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Interested in exploring all that Chicago has to offer? We are, too.

We are currently not accepting new members. If we accept you during this current time, you have a limited window to stay a member. When we accept, we will accept only a limited number that brings the group up to a max of 100.

The South Loop is our focus and base -- where you'll usually find us. But we also elbow our way throughout the downtown area -- from Cermak to North Avenue and everywhere east of Halsted, including the lake (we stretch the boundaries beyond these streets). Occasionally we venture out to other neighborhoods. We learn about what Chicago has to offer and get involved in our communities. Everyone shares a story or two about the area, buildings, businesses, neighborhood, history, favorite spots, themselves, etc. Join us!


We must ensure the integrity of our commitments, keep the community independent, encourage participation and offset the cost of administering the group. Therefore, we ask that you pay annual membership dues of $12/year (that's just $1/month) plus a $1.51 Meetup processing fee ($13.51 non-refundable) -- that’s really less than the price of one drink a year. This is stated again when we send a confirmation of your request to join the group. Learn more. We may also ask for a minor fee throughout the year to cover costs for various activities.

Those members who actively participate throughout the year may qualify for consideration to have annual dues waived at renewal.

Not interested in paying the annual fee? You may sign up for our other group, City Fun in Chicago (you may pay to participate in single events and get free information there):


If you have suggestions for activities, please let me know. Our tentative plan for 2023 includes regular trivia participation, occasional neighborhood walks in the greater South Loop/downtown areas, and monthly group activities, such as:

  • February: Chicago Auto Show
  • Mach: St. Patrick's Day Event
  • April: Earth Day Clean-Up
  • May: Northerly Island Walk TBD
  • June: Jazz Night with South Loop Neighbors
  • June: Pilsen Art Walk (Arts District postponed their June event)
  • July: Navy Pier Fireworks Night (potentially with Shedd Aquarium - TBD)
  • August: Printers Row Art Festival
  • September: TBD
  • October: Open House Chicago
  • November: Fine Arts Building Open House
  • December: Holiday Event

NOTE: When you sign up for an event, please do your best to show up, limit cancellations and avoid "no show" status (it impacts how we approach an event and the experience for others). "No shows" without explanation may be notified and removed from the group, regardless of paid membership status.

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