustache sign for the table.

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« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2015, 03:38:25 PM »
I'll be about 530. Looking forward to it!


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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #46 on: April 28, 2015, 08:03:08 AM »
Just wanted to say it was great meeting up with everyone last night, I'm hoping to write a blog post about it soon.  My vote for next time is Lincoln Park Zoo, I forget to say I love Polar Bears!  Updated, here it is.  Anything you that's too specific I'll be happy to take it out.  Thanks.

http://www.evenstevenmoney.com/what-happens-at-a-mr-money-mustache-meetup/
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« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2015, 11:13:15 AM »
Was great to meet and see everyone! Thanks for kicking us off here, roadtripper.

Steven, nice summary. You found an awesome comparison pic of Pitbull!

I'm also a big fan of the zoo! They close pretty early for meeting after work (5pm), so maybe a weekend morning with mugs of coffee would work well. Conducive to a bike ride!

I forgot to mention in person -- if anyone needs a hand with learning to tune their bike to get riding again, I'm happy to help and have all the needed tools.

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Re: Chicago meetup
« Reply #48 on: May 20, 2015, 01:44:24 PM »
Hey guys!

I missed this event...if anybody is interested in another one in Chicago, I'd be game. Maybe something in June?

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« Reply #49 on: May 20, 2015, 01:52:58 PM »
I'd be interested in a June meetup too!