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Aloha Kakou!

We are WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP(formerly known as Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players). We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Tiki Terrace Hawaiian Restaurant, Des Plaines, 60018. The name of our Meetup group changed in October 2013 due to our new location.

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Photo from 2017 Halloween Uke Meetup.

Our 'sister' group, UKULELE SUBURBIA is meets on the Wednesday, (next day after first Tuesday) each month at Wonderwall Music Shoppe in Chicago Heights, 60411.

STARTING FEBRUARY 2019: 3RD THURSDAYS UKE MEETUP @ TIKI TERRACE, Des Plaines, 60018!! Led by Tina Eggert and Will Young.

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We welcome like-minded folks who Love and Respect the Ukulele, the Hawaiian culture from which it came from, and other other. Open to all levels, ages, though young minors must be accompanied by their parents/guardians.

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We play songs of Hawai'i, Beatles, Tin Pan Alley, Country Western, Folk, Pop, Rock, Contemporary, and more! We have easy 2, 3, and 4 chords songs, as well as more challenging songs for more advance players. We mix it up to have a nice variety for all to enjoy!

Our once-a-month meetups are sponsored by WONDERWALL Music Shoppe & Emporium (https://www.facebook.com/pages/WONDERWALL-Music-Shoppe-Emporium/369451369205?directed_target_id=0), created and founded by GiGi Wong-Monaco (Wonderwall's co-owner) in 2008.

Chicago's North Suburbs (Des Plaines): WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP

First TUESDAY of each month unless a holiday, by Highlightly"> private restaurant booking or illness occurs. Then, we'll meet the following Tuesday. Information will be emailed to Meetup group then.

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TIME: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

VENUE: THE TIKI TERRACE - HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT & by Highlightly"> tiki bar, Des Plaines.

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Donation: $5 per person. Song booklets are distributed. We encourage everyone to order food and/drinks from our host venue who generously accommodates our Uke group.

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Limited space. RSVP IS A MUST as we need to know how many song booklets to bring and number of tables Tiki Terrace will need to set up for us.

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Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wonderwalls-Ukulele-Meetup-Group/64609897319?ref=hl) YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/HarrisonStUkulele)

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Chicago's South Suburbs (Chicago Heights): UKULELE SUBURBIA!

First (or 2nd) WEDNESDAY (day following first Tuesday) of each month unless a holiday, private restaurant booking or illness occurs. Then, we'll meet the following Tuesday. Information will be emailed to Meetup group then.

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TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM

VENUE: Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom, Chicago Heights.

Donation: $10. Songbooks are distributed. Bottled water for all attendees. This group is more focused, an intimate, class-like group that works on various songs and strums.

JOIN our Meetup Group and receive notices and announcements.

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What We Play? Hawaiian. Beatles & post-Beatles. Tin Pan Alley. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. Contemporary. Country Western. Folk. Pop. Rock. Show tunes/Musicals. Like WXRT 93.1 FM radio host of "Breakfast With The Beatles" always said, "Bring your Ukulele & Enthusiasm"!

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WHO: Open to all levels, all ages. Beginners-novices-pros.

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Founded and led by GiGi Wong-Monaco, Honolulu native; Co-owner of WONDERWALL Music Shoppe; Co-owner of SITAR Emporium (www.sitaremporium.com); co-founder of SANDALWOOD Sitar Music Ensemble.

More info: http://www.sitaremporium.com

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Background photo: Ukulele with lei by G. Wong-Monaco, 2012.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Ukulele Monthly Meetup

The Tiki Terrace

....pāʻina in Hawaiian means party, & that’s what we’re planning to do...PARTY!!! Come and meet up with the new sister branch of Wonderwall’s ukulele meetup. Join us for a mix of Hawaiian music, mixed with 70’s,80’s,Etc....who knows what else is in store !!! We now will be meeting at the Tiki Terrace ( Same place we do our 1st Tuesday meets) on the 3rd Thursday of each month! 2x’s a month for some ukulele love💛 Hope to see you there!

Wonderwall's Ukulele Meetup Group (Des Plaines)

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Chicagoland's north side Ukulele group in Des Plaines, IL, near Chicago O'Hare Airport! The basis of our ukulele group has always been Hawaiian music and culture. 'The Spirit of Aloha' lives and is within each of us. We share it, with respect towards each other, through the music and camaraderie at our meetups. We play Hawaiian, Beatles, Tin Pan Alley, oldies and some current songs too. All current members, please bring your new and old song booklets. Extra hard copies will be on hand for 'malihinis' (newcomers). We meet once-a-month, on the first Tuesday of each month, at The Tiki Terrace - Hawaiian Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Des Plaines! This is REAL Hawaiian hospitality, atmosphere and food. The PERFECT venue for our Meetups and room to grow even more. Hawaiian attire is perfect here! Our format for the evening: Before 6:30 PM - Sign in/pick up (new) song booklet(s) 6:30 - approximately 7:20 PM - Play Hawaiian songs. (We'll always play from our Hawaiian songbook during first half of evening.) 7:20/7:30 PM - Break for 10-15 minutes 7:35/40 - 8:30 PM - Play from other songbook. Songbook of Month: TBA 8:30 PM - ALWAYS end our night with 'Aloha O'e' Founded in 2008 and led by Honolulu native, GiGi Wong-Monaco, co-owner of Wonderwall Music Shoppe. Formerly known as Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players. We're on WGN TV 'Chicago's Very Own', Dec. 19, 2012! http://wgntv.com/2012/12/19/the-celebrated-and-festive-sound-of-ukulele/ Sponsored by Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium and Tiki Terrace Restaurant. http://www.sitaremporium.com http://thetikiterrace.com Background profile photos of vintage Kamaka ukulele from private collection. Photos are copyright by G. Wong-Monaco 2012.

'Sister' group: Ukulele Suburbia - The Ukulele Group of Chicago's South Suburbs!

Founded in 2013, UKULELE SUBURBIA is the sister and Chicagoland's south suburb Ukulele meetup group. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, except when a major holiday falls on that Wednesday. (i.e. - New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc.) or if personal situation (illness, etc.) arises. Where: Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom Time: 6-8 PM. $10 per person. RSVP IS MANDATORY. Limited space. This meetup session is more intimate and focused on learning songs, different strums. We take our time with each song. Bottled water, song booklets and music stands available for everyone. All current members should bring all their old and new song booklets. See our by Highlightly"> facebook page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/UkuleleSuburbia

Ukulele Monthly Meetup

The Tiki Terrace

....pāʻina in Hawaiian means party, & that’s what we’re planning to do...PARTY!!! Come and meet up with the new sister branch of Wonderwall’s ukulele meetup. Join us for a mix of Hawaiian music, mixed with 70’s,80’s,Etc....who knows what else is in store !!! We now will be meeting at the Tiki Terrace ( Same place we do our 1st Tuesday meets) on the 3rd Thursday of each month! 2x’s a month for some ukulele love💛 Hope to see you there!

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