This weekend Chicago played host to the Windy City Tweet Up. For those who do not know what a tweet up is, it is when a bunch of like minded individuals correspond on twitter together and decide to meet in person. After tweeting back and forth for sometimes years, you feel like you get to know the minds behind the avatars and the 140 characters.
This is how the Chicago Windy City Tweet Up evolved. A group of travel twitters had met online and got along so well they got together in person in Austin, Texas. They then decided to meet again in Chicago. They also decided to bring in some of the local travel bloggers, and this is how I entered the picture.
The Chicago Windy City Tweet Up cast of characters:
The flamboyant Lola DiMarco from Boston and the force behind Lola’s Travels
The Texas girl Leah who loves college football from Leah’s Travels
Raul from Ilivetotravel from Atlanta who could not wait to sample Chicago deep dish pizza
Aaron from the Adventures of Elatlboy from Detroit who is super driver and came in for the day commuting back and forth from the Motor City
Francesca from WorkmomTravels who was another local along with myself and Pola.
Pola writes and tweets as Jetting Around, and she did a great job of leading the troop.
Sometimes it can be fun to be a tourist in your own city, but sometimes it can be a drag being forced to go to places for the ninth and tenth time. I used to have to go to Cubs games every time someone arrived into the city. After going a couple of times a year to see a team I did not like, I put my foot down and no longer say yes to a team that has not won in over a century.
Fortunately, there are a lot of really cool things to do and places to see in Chicago that do not get old. For me Lake Michigan and the Chicago River are amazing and every time I see either one I crane my neck to get a better view. I was delighted to find that the tweet up group wanted to do the Wendella Architectural Boat Tour. An $18.00 Groupon with a free drink that became available a couple of weeks ago made it a reality. Good job Francesca on spotting that one.
Even with an ugly cloudy day, the boat cruise was a great time. A beautiful sunny day would have been preferable, but clouds make for interesting photos.
After the boat cruise was up it was time for Cloud Gate AKA the bean. Another novelty that is always fun to check out, the bean is a great people watching place. It is fun just to sit and watch people do silly things in the reflection as if they were the first to ever think of it before.
After the bean and the fountains at Milleneum Park, it was onward to the Palmer House for drinks and then Exchequer for Chicago deep dish pizza. It was first time I have been to Exchequer as usually it is Giordanos or Pizzeria Uno for me, but the Exchequer did the job.
The best part of the tweet up was talking about travel and blogging. The number one topic was your next trip. Another frequent discussion topic was what works in social media. These are topics not usually discussed with family and friends, so it was great to have these conversations face-to-face over a beer instead of in a dark room staring at the computer screen.
To be a travel blogger you have to have a somewhat exuberant personality. If you were dull, no one would want to read you. This group was definitely not boring as goofy photos were enacted, extravagant boas were brought out by the ladies, and cameras flashed non-stop all day. Chicago was lolafied, polafied, elatlboyified, leahfied, raulified, Francescafied, and Traveling Tedified. It may never be the same.
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Great summary and great travel gang! 🙂 The boat tour was amazing, learning more about the architecture and history of Chicago with one great photo opportunity after another. Keep Traveling Tedifing Chicago and everywhere else you go!
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Thanks Aaron. It was great meeting you and thanks for the effort driving all the way to and from Detroit.
Nice read about the group. I admit I look forward meeting Leah. We have a lot in common and I look forward to chatting with her! 🙂
Jeremy Branham recently posted..Scottish clans, a Maori tribe, and a World War II hero
What a sweet thing to say, Jeremy. Ted and I actually talked about you and our mutual love of college football. I can’t wait to see and visit with you at TBEX.
Leah Travels recently posted..Lastly, I’m Going with Oh to…
I mentioned to Jeremy we mentioned his college football stuff during the tweet up.
What a great way to see your own city – and meet some great folks, too! Thanks for sharing this!
Steve Collins recently posted..Tasting New Mexico: a love letter
Thanks Steve. I am sure you will have the same experience in a grander scale at TBEX. That should be a blast. I wish I could make it.
What a fun recap of the tweetup! 😀 I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the photo descriptions – awesome! (And of course the Pola & Lola caption 🙂 )
There certainly was lots of tweeting and picture-taking. It was great to talk to the others about various aspects of travel blogging – great conversations and insights.
I’m really glad I got to meet everyone.
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Definitely was a great fun day and nice meeting you Pola.
I love this post, and not just because I’m in a million of the photos! One thing you forgot, Ted, is my nickname for the day. 😉 Loved meeting you and picking your brain. Thanks for all the insight.
Leah Travels recently posted..Head over Heels in New Zealand
My brain was sore the next day. Not sure if that was from being picked or from being hung over 🙂
Ted, neat writeup that sums up well not only what we did but also what these travel tweetups are all about! This was a fantastic group of fun folks!
Raul (ilivetotravel in Twitter) recently posted..For a Good Time, Head to Chicago
Raul, definitely was. Great meeting you and look forward to meeting up again perhaps in Atlanta or D.C.
such a FUN post and wonderful pictures! so glad you helped to host us out-of-towners and show us great Chicago hospitality! i’m super glad that a little lola rubbed off on all of you! the world will be an even brighter place if it gets ‘FIED’ by people 🙂
xo – lola
lola dimarco recently posted..a lola twist on leah’s trois European Go with Oh cities!
Being rubbed off on by Lola was my favorite part of the whole weekend 🙂