** Play the Ponies at Hawthorne -- Field Trip! **

Hi, team--

It's time for another field trip to Hawthorne Racecourse to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol while gambling on ponies, so let's ramp up the sinning. Three things to understand first:

** This is a must-do event. Every time we've done this, nobody remembers it happened. Yes, it's that much fun. Doctors, reschedule all your surgical operation commitments to Monday. **

** I'll update this page as details get finalized--still figuring out logistics (read below) **

** This is a dressie-uppie thing. Race-day garb encouraged; that means hats and dresses for the ladies and jackets and ties and pipes for the gentlemen. Stay classy--this is how we can get uber-loaded and still get invited back. **

We're heading to Hawthorne Racecourse for a day of mimosas and playing the ponies. We've done this before and it's been an absolute blast (see the evidence here: [career-ending photos]). What's it cost? $30 bucks per person.  What do you get for that? Check this out:

1) A 3-hour open-bar package with our own dedicated bartender. Drink as much as you possibly can in three hours without waiting in line because we'll have our own bar set up for the thirty-something of us. Top-shelf booze? Yep, they've got that. Beer and wine? Yep, that, too. Basically, it's booze Nirvana.

2) A free race-day program. I don't know what these usually cost, but you get one for free so you're saving some money.

3) Our own dedicated wage-taker. Want to place a bet, but don't want to walk twenty yards to a kiosk or to the waging window? No worries. You can stumble to our very own person.

4) And get this: We've got Chrissy: our very own professional wage consultant. Don't know how to bet on the ponies? Want to learn? Chrissy is the most amazing (seriously, she's epic) pony handicapper on the face of the planet and she'll be with us to teach us how to read the form, place educated wages, and help us to earn our rent money. Bonus: She's super smoking hot (I'm personally biased). There's your $30 value right there.

5) Our own Club Concourse Party Box. We've got our own party place for our group, so we won't have to mingle with the non-alcoholics.

6) Oh, plus free admission to the park, which would've been $4 or somewhere around there. Just read the above and do the bar math. This is a great deal.

Again, right now, this stands at $30 per person. Transportation is not provided (you're on your own for this one, there and back), but I'm working on options for that, so stay tuned. The price may go up if I can secure a reasonable trolly or bus. Pay your $30 now to get reserve your ticket and if I secure transportation, I'll send a message to the RSVPs for more funds to cover that. Right now we're limited to 32 people. If David can get us more tickets, that'd be awesome. Otherwise, we're sticking to the head count. So, here's how to do this:

1) Buy your ticket on Paypal. (Click on the Paypal link below.)

2) Then come back to this page and RSVP "yes." If you bought more than one ticket, RSVP +1 or +2 or whatever the case may be. DON'T RSVP if you haven't bought and paid for a ticket. Got that? Seriously, got that?

3) If we don't see each other before the Berghoff or at another CLHHG event, I'll have your ticket with your name on it waiting at the Hawthorn entrance gate.

4) If you're not coming, there's no need to RSVP "no."

Cheers!

Bryan, Tommy, Chrissy, and David.


P.S.: This does not include food. Horses run regardless of weather for the most part. Options exist for multi-cab transportation back home, which we can figure out if I don't secure a bus or trolly. There're no refunds on RSVPs because we're reserving space--sorry. This'll be a blast!


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  • David R.

    Was a Fun Entertaining Day for all who attended!

    March 25

  • Linda

    Had a great time with everyone! Thanks Tom and Bryan!

    3 · March 23

  • Renny

    Thanks for the rides . . . You know who you are OX

    1 · March 22

  • Renny

    Thanks Bryan and Tommy. You once again rocked my world of having fun!!! I also reach out to David and Chrissy . . . What FUN!!! THANKS :-D

    1 · March 22

    • Renny

      Ah AND then there's tomorrow . . .

      March 22

  • Arvind

    Awesome hosts, people and venue. Look forward to future events.

    1 · March 22

  • Arvind

    Where is Box C? I'm on the 3d floor

    March 22

    • Kevin R.

      We are in the middle reserve area

      March 22

    • Tommy G.

      1st floor center by the Windows

      March 22

  • Renny

    I'm planning on taking the Orange Line to Midway and then catching a cab from there to Hawthorne. If anyone would like to meet on the Roosevelt Orange Line platform at 12:15 we could go together and share the cab ride.

    1 · March 19

    • Renny

      Just checked and from Midway to Hawthorne its 3.97 miles. From the Roosevelt Orange Line to Midway it is a little less than 20 minutes. EASY . . .

      March 20

    • Renny

      FYI I'm no longer taking the train. Just didn't want people waiting for me.

      March 22

  • Bryan

    Update: Sadly, we weren't able to secure reasonably priced transportation that would keep the package price less than about $55, so transport is on your own. However--some people are driving, so feel free to use this board to ask about car pooling options. Some people who are driving already mentioned they'd be happy to help out. And there are always cab-share schemes back to the city, which we can figure out when we're there. Read below for Renny's and David's suggestions for public transportation. I'm in Wicker Park and can make it to Hawthorne in less than an hour taking the Ashland bus to the pink line (get off at the Cicero stop), then taking the 54B bus south just a short ways to the track. Easily doable.

    Otherwise, we have more tickets available, so if anyone wants to come, feel free. At this point, you don't have to pay online--you can pay when you arrive. We'll be in the Club C box on the first floor concourse. Just ask guest services or any employee when you show up.

    1 · March 20

    • Kevin R.

      Sounds good thank Bryan! I think ill try the pink line route as we are in wicker as well - ill text you and we can try to sync up

      March 21

  • David R.

    Ill have complimentary betting vouchers for all who attend tomorrow!!

    3 · March 21

  • Kevin R.

    Hey Bryan did you figure anything out on transport from the loop?

    March 19

  • Kamayani

    I might actually be able to do this on Saturday! Where's the Paypal link so I can buy a ticket?

    March 19

    • Tommy G.

      Above where it says "pay online now". Hope you can make it. This event is alot of fun. :-)

      March 19

    • Kevin R.

      You get the paypal prompt after you click to RSVP

      March 19

  • Arvind

    I will be driving from downtown to the racetrack.

    March 19

  • David R.

    Hello All,
    I wanted to clarify the cost of a Taxi to Hawthorne from the Loop, it is about $25 - $30. From Wrigleville/Lakeview it is approximately $40. See you tonight and ill bring some $5 complimentary betting vouchers to give to whoever is coming to Hawthorne on Saturday!!

    March 18

  • Scott

    This is a great event. We all had a blast. Chrissy is awesome at handicapping. Regrettably I'm in Seattle that day.

    March 2

  • David R.

    If more Tickets are needed, I can certainly bring more with me next Tuesday. The CC Box can accommodate approximately 50 guests.

    March 1

  • David R.

    You can also take the Pink Line Train and get off at Cicero Stop. When you exit the train station take a right and walk 1/2 block and cross Cermak, the Bus stop is on the SW corner of Cicero and Cermak, close to the Currency Exchange. You need the 54B Bus South. Make sure you get on the 54B Bus and NOT the 54 Bus. The 54B Bus South also lets you off at the Cicero Street Gate; again let the Driver know when you get on that you want to get off at the Hawthorne Race Course Stop. There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the main entrance at the Gate.

    If you take a Cab from the city it is about $34 - $40, If you take a cab home from Hawthorne; MORTON CAB[masked] has a flat rate from Hawthorne to the Loop for $24 pus $1 for each additional person. I would call them at least an HOUR in advance for a ride back to the loop after Racing. Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing you all on 3/22/14 for your
    "DAY at the RACES"!!!

    February 28

  • David R.

    Hello All, It was a pleasure meeting some of you this past Tuesday. I am the Event manager at Hawthorne Race Course and I will have $5 complimentary betting vouchers for all who attend. If you are going to venture out to Hawthorne via CTA on Race Day, you have a couple of options. you can take the Orange Line Train to Midway and take the 54B Bus North. It is the very 1st Bus stop as you exit the Train station. DO NOT, go to the second bus island and take the 54B Bus South; you will end up at Ford City if you do. The 54B Bus drops you off at the Hawthorne Cicero Street Gate and is about a 10 - 15
    minute Bus ride. Let the Driver know you want to get off at Hawthorne Race course when you get on.

    February 28

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