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LeapLiving Launch Party!

When: August 22nd, 6-9 pm

Where: Gallery Bar

River North, 738 N Clark St


Why: Free food, drink specials, raffle prizes, free art work and a live crowd-funding event... all from local businesses

Who: You, and your friends, family, significant others, co-workers--anyone interested in having a nice evening out, supporting local businesses, and learning about how to live the life you want (we promise we won't grand stand for longer than 5-10 minutes!). They can RSVP here:

The night will include TWO custom made cocktails with Premiere Distillery's Real Russian Vodka, & Tanteo Tequila, along with food specials from Gallery Bar’s unique take on international street food fusion cuisine (made entirely from organic, local, freshly sourced ingredients)!

Co-Sponsoring this evening, FunderHut, a new Chicago crowdfunding start-up, will be present to help kick off a new campaign for LeapLiving! This evening only, we will be offering additional kudos to crowdfunders who donate on 8/22 during the day or that evening (and are present to win).

To follow sneek peeks & posts about what's going to be happening throughout the evening, go here:

What else can you expect from this evening?!

- Meet & chat with LeapLiving's Founder & Chief Executive ConsultantTina Weidenhammer

- A 50/50 raffle lottery! Throughout the night you can buy $2 raffle tickets. At the end of the night, we will draw out the winning lottery raffle ticket. The 1st prize winner will receive half of the lottery cash; 2nd prize winner will receive a bottle of Real Russian Vodka; and 3rd prize winner will receive a $25 voucher to Gallery Bar.

- Portrait Artist Jaime Reda ( will be on hand offering FREE caricature in her classic rabbit style (suggested donation to the artist is $5)

- Full cash bar for all of Gallery Bar's amazing crafted Beer Cocktails & Cocktails

- Also in attendance this evening will be a group of individuals who have already engaged LeapLiving's two services and have volunteered to share their honest experiences with the services

Learn more about LeapLiving:


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  • Tina W.

    Thank you everyone for an incredible launch last night! We had approximately 230 people, such great conversations, and new friends. You all made it a wonderful evening, and I cannot thank you enough for coming out for the night.

    August 23, 2013

  • Frantz T. E.

    I appreciated the invite to attend the LeapLiving Launching event. However‚ I was very disappointed because the true intent of the event I am assuming was to network and raise funds for new ventureships. Most of that got lost with the whole "party" vibe. I spoke to a few people who were there to network but with the wrong target. A couple of other folks said they were simply there for the free food and drinks! I am new to Chicago. I like the ideas Tina and the guys of FundingHut have but it got lost in the moment of libation and revelry. The venue was too small for what was taking place. I'm sure someone was aware of the limit capacity of the place but somehow folks were still waiting in line to get in. All in all‚ good ideas‚ small venues and the objectives needs to he taylored to a focus target audience.

    August 23, 2013

  • Tina W.

    RAFFLE SNEAK PEEK: We are doing a 50/50 split pot, and 3 prizes too!!! What's that mean you ask? Buy raffle tickets for $2/ticket or $8/10 tickets throughout the night. Then at 8ish (you must be present), we will call 4 raffle numbers for 1st place is 50% of the money in the pot!!! 2nd place is a bottle of Premiere Distillery's bottle of Real Russian, 3rd place is bottle of Tanteo Tequila's bottle of Tequila, and NEW to the raffle is 4th place is a gift certificate to Noel Labak's

    1 · August 16, 2013

    • Ken K.

      Thank you Tina! I won $250 gift certificate!!!

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed this event. Wonderful people, great location, cool venue with good service. Let's Do It Again!

    August 22, 2013

  • Ray

    Thanks for the well-crafted event, Tina. Best wishes on your consulting practice and we look forward to seeing more of you and from you!

    August 22, 2013


    I stopped by but the line outside was too long(( Will see you at the next one

    August 22, 2013

  • Tina W.

    FYI there is metered street parking. Public Parking lot just south of the bar on Clark. Chicago Red & Brownline stops are just a couple blocks away. Clark Bus, Chicago Bus. See you all tonight!

    August 22, 2013

  • Kenneth R.

    I'm in the city tonight and excited about connecting with you all. Hopefully I can utilize my military knowledge and work relations in BNSF railway to help assist others.

    1 · August 22, 2013


    Looking forward to making new friends

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Having dinner with family(visiting from out of town) at 7pm

    August 16, 2013

  • Tina W.

    And the final group of highlighted entrepreneurs you can expect to meet include: Jaime Reda (Articulate Studios, artist), Polly Williams (tattoo artist), Benjamin J. Gonzales (GoPho Studios, photographer, videographer), & Johanna Van Dorf (Defloured Bakery), and of course Dan Salganik & Alan Salganik (FunderHut, crowdfunding)! Excited to supported all of these entrepreneurs for pursuing the lives they want to live today, not tomorrow!

    August 9, 2013

  • Tina W.

    I didn't are more of the special entrepreneurs highlighted at the 8/22 launch party: Jen Bachelder (trashy art/ist), Ramin Khamsei (Gentle Giant's Quintet, Jazz), Shelly Elfstrom (Urban Mischief Shop), Kristina Koenig (, artist), & Bill Sacco (Motion Emotion Productions, videographer, post production)...more tomorrow!

    August 7, 2013

  • Tina W.

    So who are some of the 15 special entrepreneurs joining us on 8/22? Well here's a few: Brook Woolf (Thai Massage), Rani Woolpert (Girl Detective, rock band), Melissa Calabrese (Event Planner), Sara Cherny (Big City Blues, dancing), Erin King (Francis Ellis Candles)...more later!

    August 7, 2013

  • Tina W.

    So I can't tag the photos of the art, you'll just have to go to the facebook event wall, nonetheless: WARNING SNEAK PEAK: So yesterday I defined crowdfunding, and that I'm doing it with FunderHut (more about them specifically soon).
    Yet part of the reason I did so was to introduce the participation & contribution of These two Portland artists, Kristina Koenig & Vilem Stosek-Hamzsek have donated 25 prints each (ie 50!) as part of the rewards for donating to the crowdfunding campaign! Even more impressive, is Kristina will be flying out to Chicago to sign and give you her particular print IN PERSON at the launch party (Vilem unfortunately cannot make it, but will be sending his art ahead with Kristina which she will hand to you on his behalf)!!! Check out their work here: I've watched Kristina grow into the artist she is today for over 15 years, and I have gained so much wisdom into how I view my world from Vilem for 8 years!

    August 1, 2013

  • Tina W.

    I feel like you are left out of the sneak peaks! So that can either follow them here: OR I'll try to make a point of posting them here too so you can see what's going on that night!

    August 1, 2013

  • Nina

    Excited! !

    1 · July 31, 2013

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