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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.

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See you soon!
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

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!

 

 

 

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

Thanksgiving idea for singles

Mingle Around wishes you and your single friend a happy thanksgiving!

Mingle Around wishes you and your single friend a happy thanksgiving!

Many people can’t spend Thanksgiving with their families because of distance, work and other reasons. Just because they aren’t spending the afternoon with family doesn’t’ mean they want to spend it alone! If you’re also single you may consider spending the afternoon with friends and hosting a “single friends” dinner at your home.

Make this Thanksgiving the one you look back fondly on. Think lots of comfort foods, surrounded by friends, no Uncle Arty asking you to pull his finger and possibly land a new love interest.

How?

Serve Thanksgiving dinner at your home!

Invite every single person you know and ask them to bring a single friend. Make sure your friend isn’t secretly interested in their single friend or it could cause for some Thanksgiving Hijacks later on. Here are 3 tips for making this Thanks (for single friends) giving go off without a hitch:

1. When sending out the invites, make sure it is crystal clear that when your guests bring a guest it is someone that they are absolutely not interested in! The last thing you want to happen is a bowl of mashed potatoes flying across the room aimed at that cute blonde talking to your friends ex boyfriend because they still had feelings. If you’re the host, make sure you stick to this rule as well.

2. Keep it simple and casual. Holidays are stressful enough and not spending time with family can be stressful. Keep the event carefree, the drinks flowing, music pumping and atmosphere light. This is for yourself too, don’t try to do it all yourself. Invite people to help with preparing or serving the food. Make sure to introduce everybody so that they’re comfortable but don’t try to force any matchmaking between certain guests. (Leave that to the professionals!)

3. When it’s time to eat, take into fact others religious backgrounds. Not everyone will want to pray before the meal, be careful not to make this uncomfortable for your guests. A great idea though is to let everyone around the table take a moment to share with guests what they’re thankful for this Holiday season. Why? It’s simply a nice Thanksgiving tradition to observe and it’s always nice to give thanks for the blessings in your life. And who knows, someone’s list of what they’re thankful for (for example, finally starting booking that trip to Europe to visit extended family) may pique the interest of a guest and spark a perfect reason to continue the conversation. Natural matchmaking!

This Thanksgiving, give thanks to all of your friends and family. Single and not!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jill Jackson (Founder of Mingle Around)

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ABC came to film our singles party! (Nuts & Bolts Party)

The true story on how Mingle Around gets on ABC news— for hosting singles events.

I manage a restaurant, anyone who knows restaurant life knows not to call during lunch or dinner hours. Yesterday (thursday) I received a phone call from a strange 312 number that I ignore because it was the lunch rush and I was busy attending to 300 customers.  I didn’t wind up checking that voice mail until about 4:30 pm and had to listen about 4 times just to make sure that I heard right. “Hello Jill, this is ABC calling and we’d like to do a story on your Nuts & Bolts singles parties. Please call us back at 312-555-5555.”

HA! Yeah… which one of you pranked me? That’s all I could think of. I figured it was a joke until I checked my e-mail and an abc.com email was sitting in my unread box.

WTF!? is now all I could think. What would ABC want from me? Yeah, the parties I throw are fun. They do attract a diverse and amazing crowd, but it’s not like I’m throwing parties at the Hilton or inviting celebrities. I’m a normal girl average girl and Mingle Around is my baby- but it’s not making anyone a millionaire. Doesn’t ABC want really intense and exciting topics? Then I got to thinking that maybe I underestimate myself, my company and the potential (and current success) that it has.

So, I call back the producer and he asked me so kindly if he could bother me by coming out to our singles event on Friday night. Ha! Like I’d say no to that! I agree, thank him as professionally as I could, tried to act cool, like news stations call me everyday and as soon as he hung up I screamed and started a little dance in my kitchen!

I danced for a minute, enjoying the random good luck that was just bestowed on me and then I started to freak out. What should I wear? How can I lose 10 pounds in a day? Am I tan? Should I get my nails done? What will I say? Will I have a good and packed crowd? What if I stutter or sweat? What if I look like an idiot? What if….

The night was short and I needed to find an appropriate dress, shoes, makeup, accessories and all those fun girl things. I mean, I’m going on camera those precious 10 seconds of fame went straight to my head for a few minutes and I was ready to whip out all the credit cards.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not “stylish”. I’m from the country, love to get dirty and don’t mind if I break a nail. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to dress up, but I usually take my sister with to help find outfits…. because to me, a too tight red mini skirt with leopard tights and a pink sweater would look hot. (yikes, someone call “What Not to Wear”!) I knew that wouldn’t work for television… I needed to dress the part.

Thankfully, a fellow matchmaker (Stef in the City) saw my excited tweets and contacted me. Gave me some great TV advise that I took her up on and I found a cute dress, shoes and accessories all downtown and on sale!

The event started at 7pm and the news reporters were there at 7:15 with a giant camera. Eeeks! They set up a great shot in the back room, sat me down and interviewed me. Of course I screwed up my words and when I spoke about nuts and bolts I said it backwards… “Girls get a BOLT and Guys get a Nut” (duh… wrong!) so I had a lot of do overs. The producer was so nice though… he even told me I was sweating too much and advised me to wear a jacket . So gross and embarrassing… girls shouldn’t say things like that, right?! I’m just keeping it real! You can’t blame me, there was a giant, hot spot light on me, a giant camera and two strangers interviewing me with a crowd of Mingle Members watching, who wouldnt’ be sweating!? I felt confident at the end of the interview, I think that I pulled it off .

After my little interview, ABC news interviewed a few Mingle Members about their experiences dating and then they took a few shots of the party. Around 8pm they took off and I could finally relax and enjoy the event!

This event was all ages, but the majority were 28-38 range. There were some  *really* attractive girls and guys here tonight and everyone seemed so nice! A lot of networking, some new friendships budding and two couples really kicked it off, while at least six more seemed to have some major potential. It seemed that almost every guy left with a few new phone numbers in his phone and every girl seemed happy for some great potential dates!

Ahhhh… it was a great night. So many new faces tonight and I love when people let me know what a great time they had, and how different a “Nuts  & Bolts” party is from any other night out. It’s just so easy to meet people and so much fun.

I can go to bed happy tonight, knowing that I threw a great party, there are a couple of potential couples, ABC knows who Mingle Around is and that I have such an amazing group of Mingle Members and friends.

The only worry I have, is for Sunday night when they air the little interview… please don’t look like an idiot Jill!

xoxo

Jill

She is a 10- but doesn’t get hit on.

Last night, I celebrated Halloween with a few friends. We stopped by the Roof on the Wit, which was full despite the chilly weather.

Typically when I’m out at a bar I can’t help but watch the crowd dynamics. I like to see who’s flirting, who’s singles, who’s taken and who’s cheating. Naturally, I’m a people watcher and the Wit was giving me a great show. My single friends know that going out with me usually ends up with a long night of questions on their perception of others. I like to know what people find attractive and the best way to do this is to play  a non killing version of the Shag, Marry, Kill game with total stranger as our victims.  “If you could take any person home tonight, who and why?” and “If you had to marry one person here, who would it be and why?”   Not the most professional way to extract information from someone, but guaranteed to be interesting.

The most popular girl in the evening to both marry and shag in the bar tonight was “The Swan”– a tall fit blonde who was a “10” in anyones book. She was wearing what appeared to be a white swan dress with feathers and sequins everywhere. It was classy and form-fitting but not the typical “slutty version” Halloween costume. unfortunately for her she had been sitting surrounded by girlfriends and looking very unhappy all night. I noticed men looking at her, but no one approached.

A little later in the evening I had happened to strike up a conversation with Swan while waiting for the washroom. Swan was out with friends, though didn’t have a date. She also confessed (it’s amazing what a little liquor does) that she felt silly in her outfit, and wishes she had worn something more revealing because none of the men would talk to her.

Being a matchmaker and dating coach I had to let her know that the men were looking at her and attracted to her, but she was giving off bad body language. By sitting with girlfriends on a couch with her arms crossed around her body she was not giving off “come hither” signs.  I told her to look up from her drink more and smile while keeping her arms UNcrossed and just at her sides. I also told her to step away from her group of gal pals, as men are often intimidated of a group of girls. Her choice of outfit was not a hinderance, in fact the costume flattered her and left something to the imagination. The only hinderance was her attitude wearing it. Swan said she didn’t realize she was giving out “No” signals and was going to try to look approachable.

About thirty minutes later I noticed Swan and a zombie getting  to know each other. She had taken my advice and was a few seats away from her friends, giving good body language and appeared to be interested in him. He was digging on her too. She smiled at me when I as leaving, and I was happy to have helped make a love connection for a love hungry swan and blood hungry zombie.

Happy Halloween to my readers! As a treat (not trick) for you, please enjoy 25% off Friday nights (November 4th) Nuts & Bolts Party- follow this link and enter “blogread30” as the coupon code.

About last night (10/14)

I host singles events in Chicago and after most events, I’ll blog a few thoughts about the night from both a matchmakers point of view and as a new small business owner.

Last night was a young professional’s singles mixer with at “Nuts & Bolts” theme as an icebreaker. I also had two singles on a first blind date, professionally matched by me. A lot was happening and that’s the way I love it! I was nervous about the blind date for my two single friends, and I was nervous that the party wouldn’t be as much of a success as it was. I had  no reason to fear- as the party was AMAZING and the blind daters are both very happy with each other.

48 sexy singles had RSVP’d and almost everyone showed up plus a few singles from the bar next door. I love when that happens- people peek into our private room and they get interested and started mingling with us!

The first two singles that walked in the door were very attractive smart girls who are brand new to Chicago. Without knowing anyone in this big city, they say it makes meeting people even more difficult and I understand. Both ladies approached me at the end of the night to thank me for hosting the party. Both ladies had met a few potential dates and had a bunch of new numbers in their smart phones.

Interesting turn of events, I had a (competing) professional matchmaker show up at my event and introduce herself to me. She and I had a chance to chat for a bit and she seemed like a sweet girl. I’m always flattered when other Chicago matchmakers ask me for advice or to discuss partnering up. This is the third time I’ve had other Chicago area matchmakers attend my events to either meet me or “scout out” the competition. It’s always a strange feeling knowing that your competition is watching every move you make, but it keeps you on your toes!

Speaking of competition, I had the chance to meet Ben Shimon- who runs S3 leagues– a singles sports league team in Chicago. He came out last night to introduce himself, meet some ladies and to hand out flyers for his upcoming fall/winter bowling, volleyball and whirlyball leagues. We had spoke earlier in the week about cross promoting and hit it off well over the phone. Though we both cater to singles in Chicago- we have different products, so working together seems smart. I’m glad he came out and am looking forward to working together with him on some large events in the future. Quick promo spot- Check out his website and join a league for the winter!

I must be starting to “come into my own” as everyday I’m receiving emails or phone calls from potential sponsors, partners and interested parties. It’s nice that after so long I’m starting to get to where I want to be. Hopefully by this time next year I’ll be able to focus 100% of my time on Mingle Around and produce amazing events every night of the week. My “day” job is great, but people always say the way to true happiness is to do what you love. I love Mingle and am excited to do what I love.

Back to the party! The party itself was great. There were a good mixture of singles and it’s always fun watching the natural interactions between people. Mixer events are truly one of the best ways to meet someone and events with an icebreaker (such as nuts & bolts matching) only help to facilitate the natural progression of mingling. When you have a superficial goal such as earning raffle tickets for prizes- you have a natural out of conversations that you don’t want to be in AND a natural reason to speak to attractive or interesting singles. Unlike online dating- you actually get to feel a real connection with potential mates and you save time when there isn’t one. Photos from singles event here!

As always there were a few “fails”.

 Fail #1. “The girl or guy who can’t hold her liquor”
Repeat after me: “Too much liquor makes you sicker”. When you’re the girl falling off of bar stools while asking to take someone home, you’ve probably had too much. If you’re the guy saying yes to the girl- you are either an asshole or a predator. Now, thankfully- this did not happen at the Mingle Around party last night, but I watched it happen at the bar after the event was over. I’m the one who caught her falling off of the bar stool. When I asked her if she wanted me to catch her a cab and to walk her out of the bar- the jerk of a guy she was talking with pushed me away and told me he’d be taking care of her. Of course he told me this with a wink. Really. A wink that said “Yes, I know this girl if drunk as a skunk, and I know you know… but yes, I’m still going to take her home and do all types of wrong things to her.”

Fail #2 “I forgot my shoes”
It’s happened before and will probably happen again, but I left my house in “house slippers” instead of my black heels. I hate heels and only wear them when necessary- so I had worn my glittery flats while dressing and to catch a cab. I had thought that I packed my black heels with my nuts & bolts party box, but had forgotten them by my front door. I’m not uspet, my house slippers are cool- gold sparkles and all, but it just goes to show that I really would forget my head if it wasn’t attached (though, it was nice to wake up this morning without aching feet!).
That’s it for fails, and I had to really stretch to find something. It truly was an amazing night.

I hope you can make it out to the next event we host and help make the night even more spectacular. Singles event can be found on our website http://www.MingleAround.com.

Have a great weekend everyone!

-Jill