What is The Yard Social Club?
The suburbs often get a bad reputation in terms of things to do and unique places to explore. While there are undoubtedly plenty of soulless shopping malls, massive parking lots, and crowded ginormous freeways here in suburban Chicagoland, there are also dozens of small, traditional downtown cores surviving and thriving that too often go overlooked.
Since 2002, we’ve been hosting parties, events, get-togethers, and all sorts of social occasions to bring people together and explore new places. Starting from modest beginnings — The Yard was a simple gathering place in the backyard of a typical suburban home — The Yard Social Club has evolved to host larger-scale events with a mission to Support Sustainable Suburbia by patronizing local businesses; exploring walkable, sustainable neighborhoods and communities; and familiarizing infrequent transit users with suburban transit options. But more importantly, we’re here to bring people together and have a good time.
Since then we’ve become Chicago’s best train crawl resource, helping dozens of suburbanites plan their days on the rails throughout the six-county region. We’ve also spun off STAR:LINE Chicago, where we advocate for better suburban transit offerings and operations. Talk nerdy to us on Twitter, and check out our Diverging Approach blog.