Put on a clean shirt and come out to play games and meet some new people at this low-key event for single people sponsored by Geek Bar Chicago and Chicago Game Lovers and hosted by Jennifer P., the mastermind behind CaptainAwkward.com (http://captainawkward.com/).
Who can come to this event?
Anyone over the age of 21.
Can I come to this event if I'm not single?
We aren't checking relationship statuses at the door, but you will probably feel far more comfortable coming to one of the many other great Chicago Game Lovers events that are for anyone and everyone (of which there are about 50 every month all around the Chicagoland area!). Check out the calendar page (http://www.meetup.com/chicagogames/events/) to find a great event that will probably be more up your alley!
Is this speed dating?
Nope. We'll have board games like Settlers of Catan, Battlestar Galactica, and King of Tokyo, some video games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Pokemon Stadium, some art supplies and coloring books so you'll have something to talk about and do with your hands.
We'll also have little cards you can fill out with your contact information, like so: "Hi, my name is ___________. I really liked _________________(playing a game/geeking out/coloring) with you and I'd love to hang out again sometime. If we did get together, I would like it to be a (check one) _______ DATE-date/_______ FRIEND-date. If you'd like to get in touch you can reach me at _____________@________________________."
If you like someone, you can fill out a card and awkwardly hand it to them before you (or they) leave. They may email you. They may not - there is absolutely no obligation! The idea is to make a low-key and friendly event where everyone can meet some new people without any pressure or "hitting on" (please see Geek Bar's Anti-Harassment Policy (https://geekbarchicago.com/about-2/anti-harrassment-policy/)) needing to take place.
Is this for straight people only?
What if no one of my preferred gender or orientation shows up?
SOME nice people of some sort will show up, and you'll play games with them, and it will be a pretty fun night out of your house.
What else should we know?
There's a full bar and a menu of awesome food you can order.
Also, you can sign up for a free 10-minute consult with Captain Awkward or Geek Bar's Fleet Admiral, David Zoltan. Discuss your dating hopes and woes, get some fresh eyes and perspectives on your online dating profile, or let us take a few recent, flattering photos of you.
I'm scared it will be awkward.
We are (wo)men of action, and lies do not become us: It will probably be awkward, for the first 5-10 minutes. Putting yourself out there as 'I am single and actively looking' is awkward and vulnerable. It's also an incredibly brave and wonderful thing to do. If you come to this thing, you may not meet the R2 to your Threepio, but you won't be alone.