Four Years Later...
Post 1: The event of ChiUniFi
Post 2: raffle, gear, members
Post 3: Updates
The concept then:
On September 17th 2007 there was a crazy concept posted to the Head-Fi community that was a result of ideas from tiny mini-meets to gigantic international meets. it was an idea of an event that was never held down by anyone, any size, any where, and the most important idea is it would be carried on free of money worries! basically the idea was to pay for next years event by having a raffle and next years budget and size was set up by the raffle income. Mot's/vendors, companies, DIY'ers and even members donate anything to the raffle and the attendees buy a raffle ticket in hopes to win a prize (usually with great chances). after that the attendees are asked if they think there should be a next years event and if so what date should be set. year to year the event could be carried on by anyone who wanted to host it, and anyone who wanted to help. a self sufficient event the is carried on equally by members and companies was pretty crazy in 2007. still the question remained would it work? would the event go on?
November 17th 2007 was the day the first ChiUniFi was held at the Holiday Inn in Skokie IL. a week prior to the event and even past the event was held Head-Fi went completely down, offline, and yet the event had a great attendance and a awesome budget for the next year. I remember everyone scrambling around the Internet from Face Book to other forums to get in touch with the details and location of the event. head-fi members not only showed great support but they wanted another ChiUniFi..
November 8th 2008 was the date of the second ChiUniFi and this time with a slight twist, it was co hosted by Recstar and proved the idea of being carried out and hosted could work. it not only worked great but remained to its original idea and focus.
November 7th 2009 was chosen for the third ChiUniFi event by the attendees the year before. this event was held at the Hyatt O'Hare and was lead hosted by Recstar and Aura. this was the year when most of the raffle donations came from area members themselves. people where willing to give up there own gear just to keep this concept alive...
the concept today:
Looking back at the past events and what is going on today (current head-fi meet trends) i want to introduce a slightly different setting for a event this size yet a setting that has worked in much smaller scale mini meets. lots of decent sized meets today are usually held in banquet halls and meeting rooms in hotels. there are Lot's of positives to these locations but to every positive there is also a negative. these locations are usually very bland in decor and formal in setting, a great place to have a wedding reception but a headphone get-together with old and new friends? I don't know about you but i don't say to my friends "lets hang out at the Windsor meeting room tonight...it's going to be awesome!" I want to introduce the idea of a location YOU and your friends would hang out at, i want to introduce an idea of location that has Panache and is relaxed. another negative i have found over the years is the rules these hotels have, i do respect them and understand why but to a headphone get-together some of these rules just don't fit. for example the best one is the food/drink rule, in fact i challenge you to find a clean hotel in Cook County that will let you bring in any food you want or any drink you want. what if we want pizza or what if a member brings some soda for everyone? to the hotels they want to "fine" you for it..again i understand and respect why but i want to try a place that really is open to the idea of us deciding there and then what we want to drink and what we want to eat and most importantly from where. i also want to have a place a bit larger in size to fit more people if there is a need yet feel perfectly comfortable is less people show up.
i feel you all may like this place so much you may want the very same location for another event, maybe another event next November or maybe another event you want to host within the upcoming year. with all this in mind from Sept 17th 2007, all the way up to now let me say..
Four Years Later..
!!!!!! ChiUniFi 4 November 13th 2010 !!!!!!
Saturday November 13th 2010, from 10am-5pm
usually meets start at 11am but then everyone wants to come early to setup, so this year let's just say the event is from 10-5. doors will be open to us at 10am and the room will be ready to start setting up the gear. usually at past events everyone breaks their stuff down around 4:30 and is out by 5. i actually booked the building till 6pm just in case we need it abut it will open to the public at 6pm and be open till 2am for anyone who wants to party it out all night..
Who can come and what the admission price is:
The same exact rules apply that were posted in the ChiUniFi thread from 2007 . we can fit in about 30-35 people this year, if the list and demand is greater i will go back to the location and see how many more this event can hold. anyone who is attending will need to be on the list so i know how much space, food, panache, etc will be needed. there never is any admission price as there was not in 2007, but again remember this event is paid for by the raffle and so will any future events. anyone who wants to donate to the raffle then pm me or Audio Addict! any company or member of trade who wants to show up pm me or Audio Addict.
5842 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60638
Description of the Location:
Like i said before this place is really a great location to have a get together. The decor is contemporary with plenty of room to setup our gear and plenty of couches to relax and talk to friends new and old. there is a circle shaped bar that can be hold any headphone rig if we want. parking is close and there is three options we have. first option is behind and on the side of the building, its secure and rite next to the entrance door. second option is directly in front of the building along Archer Ave and the third option is in the parking lot across Archer Ave. i suggest go threw the alley and see if there is space open on the side or in back first as this is the easiest to carry gear from the car to the building and in front of the building on Archer is also the great parking. here are some pictures of the place, mind you the place is not setup for a headphone meet in the pics, the Cafe has there lights dimmed in the pics but they will be turned up for the event...seriously don't even think about the lighting..i mean come on that's what i do for a living!
Anyone who has questions and wants to help (esp with my grammar) pleaseeeeee feel free to pm me anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!
Edited by bhd812 - 8/31/10 at 12:12am