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Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course

Best $30.00 you will ever spend. Four hour open bar, with our own bartender, that makes killer Bloody Mary's. We will have our own box at the finish line. Free entry and free program is included, as well as tips for the staff.


http://www.hawthorneracecourse.com/

We will finish the day at a local dive bar.

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  • merko michael m.

    I went in with 3OO and can out with 5OO

    October 3, 2014

  • Jo Ann G.

    Didn't win a single race but the weather and group of friends were great!

    April 21, 2014

  • Linda

    Fun time. Great day! See everyone soon....

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In my car for Sat to the tracks is Renee, Jo Ann and Mayank. I have room for 1 more but it would be a squeeze. Please meet at the corner of Wabash and Randolph (Brown line) at 12:30. I have a silver Subaru Forester. I drove last time and parking can be free with a longer walk or $3. I chose the $3. Plus, I'm not a drinker and ok with driving people back if drunk. lol

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Christa V.

      Hey Arvind. I want to apologize again that I didn't get your message and that you spent time waiting for me. Sorry for the inconvenience it caused you - I should have posted again that I decided to take CTA instead.

      April 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Christa....you're in a awesome group that looks out for each other. Though I've only been to 3 meetups, I feel like I've been here longer. I've been in other groups where I felt uncomfortable since I don't drink drink and end up leaving the group but this group is mature and respectful. Bryan and Tommy go out of their way to set up events that are fun for all. Keep that in mind in the future and you'll be fine. The group uses Facebook which I don't use, so if you post on FB, pls also post on Meetup. I will always offer rides but will rarely pick you up at your home unless you live near me. Thank you for the apology.

      April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome group, some may need new livers. Lol

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jo Ann and I are still here on the corner. Crista....how far are you?

    April 19, 2014

    • Renny

      That SO Upsets ME that you two sat there waiting for Crista for 30 minutes!! She should have been on top of it and notified you of her plans! You're an ACE Arvind to do all you did to offer and coordinate rides!!!

      April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries. I will always drive and offer to take people. Since I don't truly drink, I can drive. Just don't call me Designated Dave. Lol

      April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Such a great event and great people

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Renée

    Arvind, so sorry to back out at the last minute but I have a sudden onset of food poisoning. Thanks again, Renee

    April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to hear that. Hope you're feel better.

      April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm here at Hawthorne, where is the group meeting?

      April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm at the corner of wabash and Randolph

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, I just signed up and I will be driving there. I can give a ride of anybody is looking for one. Does anyone know where we meeting at?

    April 19, 2014

    • Bryan

      Concourse C, first floor. Ask the bartender or employees to point us out. We have tickets here.

      April 19, 2014

  • Bryan

    Plenty of tickets are still available--I'll have them at the track.

    April 19, 2014

    • Bryan

      Yeah, I'm heading out right now.

      April 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Bryan, I'm interested to go with you guys. Do I buy the ticket online or they are available at the gate?

      April 19, 2014

  • merko michael m.

    just got back in town last night can I buy or get tickets at the track

    April 19, 2014

  • Bryan

    It's Derby Day!

    Post time for Race #1 is 1:50 pm; our bar package starts at 1:30. If anyone wants to come out early, though, I'll be at the track by 11:00 am.

    FYI, if anyone is taking the orange line to Midway, it's down for track repair between Roosevelt and Halsted. I'm sure they're running a shuttle, but plan accordingly.

    April 19, 2014

  • Renny

    I'm DRESSING DERBY STYLE :-D

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Renée

    I was considering driving but I see below that it is not encouraged. It looked like I was driving with you from our exchange below.

    April 17, 2014

  • Renée

    Arvind, This is getting confusing. Am I driving with you? Thanks, Renee

    April 17, 2014

  • Jo Ann G.

    Thanks Arvind. I can be at Wabash and Randolph on Saturday. Jo Ann

    April 17, 2014

  • Tommy G.

    Saturday
    HIGH/LOW
    62°/47°

    Mostly sunny, warmer.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving again so those that know me, if you need a ride, pls let me know.

    April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. We have 4 total.

      2 · April 16, 2014

    • Renny

      Arvind see below and correct if wrong re: meet up spot AND Thanks!

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Jo Ann G.

    Need a ride.

    April 16, 2014

    • Renny

      Jo Ann see above from Arvind. You're in for a ride. Let him know. I think pick up is Wabash and Randolph.

      April 16, 2014

  • David R.

    Derby Style dress is suggested, but not Required.

    April 15, 2014

  • David R.

    Hello All, It's great to see that 38 people are going so Far!! Hmmmmm, I was going to post the directions on here, but don't recall how I did it last time. How do I post a pic on here?

    April 15, 2014

  • Bryan

    For those of you who don't have tickets, Tommy and I have extras and you get can get them from us tomorrow at the Berghoff or at the Goat on Thurs--or just show up at Hawthorne on Saturday and we'll have them. We'll give you a tic, but you'll pay me at the track on Saturday (cash, please). Post time is 1:45 pm; open bar starts at 1:30: I'll be there before noon. We'll be in the Club Concourse "C" party box on the first floor. Ask any Hawthorne employee where that is and they'll direct you or ask the bartendresses at either first-floor bar where the Loop Happy Hour group is and they'll point us out.

    April 14, 2014

    • Bryan

      Sorry, no shuttle, but post a message here if you want to ride-share. Arvind (see below) already generously made an offer to shuttle some people. Public transportation (for me) is the Pink Line to Cicero, then jump on the 54B bus south (54B, not the 54) to Hawthorne--about 10 mins. Or take the Orange Line to Midway and jump on the 54B north to Hawthorne. Cabs can be arranged back into the city after the event. Don't drive: Hawthorne has parking, but your $30 bucks is buying you a four-hour bar package. We'll make sure everyone has a ride back to the city. Dress code: Wear what you want, but we always wear derby attire: dresses and floppy hats; jackets and ties. This'll be a blast, so ham it up.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • mayank

    Can we buy tickets at the racecourse

    April 14, 2014

  • Malissa

    On race day, Is there a shuttle to/from nearest Metra or CTA stop to Hawthorne race course?

    April 14, 2014

    • Tommy G.

      David would be best to answer this.

      April 14, 2014

  • Dan K.

    Have to go out of town this week. Next time for sure.

    April 14, 2014

  • Renée

    Never been to a racetrack. Sounds fun. What is derby attire?

    April 13, 2014

  • Tommy G.

    Hey everyone! Bring all your friends!!!

    April 13, 2014

  • David R.

    Hello everyone,
    All who attend from this group will receive a complimentary betting $5 voucher when you arrive!!!

    April 8, 2014

  • Melody

    I don't see a link for payment-do we pay at the event?

    April 2, 2014

    • David R.

      Bryan and Thommy have the Tickets for you to purchase.

      April 4, 2014

    • Melody

      Great, thanks!

      April 4, 2014

  • David R.

    Hello All,
    This will be an exciting day. Illinois Derby is the Biggest Dirt Race in Chicago land. The House will be packed with Lots of action. There will be Live Music and a BBQ outside on the Apron, which is right next to your Party Box!! Derby attire is encouraged. See you at the Races on April 19th!

    April 4, 2014

  • Tommy G.

    Do you guy's want to dress up all fancy? I will!

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • David R.

    You guys will be in the Club Concourse Box again on the 19th. Looking Forward to this!

    March 27, 2014

  • David R.

    This will be an EXCITING Day at the Races!!

    March 25, 2014

  • merko michael m.

    can't wait

    March 24, 2014

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