We are WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP (formerly known as Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players) AND UKULELE SUBURBIA are 'sister' ukulele groups located in Chicago's north and south suburbs.
The name of our Meetup changed in October 2013 due to our new location in Des Plaines. Current, active members are still members. And we've combined both sponsored uke groups located in the north and south suburbs!
We welcome like-minded folks who Love and Respect the Ukulele, the Hawaiian culture from which it came from, and other other. Open to all levels, ages, though young minors must be accompanied by their parents/guardians.
We play songs of Hawai'i, Beatles, Tin Pan Alley, Country Western, Folk, Pop, Rock, Contemporary, and more! We have easy 2, 3, and 4 chords songs, as well as more challenging songs for more advance players. We mix it up to have a nice variety for all to enjoy!
Our once-a-month meetups are sponsored by WONDERWALL Music Shoppe & Emporium, created and founded by GiGi Wong-Monaco (Wonderwall's co-owner).
Chicago's North Suburbs (Des Plaines): WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP
First TUESDAY of each month unless a holiday, private restaurant booking or illness occurs. Then, we'll meet the following Tuesday. Information will be emailed to Meetup group then.
TIME: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
VENUE: THE TIKI TERRACE - HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT & TIKI BAR, Des Plaines.
Donation: $5 per person. Song booklets are distributed. We encourage everyone to order food and/drinks from our host venue who generously accommodates our Uke group and doesn't charge us a rental fee.
Limited space. RSVP IS A MUST as we need to know how many song booklets to bring and number of tables Tiki Terrace will need to set up for us.
Chicago's South Suburbs (Chicago Heights): UKULELE SUBURBIA!
First WEDNESDAY of each month unless a holiday, private restaurant booking or illness occurs. Then, we'll meet the following Tuesday. Information will be emailed to Meetup group then.
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
VENUE: Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom, Chicago Heights.
Donation: $10. Songbooks are distributed. Bottled water for all attendees. This is a more focused and intimate group that works on various songs and strums.
JOIN/REGISTER to our Meetup Group and receive notices and announcements.
What We Play? Hawaiian. Beatles & post-Beatles. Tin Pan Alley. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. Contemporary. Country Western. Folk. Pop. Rock. Show tunes/Musicals. Like WXRT 93.1 FM radio host of "Breakfast With The Beatles" always said, "Bring your Ukulele & Enthusiasm"!
WHO: Open to all levels, all ages. Beginners-novices-pros.
Founded and led by GiGi Wong-Monaco, O'ahu native (Honolulu born & raised); Co-owner of WONDERWALL Music Shoppe; Co-owner of SITAR Emporium (www.sitaremporium.com); co-founder of SANDALWOOD Sitar Music Ensemble.
More info: www.sitaremporium.com
(Profile photos of vintage Kamaka ukulele and background photo of ukulele with lei are from private collection. Photos copyright by G. Wong-Monaco, 2012.)
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