What we're about

Exploring the culture and night life of Chicago can get expensive.

We have a discussion group on facebook, if you would like to join and discuss upcoming event ideas and things like that: https://www.facebook.com/groups/771200826332471/
Anyone can join, so please come on by!

This is a meetup group for things a little more on the inexpensive side- a great for parties, discount theatre tickets, bar discounts, free billiards nights, free days at museums, trips to the zoo, etc.

The less expensive it is to go out, the *more* we can all get together!

We'll see if we can get group discounts to some events, explore some "free days" at museums, go visit cheap greasy spoon diners, throw parties, etc.

I'm actually opening up the meetup so you can make suggestions of anything that's free and cheap in Chicago. Please bear in mind, while "free" is easy, "cheap" is relative.

Try to keep things inexpensive- if it's an item where there's a discount, a 50% discount is really sweet, but not if the cost is still something like $30. And don't just dump every little promotion you can think of here; that could go crazy. Use your good judgment, and let's find some terrific events to go to.

Upcoming events (5)

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

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is back open for comedy! They are taking your safety, cleaning procedures, and precautionary guidelines VERY seriously because they know you can't relax and LOL if you don't feel comfortable while there. See the bottom of this event post for details on this. The venue is operating on a 50 person capacity right now so most likely for these shows it'll be just us from the Meetup group! Get your $5 tickets to either the 7:30 or 9:00 pm shows ASAP before it fills up. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in over 3 years been requested actually), 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 or 9:30 pm. Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Note 2 drink minimum applies to each show. *You can purchase multiple tickets through this 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 is the show description: CHICAGO'S BEST STAND UP! Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Their well rehearsed sets are sure to make you laugh, PLUS they live in our city and joke about it so it's super relatable! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- HOW THEY ARE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE! - We will be operating under limited occupancy (50 patrons) to accommodate social distancing guidelines - We’ve adjusted our showtimes to safely allow patrons to enter and leave the venue - Cleaning protocols & staff hygiene protocol will be elevated to adhere to city guidelines - Staff and comics will have temperature checks before every shift - Staff will be wearing face masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces - Patrons must wear masks upon entry and until seated, as well as when departing or anytime you leave your table. All patrons must wear masks when making an order with their server while seated in the showroom. - Groups will be seated at the same table but not with others not within the group - Hand Sanitizer will be available everywhere for use - If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you keep everyone safe and refrain from entering the venue to avoid the spread of illness Q. What time should we arrive at the club if we have reservations? We recommend arriving between 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the show. This is to ensure safe seating and social distancing while entering theatre. Q. If we have reservations, do we still need to wait in line? We are working to ensure there is no significant waiting in line and patrons are sat in a timely Q. Is there parking? Street parking is available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged. Q. What is your dress code? Have your face mask or request at the door. GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Enjoy the shows!

Safety 1st! Join Bowling, Whirlyball, Skeeball, Trivia & Indoor Kickball teams!

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

Hey everyone, I hope you continue to be healthy and optimistic that what we're going through will be under control sooner than later. During all this, I've been blessed and grateful to have players participating in summer and fall leagues. They've run super smoothly, and it's been amazing to see everyone come together to be responsible in protecting themselves and others during games. KEEPING YOU SAFE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. Some people are hesitant about being indoors. Thankfully, we're learning more about Covid-19 every day, and new research shows that wearing masks really does help significantly prevent the spread. And in all of our leagues, masks are required at all times, even while playing. For leagues at a venue with food & drink, the only time you may remove your mask is while seated at a table and in the act of eating or drinking. We've made sure that places we play are following super strict cleaning procedures, keeping spaces well ventilated and tables spaced out. Each league has Covid-19 Preventative Measures at Games & Guidelines for Participation posted on our site. Hopefully these thorough procedures lists make you feel comfortable registering to play, knowing that we've thought through all of these things and will absolutely be enforcing them at leagues. We expect all players to read these and be on the same page. By following the rules and respecting each other, we can still be active and social while feeling safe and enjoying games together during the season. *********************************************** FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://www.s3leagues.com/register-now-for-late-fallearly-winter-leagues-starting-in-november.html Meetup Group Members & Your Friends Get $20 OFF Player League Fees! USE PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP' *Not valid on Trivia & Skeeball which are discounted for everyone. *********************************************** READ BELOW. IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE LEAGUES, HOW FUN THEY ARE AND HOW TO GET ON A TEAM! LOTS OF LEAGUE OPTIONS PLAYING DIFFERENT DAYS OF THE WEEK! These coed rec leagues give you an exciting weekly activity to look forward to and keep you active, social and meeting new people! I've been running em for 11 years now, and love seeing how easy it is for people to build lasting relationships because you hang out with the same group of players during the 5-6 week season. EVERYONE makes friends, maybe meets that special someone and expands their social circle in S3! *Want to get placed on a team but can't make it to every game? No problem! We put extra players on every team to cover for ya. ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME (no experience required). I'm able to make teams for anyone aged 21-42. Simply register by yourself or with friends and I'll put you with others around your age for the season. After registering, 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! Over 58,000 past players (yeah that many) have played! *********************************************** FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://www.s3leagues.com/register-now-for-late-fallearly-winter-leagues-starting-in-november.html Meetup Group Members & Your Friends Get $20 OFF Player League Fees! USE PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP' *Not valid on Trivia & Skeeball which are discounted for everyone. *********************************************** Right now we could all use some personal interaction. And thankfully, we're keeping everyone incredibly safe with strict cleaning procedures and very specific rules and guidelines for participation. 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. Don't hesitate to send me a message if you have any questions! I'm here to help :) Cheers, Ben

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

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is back open for comedy! They are taking your safety, cleaning procedures, and precautionary guidelines VERY seriously because they know you can't relax and LOL if you don't feel comfortable while there. See the bottom of this event post for details on this. The venue is operating on a 50 person capacity right now so most likely for these shows it'll be just us from the Meetup group! Get your $5 tickets to either the 7:30 or 9:00 pm shows ASAP before it fills up. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in over 3 years been requested actually), 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 or 9:30 pm. Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Note 2 drink minimum applies to each show. *You can purchase multiple tickets through this 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 is the show description: CHICAGO'S BEST STAND UP! Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Their well rehearsed sets are sure to make you laugh, PLUS they live in our city and joke about it so it's super relatable! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- HOW THEY ARE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE! - We will be operating under limited occupancy (50 patrons) to accommodate social distancing guidelines - We’ve adjusted our showtimes to safely allow patrons to enter and leave the venue - Cleaning protocols & staff hygiene protocol will be elevated to adhere to city guidelines - Staff and comics will have temperature checks before every shift - Staff will be wearing face masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces - Patrons must wear masks upon entry and until seated, as well as when departing or anytime you leave your table. All patrons must wear masks when making an order with their server while seated in the showroom. - Groups will be seated at the same table but not with others not within the group - Hand Sanitizer will be available everywhere for use - If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you keep everyone safe and refrain from entering the venue to avoid the spread of illness Q. What time should we arrive at the club if we have reservations? We recommend arriving between 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the show. This is to ensure safe seating and social distancing while entering theatre. Q. If we have reservations, do we still need to wait in line? We are working to ensure there is no significant waiting in line and patrons are sat in a timely Q. Is there parking? Street parking is available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged. Q. What is your dress code? Have your face mask or request at the door. GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Enjoy the shows!

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

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is back open for comedy! They are taking your safety, cleaning procedures, and precautionary guidelines VERY seriously because they know you can't relax and LOL if you don't feel comfortable while there. See the bottom of this event post for details on this. The venue is operating on a 50 person capacity right now so most likely for these shows it'll be just us from the Meetup group! Get your $5 tickets to either the 7:30 or 9:00 pm shows ASAP before it fills up. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in over 3 years been requested actually), 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 or 9:30 pm. Here's a good idea: Get tickets to BOTH shows and laugh all night! Note 2 drink minimum applies to each show. *You can purchase multiple tickets through this 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 is the show description: CHICAGO'S BEST STAND UP! Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Their well rehearsed sets are sure to make you laugh, PLUS they live in our city and joke about it so it's super relatable! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet! ---------------------------------------------- HOW THEY ARE KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE! - We will be operating under limited occupancy (50 patrons) to accommodate social distancing guidelines - We’ve adjusted our showtimes to safely allow patrons to enter and leave the venue - Cleaning protocols & staff hygiene protocol will be elevated to adhere to city guidelines - Staff and comics will have temperature checks before every shift - Staff will be wearing face masks and sanitizing hands and surfaces - Patrons must wear masks upon entry and until seated, as well as when departing or anytime you leave your table. All patrons must wear masks when making an order with their server while seated in the showroom. - Groups will be seated at the same table but not with others not within the group - Hand Sanitizer will be available everywhere for use - If you are feeling ill, we kindly ask that you keep everyone safe and refrain from entering the venue to avoid the spread of illness Q. What time should we arrive at the club if we have reservations? We recommend arriving between 1 hour to 30 minutes prior to the show. This is to ensure safe seating and social distancing while entering theatre. Q. If we have reservations, do we still need to wait in line? We are working to ensure there is no significant waiting in line and patrons are sat in a timely Q. Is there parking? Street parking is available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged. Q. What is your dress code? Have your face mask or request at the door. GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:00 or 9:30 pm. Enjoy the shows!

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