Slaughterhouse is celebrating its 21st year. It's over Labor Day Weekend, as always. We're back at Papa Murph's (Near Starved Rock, an hour southwest of Chicago) this year. It's a campground in the middle of nowhere with a bar. Perfect, amirite? We love them, they love us, and they're cool with our shenanigans.
9pm: Pre-rally meetup at Archies Iowa & Rockwell Tavern. Thats, uhh, at Iowa and Rockwell Streets in Chicago. You can register early to save time later (and ensure you get your t-shirt size and other goodies). Archies will raffle off a few special custom shirts and we'll have some drinks and catch up and meet new friends.
10am: Coffee and pastry/donuts at Motoworks Chicago, 1901 S. Western Ave Chicago. By popular demand, a more central rideout location this year!
10:30am: Ride to Papa Murphs. It's about 100 miles, so be gassed up, packed up and ready to go. We'll stay off the interstate, but much of the ride is at 50mph on open road. We'll make a few gas stops and a lunch stop.
If you live out west and don't want to ride into the city, we can meet you at a gas stop at Westmont Citgo around 11am. Call (don't text) Bryan at 312 218 7079 (leave a message) if you want to meet us there, so we don't leave without you.
We could use some help with chase/luggage vehicles. If you or a friend/spouse are driving and could carry some luggage and supplies from Motoworks (either following the group or driving down on the highway) please let us know. If you're trailering or driving a truck and are available to rescue breakdowns, that would be super helpful, too.
We'll arrive at Papa Murph's mid-afternoon and set up camp, and you'll have some free time to explore Starved Rock and the surrounding area.
5pm-9pm: Registration table open at Papa Murph's
We won't serve dinner Friday, there are several restaurants in town, or you're welcome to make dinner on-site.
Friday night we'll drink and dance and all the usual good stuff.
When we wake up - Coffee/cold breakfast.
Noon-ish Lunch in Utica, several restaurants to choose from, eat when/where you like, but be ready to meet up at 1:15 for the ride:
1:15 Group ride leaves FROM DOWNTOWN UTICA at Church Street and Mill Street. Here's the route.. We'll follow the river east, out to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial, then come back to Papa Murph's.
Later afternoon - gymkhana/pinata
Dusk - Dinner served at Papa Murphs (included in Rally fee)
Night time - Raffle! Fire! More drinking, dancing, and shenanigans. Maybe those raver kids will show up again.
We'll have coffee and pastries, and start packing up for the ride home. We don't generally have one big ride, but if you should have no problem finding a small group going in your direction on your schedule.
5pm: Get cleaned up and meet us at Hala Kahiki, 2834 River Rd, River Grove for post-rally cocktails at one of America's original and best Tiki bars.
Celebrate the glorious history of the American Labor Movement reading Howard Zinn to your family, and frantically finish your back-to-school shopping.
$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 ASAP to ensure you get a t-shirt in your size! Camping is NOT included in registration (see below), participants must register whether or not they're camping overnight. Extra patches and rally swag (old and new) will be available for sale. If phone service is available, we'll be able to accept credit cards for registration and merchandise, but the bar and camping are cash-only.
Camping is $8 per person per night, to be paid (cash only!) at Papa Murph's bar between 11am 2am. If you're not camping, you're welcome to visit the campsite day or night and come or go anytime, but may not stay overnight. If you arrive and set up while the bar is closed, please be sure to check in and pay at the bar once they open.
We get pretty loud at night, and we stay up late, if you bring kids or turn in early, bring earplugs and you might want to set up camp on the far side of the campground away from the scooter camp.
The bar (also cash-only! bring cash!) serves alcohol, pizza, and sells firewood and ice. Water is available on-site, bring a container and stay hydrated! It's OK to bring your own alcohol to the campground, but we hope you'll support the bar, too. Please don't bring outside food or drink into the bar. There are restrooms in the bar and we'll have Porta-Potties at the campsite. Please respect other bar patrons and campers and especially the great folks that run Papa Murph's, they were wonderful to work with last year and we want to keep them happy so we're welcome back. Please tip your bartenders well and clean up after yourself.
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.
12 and under are free. 13-17 are half price. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by registered parents/guardian, and anyone under 21 may not enter Papa Murph's bar. We like kids (many of us have 'em, and some of us bring 'em!) and are happy to have them around, but please note that our ideas of "responsible parenting" might vary, ha.
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.
If you're not camping, there are several hotels (and the park lodge, and a waterpark hotel) in the area, but book quickly, Starved Rock is a popular Labor Day tourist area.
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 50mph 3-hour ride, 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 stay up late, usually drink quite a bit, and we're pretty loud. We all make questionable decisions in our quest for fun sometimes, but anyone endagering other riders, pedestrians or drivers, or vandalizing other people's property (especially at or around the campsite that is so kindly hosting us) will be asked to settle down, leave, or be reported to the police. The rally, organizers, and Papa Murph's accept no liability for damage, theft, loss, or injury. Please be smart and keep yourself and your property safe.
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