Meetups Coming Soon! Birmingham Meetup This Thursday May 30; Confirmation and More Details on Our Wednesday June 12 Cleveland and Thursday June 13 Chicago Meetups

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If are near Birmingham, hope you can join us this Thursday’s meetup! We’ve have a lively group of regulars come to these sessions, so please come by for good company and stimulating conversation!


Time: Thursday May 30, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Location: Grand Bohemian Hotel, which is opposite the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (the bar is on the top floor, next to the restaurant, Habitat and Feed; there are two entrances, so if you have not been here before, use the valet parking and ask the valet to point you to entrance that takes you the restaurant)
2655 Lane Park Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
(205) 414-0505

And for Cleveland, we’ve gotten great responses in comments, so we expect this to be a stimulating event. Thanks to reader Carla for making the arrangements.


Time: Wednesday June 12, 5:00 to 8:00 PM (we may go a bit later)
Location: Bar Cento in the Red Room. Bar and food service will be available.
1948 West 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 274-1010


RTA rapid stop: West 25th St.
Public parking: $1 per hour (save your ticket; pay by cash or credit card in machine when you leave) in the city’s West Side Market lot. Walk between the West Side Market and Market Garden Brewery to West 25th St. and cross the street to Bar Cento.

And for Chicago, where we look forward to yet another energetic discussion and good cheer, the details are:

Time: Thursday June 13, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Location: D4 Irish Pub & Cafe
345 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 624-8385

As reader DJG pointed out:

Chicagoans (and those who don’t work downtown): The nearest subway stop would be Grand on the Red Line, although that is about five blocks west of D4 Pub.

The 146 bus is handy for getting to Streeterville. It runs on Michigan Avenue at that point. So does the 148.

Hope to see you at one of these events soon!

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  1. DJG

    Thanks. For the Chicago meetup, D4 notes that its entrance is on Grand Avenue, in spite of the Ohio Street address. I recall having to circle the building the first time I went there.

    And the veggieburger is quite good.

    1. OIFVet

      Hi DJG, I will have a surgery on the 14th but hopefully will be able to make it. I would love to see you and all of the rest, even if I will have to keep it alcohol-free.

    2. Yves Smith Post author

      Oh thanks for the reminder, I should have pointed that out and will when I post notices closer to the date.

      And OIFVet, hope you can make it, and either way, best wishes for your procedure.

  2. Carla

    So far, I’ve got three I know will be at the Cleveland Meet-up at Bar Cento. Hope other NE Ohioans will chime in here.

    1. Andy

      I’m planning to come. PPl should also note that this is a day the West Side Market is open, if you want to load up on groceries.

    2. Brian

      Hope to attend

      Do have a competing mtg that evening w/ Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality

    3. Jennifer

      Thank you, Carla, for helping with the organization of this.
      I look forward to meeting you and everyone there.

    4. Eclair

      Carla, I am going to try and make it, all the way from Chautauqua County, NY. I notice that the Great Lakes Brewery is right around the corner from our meet up place. They make a very acceptable pilsner. One of my favorites.

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