Recently, Tech Cocktail featured an interview with Ella Lief, the co-founder of a nifty service called Venue Cricket.
Here's how it works: If you want to book a place for an event, you punch in how big of a crowd you are expecting (0-50, 50-200, or 200+). Then it will spit out a report, instantly, of all the places in town that fit the bill. From there, you can find out more details on each venue and hit the "book venue" button, select the dates, and go about your day. Really. It is that easy.
And no, I'm not trying to sound like an ad here, but somehow, really, no one else has thought to cook something like this up before for Chicago. So, if this fits the bill of something you need at the moment, hop on over to Venue Cricket to check it out, and if you want to learn a little bit more about how it came out about, read Tech Cocktail's great interview with Lief.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a columnist for EGM. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.