Last week was the first ever Chicago Tactile Nights event, held at Chicago’s Dave & Buster’s restaurant. What a great first night. DeafBlind, interpreting students, families… they all came together with a desire to learn more, connect and be a part of something exciting.
We’re gonna do it AGAIN! YUP!
New Location and new night, this time, on a Friday at Potbelly’s on State Street across from the Chicago Theatre. It’s a very central location for most public transit going downtown and has an outdoor patio so we can really relax and socialize.
For those of you who missed, what is Chicago Tactile Nights?
Chicago Tactile Nights (or CTN) is a night that embraces and spreads the art of tactile communication. It doesn’t matter whether you’re blind or sighted, everyone is welcome. And everyone gets to practice tactile signing. It’s a great opportunity to learn tips and tricks from each other in a fun way. Families, friends, ASL interpreters, students, EVERYONE benefits. Know only a little sign? Come on anyway!
And CTN is completely community-organized! Everyone who participates gets to decide when and where the next CTN event will be held. What a great way to try out new locations. Who says learning can’t be a party?
BONUS: Come to the next CTN and find out why the power of the I Love You sign can make you an even better tactile communicator! We’re not going to tell you what that is here. You’ll have to come find out for yourself.
When and Where?PotBelly’s on State Street 190 N. State Street (Southwest corner of State Street and Lake Street) Chicago, IL Friday, June 21, 2013 6:30 p.m. – (Until they throw us out!)
Getting There Is Easy
- Take either Red, Green, Brown, Purple, Pink or Orange Line to State/Lake
- Take Blue Line to Clark/Lake and walk one block East to State Street.
- Take CTA buses 6, 29, 139, 62 to State and Lake Streets
- From Union Station, take CTA 60 bus to State and Washington, then walk 1 1/2 blocks north to PotBelly’s
- Public parking garages are also very close by.
- Street parking might be available too.
Potbelly’s is on the southwest corner of State and Lake Streets, directly across the street from the famous Chicago Theatre, with the big tall Chicago sign lit up (very low-vision friendly!) There is a patio in front. You can’t miss it!
Both the underground and elevated subway stations are right there on the corner. If you take the train, you won’t even have to cross the street to get to Potbelly’s.
See you all there, and let’s make the first day of Summer a Tactile HIT!