What we're about

This is a group for folks who have just moved to Chicago, or who aren't originally from here. If you've chosen to make Chicago your home, it's a great place to be- there's lots of friendly faces, tons of culture, and so much to do. Join us for chances to meet new people and get to know this new city.

We have a discussion group on facebook, if you would like to join and discuss upcoming event ideas and things like that: https://www.facebook.com/groups/889303217815912/
Anyone can join, so please come on by!

If you've been here a while, or even if you're a native Chicagoan, you are certainly welcome. After all, it's nice to have a bit of a guide in checking out this wonderful, cosmopolitan city.

For those of you who want to know:
Is this a singles group? No, not exclusively. People might meet others to date, certainly, but that's not the point of this group.
Is this a networking group? Again, not exclusively, but if you make some good business connecting or find a job through this group, that's great!
Is this a Chicago-centric group? Yes. It's just easier to focus the group on the city area. Events outside the city are welcome, but be aware that the majority of folks on this group are likely to live within the city itself. Thanks.

Upcoming events (5)

Join Our Social, Recreational Kickball, 16" Softball & Beach Volleyball Teams!

Leagues played at various locations around Chicago. See league specifics for details!

Register for a summer league and we'll keep you updated as start dates approach. Leagues won't start until allowed AND they can be played safely with the necessary precautions to make you comfortable attending (likely masks, lots of hand sanitizer available, etc). Social distancing will be enacted at games when possible and at the sponsor bars as well. We will delay if necessary and full refunds will be provided if your league eventually has to be cancelled. We ALL need something fun to look forward to right now, so sign up today! We cannot wait to get social outdoors with you all very soon. Also please read this additional info: https://www.s3leagues.com/outlook-for-upcoming-summer-leagues-during-the-covid-19-situation.html ---------------------------------------- READ BELOW. IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE LEAGUES, HOW FUN THEY ARE AND HOW TO GET ON A TEAM! LOTS OF LEAGUE OPTIONS PLAYING DIFFERENT DAYS OF THE WEEK! These coed rec leagues give you an exciting weekly activity to look forward to and keep you active, social and meeting new people! I've been running em for 10 years now, and love seeing how easy it is for people to build lasting relationships because you hang out with the same group of players and teams week after week during the 5-8 week season. EVERYONE makes friends, maybe meets that special someone and expands their social circle in S3! *Want to get placed on a team but can't make it to every game? No problem! We put extra players on every team to cover for ya. *********************************************** FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/register-now-for-summer-softball-kickball--beach-volleyball-leagues-starting-in-june.html Meetup Group Members & Your Friends Get $20 OFF Softball & Kickball Player League Fees! USE PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP' *Beach volleyball is kept cheap for everyone at just $65. *********************************************** ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME (no experience required). I'm able to make teams for anyone aged 21-42. Simply register by yourself or with friends and I'll put you with others around your age for the season. After registering, I'll email EVERYTHING you need to know for the season including your teammate info, the full schedule, how/where we play and TONS more! The good times start at games but then continue after playing at a bar everyone walks to. With social distancing guidelines in place of course. Over 58,000 past players (yeah that many haha) have had a blast! You can be a part of these seasons for just $55-$85 w/ promo code 'MEETUPHOOKUP' ($20 off!) ____________________________________________________________________________________ LEAGUES INCLUDE: (see each league page for full details) - 5-8 Week Season (varies by league) - We buy your team some beer each week! - Team player shirts in whatever size you ask for! - Exclusive player food and drink specials at your sponsor bar! - Teams get split up into multiple separate divisions based on records for playoffs and the winner of EACH division gets a team party prize! *********************************************** FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/register-now-for-summer-softball-kickball--beach-volleyball-leagues-starting-in-june.html Meetup Group Members & Your Friends Get $20 OFF Softball & Kickball Player League Fees! USE PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP' *Beach volleyball is kept cheap for everyone at just $65. *********************************************** I hope you let me show you what makes S3 Simply Social Sports Leagues so popular and exciting. I guarantee it'll be a unique experience unlike anything you've ever been a part of :) PLEASE don't hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions! Cheers, Ben

First Fridays Meetup @ Chicago's Best Stand Up Comedy Venue - We get $5 tickets!

WE'VE GOT A BAR TO HANG OUT AT AFTER THE SHOWS! SEE BELOW :) The Laugh Factory Chicago loves Meetup groups so much that they offer us cheap tickets ($5) to BOTH the 8:00 pm Drink, Date, Laugh & 10:00 pm Diamond Comedy Hour shows EVERY First Friday of the month. This means you can attend these shows with new comics and different HILARIOUS content at this price every First Friday of the month! This event is posted in lots of different Meetup groups, so the RSVP # won't show how many are actually attending. We get lots of people every First Friday (40-80 people) plus the venue sells their own tickets so there will always be a great crowd to get your laugh on with! Everyone attending either with friends or by themselves will be seated in a special section for our Meetup groups, as long as you arrive by the show start time. So come solo or with friends and meet others! It's literally guaranteed to be funny or get your money back :) IT'S ONLY $5 FOR A VIP TICKET! Get tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory ********************************************************** HANG OUT AT THIS BAR AFTER THE SHOWS! Now we have a post-show spot to hang out at with everyone! After each show head a few blocks south on Broadway to Avenue Tavern to meet everyone from our group. PLUS we got them to offer you $3 Miller Lite & Coors Light Drafts AND $5 Cheese Stix, Mac-N-Cheese Nuggets or Potato Skins. Upon arrival, tell the bar staff you just came from the show and they'll give you a wristband. This will identify you as being in our group (so you know who to say hi to!) and to get our specials. The best area to gather in is the back room of the bar where there's usually lots of open tables. So don't just come to the show, head to the bar after and make new friends! Or if you're attending the later show, come before and after! :) ********************************************************** Here are the show descriptions: DRINK, DATE, LAUGH! 8:00 pm Drink Date Laugh is a one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy showcase/game show at the Chicago Laugh Factory that engages the audience by exploring their dating history and love lives. Short questionnaires are given out before the show (all in good fun) that the team uses to briefly interview selected crowd members (seriously, all in good fun). At the end of the show, three lucky audience members are picked to participate in a live game show to win a $100 gift certificate to a local spot. On top of all that, the show features stand-up sets from some of the best comedians in Chicago. DIAMOND COMEDY HOUR 10:00 pm Diamond Comedy Hour is a monthly showcase featuring premier female comedians from Chicago and beyond. Join it's creator/host for an incredible show with special giveaways, drink specials and extended headliner sets! There's never been a bad show, cuz these ladies know how to make you laugh! It's never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Come see what makes Chicago's ladies the funniest on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- IT'S ONLY $5 FOR A VIP TICKET! (Well actually $5.45 cuz of a $0.45 processing fee per ticket that we get charged.) *Tickets are normally $27, but we get them to hook us up! Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Get tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory *You can purchase multiple tickets through this link. No physical tickets will be issued. Your name will be on a list at the door and all tickets will be under the purchaser's name. No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred. Please Note: These shows are for ages 18+ w/ ID. If you show up after start time you will not be able to sit in our group section. There is a 2 drink minimum per person per show (non-alcoholic or alcoholic). Drinks are reasonably priced, and a comedy show is funnier with a few drinks, so this shouldn't be an issue with how cheap our tickets are :) Enjoy the shows!

Our 8th Annual BYOB River Tubing Float Trip w/ Taco Bar Lunch - 110 people go!

We're still planning to go on these tubing trips! Hopefully it's okay to do so on our scheduled dates. If we have to push the trip date and you can no longer attend, or if we have to eventually cancel, you'll receive a FULL refund no questions asked. So register today and have something amazing to look forward to with no risk at all! --------------------------------------------------- It's once again time to grab your floaties & beer koozies because IT'S BACK for our 8th year! Join 110 people as we head to Winamac, Indiana, and have some serious fun floating down the Tippecanoe River. We're consistently told by people who attend that this is their best day of summer. There's really nothing better than getting out of the city for a day trip in the sun, having fun making new friends over drinks! We do this trip on 2 different dates. One on Saturday, July 27th and another on Saturday, August 24th. JOIN US for one of em! ​INCLUDES AN EXCELLENT ALL YOU CAN EAT TACO BAR LUNCH!! It's wonderful chowing down after drinking for hours in the sun at an all you can eat taco bar lunch! This includes hard and soft shells, ground beef, shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, sour cream, rice, and chips & salsa!! Yummmmmmm. REGISTER HERE: http://s3leagues.com/july--august-byob-river-tubing-float-trips-to-indiana-with-all-you-can-eat-taco-bar.html -------------------------------- It's just $70 to attend and includes: - Round trip coach BUS transportation (we ride in nicer buses [aka more expensive] with bathrooms for this trip for a higher level of comfort, more people can come and so we can watch movies on the way there & back!). - Your personal float TUBE (cooler tubes can be shared and purchased for $10 cash upon arrival). - All you can eat taco bar LUNCH after we're done floating. -------------------------------- The event in a nutshell: - Show up to the bus with your own BYOB cooler and snacks - We drive ~2 hours into Indiana watching movies, then arrive at the river - Grab our tubes, get cooler tubes, and float/drink for ~3-4 hours - Get out of the river and chow down on all you can eat tacos - Board the bus and head back to sweet home Chicago! -------------------------------- The Schedule: *All times listed are in Chicago time (Indiana is 1 hr ahead) 9:15 am SHARP - Buses Depart Chicago (meet in the parking lot on the NW corner of Sheffield and Fullerton) 12:00 pm - Buses arrive at the river and we float! 3:30 pm (ish) - Float ends at the tubing place, get out & eat lunch 4:30-5:00 pm - Head back to Chicago (drop off at the same place we started the day) ~7:00 pm - Arrive in Chicago --------------------- REGISTER HERE: http://s3leagues.com/july--august-byob-river-tubing-float-trips-to-indiana-with-all-you-can-eat-taco-bar.html *Please also read the "Other important things to note" on our site so you know everything about what's allowed and expected of each attendee for this trip. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!!!! Cheers, Ben

First Fridays Meetup @ Chicago's Best Stand Up Comedy Venue - We get $5 tickets!

WE'VE GOT A BAR TO HANG OUT AT AFTER THE SHOWS! SEE BELOW :) The Laugh Factory Chicago loves Meetup groups so much that they offer us cheap tickets ($5) to BOTH the 8:00 pm Drink, Date, Laugh & 10:00 pm Diamond Comedy Hour shows EVERY First Friday of the month. This means you can attend these shows with new comics and different HILARIOUS content at this price every First Friday of the month! This event is posted in lots of different Meetup groups, so the RSVP # won't show how many are actually attending. We get lots of people every First Friday (40-80 people) plus the venue sells their own tickets so there will always be a great crowd to get your laugh on with! Everyone attending either with friends or by themselves will be seated in a special section for our Meetup groups, as long as you arrive by the show start time. So come solo or with friends and meet others! It's literally guaranteed to be funny or get your money back :) IT'S ONLY $5 FOR A VIP TICKET! Get tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory ********************************************************** HANG OUT AT THIS BAR AFTER THE SHOWS! Now we have a post-show spot to hang out at with everyone! After each show head a few blocks south on Broadway to Avenue Tavern to meet everyone from our group. PLUS we got them to offer you $3 Miller Lite & Coors Light Drafts AND $5 Cheese Stix, Mac-N-Cheese Nuggets or Potato Skins. Upon arrival, tell the bar staff you just came from the show and they'll give you a wristband. This will identify you as being in our group (so you know who to say hi to!) and to get our specials. The best area to gather in is the back room of the bar where there's usually lots of open tables. So don't just come to the show, head to the bar after and make new friends! Or if you're attending the later show, come before and after! :) ********************************************************** Here are the show descriptions: DRINK, DATE, LAUGH! 8:00 pm Drink Date Laugh is a one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy showcase/game show at the Chicago Laugh Factory that engages the audience by exploring their dating history and love lives. Short questionnaires are given out before the show (all in good fun) that the team uses to briefly interview selected crowd members (seriously, all in good fun). At the end of the show, three lucky audience members are picked to participate in a live game show to win a $100 gift certificate to a local spot. On top of all that, the show features stand-up sets from some of the best comedians in Chicago. DIAMOND COMEDY HOUR 10:00 pm Diamond Comedy Hour is a monthly showcase featuring premier female comedians from Chicago and beyond. Join it's creator/host for an incredible show with special giveaways, drink specials and extended headliner sets! There's never been a bad show, cuz these ladies know how to make you laugh! It's never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Come see what makes Chicago's ladies the funniest on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- IT'S ONLY $5 FOR A VIP TICKET! (Well actually $5.45 cuz of a $0.45 processing fee per ticket that we get charged.) *Tickets are normally $27, but we get them to hook us up! Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Get tickets here: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory *You can purchase multiple tickets through this link. No physical tickets will be issued. Your name will be on a list at the door and all tickets will be under the purchaser's name. No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred. Please Note: These shows are for ages 18+ w/ ID. If you show up after start time you will not be able to sit in our group section. There is a 2 drink minimum per person per show (non-alcoholic or alcoholic). Drinks are reasonably priced, and a comedy show is funnier with a few drinks, so this shouldn't be an issue with how cheap our tickets are :) Enjoy the shows!

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