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Are you a fun and friendly person ? Like to Hike, Kayak and have adventures outdoors ? This midwest base group is based on past "MR JEFF" adventures on other meetup groups to continue the fun ! Future meetup adventures will include Hiking, kayaking, rock climb, skiing, camping, biking, exploring , museums, wine tasting, and much more ! ( like>>> Parachute, Go cart race, Yoga, Zipline, etc)

I am based out of Western Suburbs, but I have events staged all over Greater Chicago area, including City of Chicago, surrounding cities, Midwest greater area includes Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

I am open to suggestions for more meetups ( can work with just about any idea to formulate a whole meetup event.

Our group annual donation fee of $ 5.00 helps offset costs incurred and allows for group donations made quarterly to 501C Charitable agencies such as SEVA Foundation. I often will give talks at our meetup events and hold special events to continue to support such great organizations. In addition, Our group in the past has mended trails, cut invasive brush, and have several cleanups on Chicago Rivers.

I request you pay the $5.00 donation fee when you first join online via Paypal ( friends/family) to Hiline59@aol.com ), or you can give me cash $5.00 on the very first meetup .

If you choose to pay online via Meetup, the annual cost is $6.00 ( as they take the first $1.00)

Again, this annual donation not only gives us the ability to make a difference to others around the Globe, while you get to enjoy adventures with a exclusive group of great people !

Please note if you are not paid by 30 days, you will miss out on Event mailings and notifications.

See you very soon !

MR JEFF

Upcoming events (5+)

Indoor Rock Climbing BKB West Loop (Vertical Yoga!!)

Brooklyn Boulders Chicago

Rock climbing is a great way to get a full body workout and have fun being active in the colder months,and just about anyone can do this and have fun in safe mode. For anyone new to Rock climbing, it is easy, all up to you on how hard you try and how much effort you want to make to try harder routes. We can all help each other out with pointers, take photos and have FUN ! No prior experience required. This is a top rope gym with lots of routes with auto-belays across a wide range of difficulties (including very easy), so there will plenty to do even if very few attendees are belay certified. Details: If this will be your first time to BKB, please complete the online waiver before arriving: https://brooklynboulders.com/chicago/responsibility-code/ . If you haven't climbed before, consider taking their intro class at 6PM: https://brooklynboulders.com/first-visit/ Cost for a day pass is $25, gear rental (shoes, harness, chalk) is $11. https://brooklynboulders.com/chicago/pricing/#daypass . I have a 10 pass that I'm hoping they will let me share, I got it on a discount so would be $14 instead of $25. Note that if know how to belay but have not climbed at BKB before, you must tell the staff when you get there that you want to take the belay test and do it before climbing.

Cross Country ski at Arrowhead

Arrowhead Golf Club

*********************************************************** LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW !!!! *** !!! DATE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AS 6" of snow must be conditional for operation. Here is your chance to learn how to ski if you never done this before and have fun with our group. AT LAST SKIING IS OPEN !! Gear up, put on your layers, and meet us at the GOLF COURSE ! Head around to Back lower corner ! ( if you have your own equipment, it is free) Enjoy the serene setting at Arrowhead Golf Club! Cross-country skiing is an economical winter sport for all ages which provides hours of fun and exercise. This low impact sport offers the health benefits of aerobic exercise and assists in burning calories and building muscles. Arrowhead Golf Club offers groomed trails, rental equipment and instruction. There’s no trail fee. Skiing is allowed on the golf course except in roped off areas. Skiers also have the opportunity to use the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve trails. Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am to dusk Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to dusk Ski Rentals* (two hours) Package (includes skis, boots, pole) Adult: $20 *A security deposit is required to rent skis – credit card, driver’s license, student ID or car keys. Group Lunch afterward at Golf Club

Eagle Watch and Winter Hike

Starved Rock Lodge and Restaurant

Meet first across the River at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center ( 950 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350 (https://www.bing.com/local?lid=YN279x5633129&id=YN279x5633129&q=Illinois+Waterway+Visitor+Center&name=Illinois+Waterway+Visitor+Center&cp=41.3241996765137%7e-88.9821624755859&ppois=41.3241996765137_-88.9821624755859_Illinois+Waterway+Visitor+Center&FORM=SNAPST)) located next to the lock and dam directly north of the steel bridge on 171. Note you can view Eagles both inside the center and on their deck with viewing scopes. Earlier you get there is better for viewing the Eagles. I recommend arrival around 8-830 am. At 9:30 am we will be meeting in the Starved Rock lodge great hall where there are many interesting vendors with table displays. The show starts at 10 am, and you need to visit the Illinois Audabon table to get free tickets for 10 am show. After the show,(10:45) we will take Winter hike to Lovers Leap and other outlooks. I suggest you bring light backpack filled with snacks and thermos of tea. ################################################################ Admission is FREE the day of the show and all other programs are first-come seating. 2019 Lineup of Events Events at Starved Rock Lodge in the Great Hall West Illinois Birds of Prey; including a live Bald Eagle Presented by Illinois Raptor Center Saturday & Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. FREE. No admission fee for the show, however a ticket is required for entrance. Free tickets will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. in Starved Rock Lodge, Great Hall West, for this presentation. Events at Starved Rock Lodge in the LaSalle Room The Art & History of Falconry, Rich Escutia, Master Falconer Saturday & Sunday shows from 10—11 a.m. & 1-2 p.m. History of falconry and how falconers today participate in this ancient sport. Rich will be accompanied by his amazing birds. FREE. No ticket needed, seating is first come-first served. Events at Starved Rock Lodge Great Hall West Starved Rock Audubon Society will be providing scopes and information on the outside deck Starved Rock Visitors Center !!!!!!Yes you can bring Kids ! LINK TO EVENT INFO: https://illinoisaudubon.org/programs/bald-eagle-watch-weekend/

"Vertical Yoga " !! Free to anyone new to Rock Climbing this Friday !!

Rock climbing is a great way to get a full body workout and have fun being active in the colder months,and just about anyone can do this and have fun in safe mode. For anyone new to Rock climbing, it is easy, all up to you on how hard you try and how much effort you want to make to try harder routes. We can all help each other out with pointers, take photos and have FUN ! No prior experience required. This is a top rope gym with lots of routes with auto-belays across a wide range of difficulties (including very easy), so there will plenty to do even if very few attendees are belay certified. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Free to FIRST TIME CLIMBERS This nite only !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Details: If you know you will be arriving late, post estimate in the comments and I can meet you at the entry way to use the punch pass. Note that if you have climbed before and know how to belay but have not climbed at VE before, you must tell the staff when you get there that you want to take the belay test and do it before climbing. * Please note, once you see Windy Point Drive, there is Eaton Engineering on building, first left turn into driveway , then along other end of building to VE Entrance.

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"Vertical Yoga " !! Indoor Rock climbing

Vertical Endeavors

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