Debate Watch Parties
Oct. 7, 15, 22
Join us at 7PM at the Lakeshore East Beer + Food Garden. Debate starts at 8. Free to attend. Cash bar. Register
There is a global pandemic going on, what are the safety precautions?
The venue is an outdoor restaurant that is licensed and regulated by the city. As required, the tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart. Who you sit with is your choice. Please use caution, wear masks, wash your hands, and for God's sake, don’t come if you are feeling ill.
Why are you asking me to register?
There is limited space and we want to give the restaurant a heads up so they can anticipate their food needs.
Do I have to register?
o, this restaurant does not take reservations, but doing so helps everyone plan. We are aiming to make this as predictable as possible for everyone involved.
How will you seat us?
While you are "registering to attend", IllinoisWomenVote is a network, not a reservation agent. Upon arriving, as you would at any restaurant, please let the host know your group size and they will seat you. Seating is first come, first served.
Who will sit at my table?
That is up to you. This is a self-organized gathering.
How many people can sit at a table?
Up to 6
What about the weather?
It’s October in Chicago. Bring a blanket and order a Mexican hot chocolate.
What if I don’t agree with organizing people during a pandemic?
As always, we are acutely focused on and actively working to create safe environments for people to come together and connect. Our goal is to try to bring some joy and fun during an uncertain time and to support local businesses, all while following the rules set forth by the Mayor and the Governor. As with all things in life, there is risk. If you do not feel comfortable, we understand if you decide not to come.
Ok cool, I’m in. So where is this place?
Lakeshore East is bordered by Wacker Drive to the north, Columbus Drive to the west, Lake Shore Drive to the east, and East Randolph Street to the south. In the middle, there is a park. The beer garden is in the SW corner of park at the intersection of E. Benton Place and N. Park Drive. There are a number of ways to get there.
What if I am driving?
There is public parking at the Radisson Blu, Marianos, and Millennium Park Garages.
Hmm, my Google Maps is getting confused because of the multiple levels, how do I get to the restaurant?
If you are facing the entrance of the CVS on Upper Columbus between Upper Wacker and Upper Randolph, walk straight back to the end of the driveway on the right. There you will see a set of stairs. Walk down and then turn to your right. The garden is at the corner. You can’t miss it.
PAST Events: Meet and Greets with 2020 Presidential Candidates
Spring 2019 - Onward
Chiwomenvote is partnering with Smart Mamas and Illinois Women for Hillary to create Illinois Women Vote, a nonpartisan network Aimed at engaging women in the 2020 elections. Our goal is to provide individuals the opportunity to meet with the candidates, learn about their policies and positions, and engage in the campaigns. Together, we reach approximately 10,000 women.
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In October 2016, ChiWomenVote launched a nonpartisan “Early Vote Potluck.” The goal was to make voting a celebratory and community driven process. Each attendee brought a dish to share, networked, and then walked together to a central polling location in the Loop. highlights include:
Registration, Polling Locations and candidate information
ChiWomenVote is an informal network sharing stories and food.
The goal is to bring together diverse women from across Chicago to share their voice, exercise their right to participate, build relationships, and have fun.
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