Slaughterhouse is back for its 22nd year, we're returning to downtown Chicago this year, over Labor Day Weekend, as always.
8pm Locals Meet and Greet and early registration at Archies Iowa & Rockwell Tavern. Out of towners welcome as well! T-shirt raffle! Registration? The #1 Hamm's Bar in Chicago, I'm told!
8pm Registration and Meet and Greet at Reed's Local, 3017 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. DJ Cosmo of Jewel City Sound (Des Moines, IA) will be laying down the sweet sounds of Jamaica from 8-10pm. Good times to be had! The #2 Hamm's Bar in Chicago, I'm told!
10:30pm Night Ride: The best way to ride Downtown Chicago is at night when it's empty! See Michigan Avenue, Buckingham Fountain, the Goddamn Bean, Wacker Drive, all'a that stuff.
Midnight(ish) Ride ends at Late Bar, 3534 W. Belmont, Chicago. DJ Tarsis plays The Retro Sound of Chicago's Streets 'til 4am. No cover. Bar accepts cash only. You's gotta try the horchata martini!
10:30am Breakfast at ACME Cycle, 4613 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago. Meet up in the front parking lot.
11:30am Saturday Boulevards Ride - Urbs In Horto, Baby!
2pm(ish) Ride ends at Motoworks Chicago, 1901 S. Western Ave., Chicago. Fun, food and our famous gymkhana (Rumor has it there's a new joust tower in the works).
9pm Dance Party at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago. Free with wristband, ($5 without wristband). Show off your bikes, dance and socialize! Featuring a mixed bag of punk, ska, glam, psychobilly, new wave, soul, and other Scooter Boy/Girl sounds courtesy of top DJs: -DJ Malice Mae -DJ Ivanna Riot (Delilah's) -Brendan McDamnit (Bashment on Ashland) -Bryan Martin (Feel the Rhythm, Bashment on Ashland) Plus: Silent raffle! Win great stuff with minimal interruption of music/dancing!
Afterparty at Late Bar, 3534 W. Belmont, Chicago. Party all night with DJ Dave Roberts' Planet Earth. Bar accepts cash only.
11am-2pm Brunch buffet at Black Rock Bar, 3614 N Damen, Chicago. Free with wristband, ($5 without wristband). Cash bar.
You MUST register (including signing the waiver) and wear your wristband at all times to participate in group rides, games, meals, and most events.
$20 registration gets you a goodie bag, an embroidered patch, meals at Acme, Motoworks, and Black Rock, and your wristband. There is no pre-registration (until Archie's Thursday night) so please register as soon as you arrive. Extra patches and rally swag (old and new) will be available for sale. We'll hopefully be able to accept credit cards for registration and merchandise, but bring cash to be safe.
Visitors and spectators are welcome to check out the scene (at their own risk), but anyone who hasn't registered and signed the waiver is not a participant in the rally and may not participate in rides, games, meals, etc.
Kids are welcome (with guardian) at some daytime events, but evening venues are 21+
All times subject to "scooter time," but we'll make all efforts to stay on schedule so please arrive early (and gassed-up!) for rides and other events. Please listen closely to the ride leaders before ride for instructions. All riders in group rides must register for the rally and sign the liability waiver.
It's Chicago, it's Labor Day weekend. Make plans soon. If you need suggestions or advice, the Facebook group can help.
Please familiarize yourself with these Motorcycle Safety Foundation guidelines for group riding, Illinois motorcycle laws and Chicago scooter parking laws. Note that all motorscooters including 50cc models ARE basically considered motorcycles in Illinois and must follow all motorcycle laws. Pay close attention to pre-ride directions about blocking, formations, and regrouping locations. Please do not attempt to be 'helpful' with vigilante blocking. Seriously. please. NO. We will do our best to keep the group together, provide clear directions and route/contact info, and offer help to breakdowns. If you do break down or get lost, just stop somewhere safe, get out of traffic, and call the help numbers printed in the rally booklet. We'll send someone to help, or give you directions to the next checkpoint.
There is no helmet law for adults in Chicago, but we always wear them and we hope you will, too. Eye protection is mandatory. All scooterists should possess a current license appropriate to their scooter. Your scooter should have an up-to-date title, plates, and insurance, and all lights, brakes, mirrors and other required equipment should be working properly. The temperature/weather can be (and usually is) all over the place, bring appropriate gear. An armored jacket, riding gloves and reasonably safe closed-toe leather shoes are very highly recommended. If you're wearing flip-flops for a 2-hour group ride on city streets, we WILL make fun of you.
There's a time and place for a bit of goodnatured jackassery and stupidity and we respect that. We're adults. But anyone riding drunk and/or endagering other riders, pedestrians or drivers, or vandalizing property will be asked to settle down, leave, or be reported to the police. The rally, organizers, sponsors, and venues accept no liability for damage, theft, loss, or injury. To participate, you signed the waiver, so you've chosen to accept all risk. Please be smart and keep yourself and your property safe. If you're going to drink, remember that one in three Chicagoans is an Uber or Lyft driver and there are 12,000 rideshare vehicles within a mile of you at all times.