Why do you think its so hard to get this group going? I would think in a city as big as Chicago there would be plenty of men who would be into a j/o group. How many guys have expressed an interest so far? Have you considered placing an ad in a local gay publication to help get the word out?
One major reason is that it is (at this point) a completely anonymous situation. It is not an established group e.g. Bear Naked which has a “niche” type of member attached to it. A few people have expressed some concern about where it would be held e.g. gay location vs generic location (so that str8/bi identified dudes would be welcome) also a fee (if held in a hotel) and some other relevant questions.
The anonymity issue is also due to the very fact where this is being posted. I have had a million questions and responses about the potential group and 100% of them have been from ANONYMOUS guys…so it would really suck to find out that of the million “interested” folks…no one really thought any further than the fact that this club would not be an anonymous situation e.g. no masks, costumes etc.
One of the messages that I got was to just hold it in a hotel room during the day and then again in the evening to see if there were any takers and which ever drew the biggest crowd would be the regular meeting time/location.
It would be cool if there were folks that had some experience with this type of club —- I have been talking to the guys over at RainCity (Seattle) JACKS and they have given me some good ideas, but again, unless folks step up…it ain’t going to happen.
I, for one, just think that it might be a good trial situation to just advertise as part of the next Bear Naked event (sorry str8) guys to see if there is anyone there interested and we can branch off of that or at least meet to talk about the group or at least just meet up and take it from there.
I have never claimed to have all the answers, just an interest,but this is not likely something that is going to work if there is not a strong support for it. I don’t mean cash, I mean folks that can do concrete tasks e.g. legally what is acceptable. The RainCityJacks have done all of the work, but it only works for their locale —- does anyone know what the law constitutes as a private club or event … not remotely interested in police record or losing my professional credentials due to a J/O club :)
I also checked my old email messages regarding this and one club that is in Pittsburgh actually meets in a private men’s club, which would be equivalent to Steamworks or Man’s Country (for folks in Chicago)…and they just have a section just for guys in the JO club (must abide by JO Club Rules) but if they want to do more —- they go to the other parts of the club…hmm