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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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Are you single? Perfect! Join our 5-Week Wednesday Night Singles Skeeball League

Due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions enacted by the governor on bars and restaurants prohibiting indoor service, this league start date has been delayed until the tentative date listed below. We will still have a 5-week season. We'll take off around the holidays and finish the season in January. Those registered to participate will receive regular updates leading up to the season starting and during. ------------------------------- Just because things are a little different these days doesn't mean you need to put your dating life on pause! In this league you will meet lots of other singles while getting out of the house once a week to stay social. All while being safe by following our thorough league rules and guidelines for participation, including masks required, that can be found on my site here: https://www.s3leagues.com/covid-19-preventative-measures-at-skeeball-games--guidelines-for-participation.html If you're single, this league is literally THE BEST way to meet other singles in a laid back, easy going environment! There's tons of singles things out there, all of which are one night events. These can be brutally awkward are hard to really make connections. But during this league you'll hang out with the same group of half guys half girls every Wednesday night for 5 straight weeks, making it so much easier to really get to know each other and build relationships. FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE: https://s3leagues.com/wednesday-sluggers-skeeball-league-season1-details.html SIGN UP BY YOURSELF OR WITH FRIENDS, and we'll place you on a team of 12 people with others around your age. Team are made for anyone aged 21-42. Every night you hang out and play a skeeball match against a different team, have a few drinks, get FREE batting cages and FREE pop a shot basketball games! AND half of players win a free beer each night. Maybe you meet someone you click with, maybe you make some new single friends to hang out with. Either way you will have an amazing season! There's a reason why this league has filled up every time for the last 19 seasons :) Look at all those happy faces in the event picture, they didn't know each other before their season! It really is a blast. --------------------------------------- LEAGUE DETAILS: *Don't pay attention to the RSVP #. I promote this league in many places and it's almost sold out! First Games: Wednesday, December 2nd Games Start: 6:40 or 7:50 pm Length: 5 Weeks *Final night is a playoffs tournament! Location: Sluggers (3540 N Clark St) in Wrigley League Fees: Only $50 per player!! (about the same cost as a decent speed dating or singles mixer event) FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE: https://s3leagues.com/wednesday-sluggers-skeeball-league-season1-details.html Hope to see you there! Cheers, Ben

Family Feud Trivia League - No brainpower needed! 5 weeks $25! Limited capacity

If you've never tried this kind of trivia that we invented you're missing out! You don't have to know lots of random facts or be a brainiac to do well. Because of capacity limits at the bar and wanting to keep tables very spaced out, there will be only up to 12 teams and 72 total thinkers. The host bar for this league is strictly following all city and state health guidelines to keep everyone safe. They have plenty of space to space out tables and have high ceilings to allow for great air circulation. They will be cleaning and disinfecting everything right before we arrive each night. Teams of individual players that we create are required to wear masks throughout the night unless they are in the act of eating or drinking. That means putting em on while chatting. We know these are different times and are fully committed to making you feel comfortable during this league experience. You can register online by yourself or with friends for only $25! Or sign up your own team of up to 6 for $110. I'll then put you on a coed team of 6 thinkers around your age. It ALWAYS fills up so the RSVP # will not reflect the actual size. REGISTER HERE: https://www.s3leagues.com/thursday-family-feud-trivia-league-at-the-river-season1-details.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ LEAGUE DETAILS: First Games: Thursday, December 3rd *No games Thurs, Dec 24th or Dec 31st Start/End Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Location: The River (2909 N Sheffield Ave) ---------------------------- HOW WE PLAY: Each night there are 2 rounds of 5 questions. Because there will of course be more than 2 "families" in this league, the trivia works in reverse of how traditional Family Feud scoring goes. Teams are given the survey question that people were asked, and then you have to turn in one answer. BUT you get the MOST points for guessing the lowest answer on the list (the one that only a couple people said) and LESS points for guessing the popular answers! So it's a battle between making sure your answer is on the on the list of answers given but as far on the bottom of that list as possible. It's THE BEST kind of trivia ever. ---------------------------- NIGHTLY PRIZES: 1st - 100 oz beer tower & 20% off your bill! (valid any night including the night you win) 2nd - Round of shots for the team! 3rd - Pitcher of margarita or skinny punch! OVERALL LEAGUE PRIZES: We take your top 2 scores over the 5-week season to determine these winners. 1st - 3 hour party (incl domestic beer, well drinks and pizza) for 6, $100 The River Gift Card & $100 Barcocina Gift Card! 2nd - 3 hour party (incl domestic beer, well drinks and pizza) for 6 & $100 Barcocina Gift Card! 3rd - 3 hour party (incl domestic beer, well drinks and pizza) for 6! ---------------------------- League Fees: Only $25 per person! $110 per team of up to 6. REGISTER HERE: https://www.s3leagues.com/thursday-family-feud-trivia-league-at-the-river-season1-details.html Hope to see you there! Cheers, Ben

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

The World Famous Laugh Factory

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is back open for comedy! They are taking your safety, cleaning procedures, and precautionary guidelines VERY seriously because they know you can't relax and LOL if you don't feel comfortable while there. See the bottom of this event post for details on this. The venue is operating on a 50 person capacity right now so most likely for these shows it'll be just us from the Meetup group! Get your $5 tickets to either the 7:30 or 9:00 pm shows ASAP before it fills up. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in over 3 years been requested actually), 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 Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Note 2 drink minimum applies to each show. *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. 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 :) No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred. ---------------------------------------------- Here is the show description: CHICAGO'S BEST STAND UP! Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Their well rehearsed sets are sure to make you laugh, PLUS they live in our city and joke about it so it's super relatable! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- HOW THEY ARE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE! - We will be operating under limited occupancy (50 patrons) to accommodate social distancing guidelines - We’ve adjusted our showtimes to safely allow patrons to enter and leave the venue - Cleaning protocols & staff hygiene protocol will be elevated to adhere to city guidelines - Staff and comics will have temperature checks before every shift - Staff will be wearing face masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces - Patrons must wear masks upon entry and until seated, as well as when departing or anytime you leave your table. All patrons must wear masks when making an order with their server while seated in the showroom. - Groups will be seated at the same table but not with others not within the group - Hand Sanitizer will be available everywhere for use - If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you keep everyone safe and refrain from entering the venue to avoid the spread of illness Q. What time should we arrive at the club if we have reservations? We recommend arriving between 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the show. This is to ensure safe seating and social distancing while entering theatre. Q. If we have reservations, do we still need to wait in line? We are working to ensure there is no significant waiting in line and patrons are sat in a timely Q. Is there parking? Street parking is available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged. Q. What is your dress code? Have your face mask or request at the door. GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Enjoy the shows!

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

The World Famous Laugh Factory

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is back open for comedy! They are taking your safety, cleaning procedures, and precautionary guidelines VERY seriously because they know you can't relax and LOL if you don't feel comfortable while there. See the bottom of this event post for details on this. The venue is operating on a 50 person capacity right now so most likely for these shows it'll be just us from the Meetup group! Get your $5 tickets to either the 7:30 or 9:00 pm shows ASAP before it fills up. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in over 3 years been requested actually), 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 Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Note 2 drink minimum applies to each show. *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. 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 :) No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred. ---------------------------------------------- Here is the show description: CHICAGO'S BEST STAND UP! Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Their well rehearsed sets are sure to make you laugh, PLUS they live in our city and joke about it so it's super relatable! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- HOW THEY ARE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE! - We will be operating under limited occupancy (50 patrons) to accommodate social distancing guidelines - We’ve adjusted our showtimes to safely allow patrons to enter and leave the venue - Cleaning protocols & staff hygiene protocol will be elevated to adhere to city guidelines - Staff and comics will have temperature checks before every shift - Staff will be wearing face masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces - Patrons must wear masks upon entry and until seated, as well as when departing or anytime you leave your table. All patrons must wear masks when making an order with their server while seated in the showroom. - Groups will be seated at the same table but not with others not within the group - Hand Sanitizer will be available everywhere for use - If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you keep everyone safe and refrain from entering the venue to avoid the spread of illness Q. What time should we arrive at the club if we have reservations? We recommend arriving between 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the show. This is to ensure safe seating and social distancing while entering theatre. Q. If we have reservations, do we still need to wait in line? We are working to ensure there is no significant waiting in line and patrons are sat in a timely Q. Is there parking? Street parking is available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged. Q. What is your dress code? Have your face mask or request at the door. GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Enjoy the shows!

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