Last night we headed to Market to check out a new trivia group called Let’s Go Trivia that we’ve been hearing a lot about recently. The Let’s Go crew told us they were basically just normal guys who loved trivia and thought they could do a good job hosting trivia nights. We were intrigued. People getting into the trivia business because they love trivia? That seems pretty rare. A lot of trivia hosts seem to get into the game to because they are wannabe comedians or aspiring musicians who want to take advantage of a captive audience. And frankly, that’s just painful.
Luckily, these guys know that most people come to trivia nights to play trivia, not hear amateur comedians. They really did a great job. The rounds were: general knowledge, picture identification, fun & games, people, and an audio round. The audio round, which required us to identify the theme songs from famous TV shows, was AWESOME. If there’s one thing I love as much as trivia it’s TV. Our only complaint was that they sometimes played long song clips that made the answers too obvious. But that also allowed us to sing out loud nearly the entire theme to Family Ties, so I’ll overlook it. Sha la la la.
There were also two lightening rounds in which we were required to list as many answers as possible in 3 minutes. Last night we had to list the 13 top selling cereals in the US and as many TV sitcoms that were on the air for 10+ years as possible. (Who the hell has been watching King of Queens for the past 9+ years anyways?) Overall, the questions were really fun and creative and sparked a ton of conversations amongst our team. I never knew my teammates had such strong opinions about cereal.
If you still need some convincing about these guys, lemme tell you about the prizes. I can speak authoritatively on this subject because we won first prize: 2 Bulls tickets to Friday night’s game! The good news is since the Bulls suck, it’s definitely possible for us to find 2 more tickets so our whole team can go! Second prize was a gift certificate to Market. Also, you can win prizes just by showing up regularly. Let’s Go Trivia hands out punch cards. Show up and get your card punched 4 times and you get free pizza and beer. Woah. That would be first prize at a lot of trivia joints.
Market itself is a pretty fun place to hang out. Parking was a breeze and it’s also steps from the Loop so walking to trivia after work is also an option. We’ve also heard rumor that Market will send a van to pick you up for trivia– email email@example.com for details.
Tuesday’s specials include: $1 sliders, $15 pitchers of margaritas and vodka lemonades. We either misheard or were misinformed about the price of beer buckets. Regardless, they’re $18 which isn’t much of a special. The food is definitely a little fancier than your standard trivia night. (That’s not the only fancy part about Market– there’s reportedly a bathroom attendant in the men’s restroom). We got sliders, a salad, and a couple of sandwiches and were all pretty satisfied. Speaking of satisfaction, the pickles that come with the sandwiches are HUGE. That’s great news if you love pickles or enjoy making naughty jokes like the one I just made.
Trivia starts at 7:30 (although when I called the Market staff said it started at 7), and we were out the door by 9:30, which is pretty nice. Overall, we were super impressed with Let’s Go Trivia. There are just lots of little touches that made last night a bit smoother than a lot of other trivia nights. We’re eager to try out there other venues around town!
1113 W. Randolph, Chicago
3.5 Paws! (Out of 4)