[Chicago-talk] Possible new meeting location

Shawn Carroll shawn.c.carroll at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 14:36:01 CDT 2004

Can I ask why the hell we are so focused on finding sites that far
north of town?  I live as far south as that is north, and I work
downtown.  Why can't we find something in the downtown area?

On Wed, 1 Sep 2004 14:22:30 -0500, Jason A. Crome <crome at devnetinc.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've been busily gathering information from Harper College in Palatine on
> what it would take to get our meetings moved there.  So far, here's what
> I've come up with.
> Free rooms are generally not available unless a group is a Harper student
> organization with a faculty mentor.  I can get us faculty support, but I've
> been warned that CIS enrollment there has been very dismal of late, and
> garnering enough student interest will be difficult.
> The non-free option may or may not be palatable.
> The Wojcik Conference Center at Harper is a self-supporting entity.  They
> don't receive funding from either the college or property tax, and therefore
> has to generate it's own revenue.  They have a variety of rooms for groups
> of about our size, complete with a projector, computer, and wireless net
> access.  Typically, they charge $300 for room rental and additional if we
> want to use the projector and computer.
> That being said, my connection to the faculty there can get us the room for
> $225.  They'll throw in the usage of the projector, etc. at no extra charge.
> If we're willing to commit to something rather long-term (10-12 months),
> they will probably cut the $225 down some.  If we hold the mini-YAPC that's
> been discussed there, we can probably drive that cost down some more.
> We can get tours if we like before coming to any sort of decision, but it
> would probably be best if we went more than one or two at a time.
> What do you all think?  Provided we can routinely draw enough people to make
> this reasonably affordable, is anyone opposed to paying a few bucks for
> meeting space?
> Any updates on other locations?
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