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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!

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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.

Friend us on facebook!
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

About last nights “CaffeineDating” event

I had the pleasure of hosting a speed dating event on Friday night with 22 of Chicago’s finest singles over 40. What makes this event unique is the fact it truly was “speed” dating… we were all hopped up on caffeine instead of liquor!

No offense to liquor, I do enjoy a glass of wine with dinner  or shot of tequilla on the weekend, but sometimes it’s nice to change the scenery. Argo Tea partnered with us and allowed us to use the private space upstairs from the Tea Cafe on 1 North Dearborn. This room had a pretty amazing view (okay, not amazing…we were only one story up…but it was a nice view with huge floor to ceiling windows!) and had the smell of teas and coffee tickling our noses.

Disaster #1… What room?

Upon my arrival I searched for the manager with whom I booked the room and scheduled catering with. He was no where in sight and my private room was full of students. I also was getting nervous because I was not seeing my catered foods and drinks…. uh ohh.

I’m thinking, “Did I book the wrong day? Did they forget my event? When is everyone going to show up? Why is the room so hot?”

I grabbed the barista from the cafe and asked her when my room would be set up and she looked at me blankly and said,”What event?”

“Ha! You’re kidding right? What room! Funny! Who set you up to this?” was my response.

She then explained that the manager who I’ve been working with all month was actually not with the company as of this morning…. WHAT!?

BUT, Argo Tea was super awesome and lickety split got my room set up and offered the daters complimentary food and great beverages from the cafe. It worked out well for us… just started out as an event planners worst nightmare!

Disaster #1 fixed.

Disaster #2… Too many men…

Speed Dating is a difficult event to keep the ratio of men to women even. No matter how hard I try something always happens. This particular event was booked even 11 men, 11 women. Then the day of THREE women called to cancel due to work or family issues. Three?! Come on, cut me a break here! I can’t have too many men, especially three men too many!

So, I post some quick ads on Facebook and twitter and get three great gals to fill the spot (I had a waiting list for the event, so filling the spots wasn’t a problem).  Great, back to even. Easy….or so I thought!

One male paid and didn’t show up, and another female showed up at the door with confirmation but I hadn’t had her name on my email list. (Website bug… fixed). So, I started out with too many men, now I have two women to many. Which I think actually worked out fine as we had 10 men and 12 women. The women had two rounds of “No date” which gave them time to freshen up in the washroom, text their best friend (hopefully telling them to come to a Mingle Around event!) or refill their beverage.

disaster #2…. fixed, but reversed!

Disaster # 3…. Is it hot in here?

I’m a nervous gal. Mingle Around is my baby and I’ve got my name all over it. If it fails, I fail. Hence, I get nervous before events because I want everyone to have a good time and positively speak to other single friends about Mingle (hopefully a 5 star Yelp! review too). So when I was sweating upstairs dealing with “disasters” I thought it was just me. It wasn’t. It turns out I was fine, the room was just hot. Like really hot. We’ll have that fixed for the next upcoming “CaffeineDating” event, I think the new manager just didn’t have the key yet for the heat control. So if you were at the event and sweating due to nerves, no one would know!

Disaster #3 not fixed, but could have worked in your advantage!

That’s it for the disasters.

The event actually ROCKED. About an 90 minutes of “mingling” and a 90% mutual match rate for our singles. The speed dating had a great crowd of attractive singles over 40 who really were personable and fun. Most of the speed daters hadn’t actually been to a speed dating event before, so it was a new concept for a lot. I sure hope they had a great time. I’ve received a few thank you emails the day after, I’ve attached a photo of one. The thank you emails are my absolute favorite thing about this job…. it’s wonderful doing something that people love!

Upcoming CaffeineDating Event- For singles in their 20’s and 30’s. Friday November 26

Other upcoming events http://minglearound.com/Chicago-Singles-Events-2011

Thank you letter

Thank you letter

Singles Parties in October (Chicago)

Over 40? Under 40? Single? We’ve got a singles event for you in Chicago!

The list of Chicago Singles Events for October from Mingle Around:

Saturday, October 08, 2011 7:00 PM • Joes Bar 940 W. Weed Street, Chicago Il
Followed by after party with the band 16 candles. This is an all ages (21+) singles party or networking event for us to get together, watch the Blackhawks WIN, drink cheap drinks and then follow it up with free admission to one of the BEST party bands in Chicago! A great way to meet new friends and new potentials.
Sunday, October 09, 2011 4:30 AM • 337 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
Join us for one of two volunteer shifts at the Chicago Marathon the 4am shift or the 10am shift. We’ll be helping runner check in and helping man a booth for the Chicago Cancer Society. Sexy singles give back! We try to volunteer at least once a month for a Charity that is home based.
Friday, October 14, 2011 7:30 PM • Houndstooth Saloon
Young professionals in Chicago will love this singles party. Free food, drink specials, raffle drawings (of some fun sexy prizes!), missed connections box and complimentary matchmaking during. Great location in Wrigleyville, great Chicago singles.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:00 PM • TBD
location being finalized but join us for speed dating for Athletic singles. If you have a gym membership and use it, if you enjoy yoga, hiking, weight lifting, ballet, martial arts, kickboxing or just running down the lake front and want to find a partner that values the same… this Speed Dating event is for you! We’ll be hosting two age groups, one for under 40 and one for over 40. 50 and up? Email me and if the response is large enough we’ll add-on!
Friday, October 28, 2011 6:30 PM • Pick up at Hard Rock Cafe
Halloween Singles! Join us for a haunted tour of Chicago in our own bus! We can drink on the bus (BYOB) and we’ll be making lots of pit stops at haunted locations all over the city. Don’t miss out. Only 23 seats on the bus and we are already half sold out!
Follow us on Twitter @MingleAround or friend us on facebook.
E-mail this to a friend who could use a night out!

Singles Halloween Ghost Tour- Chicago

It’s that time of year again and I only have seats for 23 singles for the crazy haunted bus tour given by world famous “Weird Chicago Tours”. The tour is three hours long and where we go is a mystery. We are sure to visit Chicago’s most haunted spots.

From their website: “Our Standard Tour is a unlike any other tour in the Windy City! This not just another ghost tour but a mixture of ghosts, gangsters and much more! Join the Weird Chicago Crew and experience America’s Most Haunted City and her many ghosts, crime spots and all around strangeness! We don’t just drive past Chicago’s spirit-infested
places, we let you experience them first-hand, taking you into places that other ghost tours just dream about having access to! It’s going to be a tour of the Windy City that you won’t soon forget!”

BYOB- we are allowed to mix our own cocktails on the bus and we will also be making pub stops along the way. Costumes encouraged and we will be doing a Halloween party
stop after!

The Weird Chicago Tour website is: http://www.weirdchicago.com/

We’ve taken the sexy and weird tour with them a few months ago
and had a riot… (details about this tour can be found on the blog

https://minglearound.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/a-trip-to-a-dungeon/

Join us for a spooky night out!

Due to the nature of this event- you must prepay. If a crisis
comes up and you can not make the event, I will try to find someone to fill
your seat (and refund you your money), but I can’t refund your ticket the day
of.

We are also hosting an event with them in November “Sexy
Tour” of Chicago. Not for the faint of heart….
Book your seat here:

www.Meetup.com/minglearound

Thoughts about last night

Just in case you stumbled onto my blog, I’m a matchmaker and owner of MingleAround.com. My cupids and I host singles parties in and around Chicago and I update my blog with the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m a huge believer in love and in honesty. When a party or matchmaking event goes good, bad or funny, you’ll be the first to know. On to the story…..

I’ll be honest. I was really, really, really worried about hosting last night’s singles party for singles aged 35+. For one, I had it on a weekday night instead of my typical Friday or Saturday. Secondly, the party I threw two weeks ago (on Bears preseason opener) had a low turn out (though great guest list). Thirdly, it was my first singles party for just an “older” crowd. Typically I mix my crowds up with all ages.

It turns out that I had nothing to worry about as 90% of my RSVP list showed with a few more people showing up to purchase tickets at the door. (For anyone who has ever thrown a party- you know the pain of the RSVP’er who never shows up. With singles events this pain is triple as many singles purchase the tickets and then the day of, they chicken out and become a no call-no show. Being a matchmaker and focusing on having a fairly even number of compatible men to women at these parties is very important so when the RSVP’er doesn’t show it can ruin the dynamics of the entire night.)

The party started slow and one of my cupids whispered in my ear “it’s like an 8th grade dance in here”, which was so true. Gals were sitting at tables talking amongst each other and the  guys were at the bar looking slightly nervous but ignoring the situation. I knew I had to get things going. Thankfully for me I have some of the best cupids in town who are able to get into the crowd and liven things up.

Once we got the party rolling it all went smooth. The crowd was great with less dirty jokes than I expected and much more conversation than I’m used to. You see, typically these parties get people all riled up to “win prizes”. Everytime you find a matching nut or bolt you receive a raffle ticket. At the past few parties, I felt as if the crowd was more interested in raffle tickets than meeting matches but at this party I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of conversation that was happening.

Two couples last night left earlier together in the evening to grab cocktails away from the crowd and I’m hoping to hear positive things about their evening soon. Another couple left together at the end of the night, the man was being a true gentlemen and walking her to her car. I saw them exchange phone numbers and on their way out she looked back at me over her shoulder and mouthed “thank you!”. I am still smiling over this.

On a personal note I had a realization that people actually read these blogs and my facebook page. Maybe you (the reader) don’t realize this, but when I’m siting at home as I am now, drinking coffee and typing away, I often feel as if it’s in vain and that no one reads or cares that I’m trying to both make something of myself and to more importantly help all of us find love. But I’m wrong.

For example, I was approached last night by a man who thanked me for being his facebook friend and for writing these silly blogs. He’s been following and reading for a YEAR now, but had never had the courage to come out to an event. Now, this man was not shy or pathetic, he was well-educated with a great job. He was able to easily keep conversations with the ladies going and he was also easy on the eyes! He had just never been to a singles party. He was not finding high-caliber women at the “conventional” locations so thought he’d try it out. He told me that reading these blogs and seeing what happens here really made him feel comfortable with the idea of coming. I LOVE this feedback! He wound up making some new friends, but not a love connection last night…. but I feel that he’ll be back again soon.

Well, that’s all folks. I’ve gotta run- two matchmaking clients to meet today as well as my “9-5”.  I have a few more events for September in the making and hope to meet you all soon!

Jill