What we're about

This is a Chicago-Suburban meet-up group designed for people who enjoy the cinema, fine cuisine and more. Most evening events will consist of a movie, dinner, or a combination of both. Others may include a matinee followed by a film discussion afterwards at a local cafe. From time to time there will also be a foreign film, Indie or Classic movie scheduled, or even live theater.

We will have dining venues which will include diverse cuisines from around the world or around the block. In addition, other fun activities such as music venues, bowling, wine tastings, outdoor music fests/concerts, and more! Join us for ongoing dinner events like Porkapalooza, an exploration of area BBQ places; and BurgerTime, the same concept, but with Burgers. Check out the Pages section for where we've been and where we're going. Please let us know if there's some thing/some place you'd like to try, or if you'd like to host an event.

Please note: While all are welcome, consistent no-shows and those who use e-mail/Meetup to disparage other members will be removed from the group.

Upcoming events (4+)

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

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 7:00, 9:15 & 11:30 pm. They're ALWAYS hilarious! Do you like comedy? Maybe come to multiple shows!

*****************************
KEEP THE CONVOS GOING AND MEET YOUR FELLOW MEETUPERS AT OUR NEW POST-EVENT HANG OUT BAR! Duffy's Tavern & Grille, 420 W Diversey Pkwy

I decided it would be a good idea to find a cool neighborhood bar near the venue that everyone can walk to after shows and hang out! Sure you can laugh together, but it's MUCH better to keep the fun going afterwards at a place that's organized for everyone to go.

You get amazing specials I worked out! They are 25% off apps, $20 Truly buckets, $14 Miller/Coors Pitchers, $20 all other Beer Pitchers & $6 Tall Tito's & Jack Daniels Cocktails!! For a Friday night that's pretty good.
*****************************

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 Shows at either 7:00, 9:15 or 11:30 pm

*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 :) No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred.

----------------------------------------------

Here are the show descriptions:

7:00 PM - Drink, Date, Laugh! Drink Date Laugh 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.

9:15 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!

----------------------------------------------

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 your dress code? There is no dress code. Be comfortable!

GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00, 9:15 or 11:30 pm

Enjoy the laughter!

-Ben

Let's Do Chicago Architecture Kayaking Tour! 🤗 🤗

Come join us on an Amazing Chicago Architecture Kayaking Tour! I got us 10 Percent Discount Off with my special discount code for you and make new friends doing something fun!

Important... Book Now! Book Fast! Spaces are Limited! Other groups are joining us! 🤗

Go on the bottom mentioned link, choose Water Activity Classes on the Bottom of Left side of the page, then select the blank circle that says 0034 Architectural Chicago Kayak Tour Sec E Sun Oct 3 2:00-5:00pm, then go to Add to Cart, then go straight to the top of page Shopping Cart, then go to View Cart and will ask you What would you like to do next? Select Use Coupon Code, Enter my special discount code for you but type all in Capital Letters all together no spaces:

KAYAK10%

Then Check Out By Paying Discovery Center.

https://discoverycenter.cc/water-activity-classes/kayak-tour-chicago-river

0034 ARCHITECTURAL CHICAGO KAYAK TOUR Class Code: 0034 Availability: Spaces Available Price: $69.00 Includes Tax Choose Your Class Session * 0034 ARCHITECTURAL CHICAGO KAYAK TOUR : Sec E Sun Oct 3 2:00-5:00pm 0034 ARCHITECTURAL CHICAGO KAYAK TOUR

See Chicago from a whole new perspective... by kayak! Enjoy this architecture and history tour. You start with an introduction to paddle strokes, group dynamics and river safety. Then, experience the city from water level in this guided tour on the river. Paddle through our great urban “canyon” between the skyscrapers. Learn the story of how the city came to be and grew up along the water. No experience is needed for this 3-hour paddle. Dress for the weather; sunblock, sunglasses and hat recommended. Location: Chicago River 1 session

*Please Note: Exact MeetUp Location will be given only to members that have payed Discovery Center. If you need to contact Discovery Center at[masked].

0034 ARCHITECTURAL CHICAGO KAYAK TOUR

See Chicago from a whole new perspective... by kayak! Enjoy this architecture
and history tour. You start with an introduction to paddle strokes,
group dynamics and river safety. Then, experience the city from water level
in this guided tour on the river.

Paddle through our great urban “canyon” between the skyscrapers.
Learn the story of how the city came to be and grew up along the water. No
experience is needed for this 3-hour paddle.

Dress for the weather and temp. Synthetic activewear is best (Avoid Jeans & Cotton). Sunblock, sunglasses and hat recommended.
Plan to arrive early Sunday (1:30pm-1:45pm). There is plenty of free parking in front of the facility. There are storage cubbies and lockers on-site. We return at approximately 5pm.

Location: Chicago River 1 session

IMPORTANT: If you must cancel, you must notify our office at least 3 days prior to the trip in order to receive a class credit voucher. In case weather/river conditions prohibit kayaking, the trip will be rescheduled to another date. There will be no refunds in this event.

Wednesday Night Simply Social Bowling! ALL skill levels welcome! 5 week season

Let's MEETUP on Wednesday Nights for a Simply Social laid back bowling league! When all things head indoors for the year, don't stay at home, come meet new people and have fun with us at the alley!

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

For the past 11 years, people join my leagues because they're not only a super fun activity (where ALL skill levels are welcome), but they also create a super friendly environment where making friends is just as important as the games. Hanging out with the same group every week makes it effortless to build relationships. That really is the best part :)

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.

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/late-fall-early-winter-leagues/wednesday-whirlyball-bowling/

***PLAY 5 WEEKS FOR JUST $70 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM FOR A BIG DISCOUNT!

----------------------------------------

FULL LEAGUE DETAILS:

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

Before the season starts, you'll get an email with TONS of info for the season. Your teammates' names and emails, the full schedule, how we play, food and drink specials at the venue and more.

LOCATION: Whirlyball Chicago (1825 W Webster Ave) - Big parking lot here if you drive!

FIRST GAMES: Wednesday, October 27th. No games 11/24, final night 12/1. Games run from 6:30-9 pm and every bowlers gets 2 games per night! Shoes are included in fees.

LENGTH: 5 Weeks. Final night tournaments and all teams make it in! Teams are separated by skill level for playoffs to provide a more fair and balance playoffs. The winner of each division gets a champion prize!

-----------------------------------------------

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/late-fall-early-winter-leagues/wednesday-whirlyball-bowling/

***PLAY 5 WEEKS FOR JUST $70 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'***

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

Cheers, Ben

Join Our Bowling, Volleyball, Whirlyball, Family Feud Trivia & Skeeball Teams!

Leagues played at various locations around Chicago. See league specifics for details!

NOTE: We've got leagues that run from November-December that play Sunday-Friday all over the city! The date and location shown for this event are just a placeholder.

THERE'S BOWLING, INDOOR VOLLEYBALL, WHIRLYBALL, FAMILY FEUD TRIVIA AND SINGLES SKEEBALL! THEY'RE ALL A BLAST!!

When Chicago heads indoors for the year, don't stay home, stay SOCIAL! Let's MEETUP for some coed, recreational "Simply Social" leagues and activities! Some are sports, while others are more of just a fun thing to do to meet new people and break up the work week.

People love to join my league teams by themselves or with a friend (or a few) because we offer not only offer super fun entertainment and games, but also create an environment where meeting people is just as important as the games! And we always have friendly people in my leagues, not overly competitive folks.

Hanging out with the same group week after week for 5-6 weeks makes it pretty effortless to build lasting relationships too. That's 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! AND ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME! SO JOIN US!

*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.

----------------------------------------
**GET $20 OFF BOWLING, VOLLEYBALL OR WHIRLYBALL W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** Trivia ($25) and Skeeball ($60) are discounted for everyone.

OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM FOR AN EVEN BIGGER DISCOUNT!

FULL LEAGUE OPTIONS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/late-fall-early-winter-leagues/
----------------------------------------

READ BELOW. IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE LEAGUES, HOW THEY WORK AND HOW TO GET ON A TEAM (IT'S EASY!). THERE'S LOTS OF LEAGUE OPTIONS PLAYING DIFFERENT DAYS OF THE WEEK ALL OVER THE CITY!

ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME (no experience required). I can place anyone aged 21-42 on a team. Simply register by yourself or with friends and I'll put you with others around your age for the season. After registering, before we start I'll email EVERYTHING you need to know for the season including your teammate info, the full schedule, how/where we play and TONS more!

The good times start during games but then continue after playing at a nearby bar everyone heads to. Over 58,000 past players (yeah that many haha) have had a blast the past 11 years I've run these leagues!

----------------------------------------
**GET $20 OFF BOWLING, VOLLEYBALL OR WHIRLYBALL W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** Trivia ($25) and Skeeball ($60) are discounted for everyone.

FULL LEAGUE OPTIONS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/late-fall-early-winter-leagues/
----------------------------------------

I hope you let me show you what makes S3 Simply Social Sports Leagues so popular and exciting. I guarantee it'll be a unique experience unlike anything you've ever been a part of :)

Please send me a message if you have any questions!!!

Cheers,
Ben

Past events (340)

Photos (353)