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Speed Dating for Chicago singles 20’s and 30’s

Mingle Around Speed Dating Chicago EventSpeed Dating for singles 20’s & 30’s

A Mingle Around™ social event

Venue Name: West End Bar

Age Range: 20’s & 30’s

Event Price: $24.99

Start Time: 6:30

Event Date: Mon Jan 16

 

Speed Dating for singles in their 20’s and 30’s.

Was your New Year’s Resolution to meet someone new or to experience new things? Was it to get out of the house and Mingle more? Accomplish your New Years goals at our “New Year’s Resolution Speed Dating” events. You’ll be able to add 10-15 potential dates to your contact list after one night out and you’ll meet attractive & fun singles who are on the market and ready to find someone like YOU!

Speed dating is a simple way to introduce yourself to 10-15 potential dates. You’ll have about 5 minutes to mingle with each single and at the end of the night you will inform the event host who you’d like to exchange contact information with. Simple! The benefit of speed dating is you can actually FEEL the chemistry (or lack thereof) with each person you meet. Unlike online dating, what you see is really what you get!

We’ll be mingling at West End Bar over complimentary appetizers and drink specials. This place is a sexy, swanky, upscale sports bar with great drink specials and appetizers for us to enjoy. This event is appropriate for singles in their 20’s and 30’s.

Information:

Mingle from 6:30-7pm over complimentary light appetizers. Enjoy a cash bar with exclusive drink specials. Speed dating begins at 7pm. Speed dating concludes around 9pm. Cost: $24.99. Ticket must be purchased in advance. Includes 10-15 introductions, complimentary appetizers from 6:30-7 and drink specials for the evening. You will receive your mutual match list and contact information within 24 hours, typically within 8 hours!

Purchase Ticket:

You must purchase your ticket online. Tickets are not sold at the door. Purchase via meetup.com or at Mingle Around’s website.

Getting to West End:

From the Kennedy Expressway

– From the North take Exit 50A toward Ogden Ave; Stay straight to go onto North Racine, then turn right onto Madison St, WestEnd will be on your right at Madison & Ada From the Kennedy Expressway

– From the South Get off at the Madison Exit (51D) and turn left onto Madison, WestEnd will be on your left side at Madison & Ada Parking Easy street parking, valet parking available and there is a paid parking lot across the street on Madison.

Once you arrive:

When you arrive to West End please head to the back of the venue. We have a private area and private bar.

 

Looking forward to meeting you!

Nuts & Bolts Singles Party @ Joes on Weed St. (20’s-40’s)

Nuts & Bolts™ Party

A Mingle Around™ social event

Venue Name:  Joe’s Bar

Age Range:    late 20’s-early 40’s

Event Price:  $25 now/$35 door

Start Time:   7:30

Event Date:  Sat Jan. 14, 2012

A new twist on social events!

A Nuts & Bolts™ party is a unique and slightly sexy way to meet many upscale, outgoing and attractive singles. This event is geared towards singles in their late 20’s to early 40’s. Mix and Mingle with whom you are attracted to.

Join us at Joes’s Bar on Weed Street, a fun sports bar and concert venue just off of North and Clybourne area. We will be nibbling on delicious complimentary appetizers from 7:30-8:30, enjoying $3 domestic beers and well drink specials all night long and mingling with an upscale, young and attractive Chicago singles crowd. The Nuts & Bolts party starts at 8pm and raffle prize drawing is at 10pm. Live music begins at 10pm and your paid admission to the Nuts & Bolts Party allows you to stay with out paying a cover to Joes.

Purchase your ticket online NOW before we sell out! Tickets here.

For more information about what to expect at a Nuts and Bolts party please visit here (Nuts & Bolts Parties).

View some of our registered guest list here: Meetup.com

Our Facebook page has some great conversations going on. Feel free to join in!

Want to go ice skating with sexy Chicago Singles? Click!

Mingle Around goes Ice Skating with singlesIce Skating

A Mingle Around™ social event

Venue Name:  Millenium Park

Age Range:    All Ages

Event Price:  $2

Start Time:   5:30 Event Date:  Mon Jan 9, 2012

 

We are going Ice Skating!

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get out of the house and Mingle more? Is it to be more active? Or was it to find someone special this year? Great! Let’s start accomplishing all three resolutions in one fun night out!

We’ll meet up after work; beat the Monday Blues and ice skate with a great group of Mingle Around Members. This is a great event for new members to join us at, even if you’ve never skated before! Activities always make meeting new people so much easier, and with our amazing group of active and fun singles this is sure to be a blast.

We’ll Mingle at Park Grill and skate from 5pm-8pm. Park Grill is next to the skating rink, Mingle Around will have a few tables inside for us to Mingle at away from the ice and will have room to grab a bite to eat.

Meet Us:

Meet us at 5-5:30 at the skating rental area. Your event host (Jill Jackson) will be wearing a name tag and will have a long grey coat on. After 5:30, we’ll be on the ice or inside the Grill. We’ll have a sign at the Grill and the hostess or bartender will be able to direct you to us. Text or call Jill @ 708-248-2348 if you can’t find us.

Cost:

The event fee is $2. Purchase your ticket on the Mingle Around Singles Website here!

If you wish to skate, the skate rental is $10 and you’ll rent the skates when you arrive. If you bring your own ice skates, the skating is free.

Directions:

Click here for a google map to the park.

More information:

Click here for the website to Millenium Park

Click here to see our other website with the list of attendees.

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See you soon!
Jill

A Sexy Bus Tour of Chicago? Singles Party!

Ready for a weird & sexy night out in Chicago?
Jump on the “Weird Chicago” Tour bus and explore the weirdest, strangest, sexiest and spookiest parts of Chicago.

You are invited to attend a sexy & weird tour of Chicago, hosted by Ken Melvoin-Berg (think Northwestern sex-ed controversy) and Weird Chicago Tours. This is a three hour tour of all things weird and sexy in Chicago.

This event will sell out. I booked us a larger bus than last year to help accommodate all who want in, but please RSVP early to ensure you’ll have a spot.

We’ll be making pub stops, haunted stops and of course sexy stops. Where? That’s up to the tour guide the night of. Last year we visited ahaunted pub, the largest whiskey bar in Chicago, a haunted hotel and a S&M dungeon… yeah, I said it… a real s&m dungeon with a real dominatrix showing us around the place, explaining how things worked etc (PHOTOS HERE). It was one of the craziest nights of my life. I was in shock and awe for the entire trip and I’ve talked about it for months since! (Read the blog from last year)

Please note that we are going to be visiting “adult” themed locations throughout this trip. Open minds are expected and proper behavior is demanded.

You’ll be able to drink on the bus and Mingle Around will bring some adult beverages. Feel free to bring your own for yourself or to share. Trust me, from experience, a glass of wine before you brave up the stairs to a S&M dungeon makes it that much easier to open the door!

We’ll be stopping at a few locations for bathroom breaks, history lessons and pub stops at various places around Chicago. I can’t guarantee were we’ll visit this time, but can guarantee it will be fun, weird and sexy!

The trip ends around 10pm back at our pick up location. Feel free to stick around downtown and enjoy the rest of the evening with 23 new friends and a lot of new knowledge!

Info:

You cannot be late for the bus. Please meet us in the lobby/bar of the Hard Rock Café at 6pm on Saturday. This gives us time to meet eachother and maybe grab a bite to eat. We load the bus at 6:45. If you miss the bus, even by 20 seconds, it will not turn around or wait. Please call Jill @ 708-248-2348 and I’ll let you know where our first stop is and you’ll have to taxi or drive there to meet us. The actual bus is located on 600 N. Clark.

We will return to the same location around 10pm after the tour.

Behavior on bus: Please clean up after yourself and watch your liquor consumption. Drinking is encouraged, but becoming drunk is not! 😉 The tour guide and bus driver have full control over “discipline” on the bus.

Cost:

$41 for private three hour tour of crazy and sexy things in Chicago. Includes bus driver, tour guide, door charges at various venues (if any), and adult beverages and snacks on bus. Any beverages purchased at any of the pubs we visit are your responsibility.

Check us out on Facebook

Hope to see you on the bus! –

Jill

Blackjack Singles Party 1/6 Chicago Fundraiser

Black Jack Singles Party in Chicago from Mingle AroundSingles BlackJack Party™

A Mingle Around™ singles party event

Venue Name: The Spot

Age Range:   All Ages

Event Price:  $24.99

Start Time:   7:00

Event Date:  1/6/12

Join us for a singles event and fundraiser for “Team in Training”. All proceeds will be donated to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Support this great cause and mix in some of the sex appeal of Blackjack! Enjoy an open bar for the first hour while mingling with some of Chicago’s finest!

This sounds like a winning hand, doesn’t it?

What to expect:

Walk into the room and pick a card…any card! Your “dealers” for the evening will be walking around with a few decks of playing cards and will help you find your winning hand or blackjack. All you have to do is mix and Mingle with each other and find a winning hand of “21”. Once you’ve hit 21, a dealer will shuffle the deck, give you a new card and enter you into the grand prize drawing!

Earn extra raffle tickets by hitting a “blackjack” (a 10 value card and an “Ace”). You can’t bust here, but you might strike out if you don’t play your hand right! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the game, or the rules- your friendly dealers will be happy to teach you as we play! As long as you can count to 21 and can Mingle with the other players, I promise you you’ll have a winning hand!

This is an all ages party, with the average age range in their 30’s. Mix and Mingle with who YOU are attracted to (or who has the best hand!). We’ll have guests in their mid 20’s and guests in their mid 60’s. Take a look at our reviews for mixed age range parties and you’ll see that they are always a blast- not awkward! This event is much more of a networking event or mixer then a “singles” party, though I’m positive I’ll see a few love connections!

Purchase  your ticket HERE now

About the party:

The house opens at 7pm. Our one hour of open bar is 7:30-8:30 and you have to have a wrist band given to you from Mingle Around on. Mix and Mingle until 9pm and then check your raffle tickets to see if you are our grand prize winner! Our prizes are always fun and unique; including bottles of wine, great first date location gift certificates and cash! Feel free to stay the rest of the evening and mingle the night away with all the “players” you just met!

About the fundraiser:

One of our Mingle Around Members, Cathy, just signed up for her 2nd half marathon for “Team in Training”, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her goal is to raise $1,000 to donate to them. Can we help her reach this goal? Mingle Around will donate our proceeds from the evening to this great cause. We will also be accepting donations at the door or via her website (listed below) and will have “shot specials” during the night with 100% of the proceeds going towards this great charity.

Link to Cathy’s page http://pages.teamintraining.org/il/champgn12/catgrl67

Earn extra raffle tickets:

Want to cheat the house and earn a few extra raffle tickets? Do one or all of the following and you can really tip the odds in your favor!

1. Donate additional funds to “team in training” when you arrive to the party (10 tickets)

2. Follow us on twitter (3 tickets)

3. Like us on facebook (3 tickets)

4. Bring a friend (5 tickets)

5.  Send out a “tweet” promoting this fundraising meetup (5 tickets)

When you RSVP, you’ll have a chance to write how you earned free tickets! We’ll check your story out and have your tickets ready at the door.

Cost:

$24.99 if paid online BEFORE 1/5/12.

$30 day of or at the door.

Remember, all proceeds go to “Team in Training”

Purchase Tickets on Mingle Around’s singles event calendar here.

Speed Dating Singles Event 1/5/12

Speed Dating Event in Chicago with Mingle Around Speed Dating for singles 40’s and 50’s

A Mingle Around™ social event

Venue Name:  The Joynt

Age Range: 40’s and 50’s

Event Price:  $24.99 Start Time:   6:30

Event Date:  Thur Jan 5, 2012

Speed Dating for singles in their 40’s and 50’s

Was your New Year’s Resolution to meet someone new or to experience new things? Was it to get out of the house and Mingle more?

Accomplish your New Years goals at our “New Year’s Resolution Speed Dating” events. You’ll be able to add 10-15 potential dates to your contact list after one night out and you’ll meet attractive & fun singles who are on the market and ready to find someone like YOU!

Speed dating is a simple way to introduce yourself to 10-15 potential dates. You’ll have about 5 minutes to mingle with each single and at the end of the night you will inform the event host who you’d like to exchange contact information with. Simple! The benefit of speed dating is you can actually FEEL the chemistry (or lack thereof) with each person you meet. Unlike online dating, what you see is really what you get!

We’ll be mingling at “The Joynt” over complimentary appetizers and drink specials. The Joynt is a sexy, swanky, upscale piano lounge with live music every night. Your speed dating entry allows you free admission into the piano lounge with live music directly after the event.

This event is appropriate for singles in their 40’s and 50’s. If you are in your late 30’s or early 60’s and would like to date someone in the 40’s and 50’s age range, please RSVP.

Information:

Mingle from 6:30-7pm over complimentary light appetizers. Enjoy a cash bar with exclusive drink specials. Speed dating begins at 7pm. Speed Dating concludes at 9pm, but live music starts then. Mingle with great music in the background for the rest of the evening. (Link to the live music information here)

Cost:

$24.99. Ticket must be purchased in advance. Includes 10-15 introductions, complimentary appetizers from 6:30-7 and Mingle Around members drink specials for the evening. You will receive your mutual match list and contact information within 24 hours, typically within 8 hours!

Purchase Ticket:

You must purchase your ticket online. Tickets are not sold at the door. PURCHASE HERE.

Getting to The Joynt:

The Joynt is located at 650 N. Dearborn. (Map)

There is metered street parking in the area.

There are multiple paid lots nearby. Closest is: 671 North Clark Street (Central Parking)

Please don’t drive if you are going to drink.

These busses all stop near: 22, 33, 36, 126. The red line is about three blocks north.

Once you arrive:

When you arrive to The Joynt please head to the back of the venue and then down the stairs. We are located on the lower level- the room towards the right. This room has a private bar and washrooms as well as comfortable seating.

To purchase this speed dating event ticket, please click here.

 

See you soon!
Jill

Where are the Chicago Single Women? (Great pick up bar)

A great Singles Pick Up Bar - Mingle AroundOkay, I hate the idea of a “pick up bar”, but I just have to say it- I found a great Chicago “pick up” bar!I went to The Joynt last week and again this week for work related matters and the place was SWARMING with gorgeous single ladies. No rings on those fingers, guys!

It’s kinda my duty as a matchmaker and social event coordinator to inform YOU about these things, so here I am, telling you. Listen up!

The Joynt is a swanky retro styled piano bar in River North, Chicago. It’s upscale, but not overly pretentious. The guests are classy and very attractive. This place has live music every night, which keeps the ladies dancing and keeps them coming back for more! Don’t fret about going alone, the place is so busy that no one will notice if you’re sitting at the bar by yourself, of if you’re with a huge crowd of friends.

Dress code- I’m not sure if there was a “dress code” but the ladies were all dolled up, the men were in suit jackets and dark jeans (God, I love that look!)

Other notes- If you want a little more privacy and a quieter space, head downstairs. There is a “lounge” area that’s much more chill.

If you’re striking out at the  Joynt, there are about 10 great bars in that area for you to hit up next. But if you keep striking out, you might want to consult a matchmaker or a date coach to see if there are some things you could tweak to improve your skill.

Best of luck!

Please, email me if you know a great “singles bar” in Chicago. I’ll check it out and write a little blurb! Also, check out our upcoming singles events. No need to find a singles bar if you know someone who hosts great singles events! www.Meetup.com/MingleAround

Pros and Cons of online dating

Pros and Cons of Online Dating

Many of my Mingle Around clients and singles that I know ask me about my thoughts on online or internet dating and I’m always happy to share my opinion!

Online dating con # 1.

 False Advertising – At least when you’re at a singles event or out at the bar with friends, what you see is what you get….. Unless he’s wearing lifts or she’s sporting a “booty bump” – there won’t be major surprises (at least in the attraction department) on your first date.

Online dating con #2.

Time Wasting– You’ll spend an average of four-six hours texting, emailing, calling and winking at your potential date before a real date is set up. Then add up the time you take to get ready for the date, the commute to the location and then the average two-to-three hour date just to realize there isn’t chemistry (even though he/she may be just as good looking as the photo) and you’re looking at a lot of time and energy wasted.

Online dating con #3.

Privacy- What happens on the internet stays on the internet… FOREVER. The questions that some of the top online dating sites ask are intimate. Some of the questions they ask you- I wouldn’t even ask my closest girlfriends….But people are more than happy to share share and share with little thought of who will see these answers in the future.

Online dating con #4.

Your Boss– Speaking of privacy, you might not want match.com to “match” you with your co-worker or brother. I’ve heard horror stories of both. Makes for awkward family dinners and board meetings. Not only is your profile up for everyone to see but you don’t know who’s profile you’ll run into on your quest for true love.

Don’t think I’m a hater of online dating. I’m not, there are some great reasons to date online. Just don’t make online dating your only source of finding love!

Pros-

Online dating pro #1.

Gets your feet wet- Many of my clients are recently divorced and are nervous about dating for the first time in years. Try out online dating; the fear of rejection is lowered due to the anonymity of being online. Online dating can be a great way to boost your confidence, especially for woman as the ratio of men:women on these sites lean to the favor of the single female.

Online dating pro #2.

You get to BE SPECIFIC- For those of you who ONLY want to date a Jewish man over 6 foot or a Catholic female who lives 30 miles south of Chicago, online dating can help you narrow your search. There are niche sites for all religions, fetishes, hobbies, ages, and races.

Online dating pro #3.

Cost- It’s typically cheaper to “online date” then to visit a matchmaker or to spend every weekend out at a bar or social event.

Online dating pro #4 .

Deal Breakers- Get to know someone a little more before making your “move”. It’s kinda cool to read the profile of a hottie to scour it for “Deal Breakers” before deciding to pursue them online or not. You can’t really do that at a bar without approaching them, flirting, buying them a drink or two and then trying to get to know them. Plus it’s a dating rule that you shouldn’t ask about many “deal breakers” on a first date, let alone the first five minutes… It’s not like you can just say “hi my name is Jill- do you smoke, have kids, what’s your religion, would you rather read a book or go to a club, and do you like your mom?” Awkward!!!

Good luck on your search for love, lust and happiness. Remember, Mingle Around hosts singles events where you can meet singles in real life— not the internet!

 

 

 

Five sad Christmas songs. Do not play!

I love Christmas. I love Christmas songs. I despise these songs though…

Five sad Christmas songs Mingle Around will NOT be adding to our holiday singles party soundtrack.


1. Wham! Last Christmas… with lines about tearing a heart apart, who wouldn’t add this song to their “Do not play” list?

2. Elvis. Blue Christmas… “I’ll be so blue with out you. Christmas won’t be the same if you’re not here with me” These are lyrics that just don’t bring a smile to my face.

3. Please Come Home for Christmas by Charles Brown…. “My babys gone, I have no friends…” Just downloading this youtube video to embed to the blog already brought tear to my eye. Warning! Do not play this song!

4. What Do the Lonely Do for Christmas? By The Emotions…. “I know it’s joy to the world, but it’s sad for me” What do the lonely do? They don’t listen to songs like this!

5. The Christmas Shoes. All the little boy wants is to buy a pair of shoes for his dying mother on Christmas eve. Come on song writers…. let’s write happier songs! “Daddy says there’s not much time…” Hello Tear Jerker.

What songs am I missing? Merry Christmas everyone!