Windy City TravBuddy Meetup - Sweet Home Chicago!

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Having way too much fun to be legal

 

WINDY CITY TRAVBUDDY MEETUP -

SWEET HOME CHICAGO!

 

Please make sure to also check out the other Chicago TravBuddy Meetup blogs:

 

davidthephotographer: www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/22091

iheart2travel:

www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/21847

John1112: www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/21959

TimothyMoffett: www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/22212

 

HI-DEE-HEY!

 

We had 15 Chicago TravBuddy Meetup Attendees:

agarcia, Alicia, Chicago, Illinois.

Apache_Rose_Peacock, Carolyn, Chicago, Illinois.

blenderboy, Jim, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

cilvia, Alicia’s sister, Chicago, Illinois.

Sybil models her UCLA Christmas cap

davidthephotographer, David, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

David, davidthephotographer’s friend, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

iheart2travel, Sybil, Los Angeles, California.

Joe, John’s friend, Chicago, Illinois.

John1112, Juanca (Juan Carlos), Guatemala City, Guatemala.

juniorcbr, Luke, Chicago, Illinois.

Melissa, Tim’s girlfriend, Indianapolis, Indiana.

raularanda2001, Raul, Chicago, Illinois.

TimothyMoffett, Tim, Indianapolis, Indiana.

travelman727, Mark, Wichita, Kansas.

xlibris, John, Chicago, Illinois.

Tim digs into tasty tapas

 

People Lounge in Wicker Park was a fabulous place to host the early Christmas TravBuddy Meetup!

 

Tim and his girlfriend, Melissa, were the first to arrive. They reserved the lounge’s primo location - two large wooden tables close to the door. The staff couldn’t have been friendlier or more efficient. We even recruited two waitresses to join TravBuddy. The world music soundtrack was at just the right volume: loud enough to provide a festive atmosphere, yet soft enough to comfortably chat.

 

The rest of us started arriving about 6:40 p.m. and jumped into the communal spirit of Travbuddy and People Lounge. Most folks shared food and drinks with scrumptious tapas and numerous pitchers of Sangria being the popular choices. We were fortunate to have a diverse group. Five states were represented: California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin. Juan, who flew in from Guatemala City, picked up the trophy for coming the farthest distance.  

 

More than any TravBuddy meeting so far, many people contributed to its success. Raul, Carolyn, Luke, Sybil and Juan each played an important part in the events's planning and promotion. 

 

The photos, captions and comments tell the story - a great time was had by all!

 

I want to encourage fellow TravBuddies to attend one of the many Meetups springing up everywhere! It's wonderful to experience the moments that create lasting memories and to see the friendships that are forged from these get-togethers. Chat with ANYONE who has attended a TravBuddy party. Don't be one of the folks that see the myriad of photos and crazy comments describing these events and say, "Why didn't I go to the TravBuddy shindig?"

 

Afterwards, a few adventurous souls walked over to Plan B for rounds of vodka shots, Jaggermeister (Luke) and dancing:

 

Apache_Rose_Peacock, Carolyn, Chicago, Illinois.

Alicia TOWERS over short Raul :-D

iheart2travel, Sybil, Los Angeles, California.

John1112, Juanca (Juan Carlos), Guatemala City, Guatemala.

juniorcbr, Luke, Chicago, Illinois.

raularanda2001, Raul, Chicago, Illinois.

 

No one has yet mentioned if anyone was able to walk back J

efincher0812 says:
I just might have to do that. :)
Posted on: Jun 28, 2011
travelman727 says:
Great suggestion, Ellie! Maybe you and I can plan a future Chicago and/or Milwaukee meetup :-D
Posted on: Jun 25, 2011
efincher0812 says:
When's the next meet up planned?? :)
Posted on: Jun 25, 2011
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Having way too much fun to be legal
Having way too much fun to be legal
Sybil models her UCLA Christmas cap
Sybil models her UCLA Christmas cap
Tim digs into tasty tapas
Tim digs into tasty tapas
Alicia TOWERS over short Raul :-D
Alicia TOWERS over short Raul :-D
People Lounge in Wicker Park area
People Lounge in Wicker Park area
Known for its tapas & world music
Known for its tapas & world music
Promoting New Years Eve & awards
Promoting New Year's Eve & awards
Menu features wide variety of tapas
Menu features wide variety of tapas
Tim & Melissa reserve 2 top tables
Tim & Melissa reserve 2 top tables
David the photographer & pal David
David the photographer & pal David
Carolyn & Alicia discuss new trips
Carolyn & Alicia discuss new trips
John relates humorous incident
John relates humorous incident
Cilvia & Sybil become fast friends
Cilvia & Sybil become fast friends
Alicia - unofficial Sangria tester
Alicia - unofficial Sangria tester
David & Raul also go for the grub
David & Raul also go for the grub
Juan, Joe & John chat Central Amer.
Juan, Joe & John chat Central Amer.
Luke shows Sybil new Macarena moves
Luke shows Sybil new Macarena moves
Me & one of our TravBuddy recruits
Me & one of our TravBuddy recruits
David sacrifices to recruit TB
David 'sacrifices' to recruit TB
The things we do to promote TBuddy
The things we do to promote TBuddy
Cilvia, David and Raul unwind
Cilvia, David and Raul unwind
Melissa and Jim share smiles
Melissa and Jim share smiles
John & Carolyn exchange stories
John & Carolyn exchange stories
Cilvia, Sybil & Luke telling tales
Cilvia, Sybil & Luke telling tales
Juan, Joe, John, Carolyn & Alicia
Juan, Joe, John, Carolyn & Alicia
Tim & Melissa live in Indy suburbs
Tim & Melissa live in Indy suburbs
Gals say, More Sangria for all
Gals say, "More Sangria for all"
All mouths moving at warp speed
All mouths moving at warp speed
Melissa & I pose for pictures
Melissa & I pose for pictures
Joe, Carolyn & Alicia enjoy evening
Joe, Carolyn & Alicia enjoy evening
Me, John, Joe & Carolyn having fun
Me, John, Joe & Carolyn having fun
Hey Raul - hows the air up there?
Hey Raul - how's the air up there?
Cilvia says - Youre not so tall
Cilvia says - You're not so tall
After 2nd look, well maybe you are
After 2nd look, well maybe you are
Cilvia & Raul - two peas in a pod
Cilvia & Raul - two peas in a pod
Tim, Carolyn & I at partys end
Tim, Carolyn & I at party's end
Melissa & David mug for camera
Melissa & David mug for camera
Brrr..Sybil & Juan agree its cold
Brrr..Sybil & Juan agree it's cold
Kansas Cali & Guatemala represented
Kansas Cali & Guatemala represented
Melissa giggles, David shoots David
Melissa giggles, David shoots David
Carolyn, Tim & Juan say goodbye
Carolyn, Tim & Juan say goodbye
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