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Chicago Social Events will be putting together tons of events for 20-30 somethings that focus on one thing: Meeting people and having fun. Well, that's kind of two things...Our group will live by the motto "A good time is all about who you share it with". I've been putting up our events in other Meetup groups for the past several months and have seen amazing turnouts with such great people, so now it just makes sense to create my own!

We'll be organizing groups to do things like happy hours, trivia nights, visit museums, go to comedy shows, plan trolley crawls, wine tastings, tournaments, play in rec sports leagues and more! Does this sound like every other group on Meetup? Well it's definitely similar, but I'm really good at getting good deals for everyone and coming up with unique events that have recently been bringing out large groups of people that simply want to get out more and meet others. So if you're fresh in town (welcome!), are looking to make some new friends, and/or simply just want to spice things up and do something other than sitting in a bar with the same ol' folks, we're gonna be that spice.

I also run S3 Simply Social Sports Leagues (s3leagues.com), which offers THE BEST coed rec sports leagues in the city. Sure I'm biased, but the sweet thing is they really are amazing. These leagues allow you to join by yourself or with friends and we create teams by age group for anyone aged 21-42, with post-game festivities at a near-by bar. These leagues welcome all skill levels. Rather than a one time event, these leagues last 5-8 weeks and allow you to foster stronger relationships as you come together every week during the season. Being new to town myself years ago, I made all my best friends by joining a coed softball team. I knew I could make it better, and now many years later with tens of thousands of past alum, tons of new friends made, couples formed, and several marriages! Sometimes the best connections come from simply expanding your social circle and getting out more. This is our goal, and we're excited to see you at an event or league!

Cheers, Ben

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FREE Family Yoga Class in the Park! (at McKinley Park near Bridgeport)

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JOIN US FOR FAMILY YOGA IN CHICAGO AREA PARKS!

Bring your own children or your nieces and nephews!

These classes are FREE to attend!
BUT RSVP IS REQUIRED HERE: https://form.jotform.com/211245645050143

CLASS DATES & LOCATIONS:

Saturday, July 16th @ McKinley Park (2210 W. Pershing Rd, Field 5)

Saturday, August 20th @ McKinley Park (2210 W. Pershing Rd, Field 5)

Saturday, September 17th @ McGuane Park (2901 S Poplar Ave)

ALL CLASSES ARE FROM 10-11 AM –- ARRIVE EARLY TO GET COMFORTABLE!

There's limited space available so RSVP today! Please only RSVP if you plan to attend so we can have as many families attend as possible. And let me know if you cannot attend later. Thanks!

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Buddha Belly Kids Yoga is a mobile yoga & mindfulness organization founded by educators and dedicated to nurturing kids’ innate desire for movement and play! Their family yoga class provides a medium for children and their grownups to unplug and bond in the most playful of ways. Grownups and children will interact through moving, breathing, and connecting. These family classes include grounding into the moment through mindful breathing, the BBKY Sun Dance Warm-Up, co-creation of poses with participants, storybook yoga, games, partner poses, and relaxation. Class is geared towards families with children ages 2-10; however, younger and older siblings are most welcome to attend!

Classes will take place in the grass so we encourage you to bring your own beach towel or blanket.

Join us for an opportunity to be better together and watch the magic of yoga unfold!

RSVP FOR FREE HERE: https://form.jotform.com/211245645050143

Play Sunday Funday Intramural 16" Softball & Kickball! Easy to get on a team!

Let's MEETUP on Sunday Fundays this summer! There's nothing better in Chicago than playing in one of our laid back, coed, recreational "Simply Social" intramural leagues! For the past 12 years, people have been joining teams in my all skill levels welcome social leagues because we offer not only a super fun outdoor activity, but also create an environment where meeting people is just as important as the games!

We get friendly, down to earth people to sign up, not overly competitive folks. Hanging out with the same group week after week for 8 weeks makes it effortless to build lasting relationships. That really is the best part :)

TONS OF PEOPLE JOIN BY THEMSELVES OR WITH A FRIEND OR A FEW TO GET PLACED ON A TEAM OF OTHERS AROUND THEIR AGE!

*Want to get placed on a team but can't make it to every game? No problem! We put extra players on every team for this very reason.

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PLAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON KICKBALL OR 16" SOFTBALL! HERE ARE THE FULL DETAILS & INFO ON HOW TO JOIN:

16" SOFTBALL: https://s3leagues.com/summer-leagues/sunday-stanton-park-softball

KICKBALL: https://s3leagues.com/summer-leagues/sunday-stanton-park-kickball

PLAY 8-WEEKS FOR JUST $75 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP' OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM FOR A BIG DISCOUNT!

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FULL LEAGUE DETAILS:

*Don't pay attention to the RSVP #. People find out about and join these leagues from many places and they always fill up fast!

Before the season starts, you'll get an email with TONS of important info including your teammates' names and emails, the full schedule, how we play, sponsor bar location more.

FIRST GAMES: Sunday, April 24th. Games played between 1:00-4:30 pm and your team's game time rotates weekly.

LENGTH: 8 Weeks including a final day playoff tournament where all teams make it in and play for prizes!

WHERE WE PLAY: We play 16" Softball & Kickball at Stanton Park (North & Halsted). There's easy and free parking in lots next to the field!

WHERE WE GRAB DRINKS AND HANG OUT AFTER: Sully's House, just 3 blocks from the field with a rooftop lounge, sidewalk patio and an awesome atmosphere for our teams!

Let me know if you have any questions at all! I hope to see you there ;)

Cheers, Ben

IT'S BACK!! Our AMAZING River Tubing BYOB Float Trip w/ All You Can Eat Taco Bar

Grab your floaties & koozies on our 9th annual float trip! Join 2 busloads (110 people!) of fun-loving and friendly Meetup folks for THE BEST day trip everrrrr! Get out of the city and into a river on tubes with a drink in hand under the summer sun. You just can't beat it :)

THE TRIP ​INCLUDES OUR DELICIOUS ALL YOU CAN EAT TACO BAR LUNCH! After a float and some drinks, there's nothing better than stuffing our faces with 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.

We go on this trip 2 different dates. One on Saturday, July 30th and another on Saturday, August 20th. Sign up for the one that works best for you! They're both a blast.

REGISTER HERE: https://form.jotform.com/61045656205148

It's only $79 to attend! Well actually $82.23 because they charge us a darn $2.60 processing fee per ticket. We have a lot of costs to cover which is why it's this much. But trust me, it's worth it for how much fun you'll have this day!

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THE TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Round trip coach bus transportation. We ride in super nice buses, aka way more expensive, but worth it! They've got bathrooms and TVs (to watch movies!) for a higher level of comfort.
  • Your personal float tube. Tubes that hold your cooler can be shared and purchased for $10 cash upon arrival. Each cooler tube can hold 2 large standard sized coolers.
  • Lunch. ALL YOU CAN EAT taco bar when we get out of the river after floating.

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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 and float with Riverside Rentals.
  • Grab our tubes and float/drink/chat/relax for ~3 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!

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The Schedule:

*All times are listed in Chicago time (Central Standard Time)

9:15 am SHARP - Buses Depart Chicago
(meet on the NW corner of Sheffield and Fullerton, you'll see big coach buses and we'll check you in)

12:00 pm - Buses arrive at the river and we float!

3:30 pm - Float ends at the tubing place, get out, eat lunch, freshen up and finish your drinks.

4:30-5:00 pm - Head back to Chicago
(drop off at the same place we started the day)

~6:30-7:00 pm - Arrive in Chicago

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REGISTER HERE: https://form.jotform.com/61045656205148

A COUPLE FINAL THINGS:

  • You can leave anything you'd like on the bus while we're floating. They'll be locked and waiting for us right when we get out.
  • No hard liquor allowed. No exceptions. No glass containers.
  • Drinking alcohol isn't allowed on the bus rides.
  • DO NOT sign up for this trip if you plan to get drunk. We will all get a nice buzz going on the trip but don't need anyone being irresponsible.

$5 First Fridays Stand Up Comedy Shows at Chicago's best venue!

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The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is open for comedy and we all could use some laughs! We always get A LOT of people to attend these shows. Often times over 100 Meetup members!

If you attend by yourself or with friends and want to be seated in the Meetup group section, simply request this when you check in at the ticket booth! Then just say hi to those around you :)

Every First Friday of the month we get $5 TICKETS to their shows at 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 pm. They're ALWAYS hilarious!

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Get your $5 tickets ASAP before the quantity they give us get sells out. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in 4 years been requested), I know you'll enjoy your MUCH NEEDED night out! This event is posted in lots of different Meetup groups, so the RSVP # won't show how many are actually attending.

GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory

*You can purchase tickets for several people and multiple shows this night through the 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. Groups of up to 6 people can be sat together if arriving together.

Please Note: These shows are for ages 18+ w/ ID. If you show up after start time you will not be able to enter. 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 :) Also, an 18% service fee (aka gratuity) will be applied to all drink tabs at payment to be given directly to service staff.

No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred.

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Here are the show descriptions:

7:30 PM - Drink, Date, Laugh! This hilarious show 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 $50 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.

9:30 PM - Young Hustle Show! This is a Stand-Up Comedy show comprised of the best comedians in Chicago as well as comedians from Comedy Central, HBO and Conan. Every show leaves people coming back for more.

11:30 PM - Low Key Funny Friday Night Variety Show! This monthly show will shine light on some of Chicago's emerging talent in stand-up, improv/ sketch comedy, and up and coming music artists. Break away from the basic format of comedy shows and experience a vibe of music, sketch, and lowkey still crack up all night!

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Is there parking? Street parking and some garages are available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged.

What is the dress code? There is no dress code. Be comfortable!

GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory

Enjoy the laughter!

-Ben

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