New Ideas from the RedEye / Metromix Tweetup

2010
06.20

(Source: Metromix Chicago)

One of the finest qualities of a good old fashioned tweetup is that you’re always able to get in touch with a large mass of people, all with divergent opinions, ideas, experience, and expertise. This effect is amplified when you attend a RedEye Metromix party since everyone is out and about and some of the most social beasts in the city. At the recent RedEye / Metromix tweetup at Goose Island, I got to sample some Hefe-Hawks-Win and Big Buff Ale. I also got to sample some of the encyclopedic knowledge of bars, restaurants, and the arts that accompanies the people who come to RedEye / Metromix tweetups. I posed the question, “What would you do if you had to leave Chicago for good?”  Here were some of the answers:

Kathy, @crushgear’s childhood friend, had to complete her own bucket list before moving away recently:

1. Drinks at the Signature Room

2. Go to Second City and catch a show

3. Take the Red Line and take a picture at every stop

4. Bike to Evanston to North Avenue and back

5. Get Pho on Argyle

6. Drive from Museum Campus to Evanston on Lake Shore Drive at night.

A very eclectic mix of activities with lots of travel. The lakefront is one of my favorite courses to navigate, since I can collect Foursquare points faster than a trick or treater can collect candy. I definitely can’t knock off #4 since I’m unable to ride a bike, but I need to add learning how to ride a bike at Lake Michigan on my bucket list. The only question would be who would be brave enough to lend me a bicycle? Stopping at every stop on the Red Line also makes my CTA quest a bit more complicated. Will I take every CTA line in one day or will I stop at each one? The possibilities are endless

@staticfritz won the beer naming contest with his brilliant “Hefe-Hawks-Win!” moniker.

1. Kincaid’s $1.00 beer on Wednesdays

2. Visit the Adler Planetarium and Navy Pier

3. Go to the Modern Art Wing of the Art Institute

4. Visit the local Microbreweries – 3 Floyd’s, Metropolitan, Half Acre, Revolution Brewing, Flossmoor, Goose Island

5. $1 beer at any local bar

Being the winner of the beer naming contest, it’s no surprise that @staticfritz is likely a member of the Beer Appreciation Society. While I have gone to Kincaid’s for $1.00, it’s been awhile and a visit back to amateur hour might be well warranted. Visiting the local microbreweries is definitely on the horizon with 3 Floyds at the top of the list. $1 beer at a local bar is feasible, but I miss the days of 25¢ beer at My Bar that no longer exists.

@CokeHat was wearing a straw hat like myself and I got to pick his brain for some bucket list ideas:

1. Grab a slice of Pizzeria Due

2. Dance to real house at Green Dolphin in the Boom Boom Room

3. Eat a Skyway Dog

4. Eat a Rainbow Cone at 92nd & Western

5. Visit Haunted Trails minigolf off of Harlem.

I love exploring the south side and usually like to line up a few things when I go deep, deep into the south side. The south side is still a part of Chicago and I’m sure there are plenty of people from the south side who don’t venture to the north side on any regular basis. I guess I am a bit south side shy since I don’t know too many people who live down there and don’t know which neighborhoods are safe vs. crazy dangerous. @CokeHat’s ideas are delicious for the foodie in me.

After the tweetup ended, @torihatesyou drove @ErnestWilkins@henjealy@trendyrende, one other guy, and myself from Goose Island to Messner’s. We had to cut our way through Boystown then chugged along through Wrigleyville right after the Cubs game.@torihatesyou displayed her driving mastery while Chicagoans did their best to impede our way. Eventually, we ended up at Messner’s with replay of Uruguay’s slaughtering of South Africa in the background. After awhile, @ErnestWilkins left the bar, Grandma @henjealy had to go to bed, and I decided to bounce too.

Unfortunately, I left the bar and walked a few blocks away before realizing that I had left my backpack in the bar! Fearing losing my darts and camera, I rushed back to find it where I left it – under the table. I had forgotten to ask anyone at Messner’s about their ideas on what is cool to check out in Chicago, so I got a quick rundown.

@letspotteryyall’s list:

1. Get a Whoopski Dog at Superdawg

2. Go swim in Lake Michigan

3. Take a class at Lill Street on Montrose

4. Eat pizza at Spacca Napoli by Sunnyside & Ravenswood and Lou Malnati’s in Lincolnwood

5. Eat Harold’s Chicken Shack on Milwaukee, then have a bacon party

There are some interesting food combinations such as Harold’s Chicken Shack and a bacon party. I don’t know what a bacon party would entail, but it does sound like there would be plenty of crispy bacon. I suppose those with a deathwish should do the deadly daily double of Harold’s Chicken directly followed by bacon! I have definitely had a Superdawg before, but never this Whooski dog. I have set foot in the old Lill Studio and like clay, but haven’t had a chance to try real pottery before.

Finally, former art auctioneer, @trendyrende gave her suggestions for the Chicago Bucket List:

1. Go to Wrigley Field for a ballgame

2. Head to the 59th Street Art Fair

3. Go to Clarke’s for a milkshake and pancakes

4. Catch independent improv at Playground Theatre

5. Find the Mark Chagall paintings in Chicago

The arts seems to be high on the list of things to do with an art fair, improv show, and Marc Chagall. Unfortunately for me, the 59th Street Art Fair was June 5-6th (DOH!). Sixty-two years in the make and I’ll have to catch its sixty-third incarnation next year. I’m a little bit overwhelmed with all of the ideas that everyone’s put together and how to get them all done. Luckily, summer’s just beginning with the solstice on Monday and I have plenty of time for adventuring!

Until next time, friends!

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One Response to “New Ideas from the RedEye / Metromix Tweetup”

  1. Kevin says:

    Another one: get up at the crack of dawn and camp out for a public pass to the Blago trial.

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