Meet People Chicago Blog

Voyage Chicago Magazine Interviews Peter Shen

Voyage Chicago is an online magazine dedicated to telling empowering and inspiring stories about Chicagoans on the move. For the month of January, 2018 they interviewed our own Peter Shen.

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Shen.

Peter, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

A couple years back, a friend and I were a bit bored of going out to bars every week. But we didn’t want to meet people online either. Despite the plethora of sites and apps, connecting people seemed more difficult, not easier online.

So we tried meeting people in real life though social groups and their events. But it was still hard to connect. I suspected the event organizers were just not good at what they’re doing. Or the venues were not conducive for socializing. Whatever it was, there had to be a better way to meet people IRL. Being a gregarious guy and a want for new challenges, I decided to do an experiment; create a social group of strangers and turn them into friends.

 My first event was an immediate success. I had 45 strangers and almost all stayed for 4 hours for the happy hour. I began doing this every two weeks and at every event, nearly half the people were regulars. By the second year, I decided to do one event a week and now we average over 12 events a month. Since I created my first event, thousands of people have connected, hundreds have met their good friends, and more than a handful have even gotten married. The experiment worked, the phenomenon was created.

Today, I lead a core of dedicated believers to expand my vision of connecting people. You can still find me at most MPC events.

Read the full interview at Voyage Chicago Magazine.

  • No comments found
Add comment

  • "I had a blast! Great group, great people. I have to definitely come out to more events."

    Taylor // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "Come to these events. You won't be disappointed. The organizer is SUPER friendly and a great host. "

    Tabia // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "I met my best friend from the first event I went to. Thanks Peter! "

    Jessica // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "Thank you Meet People Chicago. I met my love of my life, my good friends, all because of your amazing, fun events!"

    Jill // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "After attending several different groups, Meet People Chicago is the hands down the best! There are a variety of young fun people in their 20's and 30's with a good balance between men and women. The venues are also awesome. Thanks for organizing it Peter! "

    Trent // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "So much fun! The people were great and the music was totally fun! It was my first event and I was amazed at how great it was. I look forward to going to many more and meeting many more wonderful friends!"

    Jen // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "Best events I have been to! Fun group, nice people and the organizers are awesome!"

    Lisa // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "Out of control and I like it like that!"

    Kirill // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "I had an amazing time! I can't wait for the next events!"

    Tiffini // Meet People Chicago Member

  • "Meet People is a fantastic social group. I was brand new to Chicago in June (knowing all of 2-3 people), and decided to give it a try after being here for five days. The people are friendly, fun and it's pretty easy to just bounce around meeting new people. I HIGHLY recommend you give this group a try if you're on the fence. Peter does a fantastic job organizing, and it's always good to get out and explore/drink in new areas of Chicago with people just looking to have a good time."

    Jeremy // Meet People Chicago Member

    Go to fun events for just $9.99 a month! Sign Up