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. Good times to be had! The #2 Hamm's Bar in Chicago, I'm told!
12pm Midnight ride. The only way to ride Downtown Chicago: at night when it's empty! See Michigan Avenue, Buckingham Fountain, the Goddamn Bean, Wacker Drive, etc.
1:30(ish) Ride ends at Late Bar. Open til 4am. You's gotta try the horchata martini!
10:30am Breakfast at ACME Cycle Chicago. Meet up in the front parking lot.
11:30am Saturday Boulevards Ride - Urbs In Horto, Baby!
2pm(ish) Ride ends at Motoworks Chicago for fun, food and gymkhana.
9pm Dance Party at the Hideout
Afterparty at Late Bar! Party all night!
More details coming soon!
You MUST register (including signing the waiver) to participate in group rides, meals, and most events.
$20 registration gets you a goodie bag, an embroidered patch, an awesome t-shirt, and your wristband, which MUST be worn all weekend for meals and to participate in group events. There is no pre-registration (until Archie's Thursday night) so register as soon as you arrive to ensure you get a t-shirt in your size! 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, and venues accept no liability for damage, theft, loss, or injury. 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.