Horsepower Picnic 08/15


The Windy City BMW club has invited the Chicago MINI Motoring Club to participate in their event held at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek, IL (Near Gurnee Mills).  This event includes a show of the famous Lipizzans horses and a box lunch is also included.  Prices for CMMC memebrs are the same as for Windy City BMW memebrs!!

IMPORTANT: you must register by July 27th.  Details and registration form are located Here.  Please also add a comment on this post so we know you are going!

Huge thanks to the BMW club for including us on this event.

Raceway Woods (07/10)

WRAPUP:  We had a small bunch of 3 MINIs zipping through some fun back roads out to Raceway woods, where we met up with and additional 2 cars out for a picnic lunch on a warm but nice day.  Three dogs were also lucky enough to participate and enjoy the hiking trails.

We ate lots of encased meats of various kinds (except for the vegitarians), visited and enjoyed each others company, and later explored the forest preserves looking for parts of the historic race track.  There was a daring MINI rescue of some hikers who wandered a bit too far away and needed transportation back to the picnic area.  Spirits were revived with a bit of water and some ice.. A great event at a fun location!!

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MINI Takes the States 2010

Every two years MINIUSA puts on a giant party to celebrate MINI.  This year there will be multiple starting points around the country and everyone will converge on Denver Colorado.

Chicago will be one of the starting cities!!  The festivities will be starting all day Sunday August 8th and Monday morning August 9th will be the departure for the first leg of the trip to Indianapolis.

Photos by: Steve, Pat + Kathy | MINIUSA |

Details are just starting to come out.

The event is flexible.. You can choose which parts to attend, leave with a group or on your own, or you can meet the caravan in the middle of the route.

Add a comment below letting everyone know your plans and hopefully we can coordinate plans!! 

Main MINI Takes the States Site

Day by day route map

Chicago Sunday and Monday event times and locations

Registration page

MTTS 2010 Flickr group

UPDATE 08/01/2010:  PDF of Route details and more

UPDATE 08/02/2010: Anyone interested in participating in the BBQ in Indianapolis after the lap of the track, please RSVP to Shannon Grimm at: MINIGREETERS@DREYERREINBOLD.COM

Also keep an eye on Motoringfile for news and updates as they happen.

Supercar Saturday June 5th

WRAPUP: About a dozen MINIs came out to enjoy Supercar Saturday.. a great mix of newer and older club members.  We had an initial get-together and a short drive out to Glenview.  A bit of rain in the middle kept some of the coolest cars away, but there was still plenty of neat stuff to look at.   We decided to take a neighborhood drive, and the weather cleared out for smooth sailing, and a lunch stop at a great Hot Dog stop.  Huge thanks to Francis for all the event and route planning!!

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Cubs Brewers Game reminder

There are only a couple tickets remaining for the Cubs vs. Brewers baseball game up in Milwaukee on September 11th.

We will be doing a group drive from Chicagoland, meeting up with the Milwaukee club and tailgating in the parking lot before the game.

If you are interested, check out this link for all the info and get the registration form in the mail as soon as possible!!

If you already have tickets on your own and would still like to tailgate with us, e-mail steve@chicagominiclub.com for additional details. 

Superdawg 5/21

MINI Cooper Superdawg

WRAPUP: A bit of early evening drizzle did not dampen the enthusiasm for hanging out at the worlds coolest Hot Dog place.  40 MINIs, Mini, Lotus, and a few other cars showed up over the evening from such faraway places as Madison, Milwaukee, and even New Jersey (plus a bunch of people from much closer).  A really great evening to hang out and visit, look at cool cars, have some great food, and enjoy each others company.

Huge thanks to Arnie for making all the arrangements to provide for such a fun evening, even though he was unable to attend..

Please send links to photos to steve@chicagominiclub.com , and I’ll add them here.

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