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Title: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper 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?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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).

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: midweststache on February 27, 2015, 06:56:33 AM
Following.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Ynari on February 27, 2015, 10:12:44 AM
No matter when this is, I'm a definite maybe.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper 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?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 on March 11, 2015, 02:14:20 PM
I'll be in town the week of April 26th. Would love to meet up!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert 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!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus 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.

Mike
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: crusher 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert 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!

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on March 22, 2015, 02:14:27 PM
Great idea! I'm in for 4/30.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on March 24, 2015, 02:24:26 PM
I think 4/30 could work, Mr. 1500 days?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg on March 25, 2015, 01:23:36 PM
In for 4/30. 6? I'm coming from work in the burbs.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 on March 25, 2015, 03:27:40 PM
I'm down for 4/30.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: crazy jane on March 25, 2015, 03:28:17 PM
I'm a maybe. Following.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: sassr on March 25, 2015, 05:28:08 PM
I can likely make it as well.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: midweststache 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!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert 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.

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven 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?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 on April 06, 2015, 10:47:43 AM
Monday, I can do that.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper on April 06, 2015, 12:33:21 PM
Monday 4/27 -- I'm in!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: moelac on April 07, 2015, 07:37:25 AM
I'm in!


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Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on April 07, 2015, 09:33:18 AM
Agreed! Good call, Reepekg. I'm in for Monday, too.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on April 07, 2015, 02:39:19 PM
Monday works for this guy!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 on April 11, 2015, 10:17:41 PM
Stevie, you're so fancy!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg on April 13, 2015, 09:53:27 AM
How to identify fellow Mustachians in said establishment?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven 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. 

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 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:
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: schoopsthecat on April 17, 2015, 11:44:20 AM
I could join Monday 4/27.  Count me in.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on April 18, 2015, 11:04:44 AM
great work, guys. I'll be there, likely +1.
Mike
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Sibley 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on April 20, 2015, 03:41:41 PM
What time works for everyone? I can get there by 5:45.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper on April 21, 2015, 08:13:47 AM
I can get there at 5:30 or anytime after that.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mr1500 on April 21, 2015, 11:40:15 AM
6pm for me. See ya'll then.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Reepekg 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper 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.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: moelac on April 25, 2015, 03:38:25 PM
I'll be about 530. Looking forward to it!


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Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven 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/
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus 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.

Mike
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: metastache 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?

-ms
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: erinc on May 20, 2015, 01:52:58 PM
I'd be interested in a June meetup too!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SticktothePlan on May 21, 2015, 10:52:57 AM
I would also be interested in a meetup this summer.  I think something organized around some of the free events would be great or even, an event in one of the parks (potluck?) on a weekend.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on May 21, 2015, 12:32:36 PM
I'm game for something in June, and the Lincoln Park Zoo sounded like a great suggestion.

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: metastache on May 21, 2015, 02:49:58 PM
Great! That makes at least four. The suggestion for free fun places is a good one; seems that a weekend day might make the most sense in that case.

Here is a list of free places (please add to it!)
-Lincoln Park Zoo
-Botanical Gardens
-Garfield Park Conservatory
-Chicago Cultural Center
-Maggie Daley Park

Which weekend day works best for folks? I'm partial to the 14th or the 28th. And getting at least eight people to commit probably makes sense, so keep it coming...)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SticktothePlan on May 21, 2015, 09:37:35 PM
Given Chicago's unpredictable weather.  I vote for later in June.  June 28th is a Sunday.  Lincoln Park Zoo is fine. 

Other free places =
Oak St Beach
Millennium Park
Grant Park (Buckingham Fountain)
Oz Park
31st St Beach
Montrose Beach
Ohio St Beach/Jane Adams Park
UIC Campus
Lake Shore Park (Near Northwestern)
Mary Bartelme Park
Museum Campus (outside of the field Museum)
Some of the Libraries have indoor meeting rooms for community groups (I think this counts) that can be reserved
South Garden (Art Institute)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: midweststache on May 22, 2015, 08:30:22 AM
I'm out for the 14, but could probably make the 28.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tanor85 on May 22, 2015, 09:16:09 AM
Hi,

I will be visiting Chicago from Ottawa from June 14 to June 21. Would like to join a meetup if there is one.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: ChardJungle on May 29, 2015, 10:19:34 PM
I'm a new Mustachian.  I'll be there, whenever it is except Tuesdays and June 18 - 22.  Cheers!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: metastache on May 30, 2015, 07:26:01 PM
ok...sounds like we are narrowing in on Sunday June 28th at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Looks like we have 6 confirmed. As soon as we get two more I'm comfortable putting it on the calendar.

Anybody else up for it?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on May 31, 2015, 08:22:05 AM
I'm in!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: moelac on May 31, 2015, 09:01:34 AM
Ha I just quit my job at the zoo last week! Not to retire...but for a better job. Weird timing. Anyway, I'm up for meeting wherever. All the dates mentioned work for me.

Just a heads up - @evensteven there are no polar bears there now! The habitat is under construction. But there is a brand new monkey habitat which is pretty cool.




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Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: midweststache on June 01, 2015, 08:23:55 AM
Ha I just quit my job at the zoo last week! Not to retire...but for a better job. Weird timing. Anyway, I'm up for meeting wherever. All the dates mentioned work for me.

Congrats! Great news!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on June 01, 2015, 08:25:09 AM
I should be able to make it. Hopefully we have better weather than we did this past weekend.

Just a heads up: June 28th is the date of the pride parade in Lakeview. It shouldn't effect us down at the zoo, but the el & buses might be extra crowded that day, especially in the morning. (parade starts at noon) Could we do mid-afternoon?

@moelac - congrats on the new job!


 
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: trinny on June 08, 2015, 01:09:16 PM
Hey all,
Just saw this thread.
I'd love to meet, but I'll be out of town June 28th. :-(
I can do June 14th or another date in July.

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on June 10, 2015, 08:46:20 AM
Unfortunately, I am now going to be out of town on June 28. I would love to come if it gets rescheduled or the group meets again.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on June 11, 2015, 07:37:17 PM
I want to meet you all, but this is road trip to CA week. :-) Next time!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: coronelka on June 14, 2015, 12:23:28 PM
Hi everyone, recently converted Mustachian here! I am definitely interested in meeting up with other Chicago folks and collaborating. I actually made today a meetup.com group around MMM's ideas: http://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/ (http://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/) is the group. Would we like to coordinate a meetup through there? It may be easier to plan on a set date and location there.

If you feel inclined to meet up or check out the page, please join! If not, I will be checking back here regularly to see when a date and location get decided on to meet up. See some of you soon hopefully :)

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: kaygee on June 21, 2015, 09:52:17 PM
Is the June 28th LPZoo meetup still happening? I'm a MMM newbie but would love to go if others still are!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: metastache on June 26, 2015, 10:02:53 AM
Let's do it! Sunday, June 28 at noon at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

How should we recognize each other?

Should we meet at the cafe outside the entrance to the zoo?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on June 26, 2015, 02:47:54 PM
Hey guys,

Unfortunately I have to bow out for Sunday. In the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling, I got pulled into some pride activities. Hope to see everyone at future meetups!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper on June 26, 2015, 03:21:54 PM
Sorry I'll have to miss the 6/28 gathering.

I'm a strong possibility for the 7/12 meetup with the Financial Freedom through Frugal Living group on meetup.com.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: kaygee on June 28, 2015, 09:31:12 AM
Seems like a lot of people have dropped out...Don't know if I'll make it.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the 12th!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: metastache on June 28, 2015, 09:59:47 AM
ok, i'm calling it off since at least three people declined in the past couple of days. if there are others who still wish to meet up, go for it. hope we can get something together soon!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on January 21, 2016, 04:21:45 PM
Hello Chicago!!

I see lots of journals from the Chicago area.  (Apparently us Mustachians are hard to get together.)  I am going to propose the following meetup date/time because I KNOW I am going to be in downtown Chicago that day and would be able to meet up in this area that evening. Wouldn't it be nice to have a network of mustachians to get together with?  I am in the suburbs, but I know many are concentrated in Chicago proper.

Here is the date and location (unless the bar goes under before May - I'll check again a couple weeks in advance to be sure).

May 17, 2015. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago IL

I have never been to this bar. (Frankly I don't usually go out to bars since I'm frugal and live in the suburbs.)  However I'd love to meet some mustachians, this bar is close to where I'll be that day and also close to a metro stop.  They have beer on tap and have done Groupons in the past.   It's one night, and from there we could plan affordable picnics or other activities.

Is anyone in?  SAVE THE DATE!! :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on January 30, 2016, 11:46:15 AM
I'm in for a May meetup, sounds great to me.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on February 04, 2016, 08:27:42 AM
I'll be there, too!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on February 04, 2016, 10:38:53 AM
I'm in for a May meetup, sounds great to me.

I'll be there, too!

Yay! Some IL peeps....I am looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on February 11, 2016, 10:05:08 AM
I'm in, too!

You know what's funny? The day before I started my mini-retirement in November was the last day I checked these forums.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on February 11, 2016, 02:17:25 PM
I'm in, too!

You know what's funny? The day before I started my mini-retirement in November was the last day I checked these forums.

Looking forward to meeting you....looking forward to retirement myself (but in 8 years).  You should check the Life after FIRE forum!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: fierymillennials on February 17, 2016, 05:18:29 PM
Starting this early since I know for sure I will be there. I'm visiting Chicago August 12-14th 2016 and would love to attend a meetup while there. I think I'll be mostly downtown, but could meet basically wherever.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on February 17, 2016, 05:27:56 PM
Starting this early since I know for sure I will be there. I'm visiting Chicago August 12-14th 2016 and would love to attend a meetup while there. I think I'll be mostly downtown, but could meet basically wherever.
Pick a time and a place - those who can attend will be able to attend.  Those who cant', can't. :-)  That being said, if you had a particular time and place I could add it to the calendar now. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Jenie on February 20, 2016, 10:50:36 PM
I am a maybe, at this point its too early.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: fierymillennials on February 23, 2016, 09:25:10 AM
Starting this early since I know for sure I will be there. I'm visiting Chicago August 12-14th 2016 and would love to attend a meetup while there. I think I'll be mostly downtown, but could meet basically wherever.
Pick a time and a place - those who can attend will be able to attend.  Those who cant', can't. :-)  That being said, if you had a particular time and place I could add it to the calendar now. :-)

Let's meetup at Brehon Pub at 731 N Wells. Say....... Saturday the 13th at 7p?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on February 23, 2016, 09:43:21 AM
Starting this early since I know for sure I will be there. I'm visiting Chicago August 12-14th 2016 and would love to attend a meetup while there. I think I'll be mostly downtown, but could meet basically wherever.
Pick a time and a place - those who can attend will be able to attend.  Those who cant', can't. :-)  That being said, if you had a particular time and place I could add it to the calendar now. :-)

Let's meetup at Brehon Pub at 731 N Wells. Say....... Saturday the 13th at 7p?

Can't wait fierymillenials!

Chicago peeps....We now have TWO Chicago meetup options - Save the dates!! :-)

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on February 23, 2016, 04:54:35 PM
See you guys there :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: roadtripper on February 28, 2016, 08:44:30 AM
I'm in for May.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on February 28, 2016, 01:36:02 PM
I'm in for May.
I'm in for May.

Yay!  So glad you are adding this to your calendars!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on March 10, 2016, 11:04:01 AM
I am in. But I am baffled at the venue, surely there are free outdoor eventts in Chicago during the summer time. For example, we can bring picnic food and meet up on the deck of the botanical garden at Navy Pier.  My first year in Chicago, so call me clueless.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 10, 2016, 06:52:37 PM
I am in. But I am baffled at the venue, surely there are free outdoor eventts in Chicago during the summer time. For example, we can bring picnic food and meet up on the deck of the botanical garden at Navy Pier.  My first year in Chicago, so call me clueless.

Yay! Looking forward to meeting you chesebert! I am not from Chicago proper...and venue is because a) I will be there that day, b) it is close to public transport, c) it is relatively close to where I will be during the day, d) I wanted to throw something out there as we have never gotten a meeting formalized and e) you never know the weather in Chicago 5 months in advance.

I didn't know there was an indoor garden in Navy Pier - maybe we can do that another time! :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Dark Helmet on March 13, 2016, 04:26:35 PM
Fairly new to the Mustache blog but definitely looking forward to some life hacking, and also looking forward to meeting some local Mustacians.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: retiringearly on March 15, 2016, 02:03:57 PM
I am in for a meetup.  I am in the NW suburbs.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 15, 2016, 02:06:09 PM
Fairly new to the Mustache blog but definitely looking forward to some life hacking, and also looking forward to meeting some local Mustacians.

Awesome - welcome!

I am in for a meetup.  I am in the NW suburbs.

Yay! We may be taking over the bar at this rate. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Abe on March 15, 2016, 09:45:17 PM
I'm up for May!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 16, 2016, 07:05:22 AM
I'm up for May!
Great! We look forward to seeing you!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on March 22, 2016, 09:20:01 AM
Just added both to my calendar, May i'm there for sure, August I may be in Nicaragua at that time, but I look forward to meeting everyone.  Just to give everyone a heads up on costs for The Option Room is anywhere from $3 PBR to $7 Daisy Cutter/$6 Drafts otherwise.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SirManatee on March 24, 2016, 11:13:25 AM
My wife and I plan to travel to Chicago around mid-May this year; if we're in town on the 17th we'd love to join!

I'll have a better idea of our schedule in a week or two.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 24, 2016, 11:31:46 AM
My wife and I plan to travel to Chicago around mid-May this year; if we're in town on the 17th we'd love to join!

I'll have a better idea of our schedule in a week or two.
We'd love see you!

Just added both to my calendar, May i'm there for sure, August I may be in Nicaragua at that time, but I look forward to meeting everyone.  Just to give everyone a heads up on costs for The Option Room is anywhere from $3 PBR to $7 Daisy Cutter/$6 Drafts otherwise.
Thanks for the quote on costs.  I've heard they have midweek specials (but I've never been there).
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Trip on March 24, 2016, 11:38:45 AM
I'm planning on coming to the one in May
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 24, 2016, 03:25:17 PM
I'm planning on coming to the one in May

It sounds like it will be a good crowd!  I'll have to get a "mustache sign" for our area of the bar.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: terry3232 on March 26, 2016, 09:15:48 PM
Hi all, I would definitely join the May meetup. We should start some sort of formal meet up group and have everyone's email as a list so we can share thoughts, support each other etc.

Let's face it, it's very difficult to be or find a Mustashian. I have a crushingly bad story to share: my family net worth is approaching retireable level, but my spouse is into BMW SUV and other luxuries. With those things, it never ends and will become an ever increasing money drain. I am mulling over divorce but there is so much pain associated with that....

I am happy to start a Chicago Chapter of the meet up if there is enough response. We may do regular meet up, such as once a month or some reasonable schedule. Please let me know your thoughts.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SirManatee on March 27, 2016, 02:37:19 PM
I am happy to start a Chicago Chapter of the meet up if there is enough response. We may do regular meet up, such as once a month or some reasonable schedule. Please let me know your thoughts.

Hi Terry! I think that's a great idea.

My wife and I no longer live in the Chicago area, but still make trips there every couple months or so to visit family. So we're unavailable for monthly get-togethers, but if we're in town we'd love to join a meetup!

Very sorry to hear about your tough situation. I really hope you can find the support you need here or elsewhere.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Philbert on March 27, 2016, 06:20:08 PM
Starting this early since I know for sure I will be there. I'm visiting Chicago August 12-14th 2016 and would love to attend a meetup while there. I think I'll be mostly downtown, but could meet basically wherever.
Pick a time and a place - those who can attend will be able to attend.  Those who cant', can't. :-)  That being said, if you had a particular time and place I could add it to the calendar now. :-)

Let's meetup at Brehon Pub at 731 N Wells. Say....... Saturday the 13th at 7p?

Can't wait fierymillenials!

Chicago peeps....We now have TWO Chicago meetup options - Save the dates!! :-)

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago


I will be there for the August meetup, too! Can't wait to see all the new and familiar faces!

I am happy to start a Chicago Chapter of the meet up if there is enough response. We may do regular meet up, such as once a month or some reasonable schedule. Please let me know your thoughts.

Hi Terry! I think that's a great idea. Feel free to add me to the list! My email is cyconmichael@gmail.com

My wife and I no longer live in the Chicago area, but still make trips there every couple months or so to visit family. So we're unavailable for monthly get-togethers, but if we're in town we'd love to join a meetup!

Very sorry to hear about your tough situation. I really hope you can find the support you need here or elsewhere.

You can add me, too. philipsiegelwrites@gmail.com. I'd love to do monthly meetups. I started working from home this January, so I'm all for extra social interaction.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: terry3232 on March 28, 2016, 09:08:26 AM
Sounds great. I will make efforts to contact folks and collect emails or something. We got to meet and share money saving ideas, investment ideas, and so much more!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: retiringearly on March 28, 2016, 10:16:10 AM
Terry - I just sent a PM to you for the email list.  Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: terry3232 on March 28, 2016, 03:39:16 PM

Hi all,

There is a Meet Up group already in the link below, but it seems that it is not very active since last October. Let's join and make a difference, set up a meeting soon!

http://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/

Terry
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: coacheichenlaub on March 30, 2016, 07:15:08 AM
Is this going to happen?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Luck12 on March 30, 2016, 10:47:24 AM
I would be up for the May meetup at least.  Just a thought:  Sun doesn't set for until like 8 in May, we should meet outside somewhere, be good for the office donkeys to get some sun and daylight after work, no?   
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: coacheichenlaub on March 30, 2016, 12:45:40 PM
Where is everyone thinking?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: retiringearly on March 30, 2016, 01:10:38 PM
Where is everyone thinking?

Take a look a few posts above, there are meetups scheduled for May & August.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: coacheichenlaub on March 30, 2016, 01:34:49 PM
Thanks! 
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on April 03, 2016, 05:23:46 PM
I am tentatively in for the May meetup! I'm new to Mustachianism and finding it hard to meet other people who are frugal.

I'll be late though, as I work in Evanston.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 04, 2016, 08:14:27 AM
Is this going to happen?

Yes, we're on for our two dates! (I was out of the country in China for the past week - I will post a pic of my kid's MMM China T shirt which I will bring to the meetup and put up at our May meeting to help people find our group.)

I don't want to change the time/venue for the two currently scheduled events since they've been posted out there for awhile, and I'm actually a suburbs gal - not a city gal.  I think any venue change would be confusing to people who've already put it on their calendars. Please feel free host/add new dates/venues for other meetings.

We've got two scheduled dates/times so far....

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 04, 2016, 08:21:20 AM
Hi all, I would definitely join the May meetup. We should start some sort of formal meet up group and have everyone's email as a list so we can share thoughts, support each other etc.

Let's face it, it's very difficult to be or find a Mustashian. I have a crushingly bad story to share: my family net worth is approaching retireable level, but my spouse is into BMW SUV and other luxuries. With those things, it never ends and will become an ever increasing money drain. I am mulling over divorce but there is so much pain associated with that....

I am happy to start a Chicago Chapter of the meet up if there is enough response. We may do regular meet up, such as once a month or some reasonable schedule. Please let me know your thoughts.

Terry - I got your PM, and am just now reading your actual post.  So sorry for your crushingly bad story - my DH is also not MMM at all, but I love him and if he wants to keep working to support his lifestyle, I'm all for it.  (My retirement number is significantly lower than his.) Divorce can actually be a very expensive option in IL, depending on the length of your marriage....A new formula for spousal support was set in 2014. 

I'll join the Chicago Chapter too! Thanks for finding it, and I look forward to meeting everyone in person.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 04, 2016, 08:24:14 AM
I am tentatively in for the May meetup! I'm new to Mustachianism and finding it hard to meet other people who are frugal.

I'll be late though, as I work in Evanston.

Tris, Looking forward to seeing you - even if it's a little late. This is looking to be a good group of mustachians!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 04, 2016, 07:36:18 PM
Look for this shirt for our May MMM meetup! DS15 wanted it on our recent trip to China and used his own funds to buy it. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: ESCH on April 09, 2016, 09:51:55 AM
I'm new to MMM, but definitely want to change my lifestyle. I want to come meet up with you guys - anything special I need to do or just follow this thread for dates/times/locations?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 09, 2016, 09:44:56 PM
I'm new to MMM, but definitely want to change my lifestyle. I want to come meet up with you guys - anything special I need to do or just follow this thread for dates/times/locations?

Welcome! Look for the MMM shirt, and just follow the thread. There is also a meetup group you can join. Both sets have been invited to the May meeting so it should be fun!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on April 12, 2016, 08:34:46 AM
Boo, I'll be at a conference in CA on the May 15th. Not sure about any August plans yet.

We take the cat to street fairs almost every weekend during festival season--we volunteer for Tree House, but also go for fun when we're not volunteering. So if you go to a fair and see a couple walking a black cat, that's us.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 12, 2016, 09:18:27 AM
Boo, I'll be at a conference in CA on the May 15th. Not sure about any August plans yet.

We take the cat to street fairs almost every weekend during festival season--we volunteer for Tree House, but also go for fun when we're not volunteering. So if you go to a fair and see a couple walking a black cat, that's us.

The meetup date is actual May 17th, but I'm assuming you'll still be in CA on that date. If I see someone walking a black cat (on a leash), I will definitely approach with a mustache signal! :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on April 12, 2016, 12:38:47 PM
Boo, I'll be at a conference in CA on the May 15th. Not sure about any August plans yet.

We take the cat to street fairs almost every weekend during festival season--we volunteer for Tree House, but also go for fun when we're not volunteering. So if you go to a fair and see a couple walking a black cat, that's us.

I love this! I usually vend at Glenwood Ave. and am planning to do so again this year, should the organizers ever cough up the application forms. So if you're at that I will keep an eye out for the walking cat. :)

(One of my former cats came from Tree House! And I fostered a kitty for them once; unfortunately he turned out to be Bitey McBiterson so it was not a great experience for us. I hear he did find a forever home after he went to the adoption floor, though.)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: ustri on April 20, 2016, 12:09:29 PM
My wife and I will join for the May meeting as well. Can't wait to meet some Chicago-MMM folks.

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on April 20, 2016, 06:21:44 PM
My wife and I will join for the May meeting as well. Can't wait to meet some Chicago-MMM folks.

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago

We are going to be rocking that option room!!!! Can't wait to swap stories and make memories!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 03, 2016, 05:12:06 PM
We are exactly two weeks away from our next meetup!  Looking forward to seeing lots of MMMers there!!!

May 17, 2016. Tuesday - 5:30pm-7:30pm. The Option Room - 401 S. La Salle Street, Lobby 3, Chicago

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SirManatee on May 04, 2016, 09:42:52 AM
My wife and I were able to confirm our trip for that week this month, so we'll definitely be there on the 17th!

Thank you for setting this up!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 04, 2016, 03:31:38 PM
My wife and I were able to confirm our trip for that week this month, so we'll definitely be there on the 17th!

Thank you for setting this up!

Woo hoo...

Here's the orginal RSVP list, although plans can change over time:

YES

ustri
SirManatee +1 - confirmed
couponvan - confirmed
TrisPrior
Luck12
Terry3232
retiringearly
EvenSteven
Philbert
mschaus

MAYBE
ESCH
coacheichenlaub
jenie

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MaggieDrsg on May 13, 2016, 09:00:30 PM
I'm another maybe, though I'm guessing I'll arrive closer to 7 than 5:30.  +1 may come as well.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 14, 2016, 08:25:49 AM
I'm another maybe, though I'm guessing I'll arrive closer to 7 than 5:30.  +1 may come as well.

Great MaggieDrsg!  The more the merrier!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meetup.  There is another MMM meetup group that will be coming (some of the names overlap with MMM people here).  There are 18 "Yes" RSVPs for that group at this point.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on May 14, 2016, 05:32:14 PM
I'm in, too! :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 14, 2016, 07:40:23 PM
I'm in, too! :)

Fantastic!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on May 17, 2016, 08:26:32 AM
Sorry, guys, looks like I'm out. Have fun!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on May 17, 2016, 10:34:28 AM
I am still in. Does the restaurant allow you to bring your own food (I get hungry around that time)? I am thinking of just bring a Potbelly or Subway :)

Addition: did I just see they serve a $32 egg appetizer‎ and $24 potato salad?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 17, 2016, 03:09:47 PM
I'm still in - I think you could sneak in food, but I am planning no on nursing a beer and just getting to meet everyone. We'll hit up the Chicago proper people for cheap future meeting locations. I will get roasted if there is a $32 egg appetizer - unless it feeds 15 I will not be ordering that. :-$
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 17, 2016, 07:18:38 PM
WOW-great meet up with all the MMM Chicago folks. We had at least 30 people at one point - amazing turnout and I will post more later. We even had two people from over 6 hours away join our group. Just awesome. Here's the pic of almost everyone. There is a Meetup group I will post a link to later for any that want to sign up on there.

We will plan another one in about a month. It was so much fun!! Thank you to everyone that made it. I look forward to more (frugal) events.

PS- If anyone picked up my tshirt with MMM mustache on it, please PM me - it is my son's from China and will be pretty impossible to replace. :-( I cannot believe I forgot it!!!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Sibley on May 17, 2016, 07:31:45 PM
WOW-great meet up with all the MMM Chicago folks. We had at least 30 people at one point - amazing turnout and I will post more later. We even had two people from over 6 hours away join our group. Just awesome. Here's the pic of almost everyone. There is a Meetup group I will post a link to later for any that want to sign up on there.

We will plan another one in about a month. It was so much fun!! Thank you to everyone that made it. I look forward to more (frugal) events.

PS- If anyone picked up my tshirt with MMM mustache on it, please PM me - it is my son's from China and will be pretty impossible to replace. :-( I cannot believe I forgot it!!!

Thanks for organizing! It was great to see everyone.

PS - the woman very bottom left corner is me, Sibley (also known as Katie) :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: azure975 on May 17, 2016, 08:08:13 PM
I'm looking forward to making the next one! I'm in Chicago but could not make tonight's meetup. Glad to hear it went well!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on May 17, 2016, 08:52:23 PM
Hey everyone, it was great to meet so many of you and see so many mustachians all together!

I think I caught the names of most people I spoke to except maybe Matt (???) who used to buy old Mercedes. I'd love to keep in touch with you all!

Will brainstorm some additional locations given the nice upcoming weather, such as the Cultural Center, LP Zoo, or Millennium Park free concerts. And that bar was a pretty ideal space!

Mike (and Liz)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on May 17, 2016, 09:41:01 PM
Really great meeting everyone! :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 18, 2016, 05:29:03 AM

Thanks for organizing! It was great to see everyone.

PS - the woman very bottom left corner is me, Sibley (also known as Katie) :)

NOW I get the cat avatar connection to know who I was seeing IRL.  So nice to meet you in person, and looking forward to future events!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 18, 2016, 05:42:07 AM
Hey everyone, it was great to meet so many of you and see so many mustachians all together!

I think I caught the names of most people I spoke to except maybe Matt (???) who used to buy old Mercedes. I'd love to keep in touch with you all!

Will brainstorm some additional locations given the nice upcoming weather, such as the Cultural Center, LP Zoo, or Millennium Park free concerts. And that bar was a pretty ideal space!

Mike (and Liz)
You are better with names/faces than I am, and it will take a few meetings before all of them connect.  I really had a great time hanging out.  I probably introduced myself several times to each of you! :-) 

That would be awesome if you could brainstorm some locations - how about in the June 20-27 time frame?  Since we have an 8/13 meetup scheduled that could make it about every 6 weeks and not run into 4th of July. Anyone feel free to just name the time/place....Honestly, I think the changing locations/times might have been what stopped the earlier meetups from happening.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 18, 2016, 05:44:36 AM
Really great meeting everyone! :)

I didn't get to meet you until the end of the night, but it was so nice to connect!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 18, 2016, 05:48:43 AM
There is a Meet Up group in the link below. Sign up there and you can add these events to your calendar easily.  Terry is the leader of that group. He's going to add the meetups from this forum onto the meetup calendar.  Last night the meetup.com note had 23 RSVPs yes...and you know a bunch of us showed up.  It's nice to get the reminders of the upcoming event.

http://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/

Otherwise, here's the next currently scheduled event.....

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago

Also ETA - Thanks Terry for finding and saving my son's MMM shirt. Whew.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on May 18, 2016, 07:06:07 AM
Thanks for putting this together CouponVan, it was nice to chat with everyone if only for a little while.  I love the idea of every 6 weeks and couldn't agree more on a free event/location to attend (outside preferred), at the very least a BYOB . 

Sarah (Evansville, IN)  I would love to chat more about the 80% savings rate and compare notes, who am I kidding compare excel spreadsheet;)  I'm at evenstevenmoney@gmail.com
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Luck12 on May 18, 2016, 08:53:30 AM
Was a good meetup, only complaint is that it was pretty loud/hard to hear people.  A few of us were saying we should have maybe a potluck/BBQ at the lake for the next one(s).   What's better than being outside on a beautiful day with awesome food, playing vball, frisbee, etc?   
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on May 18, 2016, 11:03:41 AM
Was a good meetup, only complaint is that it was pretty loud/hard to hear people.  A few of us were saying we should have maybe a potluck/BBQ at the lake for the next one(s).   What's better than being outside on a beautiful day with awesome food, playing vball, frisbee, etc?   

I'd be in favor of an outdoor location (ideally with an indoor back-up option in case of bad weather), and I also don't love bars because they are loud. That being said . . .

Couponvan, in the midst of suggestions for future meet-up improvements, I want to make sure that you know your organizing efforts are much appreciated! I'm sure part of the reason for the great turnout was that you set a date, time, and location early, and stuck to the plan. Further, for a random bar, the Option Room turned out to be as good as it gets. We had a whole room to ourselves! That's pretty amazing. So, thank you!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: ustri on May 18, 2016, 06:44:33 PM
It was an inspiring blast! Thanks for organizing. I also think every 6 weeks sounds like a healthy interval.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 18, 2016, 07:23:00 PM
I think I may have found an event that meets the outdoor/free/mustachian criteria at the 6 week interval.  I probably will not be able to make this date unless I bring my kids, but here is my suggested event for a meetup.

http://www.choosechicago.com/event/Millennium-Park-Summer-Film-Series/22238/

Monday, June 21, 2016 - Meetup at 5-5:30 pmFREE movie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

The movie starts at 6:30 pm, and the group could bring potluck picnic items to share, with BYOBeverages.  (I'd suggest a large sign with a mustache on it to identify where the MMMers would be as there will probably be a crowd.) I LOVED this movie when it came out, and it's a Chicago classic.

Yes? No?
 
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MaggieDrsg on May 18, 2016, 08:03:19 PM
couponvan, thank you for organizing!  I came a little later and didn't get a chance to speak with you, but I had a nice time talking to other people and grabbed your shirt before we headed out that Terry is taking care of getting to you.

That movie idea sounds great, and hopefully I'll be able to make it earlier next time.

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on May 19, 2016, 08:14:25 AM
I think the movie is a great idea. (ooooo, Purple Rain in August - I didn't know the movie schedule was out already.)

As long as there's a rain plan. Was it last year or the year before when every single movie night in the park was rained out?

I was on the park's website just now (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park_-frequentlyaskedquestions.html) and it says no booze during free films except in the pavilion, and I assume we'd be on the lawn. Just FYI. (I was looking because I remember going to a concert there once where security made me dump out my water bottle - which contained only water! - while I was being searched.)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on May 19, 2016, 11:02:34 AM
Movie is a great idea; I was about to suggest it after checking my calendar!

@Tris -- unless something has changed since last year (which I suspect would induce a riot), alcohol is allowed on the lawn during the non-ticketed events such as movies. I looked at the FAQ and I think it may have just had imprecise language (I hope!!!).

For a backup location, perhaps the Cultural Center just a block away? It's only open until 7pm on weekdays, so it's not perfect. Or of course Option Room since it's a backup.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on May 19, 2016, 12:07:33 PM
OK - at least 3 are in for a movie, so sounds like that should be the next planned event. 

Does anyone besides me want to agree to be the "host" for the event? I can't commit to that date at this point.

For a rain backup, there were two people that offered their conference rooms - I will PM them to see if they are available that night and whether one of those locales might work as a backup.

Option Room could be an "option"! ;-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on May 19, 2016, 01:06:20 PM
Hmm, good to know about the booze, I've not been there for an event in a few years. I just remember being really angry that I was being asked to dump out my water - it was a really hot day and I didn't want to have to keep buying it. Fortunately they didn't take the actual bottle so I just refilled in from the water fountains in the underground bathrooms.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on May 20, 2016, 12:41:03 PM
Glad everything went well! Wish I could have made it. June 21st is out for me as well because that's our anniversary. (I actually suggested going to the movie, but he vetoed.) Hopefully I can make the August one!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on May 20, 2016, 03:11:07 PM
This has just came across my mind and I am sure some of you may think it is a bit crazy. I was reading a recent post relating to getting invited to free dinner/events by financial advisers and asset mangers and this dawned on me. I have never been invited and I like free food/ticket :)

Given the combined wealth of all the MMM in Chicago, we could potentially broach this idea and offer to sit in one of their presentations in return for free food/event tickets :)

I am curious to see the combined asset value of the folks in Chicago (I am guessing in the 30-50 million range (if not more), which should peak the interest of any adviser/manager).

Just a thought.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on June 07, 2016, 07:41:27 PM
Next meet up! I have family coming from CA and I will see if they are interested in swing this movie too...

Monday, June 21, 2016 - Meetup at 5-5:30 pm.  FREE movie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Millennium park movie series

The movie starts at 6:30 pm, and the group can bring potluck picnic items to share, with BYOBeverages.

Let's go have some frugal fun!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: azure975 on June 20, 2016, 02:42:15 PM
There is a Meet Up group in the link below. Sign up there and you can add these events to your calendar easily.  Terry is the leader of that group. He's going to add the meetups from this forum onto the meetup calendar.  Last night the meetup.com note had 23 RSVPs yes...and you know a bunch of us showed up.  It's nice to get the reminders of the upcoming event.

http://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/

Otherwise, here's the next currently scheduled event.....

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago

Also ETA - Thanks Terry for finding and saving my son's MMM shirt. Whew.

Is the Aug 13 meetup still on? It hasn't been posted to the meetup site. I'd like to come since I wasn't able to make the meeting at the Option Room. I'm happy to help plan as well. Let me know!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on June 20, 2016, 04:32:36 PM
Folks, I won't be able to make the meet-up tomorrow, as I've had a work function come up. But it was great meeting everybody at the last one, and I hope to see you all in August!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MaggieDrsg on June 20, 2016, 06:21:21 PM
I haven't seen anything else about tomorrow - are people planning on going?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on June 20, 2016, 09:56:14 PM
Yup, I still plan on going, and my wife should be able to join. I suggest we meet in the far back center portion of the lawn for the best chance of finding each other and being the least crowded. You never know what night is going to be popular, and tomorrow is the first movie of the season and a good one at that! And it's the 30th anniversary. So might get a crowd.

I was at Millennium Park last week and can confirm it's still BYOB and food!

Anyone have a visible marker/flag of some sort? I can try printing something on letter-sized paper but that's not much.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on June 21, 2016, 08:39:04 AM
ugh, I woke up with a cold this morning, so I will be staying home and keeping my disgusting illness to myself. Have fun!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on June 21, 2016, 09:00:07 AM
Looks like I won't be going. I have another meeting that has already been scheduled for the same time. Y'all have fun!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on June 21, 2016, 11:06:43 AM
TODAY ----June 21, 2016 - Meetup at 5-5:30 pm.  FREE movie - Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Millennium park movie series

The movie starts at 6:30 pm, and the group can bring potluck picnic items to share, with BYOBeverages.

I think a few people have also bailed on this activity - I cannot make it tonight as the cousins from CA want to see the Cubs game at 7pm instead and they are borrowing my car.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on June 21, 2016, 04:49:56 PM
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Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on June 21, 2016, 05:13:28 PM
Looks like tonight is not the night for a meetup! We are taking off. If anyone is around, enjoy the movie! (We actually watched it recently)
See everyone next time! Cheers!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: fierymillennials on June 28, 2016, 12:02:46 PM
I'm still going to be there with some friends in August. I'll be there even if other people aren't (although I'd love to meet everyone!).
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on June 28, 2016, 02:04:12 PM
I really want to make it to the August meetup since I missed the first two. Hopefully it'll be as successful as the first one. It looks like they have outdoor seating--maybe if it's pet-friendly I can bring Tau.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: azure975 on July 20, 2016, 07:55:53 PM
Hello,
I haven't been able to attend any of the meetups so far but I took the initiative to post the August 13th Brehon Pub event on the meetup site. A good number of people have already RSVP'd there, but am posting here as well for those not on meetup.

https://www.meetup.com/Financial-Freedom-through-Frugal-Living-Chicago/events/232738483/

Hope to see you there!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: frugalmom on July 22, 2016, 09:05:39 AM
I am going to try and make it.  It will be a public transportation adventure!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on August 12, 2016, 10:51:42 AM
See you all tomorrow night!!!!

August 13, 2016. Saturday - 7:00pm-?. Brehon Pub - 731 N Wells Street, Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: fierymillennials on August 12, 2016, 10:55:23 AM
I'll be there as well. Possibly bringing some friends too!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on August 12, 2016, 11:08:34 AM
We're volunteering at Northalsted Market Days, so we might make it or might not depending on how late we get done and how drained we feel. I'm pretty introverted, so I'm not sure if I can handle a day of massive crowds followed up with meeting new people (although I'm sure you're all delightful!).
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: azure975 on August 12, 2016, 08:09:26 PM
Look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow! I'll be a dork and bring a MMM meetup sign. If the weather is nice I'll try to get some tables outside.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on August 12, 2016, 09:25:32 PM
There are 20 "yes" RSVPs on the meetup site! Should be a nice turnout!  Take a pic and post here. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MonkeyJenga on September 06, 2016, 06:11:30 AM
Hi everyone - a bunch of out of towners are going to be in the area in late October. We would love to meet up with the Chicago MMM'ers.

Saturday, Oct 22:

Anyone who's available on that date, speak up! We can do either afternoon or evening, and location is TBD. Suggestions are welcome. When the NYC group meets, we usually head to a park for a few hours.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on September 06, 2016, 07:51:25 AM
I can probably make that date! If it's a park (other than Millennium or Maggie Daley), I can also bring the Tau. Navy Pier is also pet friendly.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: forestbound on September 07, 2016, 09:34:58 AM
I may be able to make the October 22nd date. Posting to follow. Northerly Island or North Avenue Beach may be nice, depends on the weather.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on September 07, 2016, 12:52:49 PM
I may be able to make the October 22nd date. Posting to follow. Northerly Island or North Avenue Beach may be nice, depends on the weather.

Oak Street or North Avenue  beach works for me.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on September 07, 2016, 01:06:42 PM
The retreat is directly west of  Montrose Beach on the map...will that still be open in October? It looks like a nice place to walk around/hang out if the weather is good.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: forestbound on September 07, 2016, 01:33:23 PM
The entire lakefront of Chicago is open and publicly accessable all year round. Montrose beach is fine, North Avenue Beach is nicer. If the weather is nice the lakefront of Chicago is a spectacular place to be, a bike path/running path and sidewalks run the entire length. If the wind is off the lake and it is cold and rainy... well, not so much.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: NicheChicago on September 19, 2016, 05:54:19 PM
I might be out of town, but I'll put it on my calendar and come if I can!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Mollie on September 26, 2016, 05:16:34 PM
I'll be on my way out of town for 10/22, but I'm interested in future meetups.  I live on the northwest side but can rendezvous anywhere.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on September 26, 2016, 06:27:11 PM
What about Oct 15/16 Chicago Architecture Open House.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Mollie on September 27, 2016, 03:46:19 PM
What about Oct 15/16 Chicago Architecture Open House.

I will be volunteering at Open House Chicago and then checking out the sites out when I'm not working.  =)

For future reference, it's a pretty sweet gig: volunteer 4 hours, get a priority pass for the weekend, get 2 tickets for a free walking tour, and get half off a membership to CAF. 
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on September 27, 2016, 03:51:19 PM
What about Oct 15/16 Chicago Architecture Open House.

I will be volunteering at Open House Chicago and then checking out the sites out when I'm not working.  =)

For future reference, it's a pretty sweet gig: volunteer 4 hours, get a priority pass for the weekend, get 2 tickets for a free walking tour, and get half off a membership to CAF.
I have to look into this for next year!

Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: sparky28 on September 27, 2016, 03:57:20 PM
10/22 sounds great. A Chicago meetup that I caught ahead of time and the infamous MonkeyJenga will be there? In!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Even Steven on October 06, 2016, 12:12:11 PM
Adding October 22nd to my calendar, let me/us know specifics as it gets closer.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MonkeyJenga on October 06, 2016, 02:03:32 PM
10/22 sounds great. A Chicago meetup that I caught ahead of time and the infamous MonkeyJenga will be there? In!

Oh hey, I'm infamous! Can I put that on my resume?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: alissanbg on October 06, 2016, 08:04:24 PM
Just saw this thread and would love to meet some fellow Chicago area Mustachians! If an Oct 22nd meetup is happening I'd love to join in. :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MaggieDrsg on October 15, 2016, 02:43:09 PM
I'm looking forward to finding out more about the 22nd as well!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 18, 2016, 05:26:07 PM
Come as You Are Meetup Saturday 10/22 at 11:00am-1:00pm - North Avenue Beach, Chicago 

There are 9 MMM Ladies from across the US doing a "Come as You Are" retreat in Chicago Th-Sun 10/20-10/23.  We'd all love to see some Chicago folks, and we haven't had a big Chicago meetup in awhile.  It will be picnic style, so bring your own blankets and some food you enjoy/can eat and might be willing to share. Beverages are BYOBeverage as well.  All the ladies are staying at a house in the area, so we'll bring our own food/beverages. 

Temps are supposed to be in the 60's, so make sure to bring a warm fleece or something. 

Barring rain, we'll meet at the North Avenue Beach park at 11:00am on Saturday.  If it is raining (less than 10% chance), we'll converge at Dollop, 4181 N. Clarendon in Chicago.  Frankly, I've never been to North Avenue Beach or Dollop.  I also have no idea if the prices are mustachian at Dollop or not, but  it's less than 10% likely we'll need it. 

Below is a link for maps and info on Dollop.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dollop+Coffee+Co./@41.9579445,-87.6584751,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x880fd3c8f47281b5:0x7c7d5a92c640af79!8m2!3d41.9579445!4d-87.6497204

Can you reply here so we'll get an idea of who to be expecting.

MMMrs that are planning to be in attendance so far are :
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on October 19, 2016, 03:25:38 PM
Couponvan, that sounds great! I'm in and will probably bring a friend (my wife is out of town unfortunately). What is a "come as you are" retreat?

North Ave beach is a great idea and should be pretty calm this time of year. And sunny! Note that technically alcohol is not allowed but a thermos of Irish coffee seems pretty reasonable to me.

FYI there is a (crappy but well-located) restaurant there, Castaways, but it is already closed for the season. I think the public bathrooms will still be open.

Looking forward to it!

-Mike
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on October 19, 2016, 05:43:46 PM
How will the lake be?

Like for swimming? Probably for a serious endeavor only. Maybe very low 60s? They stop reporting temp on Labor Day :(. I would need a wet suit! But I haven't been in the water in months.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 19, 2016, 06:32:01 PM
Couponvan, that sounds great! I'm in and will probably bring a friend (my wife is out of town unfortunately). What is a "come as you are" retreat?

North Ave beach is a great idea and should be pretty calm this time of year. And sunny! Note that technically alcohol is not allowed but a thermos of Irish coffee seems pretty reasonable to me.

FYI there is a (crappy but well-located) restaurant there, Castaways, but it is already closed for the season. I think the public bathrooms will still be open.

Looking forward to it!

-Mike

Great! Looking forward to seeing you. (I'll have to bring a sippy cup for my adult beverage.)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on October 19, 2016, 07:39:16 PM
My midterm projects are all due this weekend, but I'll try to make it if I get sufficient school work done. Should I try to bring the Tau if the weather is cat friendly?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 19, 2016, 08:35:19 PM
My midterm projects are all due this weekend, but I'll try to make it if I get sufficient school work done. Should I try to bring the Tau if the weather is cat friendly?
The infamous TAU!! Oh yes - do bring him.  Your mind will need a break and the cat needs a walk.  (Even though I'm allergic, I LOVE cats...outside they are way better than inside, as I can admire them and not sneeze.) It's going to be cold, but given he's a Chicago cat, it shouldn't be anything he can't handle. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on October 20, 2016, 08:26:02 AM
I expect the actual lake water will be ICE COLD. The water stays surprisingly chilly even when it's hot out.

Put me down as a maybe; I'm not sure what's going on this weekend yet. I'd like to, for sure!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on October 20, 2016, 08:46:54 AM
I expect the actual lake water will be ICE COLD. The water stays surprisingly chilly even when it's hot out.

Put me down as a maybe; I'm not sure what's going on this weekend yet. I'd like to, for sure!


Even if it was warm, I'd be concerned about whether it was sanitary. Especially if it rains much in the next few days.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: forestbound on October 20, 2016, 09:48:40 AM
I so wanted to make it, unfortunately I can't. BOO! Family first. Have a blast!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 21, 2016, 07:59:57 PM
Ladies only event?

I live 10min away but don't have anything to bring other than wines :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: lhamo on October 21, 2016, 09:22:04 PM
Are you kidding me -- you aren't just having the most fabulous MMM retreat ever, you are also going to WALK PEOPLE'S CATS?!?!?!?!   Man, we need to up our game for the next Seattle MMM meetup. 

Maybe time to start a "most awesome MMM meetup" thread over on Throw Down the Gauntlet.

Of course, all of this is foreplay for Hot Flash/Boring Man 2018 in Moab....
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on October 21, 2016, 10:36:47 PM
 

Barring rain, we'll meet at the North Avenue Beach park at 11:00am on Saturday.  If it is raining (less than 10% chance), we'll converge at Dollop, 4181 N. Clarendon in Chicago.  Frankly, I've never been to North Avenue Beach or Dollop.  I also have no idea if the prices are mustachian at Dollop or not, but  it's less than 10% likely we'll need it. 



Is there a more specific location (google maps coordinates maybe?)? I've never been to North Avenue Beach, but I suspect it's not tiny and might be hard to find people? Or maybe just PM me somebody's number and I can text?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 22, 2016, 12:44:15 AM
It didn't look that big today at North Avenue Beach when we went by. We will be near Castaways Bar and the volleyball courts. There will be 8 of us ladies, so we'll be pretty hard to miss in October!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on October 22, 2016, 08:12:27 AM
I assume most of us will be riding our bikes, so I'll have some standard bike tools on me in case anyone needs help/advice on service and tuning. Cheers!
-Mike (a guy who will be there)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Tris Prior on October 22, 2016, 09:46:34 AM
Well, the meetup starts in 15 minutes and I just woke up, so looks like I'm out. How long are you all planning on staying?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 22, 2016, 09:59:56 AM
Well, the meetup starts in 15 minutes and I just woke up, so looks like I'm out. How long are you all planning on staying?

We are just leaving now ourselves to go, so will be 15 minutes late! (Getting 8 women in one car takes time.)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on October 22, 2016, 10:01:32 AM
We're downtown waiting on 151 bus, so we'll probably be 30 late.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 22, 2016, 10:20:26 AM
We are here. :-)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 22, 2016, 10:31:09 AM
We are here. :-)

Where is here? I'm here and don't see anyone. :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on October 22, 2016, 11:17:58 AM
I'm super late but I thought this went til 1:00 pm. Where is the group? I'm near castaways and dont see you guys.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on October 22, 2016, 11:33:36 AM
We're hidden behind a hill next to Castaways if any on else gets here late like me :)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 22, 2016, 03:53:32 PM
Great meeting everyone - old and new friends. Sorry I had to leave early. When did the meet end?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 24, 2016, 02:17:10 PM
Great to meet everyone - so nice that you came out on an almost chilly october day to just chat.
Inaya, Chesebert, frugalShrew, mschaus - I am missing names - who's missing from this list?

MChaus and your +1 (anonymous J---who is a seriously bad ass mustachian despite his car habit), S..... (Need to get your real MMM handle)....Thank you all for coming out and welcoming the MMM Come As You Are Ladies weekend group.  We had so much fun hanging out that we didn't even leave until closer to 3. 

I think we should have a Chicago MMM meetup around travel hacking the next time, as there were some serious travel hackers.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 24, 2016, 06:14:14 PM
Second. Can also solicit meeting agenda before the next one.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: NicheChicago on October 25, 2016, 10:03:47 AM
Grawr, I was out of town for this meet-up. I'm down for the travel hacking topic...how much momentum does this group have - meet up once per month or farther apart?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on October 25, 2016, 12:45:27 PM
With Winter approaching, I vote for an indoor location. I'm not badass enough to be outside in the snow.  We were probably able to take advantage of the last nice day of the year last Saturday.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 25, 2016, 12:59:12 PM
I can help procure a "party room" in my building for the next meet - location not far from the last meet.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: FrugalShrew on October 25, 2016, 05:08:50 PM
Great to meet everyone - so nice that you came out on an almost chilly october day to just chat.
Inaya, Chesebert, frugalShrew, mschaus - I am missing names - who's missing from this list?

Great meeting you, too, G-dog!

I can help procure a "party room" in my building for the next meet - location not far from the last meet.

That sounds pretty awesome - I assume as a resident you can reserve it for free?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: Inaya on October 25, 2016, 07:27:05 PM
It was great meeting everyone! Even the cat had a good time, once she decided she more-or-less approved of the sand. Hope to see you all next time!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chesebert on October 25, 2016, 07:50:56 PM
Great to meet everyone - so nice that you came out on an almost chilly october day to just chat.
Inaya, Chesebert, frugalShrew, mschaus - I am missing names - who's missing from this list?

Great meeting you, too, G-dog!

I can help procure a "party room" in my building for the next meet - location not far from the last meet.

That sounds pretty awesome - I assume as a resident you can reserve it for free?
Generally yes. Cleaning fee is imposed for those groups that fail to cleanup after themselves ;)
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: sparky28 on October 28, 2016, 04:48:17 PM
Nooo! I put it on my calendar and everything, and I still missed it! Hope y'all had a good time visiting Chicago.

Next time, I guess I've got to tattoo it..
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: mschaus on October 29, 2016, 10:48:25 AM
Yeah was so great to see everyone! Amazing timing with the retreat and the ability to meet people from across the country! My friend had a good time too, even if he was a little shy to try a game of monkey jenga.

I'll keep trying to brainstorm indoor locations for winter! A condo party room is an awesome idea, or maybe the Chicago Cultural Center or Lincoln Park Zoo Conservatory.

Mike
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: $$brett on October 30, 2016, 06:33:29 PM
I'm down for the next meet-up.
New to the forum, but have been reading the blog for years.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MonkeyJenga on October 30, 2016, 08:08:29 PM
Yeah was so great to see everyone! Amazing timing with the retreat and the ability to meet people from across the country! My friend had a good time too, even if he was a little shy to try a game of monkey jenga.

I'll keep trying to brainstorm indoor locations for winter! A condo party room is an awesome idea, or maybe the Chicago Cultural Center or Lincoln Park Zoo Conservatory.

Mike

Monkey Jenna is not a game! It is a way of life.

Haha, I like it. Maybe by the time I make it back to Chicago, Mike will have a friend ready for The MonkeyJenga Life.

Great meeting everyone!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: azure975 on October 30, 2016, 10:07:50 PM
It was great meeting everyone! Even the cat had a good time, once she decided she more-or-less approved of the sand. Hope to see you all next time!

Sorry I wasn't able to make it to the meetup--I really want to meet Tau! I'm very involved in the animal rescue community in Chicago so hopefully we'll be able to connect sometime!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: MonkeyJenga on July 13, 2017, 08:49:21 AM
Hi y'all! I'm coming back to town next week (Sunday through Thursday). Who's up for another hang? I've got a couple people interested in the free concert in Millennium Park on Monday night, so that is one option. I'm open Sunday/Monday most of the day, and Tuesday/Wednesday night if someone has another suggestion or wants to meet one on one.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: for-profit noodle on October 13, 2017, 08:52:27 AM
New to the forums and FIRE ideology, and I'd love to talk to some IRL humans about it! Anyone interested in planning a 2017 meet up?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: halfMAN_halfBIKE on October 13, 2017, 09:15:49 AM
I'm new to Chicagoland and would love to hear how others find ways to save. I'm in Elmhurst, so can use public transit and the bike to get to most places pretty easily...
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: retiringearly on October 13, 2017, 12:19:29 PM
I am definitely interested in a meetup.  I am in the northwest suburbs.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: boogabooga on October 19, 2017, 10:37:25 PM
Interested and close to Northwest suburbs. My preference would be a weekend meetup, although it seems the trend is to do these right after work downtown.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: chillywillie on October 27, 2017, 04:38:50 PM
I'd be interested in meeting as well.  Is anyone else here from northwest Indiana?
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: DoubleJ on December 03, 2017, 06:07:07 PM
I travel for work about 11 months out of the year at least, and will be in Chicago for the next two months and would be interested in a meet up!
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: couponvan on March 09, 2018, 10:51:48 AM
There's another meetup Chicago thread that got started....

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/calling-all-chicago-mustachians/
 (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/calling-all-chicago-mustachians/)
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Monday, April 30, 2018
5:30PM-? (I'm putting 5:30 since that's when I can get there....anyone coming from the North can come later)
737 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL



I posted a message on the meetup group page - hopefully the organizer will add it as a combined event. There are 210 people on that meetup group.

Hope to see lots of MMMers there.
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: SimpleCycle on November 13, 2018, 04:39:31 PM
Wanted to let people know that I've started an FI Meetup Group in Chicago.

https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Financial-Independence-Meetup/
Title: Re: Chicago meetup
Post by: for-profit noodle on November 20, 2018, 03:04:25 PM
Wanted to let people know that I've started an FI Meetup Group in Chicago.

So interested in this!! TY for sharing!