Mingler

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
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Event Overview

Cost is attendee fee + drink/snack to share. You may want to noodle around in the FAQs below before registering. 



A group of people interested in expanding their networks—social, professional, romantic—come to a comfy Wicker Park location for an evening low-key, no-pressure connection-making and the opposite of the bar and networking scene.


The one caveat? Everyone comes solo. No significant others, no friends, no security blankets. This levels the playing field so you don’t have to be nervous about not knowing anyone — no one knows anyone!


This is NOT a networking event. This is NOT a singles event. (People who are in relationships come too, they just can’t come with their mate.) This is a “unique experience with an interesting and diverse group of people who are all there for the same reason: to get to know friendly new people” event.


FAQs


WHAT’S THE GOAL OF A MINGLER?


Expand your network—professional, social, romantic—by making new connections in a comfortable and unique way.


WHERE DO MINGLERS HAPPEN?


In the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, near Division and Ashland (exact address sent when you register). 


IS THIS A DINNER PARTY?


No; make sure you eat dinner beforehand. We’ll have snacks and drinks, but it’s about meeting others and not so much about the grub. And, no, mac ‘n cheese is not actually served.


IS THIS A DATING SERVICE?


No. Do people get dates out of it? Yes.


IS THIS AN EMPLOYMENT SERVICE?


No. Do people get jobs out of it? Yes.


CAN I COME WITH A FRIEND OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?


No. One of the things that make Minglers unique is the fact that no one knows anyone else. This levels the playing field and puts people at ease: you don’t have to worry about coming by yourself because everybody will be there solo!


WHAT DO MINGLERS COST?


$19 plus a drink or snack to share (you’ll get a request to bring a certain item about a week before the event).


HOW DO I PAY?


Register above. If you’re unable to register, that means the next Mingler isn’t yet open for registration or it’s full.


WHEN WILL I BE INVITED TO A MINGLER?


Minglers typically happen once every couple of months. Everyone receives notification of an upcoming Mingler at the same time and then it’s first come, first served (caveat: if someone you know is already coming, you’ll have to wait).


CAN I COME TO MORE THAN ONE MINGLER?


Yes!


WHAT HAPPENS AT A MINGLER?


People chatting, getting to know each other, sharing snacks and drinks, playing games, exchanging contact info . . .


WHEN ARE THE MINGLERS?


Friday and Saturday evenings.


HOW LONG DO MINGLERS LAST?


However long people choose to hang out/until Saya kicks you out. The average Mingler breaks up around 10pm.


WHAT DO I BRING?


•A ready-to-meet-new-people vibe


•Your assigned snack or drink


•Business cards, if you’d like


IS IT BYOB?


You only need to bring a drink if that’s the item you’re asked to contribute. Otherwise, there’ll be plenty to share!


HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AT THE MINGLER?


Maybe 10, maybe 30. But usually, 20ish. 


WHAT IF I’M A SHY PERSON? WILL I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH A BUNCH OF PEOPLE I DON’T KNOW?


Remember, everyone’s in the same boat: nobody knows anybody at the start of a Mingler!


That often elicits a freeing sensation that you can be whoever you want to be.


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?


This is not a suit/stiletto heels/buy a new outfit evening (unless you want to). Your host will most likely be in flip-flops and jeans. Dress for comfort!


WHAT KINDS OF PEOPLE COME TO THE MINGLERS?


Average age is 30-40, though past participants have ranged from 22 to 65. Most attendees live in the city; most are single, but people who are dating/married come as well; attendees are both gay and straight. Professions range from teachers to financial consultants to nonprofit managers to police officers.


I’M GAY. CAN I SIGN UP?


Of course!


I’M PART OF A COUPLE. CAN I SIGN UP?


Of course! But to maintain the popular dynamic of no one knowing each other, you’ll have to leave your significant other at home.


CAN YOU TELL ME SPECIFIC THINGS ABOUT THE MINGLER I’M ATTENDING [WILL I BE THE OLDEST ONE THERE? HOW MANY GUYS ARE COMING? HOW MANY GUESTS WILL BE THERE? ETC.]?


No. Don’t stress about details. Just come to have a good time!


 

What to Bring

Snack or drink to share. You'll get an assignment the week of the Mingler.

Cancellation Policy

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MORE ABOUT YOUR HOST

Saya Hillman

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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    Jackie M.
    Reviewed on 12/16/19

    I wasn't able to make it because I was sick but I bet it was amazing

    I wasn't able to make it because I was sick but I bet it was amazing

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