I have booked a flight and prepaid for a hotel to hold a meetup in Chicago on Friday July 6.
However, if readers do not identify a suitable meetup venue, there will be no meetup and all of these expenditures of scare site funds will go down the drain.
The suggestions readers have made are of restaurants that would host us only on a private party basis or of room rental ideas. That means paying a room fee, choosing a menu with a set per person charge, etc. Similarly, booking a room and trying to organize an event from 800 miles away when I have no idea how many people will turn up isn’t viable either.
That’s not what a meetup is. A meetup is an informal gathering, typically in a bar, which means either at a bar (we’ve had good luck with Irish pubs) or a restaurant with a very large bar area.
I can’t identify a venue from here. If readers won’t rise to the occasion, I will have to cancel the meetup and the site will eat the cost. It will also mean that I will be much less inclined to do meetups that involve travel in the future. I can’t afford to throw money away.
I will be staying at 11 South LaSalle Street. Closer to the hotel is preferable but not necessary. The main criteria that a space be large enough to accommodate 35 to 50 people for drinks, that the noise level be tolerable, and that participants can mingle. Please provide any leads in the comments section.