by Eddie Sayago
There are many reasons to avoid Mondays. It’s the beginning of the work week. It is cold, now that autumn has arrived. And sometimes, the weekend was so hectic there is no smooth transition into whatever you've got going on Mondays.
So going out on Monday evening is probably a bad idea. Except it isn’t. This Monday shindig with your friends at CHIRP is just want you need. At this event, we have...
1. Local Beer
Lagunitas has been a welcome addition to the Chicago craft beer scene since they opened their brewery in the West Side in 2014. For this occasion, Lagunitas drafts will be $5 each. If you plan accordingly, maybe it is possible to try some of their lesser known beers, like the Aunt Sally or the Born Yesterday pale ale. Plus, if Monday is a day free from work or other professional commitments, they have a tasting tour at 1pm and 3pm.
2. Top Notch Pizza and Snacks
The animated (in name only) character Daria once said that there is "no moment in life that can’t be improved with pizza.” Included in your ticket (available here) is some fine pizza and appetizers from Bacci’s, the same folks who bring you the jumbo slices with a free pop. As a native South Sider who was within walking distance from a Bacci’s, there were fewer joys than grabbing a jumbo slice with a free pop for only a few bucks.
3. Local Music
CHIRP Radio prides itself by playing local bands, and what better way to celebrate that than by having one of those bands perform live. In between rounds of Little Sumpin and trying not to stain your tie with pizza, Impulsive Hearts will perform some surf pop jams, which may just allow attendees to perform that summer is over and it will still be a cold, dark Monday outside.
4. Defeat the “Case of the Mondays"
Monday gets a bad rap. It’s the beginning of the work or school week. If you’re lucky, this day follows two wonderful days off from the workplace or class. Instead of going home to watch whatever the networks are calling “fall’s best new (insert genre)” or election coverage, why not spend the evening with CHIRP, and give yourself a pat on the back for...
5. Support Local Media
CHIRP just raised over $23,000 in the latest pledge drive, a new record. Maybe you donated, in which case, thank you. If you didn’t, this would be a great way to financially support us. All the net proceeds benefit the station, and every dollar counts. Your ticket, which is only $10, could help pay for streaming fees, rent, printing out posters or flyers for future events, and allowing us to continue to provide high quality programming to thousands of people in our community.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.