December 2012: First Thursday Chicago at Barrelhouse Flat

by Sarah Ketvirtis, Chicago Hub Leader

In November a great group of Chicagoland alumni gathered for a First Thursday happy hour at The Barrelhouse Flat in Lincoln Park. Huge thanks to alumna Colleen Graneto (MUO '05) for choosing this great venue.

We started out at the bar, thinking we’d have a small turnout the night after Halloween. As more alumni came we moved and filled the front of the bar. Still that wasn’t enough space so they moved us upstairs to their private room.

In the billiards party room, it was easy for alumni to walk around and mingle. Groups discussed Chinese food in China, Chicago real estate, traveling to Vietnam, past AIESEC conferences, ideas for our March signature event, etc. A few games of friendly pool were played. The Madison contingent continued to grow in size with the arrival of more and more Badgers. Kansas made a first appearance. Alumni let’s represent our LCs!

A fabulous evening of conversation, drinks and laughter was had. It is wonderful to see the Chicago Hub events continuing to grow in size as new and "old” faces join in the fun and festivities. Hoping to see an even bigger turnout at our December first Thursday event at the Christkindlmarket holiday happy hour!

Back row right to left: Patrick Yi Yang (NU '12), Dave Gerleman (PU '93), Katie Jahnke Dale (KU '08), Erick Dale (UWM '07), Trisha King (UWM '11), Sarah Ketvirtis (MI '04), Nick Springmeyer (KU '10), Chris Hornibrook (UI '11), Adel Zaitri (trainee, Algeria). Tucked in the middle right to left: Colleen Graneto (MUO '05), Josie Change (UWM '09), Jason Melo Hall (UWM '09), Lili Melo Hall (AIESEC Brazil, US CEEDer). Front row right to left: Kevin Cooper (UI '05), Jessie Zhang (NU '11), Marta Turkalj (trainee, Croatia), Thomas Wehner (GT '09) and Arnold Kas (NU ’97).

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