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 (4+)

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

Laugh Factory

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!

Effective January 3rd, 2022, all patrons entering the venue must show proof of full vaccination. Showing the paper vaccination card or a digital copy will be okay.

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

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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 (proof of vaccination also required to enter bar).

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.
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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 7:30, 9:30 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 :) Also, an 18% service fee (aka gratuity) will be applied to all drink tabs at payment to be given directly to service staff.

No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred.

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Here are the show descriptions:

7:30 PM - This hilarious show 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.

9:30 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!

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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 7:30, 9:30 or 11:30 pm

Enjoy the laughter!

-Ben

Sunday Funday Simply Social Coed Bowling League! ALL skill levels are welcome!

Let's MEETUP on Sunday Fundays this winter for a Simply Social and laid back GLOW BOWLING LEAGUE where all skill levels are welcome! When the cold takes over Chicago, 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, but they also create a super friendly environment where making friends is just as important as the games. Hanging out with the same group at the alley and then our post-game sponsor bar every week makes it effortless to build lasting 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/winter-leagues/sunday-waveland-bowl-bowling/

***PLAY 5 WEEKS FOR JUST $75 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM FOR A DISCOUNT!

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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: Waveland Bowl (3700 N Western Ave) - There's a big parking lot here if you drive!

FIRST GAMES: Sunday, February 6th. No games February 13th for the Super Bowl, final night Sunday, March 20th. Games run from 4:30-6:30 pm and every bowler gets 2 games per night! Shoes are also included in fees.

POST-GAME HANG OUT SPONSOR BAR: The Reveler (3403 N Damen Ave, a short drive from the alley) - We get great specials and a private section of the bar for our league players!

LENGTH: 6 Weeks. Final night tournaments and all teams make it in! Teams are separated into 4-team divisions by skill level to provide a more fair and balanced playoffs. The winner of each division gets a team victory bowling party prize!

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FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/sunday-waveland-bowl-bowling/

***PLAY 5 WEEKS FOR JUST $75 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'***

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

Cheers, Ben

Play Whirlyball! It's like BumperCar Lacrosse & SO FUN. You've gotta try it!

Let's MEETUP on Sunday Nights to play WHIRLYBALL! It's THE MOST fun indoor activity around and all skills are welcome. Come meet new people and have fun with us in this 6-week league playing something new and amazing.

LOTS OF PEOPLE JOIN 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 super enjoyable activities (where ALL skill levels are welcome), but they also create a friendly environment where it's easy to make friends. 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/winter-leagues/sunday-whirlyball/

***PLAY 6 WEEKS FOR JUST $105 (YOU GET $20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM FOR A NICE DISCOUNT!

WHY SO MUCH? Participation fees are higher for this league compared to others that I run because court rental is CRAZY expensive. Normally it's $250/hr but thankfully I get them to give us a discount doing a league. Whirlyball is CRAZY fun and exciting so it's totally worth it for a full season! 😉

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FULL LEAGUE DETAILS:

Where We Play: Whirlyball Chicago (there's a big parking lot)
First Games: Sunday, February 6th
Final Games: Sunday, March 20th
*No games Sun, Feb 13th due to the Super Bowl

Length: 6 Weeks *The final night are our unique playoff tournaments and all teams make the playoffs!

Games Times: 5:00 & 6:30 pm. Arrive at your assigned start time. Your team will play a game, then sit out a game, and repeat this for your full match. This allows players to have a drink and mingle with their teammates between games! All teams will be "slotted" 90 minutes each night, and will be playing for 40-45 minutes of this "slot".

Rules & How We Play: https://s3leagues.com/rules/whirlyball

REGISTER HERE: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/sunday-whirlyball/

***IT'S JUST $105 W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM!

Hope to see you there :)

Cheers,
Ben

Tuesday Night Simply Social Bowling! ALL skill levels welcome! 6 week season

Let's MEETUP on Tuesday Nights for a Simply Social laid back (aka skill level doesn't matter) bowling league! With all fun things headed inside 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.

Want to play with friends? That's easy! Just sign up and request each other as teammates.

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/tuesday-whirlyball-bowling

***PLAY 6 WEEKS FOR JUST $85 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'*** OR EMAIL [masked] (THAT'S ME!) TO REGISTER A FULL TEAM AND MAKE IT EVEN LESS PER PLAYER!

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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: Tuesday, February 8th. Final night Tuesday, March 15th Games run from 6:30-9 pm and every bowlers gets 2 games per night! Shoes are included in fees.

LENGTH: 6 Weeks. We play playoffs tournaments the final night 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 division champion bowling party prize!

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FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/tuesday-whirlyball-bowling

***PLAY 6 WEEKS FOR JUST $85 ($20 OFF) W/ PROMO CODE 'MEETUPHOOKUP'***

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

Cheers, Ben

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