What we're about

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

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 as part of a themed activity. 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. And we get a lot of steps! Chicago South Loop Explorers is inclusive and everyone is welcome -- whether you're a local, new to the area, an expat or even just visiting. 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). Learn more.

Our activities and tips are designed to help members establish friendships, inspire wellness and stay socially connected in the community. Our collective efforts favorably influence social wellness in Chicago and beyond. We align with like-minded community organizations that also support health and wellness, including the 4th Ward South Loop Community Advisory Council and others.

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):


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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Special Thanks to Those Who Have Made Space for Our Group:
Allstar Seafood & Sports, Aurelio's at Roosevelt and Michigan, Bar Louie South Loop, Dick's Last Resort, Dusek's | Punch House | Tack Room, Half Sour, Hilton Chicago, Island Party Hut, Kitty O'Shea's, Kurah Mediterranean, Manny's Cafeteria & Deli, Modern Chinese Cook Book, Nando's Roosevelt Collection, Reggies Chicago, River North Design District, Sparrow Chicago, Weather Mark Tavern.

Upcoming events (2)

Trivia Night at Kroll’s

Needs a location

We achieved second place last week in our first visit to Kroll’s in the South Loop for trivia. We are going to return another week.

We will continue to evaluate our options going forward.

As always, the team maximum is 8 players (that seems to the the universal trivia rule), so please RSVP yes only if you are able to attend — and adjust your response if your plans change.

Book Discussion: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Needs a location

South Loop Explorers is plannings its second literary event.

The selected book is I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison. It's a post-apocalyptic science fiction short story and at 162 pages should be pretty easy to read by May 26.

We will find a table at Half Sour and hopefully have a lively discussion.

Please RSVP so we know who and how many to expect.

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