I had an incredibly fun night in Chicago on Tuesday. I had the great pleasure of speaking at an event called IdeaPotluck, run by Mac and Cheese Productions. I say “event” because it makes me sound super professional and important, but really it was like an improv party with a bunch of fun, eccentric people and delicious beer.
The Potluck is hosted once a month by Saya Hillman, who I had the pleasure of meeting through Listen To Your Mother, and her husband, Pete. The gist of it is that a handful of speakers get up in front of a usually-sold-out audience and just talk. About whatever. Whatever they’re passionate about, they riff on for six minutes, to a hugely supportive audience. I squeeed in excitement when Saya asked me to be a “dish” (the nickname they give their speakers), while my introvert husband shuddered. “That sounds terrifying,” he said. It kind of is. In a fun way.
The most fun thing about Idea Potluck, to me, is that all the speakers have such varied interests and passions. One speaker talked about website design. Another talked about craniosacral therapy. Another gave a powerpoint presentation about quitting her job and traveling throughout eastern Europe. In the past, the Potluck has had musical performances, beatboxing, you name it. It’s a fun sampling of different people’s lives, and each presentation is only six minutes, so it’s not really possible to get bored of any particular subject.
There were way too many awesome performers to summarize in this blog post, and my crappy iPhone pictures probably won’t make a very compelling blog. But all of the performers are listed on the Potluck website and are worth checking out. Some highlights for me were:
Throughout the night I kept thinking, man, I wish this was a thing when I was in college! I would have been all over this kind of thing like white on rice. In fact, it really made me miss the days when my husband and I were married, without kids, and living in the city, where incredibly fun things to do were just a short ‘el’ ride away. If I still lived in Roger’s Park, I would be at the IdeaPotluck every single month.
So, for anyone who can make it to Idea Potluck every month, do it, I implore you. It’ll remind you of a Gatsby party. It’ll make you wish you didn’t have kids (if only for “two couple minutes,” as June likes to say). It’s the most fun you’ll have on a Tuesday night.