Entries Tagged as 'margaret'

Live Band Karaoke at Subterranean to Benefit Association House

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments

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This post got a little lost after I returned from our Hawaii vacation, but here is it finally! The week we got back was the Association House live band karaoke fundraiser. Money from the event went towards child emergency welfare programs. Jess, Sara and I met at Big Star** for a few drinks and some dinner, then headed over to Subterranean for karaoke fun. We sang Shoop by Salt-n-Pepa and didn’t even need the lyric sheet. Probably a bad move at the end, but by then we were really drunk, we also sang Call Me Maybe and basically got the Shepard’s hook pull off the stage. Ha. Time to go home! Really fun night, though! Association House raised $1,145, money that will directly go towards helping kids in crisis situations. I hope they do the live band karaoke again! I’ve been to live band karaoke before (with Chicagoist, with Allison and Susan), but had never actually done it. So fun!

** While we were at Big Star, Margaret Lyons walked in the door. I was so shocked. It was like, “holy crap! what year is it!?!?” I hadn’t seen her for years because she moved to New York and we used to hang out in the Big Star space years ago when it was still Pontiac. We even hosted a Chicagoist party there. So great to see her, if only for a minute or two.

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Chicagoist Alumni Reunion

October 20th, 2010 · No Comments


Sam (Former General Contributor), Chuck (Former Music Writer, Former Food/Drink Editor, Current Editor-in-Chief), Jocelyn (Former General Contributor), Margaret (Former Television Writer), Benjy (Sports, then and now!), Rachelle (Former Editor-in-Chief), Jim (Music/A&E Editor, then & now!)


Thales (Former Ask Chicagoist Writer), James (Former Copy Editor), Chuck (Former Music Writer, Former Food/Drink Editor, Current Editor-in-Chief), Matt (Former General Contributor), Olivia (Former General Contributor)


Mike (Former Political Writer), Benjy (Sports, then and now!), Justin (Former A&E/Culture Writer)

Earlier this week a bunch of Chicagoist staff from the olden days, i.e. back when I was the Editor, got together for drinks at Cole’s in Logan Square. A few people I run into every few months, but many I had not seen for a year or several years. I made everyone line up and take photos just to prove we actually did it. We were all in one room together!

It was great to catch up. Back in the day we all had such close, daily contact. It’s fun to check in with everyone and see how everything is going. I mean, many of us stay in contact online, but in-person is so different. I hope that we can make this a more regular thing, so that years and years don’t go by before I see these dear friends again!

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CHIRP Launch Party

February 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments

After dinner at Buona Terra, Jess and I headed up to the Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood for the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) launch party. CHIRP launched this past fall as a truly indpendent music- and arts-focused community radio station. Right now they only broadcast online, but they are hoping to someday broadcast on a low power FM station someday.

Jocelyn, a writer I know from back in my Chicagoist days, is the CHIRP events coordinator and DJs at noon on Fridays. So, she invited me to come to the party and it was nice to see her again and hear about her new venture. The party was fun. There was a live band, great beer and a ton of food, as well. We didn’t eat because we’d just eaten dinner, but we certainly did partake in the beer. And the band. I also got to see The Hixx, who I also know from Chicagoist. I still talk to her a lot online, but, man.. it’s probably been years since we’ve seen each other, so it was great catching up.

CHIRP is a cool project going on here in Chicago… but since they’re online, no matter where you live you can tune in and give them a listen at CHIRPradio.org. Tune in!

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