• Magnificent Holiday Walk!

    City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower

    It's time for our acclaimed Holiday Walk where we’ll seek out the best decorated hotels, churches, lobbies and storefronts along our convenient downtown route. Please join us on Saturday December 21st at 1pm at the historic Water Tower on North Michigan Avenue. From there we'll depart to discover amazing finds along our holiday trail. This one is sure to be a delight as your Merry Guide tells tall tales of deep Chicago holiday traditions in our fine city including Christmas Trees, Reindeer, and every year’s most anxiously awaited publication ( NOT the List). You’ll learn what holiday traditions began, ended and continue to this day in Chicago. Please note that this will be a one-way excursion, approximately 2 miles in length, ending at the Christkindlemarket at Daley Center. Depending on how crowded the market is, some of us may continue onward to grab a seasonal beverage nearby and to debate various Chicago holiday trivia matters. Don’t worry about the large number of attendees! We’ll quickly disperse as we tour, eat, drink and be merry along the supplied route map!


    Western Brown-line Station

    EVELYN IS LEADING THIS WALK. 4:30 -We will meet at the WESTERN BROWN-LINE STOP located in Lincoln Square at 4648 N. Western. We will gather on the inside of the "L" station by the Berlin Wall Monument which is in the front of the station. 4:30 to about 6:00--We will walk through various residential areas where we will see the holiday decorations and lights on the homes. Part of the time we will walk through commercial areas of Lincoln Avenue. The walk will officially end by the Pauline Stop of the Brown-line so that anybody who wants to go home at this point can catch a train back to the Western Brown-line stop where we started. 6:00 Those of us who are hungry will dine together buffet-style in the second floor of the Lakeview WholeFoods located at 3201 N. Ashland. This particular grocerant has many food bars with lots of tasty choices of all kinds of different American and ethnic foods. (We will eat in a dining-area room which is on the north side of the building.)

  • Free tickets! PORCH PLAY, An Instant Drama One Act (improv drama)

    We're papering the house! It's closing weekend, and that means free tickets for Meetup! Theatre Momentum presents: Porch Play An Instant Drama One Act Production by the ensemble. A world premiere, created nightly. PORCH PLAY is an instant play in one act. Improv actors are instant playwrights, and this production draws on that skill to create complex interweaving lives and storytelling with depth and honesty. Elements of comedy and drama are folded into the story in equal measure. PORCH PLAY is Dana Besmanoff, Megan Clarke, Jamie Custer, Matt Elwell, Matthew Hellon Hodges, Jennifer LaVoie, Alex Morales, Brittany Oliver, Haylee Pasche, Whitney Pipes, Ricci Prioletti, and Taylor Sorrel. Directed by Joe Sergio. Performances: Friday and Saturday nights, 8:30 PM through December 7 Location: Theatre Momentum 1803 W. Byron St Suite 216 Chicago, IL 60613 Tickets: FREE for you! Use the code "Meetup" to get your free tickets. Please note, online ticket sales end ONE HOUR before the show, but there's usually still tickets at the door. Thanks! Get your tickets here: http://theatremomentum.com/shows/ Stick around after the show to talk to the cast and mix and mingle with other Meetup folks over at Goldie's Bar! See you then!

  • Three Ships Walk!

    Cloud Gate

    Please join me for a walk along Chicago's beautiful lakefront as we explore three ships! Meet at the Bean on Saturday at noon and we'll take in the holiday sights of Millennium Park, walk the serpentine bridge to see the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park and then head over to see my favorite three ships on the shore of Lake Michigan. These will include the historic icebreaker Abegweit, the training vessel Manatra and the Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw. On this walk you'll learn the fascinating history of these ships and enjoy the rare opportunity to board a United States Coast Guard ship! This is a one way walk from the Bean to the lakefront, close to Navy Pier. We'll cover a distance of less than two miles. Before or afterwards we encourage you to go skating at the Millennium Park Ice Rink and/or the Maggie Daley skating ribbon. Skating is free and skate rental is available at both places. The Coast Guard Ship Mackinaw will be here with a load of Christmas Trees! Check out this YouTube film: https://youtu.be/bWmxVaYh488

  • Scavenger Hunt!

    Navy Pier


    Join us at Navy Pier for a real world scavenger hunt with mystery clues and cool prizes! This is the place to discover the latest and greatest toys taking the world by storm. Whether you’re looking for a Barrel O’Monkeys, a Pet Rock, Gameboy, a YoYo or a Cabbage Patch doll, this is the place to discover what’s hot! There are booth after booth after booth of great product demonstrations, seminars and games to keep you entertained. Get something here for those on your holiday list and you’ll be the coolest parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle around! Many of us have been going to this regularly after our Navy Pier Walk and it’s become sort of a tradition. After the show, we’ll retire to the adult Offshore rooftop bar for drinks, billiards and prizes for those who followed the clues and collected the right objects from throughout the show! This is a great indoor activity to follow our Navy Pier Walk and we hope you’ll join us! Tickets are required to enter the show. They’re available at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-chicago-toy-game-fair-tickets-54498174507?ref=eios We are a proud Community Partner for the show! You can enter the promotional code “windycityexplorers” to get $3 off your entry. Learn more about the show at http://www.chitag.com

  • Navy Pier History Walk

    Navy Pier

    Join us Saturday November 23 as we stroll the length of Navy Pier, indoors and out, to rediscover this classic gem. It’s come a long way since many of us visited the pier for Chicagofest in 1978! Then again, maybe some of you attended college there when the University of Illinois had it’s campus on site in 1946! Navy Pier holds a special place in the hearts of many Chicagoans and recent years have brought extensive renovations! Soon you’ll be able to book a hotel room on the pier for around $400 a night! We’ll walk the pier to discover old history, new stores, restaurants, public art installations, and entertainment venues. After the walk, many of us will stick around for the amazing Chicago Toy & Game Fair on the pier where we’ll participate in a good old fashioned scavenger hunt and the opportunity to win cool prizes! See separate posting for that event.

  • Pedway Walk Number One!

    Chicago Cultural Center

    It’s that time of year again! It’s time to discover the ins and outs of Chicago’s subterranean network of tunnels, passages and dead-ends in the central Loop area. We’ll be doing a few of these over the next few months. This first one is mid-week when the entire network is open. Well-known as a poorly designed, oddly-maintained and dubiously mapped labyrinth, the Chicago Pedway is an essential path to warm destinations if you know how to use it! There are hidden surprises, fabulous destinations and historical artifacts at every turn! Join us this Wednesday for a mid-day exploration, a walk about two miles in length to discover secret paths and hidden treasures of the Pedway. We will begin at the Chicago Cultural Center, wind our way back, forth, up, down and around, ending with an optional late lunch at the Walnut Room about 1:30. Afterwards, you’ll be an expert on the Pedway and you’ll know exactly where to find some very cool historical and even ancient artifacts along the way!!

  • Garfield Park & Conservatory Walk

    Garfield Park Conservatory

    Are you looking for a little warmth this Sunday? Let’s meet at the Garfield Park Conservatory and explore the area inside and out! First we’ll take a spin outdoors through the park itself to discover the beautiful architecture of the historic fieldhouse as well as a couple of memorial statues right there on the grounds. After a quick spin through the park and around the lake we’ll head indoors on a treasure hunt to discover some really cool and really hot things! You’ll be invited to complete a scavenger hunt/bingo adventure and win a prize! This walk is sure to warm your heart and soul so be sure to join us Sunday! The Conservatory is located on the Green Line at it’s own Conservatory Stop on Chicago’s near west side. There is ample parking in the area. Some of us will meet at the Chicago Cultural Center, just inside the WASHINGTON entrance at noon and head out there together on the Green Line. Garfield Park Fieldhouse: http://chicagopatterns.com/garfield-park-fieldhouse-chicagos-gold-dome-building/ Garfield Park Conservatory: https://garfieldconservatory.org/ Lincoln the Railsplitter Statue: http://chicagopublicart.blogspot.com/2013/08/lincoln-railsplitter.html Robert Burns Memorial: https://chicagopublicart.blogspot.com/search?q=Robert+burns


    Whole Foods Market

    5:30---We will meet on the 1st floor of WholeFoods just inside the huge-glass doors located at the Northeast corner of Ashland, Belmont, and Lincoln. We'll stroll through the autumn leaves and breathe the crisp air of the Lakeview neighborhood at dusk. If there is time, we'll stop at the the Amazon Bookstore on Southport to browse the books or play with the Amazon electronic gadgets on display. 7:00---Afterwards those of us who are hungry will have a bite to eat back at Lakeview WholeFoods. The food bars in this particular grocer-ant have a large selection of all kinds of home-made tasty foods. (There is also a bar for those who want to purchase a drink.) Note: There is convenient FREE parking inside the WholeFoods garage. The BrownLine is very close to WholeFoods and also very close to The Amazon Book Store.

  • Haunted Cemetery Walk!

    Graceland Cemetery

    I can see that people are dying to go to this cemetery; so we raised the limit. It's that time of year again! Please join us for a beautiful fall walk through Graceland Cemetery. Graceland is the final resting place of many famous Chicagoans including architects, merchants, historians, journalists and sports figures. We'll take a casual stroll through the grounds, covering at least two miles of distance in the two hour duration of our walk. Come along, enjoy the great fall colors and learn the history of the City and the cemetery all at the same time! As a special treat, your leader will read the famous and politically incorrect story Injun Summer at the graveside of author John T. McCutcheon! Injun Summer (http://www.tkinter.smig.net/Chicago/InjunSummer/) to the famous poem and graphic. Meet at the pavilion just inside the cemetery gates. Who is Buried Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland_Cemetery Check out scenes from a recent visit here at this link:https://spark.adobe.com/page/CFPqc/