Howdy Y'All! Welcome to the "Big D/Windy City" ActiveRain MeetUp

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

When Kerrie announced it was ActiveRain Winter MeetUp time again  –  I  was psyched.  Over the past year, I’ve been to a few Texas ActiveRain MeetUps, however, I was scheduled to be in the Chicago area this time around.  Bummed out that I would not be able to attend a Texas ActiveRain MeetUp, I thought to myself, "What the heck, I’ll just host one in Chicago."  And that's how the "Big D/Windy City" ActiveRain MeetUp was born.

MeetUp location was L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood – A Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant which has been an exceedingly popular, local mainstay for years.  L. Woods always offers good food in a fun, comfortable atmosphere  – and this time was no different!

By the way, since I was traveling from Dallas to Chicago, I certainly didn't want to forget to bring a bit of Texas to share with the rest of the group.  So, ladies and gentlemen, presenting 'The Honorary Cowboys and Cowgirls of ActiveRain' ....


Chicagoland ActiveRain Meetup

Starting at the left, going clockwise:  Gene Mundt, Margaret Goss, Judy Greenberg, Carie Shapiro, Alan May, & Joe Kenny


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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Congratulations Carrie, sounds like you can make a successful meet up anywhere!

Dec 08, 2012 10:03 PM #17
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Now that's some hard core AR spirit. Now I see why you were at ours!

Dec 08, 2012 10:39 PM #18
Susan Ani
Baird & Warner - Chicago, IL

So sorry I was "tuned out" and missed this MeetUp. I'll stay more alert for the next one, to be sure. Have a great day, everyone.

Dec 08, 2012 11:02 PM #19
Ellen Kippel
Weichert Realtors - Suffern, NY
Licensed NY and NJ realtor 914-588-2365

Looks like you all had a great time. (or should I say y'all??).  I love the touch of the cowboy hats - so cute!  I love AR and I can see that when AR people get together it's a lot of fun.  Thanks for the post!

Dec 08, 2012 11:56 PM #20
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Oh I'm going to love reading all these posts about the meet-ups, only wish I had gone to them. Great it was lots of fun!

Dec 09, 2012 12:02 AM #21
David Evans
HUD NLB Cumming GA

The smiles tell the story, looks like THE way to network and have fun at the same time! Great post and Happy Holidays.. ;)

Dec 09, 2012 12:47 AM #22
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Carie, I love the photo and the story.  You were missed is Dallas this time around.  I'm headed to Chicago!

Dec 09, 2012 01:28 AM #23
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
Now that is truly a fun looking bunch and good sports besides with those cute hats.
Dec 09, 2012 02:54 AM #24
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

That looks like a great group of people. I even recognized them. Love the cowboy hats.

Dec 09, 2012 03:55 AM #25
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Good afternoon, Carie. I think I may have missed ours on Thursday. I think it would be wonderful.

Dec 09, 2012 05:49 AM #26
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Sounds like you ahd a great time. Merry Christmas!

Dec 09, 2012 09:57 AM #27
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Alan:  No alcohol is ever necessary for me to offer a compliment :)

Lyn:  I made Alan wear the hat :)  Sorry you were unable to make it too ... we had fun!

Bob:  True ... why not make a MeetUp wherever you go!

Loreena:  Thanks ... it was a lot of fun!  Yes, that is why I missed the Dallas one ... hope you all had a great time!

Susan:  Yes ... make sure you get in on the next wave of MeetUps, for sure!


Dec 09, 2012 10:43 AM #28
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Ellen:  Thanks!  AR buddies are the best ... and always great to see them at the MeetUps!

Karen:  Yes, we all had a great time!

David:  We had a lot of smiles, a lot of laughs, and overall a super, great time!

Sharon:  Thanks ... I missed you guys too!  Yes, we had a good group and a fun time!

Hella:  Yes, everyone was a good sport about putting on the hats.  It was a great time!


Dec 09, 2012 10:48 AM #29
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Tammie:  Thanks ... I love the hats too :)

Nan:  Make sure you get to the next one ... you will have a wonderful time.  They are fun!

Bill:  Yes, we did have fun!  Merry Christmas to you!

Dec 09, 2012 10:50 AM #30
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Carie, what a great group, and just the right size to be able to both meet, and get to know each other better.  I am so glad you were able to do this.

Dec 09, 2012 01:25 PM #31
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

Great way to meet new AR's by starting your own group where you are.  brilliant.

Dec 10, 2012 10:26 PM #32
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Karen Anne:  Thanks ... I'm glad I was able to do set it up too.  It was a good size group and we all had a wonderful time!

Rob:  Thank you!  I do love to meet new people ... especially new AR people :)

Dec 10, 2012 11:39 PM #33
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Good Morning Carie Shapiro,

The active rain meet up looks like a ton of fun and a great professionals meet up. Keep up the good work.

Dec 11, 2012 12:25 AM #34
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The hats are a nice touch. How creative to host in another city. Always enjoy the AR meetups wherever they are.


Dec 16, 2012 09:20 AM #35
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

WHen is the next timeframe for an Active Rain Meet-up?

Nov 25, 2015 06:34 AM #36
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