Chicago's 1st Annual Block Party Decompression

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Chicago's 1st Annual Block Party Decompression

Post by Curmudgeon » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:19 am

Total clarity, guys: I'm not one of the organizers on this one, so if you have questions, concerns, praise or bitter condemnation to share regarding this event, I'm not your man. I'm just somebody who found some information free floating around, and thought he might as well forward it to a place where it is likelier to be found. I ran into a post on 2006 theme board entitled "CHICAGO OFFERS TEMPORARY STORAGE AFTER THE BURN", which mentioned something called "Chicago's 1st Annual Block Party Decompression". What's kind of cool and different about this Chicago event is that it is actually being held in Chicago, as opposed to being held in say, Wisconsin, Michigan or Kentucky.

Information I found about this during a Googlegroups search:

From: Marley - view profile
Date: Thurs, Jul 20 2006 12:42 am
Email: "Marley" <[email protected]>

7/12/06 Chicago Decomp Meeting Minutes

Attending: Brian Buckman, Groot, Liz, Minimonk, Linda Loca, Kurt, Willie,
Devin, Justin, Striz, Damon, Shai

On Wednesday night 12 people from the various burner tribes in Chicago got
together to begin planning the 2006 Chicago Decompression. We plan to
revive the idea of a block party similar to the ones in San Francisco and
LA. After a brief discussion we agreed on a name, date, time, & place.

Name: Chicago Decomp
When: Saturday September 30th from 2:00PM to 10:00PM
Where: 1900 block of West Hubbard and we will also be using a vacant lot on
that block.

We discussed the pro's and con's of officially aligning ourselves with the
Burning Man project. They would want to be covered for liability under our
insurance policy and we would have to abide by their ten principles
( We were already
planning to follow the ten principles as we do for all the other events.
They would help us with legal and organizational matters and we could draw
on their experience in these areas. We were divided about whether it was
worth it to make this event an official one but we reached consensus and
agreed to do it.

Minimonk and Liz have been researching Chicago's rules and it looks like we
have already crossed the line from block party to special event because we
are going to involve people who don't live on the block. Minimonk will put
the special event permit in his name. We will have to buy insurance.

Groot volunteered to be the treasurer and will track expenses just like he
has been doing for our other events. He will start a budget and asks
everyone to help think of things that will cost us money and send them to
the mailing list along with amounts. He will set up a simple income /
expense budget and post it to the list.

Brian suggested that we offer the vacant lot as a staging area to theme
camps returning from Burning Man. This would make it easier for camps from
Chicago and elsewhere to participate because their stuff would already be
here when they return for the Decomp. Everyone liked the idea and Brian
will write something up so we can post it to the Jack Rabbit Speaks.

We agreed that we will need a web site and decided to morph it into a
Chicago Burning Man web site once Decomp is over. Devin volunteered to set
it up.

We made a list of tasks and got a few volunteers:
Website- devin
website forms- matty
theme camp reg- linda
sanitation- kurt/liz
ranger- kurt
clean up/ moop DPW - Matty
Sound Stage manager- matty
Security- ruby, liz
Who,What,Where,When, Why
Volunteer List- Linda/liz
placement- matty, liz, linda
art installations
city contact- matty
community outreach
press releases- matty/linda
bike parade- devin

If you want to get involved please come to our next meeting on Monday July
31st at 9:00PM at Minimonk's place. We encourage everyone's participation
and we have set up a mailing list for planning. To join the list go to
Google Groups at this address:

If you want to know more about this event, you probably should sign up for that Googlegroup. The post you just saw quoted came from one of the burningchicagoans, so you might also want to sign up for their yahoogroup:

Enjoy, but be careful and know where you are.

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Post by Curmudgeon » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:34 pm


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Chicago Decomp Sat. 9/30 - aww yeah!

Post by LaLindaLoca » Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:02 pm

Hi y'all!

Linda Loca here. I am one of the organizers, so you can direct any questions, comments or bitter condemnation at me if you must. But here's the scoop on the Chicago Decomp:

The Chicago Burning Man Decomp - September 30th
Be there or be square!

Stave off playa withdrawal by extending your Black Rock City journey at the first annual Chicago Decomp on Saturday, September 30th. What better way to cure your post-ecstatic fest disorder? Just think, it'll only be a few weeks away after you crash land back into your daily grind. Consider Chicago to be your playa on the prairie.

Have a mini-theme camp idea? An art installation? A multi-media piece of uber-craziness? An art car? Something you wanted to bring out to BRC but couldn't quite swing it? Well, bring it on and bring it here!

Not only do we want your camps and cars and craziness of all sorts, we are also having a performance stage that will host a continuously rotating variety of acts - sexy, silly, sizzling and, of course, on fiiiiaaahhhh. There will be a sound stage with DJs and as the evening wears on, we'll move to a swank indoor location so y'all can bump your rump and chill all night long in true Chi-Town style.

Visit our website for more info on signing up a theme camp, art car or installation, if you want to perform - or if you just want to come and par-tay with us:

Hope to see y'all there!!!

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paging Johannes-Sepitaco from burningman

Post by devrim » Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:18 pm

hey there,

this guy came to me and started massaging me in the worlds most comforting way. for many hours he was my angel hopping around me. he was in the art car with others, names i remember are julie, caylin...there was the ratboy with his performance, and also the little blue guy picking up trash from the playa.

i went to their camp at 3:30 and Hope.

i am falling for my angel and i didn;t get to see him before i left. he drove an old white bus from chicago and is a massage therapist.

i would love to find his contact info somehow.

maybe you can help me?


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Post by damon » Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:06 am

It's coming!!!!!!!!!!1 8)

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I know....

Post by LaLindaLoca » Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:50 am

Don't remind me. We have so much to do and not much time to do it in. :shock:

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Lots of square people out here.

Post by rosebud » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:25 am

Getting information from the locals in Chicago is not easy.

The only way, it seems, is to be personally connected with the organizers or spot a message like this on the BM site a day late.

Last I heard was the decom party would be in October. I've made calls to some of them without response.

To connect by email or website is not the easiest thing to do unless you have unlimited time, or on top of your tech game.

I could be wrong. Please, someone let me know, but the group here has plenty of hugs and kisses in person during fund raisers and such. But when it comes to reaching out to some of the wondering stragglers who may not be within this tight nit group the scene revolves around it still feels like the cool bunch of kids in high school that only wanted you around when you got your fashion together and said things the right manner.

Yes once again the outsider, Oh woe is me. Guess I'll gather the dejected souls in squaterville. We used to live in Streeterville, but were kicked out by transplants from Michigan, Iowa, down state etc. with money and degrees (and all the beautiful people).

If someone there, with a little effort, tried to get to know some of us, perhaps they'd find beyond our initial awkwardness that we might have something to offer.

Shame on Entheon.

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Post by LaLindaLoca » Tue Oct 03, 2006 2:03 am

Subscribe to the Chicago announce lists:

[email protected]


[email protected]

and check out the website:

Why shame on Entheon?

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Why shame on Entheon

Post by rosebud » Wed Oct 04, 2006 5:30 pm

Perhaps that was a little extreme. However, while in the camp, I noticed, that they had a booklet of all of the camp member bios. And, there I was, a nude shot of my ass that was taken at burning man three years earlier, a very flattering photo, by the way. It had lots of info on me.

I have tried to enter the web site with my registered password several times, to no avail. They have my email address. So why, if they needed volunteers, are they so hard to get through to and will not email people. I received several messages from them before the burn. I put in extra hours in the kitchen when they needed it.

Anyway, I wanted to be at the afterburn. Got a chip on my shoulder, admittedly. And I'm weird. I just thought nobody was contacting me because I'm weird. Perhaps a little over thinking can go a long way.

Remember, just because I'm paranoid doesn’t mean it aint true.

Chicago, lets get it together

That’s all.

Take it easy every body, Love Rosebud

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Post by Curmudgeon » Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:31 pm

I don't know. I wrote to them well in advance and never heard back. I read that as "you're not welcome at our event", thought "their privilege and their loss" and moved on, and had an awesome day doing things that had absolutely nothing to do with Burning Man.

I'm sorry you were disappointed, Rosebud, but I think half the trick is knowing when not to care.

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