Thank you to everyone who played in The Luau events this year!
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2016 Saturday Grass Winners
Men's Open: Mother Nature
Men's AA: Boyce
Men's A: Team DND
Men's BB: Partial Penetration
Men's B: Oldies but Goodies
Men's Masters: Anarchy
Women's Open: Jungnickel
Women's A: Angry Beavers
Women's BB: I'd Hit That
Women's B: Monkey Emojis
Coed 4's A: Sconnies
Coed 4's BB: MNice
Coed 4's B: Slam Pieces
Coed 6's Rec: YMCA Select
Cornhole: Pork N Beans
2015 Sunday Beach Winners
Men's Open: Ananta Chicago & No Tippin Pippen
Men's A: Club Scrubs
Men's BB: We Need Sets
Men's B: WMU
Women's Open: Mother Nature
Women's A: Architeach
Women's BB: Tall+Small
Women's B: Dominican
Coed 2's A: Jaime Swartz
Coed 2's BB: Swingers
Coed 2's B: The Sauce
Coed 4's: Peterson
Frequently Asked Questions
· Where do the Luau events take place?
Sat Grass: The Saturday events take place at Horner Park, located at the corner of California & Irving Park Road. More location info + parking map coming soon!
Sun Sand: The Sunday sand events take place at North Avenue Beach, located at 1600 N Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The blue boathouse is a great landmark. The event will be just south of that on Rows B through K and the Special Event area.
· Beer is included with all Saturday tournament & spectator registration. What are the details?
We are proud to have Bud Light as a sponsor for The Luau Grass Championships on Saturday 7/23! Each year we go through over 100 kegs! New for 2016, we will be offering two choices for beer - Bud Light and Shock Top. We will also be serving Bud Light Limeritas & Strawberritas for those non-beer drinkers out there! The event is all-you-can-drink from 11 AM until 5 PM (21 & over). No outside alcohol is permitted per Park District rules.
· Is food available on site? Can I bring a cooler with food?
Players are welcome to bring coolers with food, non-alcoholic drinks, etc. Additionally we are offering two fantastic food options on site. Taquero Fusion will have their truck on site serving up a great menu at a reasonable price. At Beach Slap, the tacos and nachos were a huge hit! Cravings Red Hot food truck will also be on site grilling up all your favorite picnic foods. Both will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Grills and outside alcohol are not permitted on park district property!
· Where can I park for the Grass Championships on Saturday?
Parking on Site: There are three main parking areas to which we are directing participants the day of the event:
1. Horner Park parking lot (approx 200 spaces)
2. Street parking on Irving Park & California (approx 200 spaces)
3. Angled parking spots North or Irving Park on Rockwell (approx 300 spaces)
Public Transportation: The CTA #80 Irving Park bus conveniently drops off at the corner of Irving Park & California (5:15am-11:45pm). The Brown Line drops off at Irving Park to connect to the #80.
Taxi/Shared Rides: We partner with Lyft to offer a free ride to participants by entering code xxxxxxx when they create an account.
· Where can I park for the Beach events on Sunday?
Parking is very dependent on what time you get to the beach. If you arrive early, you can park in the pay lot closest to Castaways right at North Ave & Lake Shore Dr. This lot fills up extremely quickly. There is also a pay lot on Cannon just north of North Avenue. The Lincoln Park Zoo lot is accessible off Fullerton & has parking that usually doesn't fill up until after 12 PM. If you want to try to find free street parking, look on Cannon, Stockton and Lincoln Park West between Fullerton & Diversey & plan for a hike.
· What should I bring? Is there anything I can't bring to the events?
Players are encouraged to bring sunscreen, snacks, volleyballs & other volleyball-related gear. Canopies & tents are allowed (except in designated "no canopy" zones), but please be sure to stake/secure your tent into the ground. You can bring coolers with food & drinks, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Water is complementary & will be available on site. Dogs, weapons, outside alcohol, illegal drugs, grumpy people, grills & any set-ups larger than 10x10 are not allowed.
· How does Check In work for the Saturday Grass tournament? Can I get check in on Friday to get it out of the way?
As you can imagine, getting 400+ teams checked in prior to the tournament starting on Saturday morning is a difficult task. It is essential that we have all teams checked in prior to your tournament start time so that we can ensure pool play starts on time and that the tournament runs smoothly. We only need captains to check in for their entire team. At check in, captains will receive a park map and an entry ticket for each paid person on his/her team. Everyone must bring that entry ticket along with their ID to enter the course on Saturday. You can check in for the Saturday grass tournament in TWO PLACES: 1) ON FRIDAY at HORNER PARK between 4 PM & 7 PM. 2) ON SATURDAY at HORNER PARK between 6:30 AM & your Tournament Start Time - 8 AM for 3's, 9 AM for 4's/6's, 10 AM for Master’s, 11 AM for Field Day, 12 PM for Cornhole.
· How does my tournament work? What time do I start? What should I expect?
All tournaments will use a pool play format with the top teams advancing to the Championship Bracket. For the grass events only, the bottom teams advance to the Bud Light Beer Bracket. For sand events, there is no Beer Bracket. Times are as follows:
Saturday Volleyball Triples - 8 AM start time. Pool play ends around 1:30 PM. Playoffs end by 6 PM.
Saturday Volleyball Quads/Sixes - 9 AM start time. Pool play ends around 1:30 PM. Playoffs end by 5 PM.
Saturday Volleyball Master’s - 10 AM start time. Pool play ends around 1:30 PM. Playoffs end by 4 PM.
Saturday Cornhole - 12 PM start time. Pool play ends around 2 PM. Playoffs end by 3 PM.
Sunday Volleyball - 9 AM start time. Pool play ends around 1:30. Playoffs end by 4:30 PM
***Check in opens an hour before your tournament is scheduled to start. No walk up tournament registration will be permitted.
· Can my friends & family come watch? How much does it cost?
Spectators over the age of 21 must purchase a ticket to enter for Saturday. Tickets cost $20 ahead of time online or can be purchased on site. Entry includes all-you-can-drink Bud Light as well access to our vendors and the party! Spectators under the age of 21 will are able to enter at no cost, but they will be given a different wristband. All spectators should enter the event at the main entrance off California just north of Irving Park. There is no cost for spectators on Sunday at the beach tournament.
· Will there be a photographer on site taking pictures?
Yes we have several photographers to take pictures of all tournament teams and at the party. We'll post a huge album on Facebook the week after the event, so you can tag yourself and your friends!
· Who is sponsoring the event?
We are extremely appreciative of the support that we receive from our sponsors - Bud Light, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Plastic Clothing, Kiss FM, Core Physical Therapy & Trophy Room. All of them will be on site this weekend with some cool giveaways and product sampling. Be sure to check them out in between games!
· What else is going on at the Park on Saturday???
This year's event will be headlined by DJ Chris Lynn who has recently begun making a mark on the Chicago club scene. He will have several special guest DJ's with him throughout the day, blasting great music from the top of the Bud Light Build-a-Bar. Running alongside Luau at Horner Park on 7/23 will be the inaugural Chicago Field Day event. This event is like a grade school Field Day, except with beer. You’ll see teams competing in fun events such as the Cherry Pie contest, Rubber Duckie Slingshot, Obstacle Course Flip Cup & more! THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SEPARATE FROM THE LUAU VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT & UNFORTUNATELY YOU CAN’T PARTICIPATE IN BOTH DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS!
· Are there opportunities for me to help out with the event and still play in the tournament?
We are always looking for people to add to our Luau Staff, especially for net set up on Friday during the day. If you are looking to help before & after you play on Saturday, we might be able to put you to work doing that as well. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Is there a Post Party?
Yes! The Official Luau After Party will be held at Trophy Room (170 W Ontario). We have the back room reserved for Luau Players and Guests! Get the party started with FREE BUD LIGHT from 9-10 PM by showing your event wristband. Party hours are 9 PM until Midnight!
· How can I share my Luau experience during and after the event?
Be sure to RSVP to the Luau Facebook event page to let your friends know you are going! Use the hashtags #luau and tag us @PlayersChicago when you post on Twitter & Instagram. Be sure to tag yourself & your friends in the event photos. Most importantly, tell your friends what a great time you had at the Luau this year & bring them back with you next year!
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