Information I found about this during a Googlegroups search:
From: Marley - view profile
Date: Thurs, Jul 20 2006 12:42 am
Email: "Marley" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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
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
(http://regionals.burningman.com/network_principles.html). 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
We made a list of tasks and got a few volunteers:
website forms- matty
theme camp reg- linda
clean up/ moop DPW - Matty
Sound Stage manager- matty
Security- ruby, liz
Volunteer List- Linda/liz
placement- matty, liz, linda
city contact- matty
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.