Couch Surfing in Chicago

  • calibro

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    May 01, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    So I am flying up to Chicago May 18th-23rd for a food convention as part of my work writing food reviews. I was gonna book a hotel, but a buddy of mine told me that couch surfing is the way to go. Essentially, people just let passer-bys crash with them. In theory, I think this could be a lot of fun. I mean, I rather put the money I would have used at a hotel to having fun in the city. Plus, it would be cool to meet/hang with fellow RJs.

    So if there are any RJs out there in Chicago that think they could lend me a couch/air mattress/whatever for any period of time during those dates, let me know. I'd also appreciate any feedback or comments from anyone who has done this sort of thing.

    P.S. as a bonus for letting me stay, you're welcome to copious amount of chocolate I will be getting at this convention, and I make awesome breakfast icon_cool.gif
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    May 01, 2009 10:32 AM GMT
    Hey, I'm not in Chicago, but let me also recommend the actual Couchsurfing website at www.couchsurfing.com. I get tons of Couchsurfers crashing at my pad through that site, and it's always been a good experience.
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    May 01, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    Already got a buddy living on my couch for the month. icon_sad.gif sorry man.
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    May 01, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    i love this idea of couch surfing, i think it's awesome but, there is always that but. What if you get a crazy? isn't it awkward, a random stranger on your couch?
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    May 01, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    I've never done straight up couch surfing, but when I go out of town for hashes, some hasher will generally lend some good crash space! I've always had a lot of fun with it.
  • Webster666

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    May 01, 2009 8:20 PM GMT
    You're apparently under the assumption that the host (a total stranger) will not be a slob, not be a homicidal maniac, not be a jerk, not expect unwanted sex in return for his "hospitality," not steal your belongings...
    For peace of mind, I'd definitely book a hotel.
  • Puppy80

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    May 01, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    If I wasn't planning on being out of town that week I'd be happy to tie you up in my basement icon_eek.gif

    opps... I mean let you crash at my place
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    May 01, 2009 9:27 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidYou're apparently under the assumption that the host (a total stranger) will not be a slob, not be a homicidal maniac, not be a jerk, not expect unwanted sex in return for his "hospitality," not steal your belongings...
    For peace of mind, I'd definitely book a hotel.


    especially in chicago!
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    May 01, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    I've actually been doing this for many years. For example, I've been visiting South Florida regularly since 1973, and never once have I stayed at a hotel, with the exception of Key West gay guest houses, which are a special experience that I still enjoy, even though I permanently live here now. And I've done the same thing literally coast-to-coast, and from the Canadian border to the Gulf.

    Today the Internet makes it much easier, whereas previously I relied on networks of friends & relations, helped a great deal by my frequent Army relocations and the new contacts I made all over. And I've played host to lots of people I met on the Internet without any problems.
  • Klutch84

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    May 01, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    Thanks, I'll be in Chicago from June 11th - 15th and I need a cheap/free place to stay while there. Thanks for this site.
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    Jun 08, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    Check out
    http://www.gaysurfers.net/