Hosting Since: 2021

Alma Mater - Western Illinois University (Marketing)

Hometown - Byron, IL

Favorite Trivia Category - Entertainment! (Movies/TV Shows/Music)

Favorite Part of Hosting - Meeting new people

Pets - 2 dogs in the family, Roxy & Bear

Favorite Emoji - 😎

Go-To Karaoke Jam - "All The Small Things" by Blink-182

Hidden Talent - can do the dance routine from Napoleon Dynamite (learned it for the 8th grade talent show)

Buy me a Chicago Handshake sometime!

 


You can find Jake Runnion at the following locations:

Gannon's Pub - Monday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Hometown - Southington, Connecticut
Central Connecticut State University (undergrad), Drexel University (masters), and American College of Education (doctorate)
Favorite trivia category - Sports
Pets - a golden retriever named Nitro
Hidden talent - my handwriting
Celebrity meeting - Stephen Curry once told me I was funny.

You can find Kari Dalia at the following locations:

Bamboo Club - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
Cheba Hut (Wrigleyville) - Friday at 8:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Mike Atherton at the following locations:

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Sam Greenberg at the following locations:

Broken Barrel - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2018

Alma Mater - Northwestern (Theatre major focusing on theatre education and history minor)

Hometown: New York, NY! City girl through and through 

Favorite trivia category: There was once a picture round of zoomed in children's book covers and I definitely did not need the answer sheet to score that round

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Getting to know the regular teams! And doling out the snark. 

Pets: Lily (the sweetest best tiger pup there is!) and Josie (a sassy cat in the body of a dog)

Favorite emoji: 🙃 or ðŸ’œ

Favorite karaoke jam: "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick (but embodying the Letters to Cleo version from 10 Things I Hate About You)

Favorite joke: Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate 9. Why did 7 eat 9? It was told to eat 3 squared meals a day!

Buy me a cider or whiskey ginger sometime! 


You can find Rebecca Dumain at the following locations:

Dimo's Pizza - Lincoln Square - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Corey Kumi at the following locations:

The Old Plank - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Tennessee born, Michigan raised! Moved to Chicago in July 2022, and have been enjoying it so far. I have three cats, Nemi, Mr. Puff, and Smudge and they’re basically my whole life! I’ve been playing bar trivia since high school and have always had such a fun time. My fav trivia category is absolutely millennial and gen Z celebrities, I know way too much about them unfortunately. I’ve never met a celebrity but my best friend met Kesha and she never lets me forget it!
You can find Shelby Rudberg at the following locations:

The Rambler Kitchen & Tap - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Music Trivia)

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Brian Spencer at the following locations:

Lottie's Pub - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Angela Scott at the following locations:

Leader Bar - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma Mater: the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying Art and Technology
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Favorite part of hosting trivia: the people! Love to see players enjoying the game.
Favorite emoji: ?
Favorite karaoke jam: Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes or Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
Favorite food/drink/bar special: can't not say a handshake!
You can find Emrys Brandt at the following locations:

Innjoy (Wicker Park) - Tuesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Caitlin Curry at the following locations:

McGee's Tavern & Grille - Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2023

Alma Mater:  Waynesburg U

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite trivia category: 90s music

Pets: Rabunzel the rabbit

Favorite emoji ?

Favorite karaoke jam: any Neil diamond song

Hidden talent/superpower: decent at lockpicking 

Favorite joke: I saw a picture of Sigmund Freud’s mother the other day. I get it.

I met Marc Maron and he told my dog she would be better as a cat


You can find Rob Speer at the following locations:

Rebel & Rye - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2018

Hello!  I am Shao Guo and I'm from Chicago (actually Wimette, IL).  I started hosting W? Trivia in 2018 at D'Agostino's in Wrigleyville.  I was previously a member of Princess Avocado attending W? Trivia at Merkles since 2016 where Daniel Burns and Lee were the trivia hosts and welcomed me to the W? family.  My favorite part of hosting are the mental stimulation that is derived from the questions.  My dream W? Trivia hosting would be 1989-1993 WWF or 1999-2000 Portland Trail Blazers trivia.  I like to teach math, stretch my back, and coach competitive sports.  My favorite food at D'Agostinos is the Mushroom and Pepperoni thin-crust pizza with a Bacardi Coke.

 

Alma Mater: UC-Berkeley (Math)

Favorite trivia category: Oscars

Favorite part of hosting trivia: the community

Favorite emoji: 😬

Favorite karaoke jam: "How Do I Live" - Leann Rimes version

 

Favorite joke:

Q: What does a Chicago Cubs fan do when his team has won the World Series?

A: He turns off the PlayStation 4.


You can find Shao-Yun Guo at the following locations:

D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Wrigleyville) - Monday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2024
You can find Andrew Pietraszewski at the following locations:

Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden (Portage Park) - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Sophie Todd at the following locations:

Avenue Tap & Kitchen - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Gabriel Orlet at the following locations:

Paulie Gee's Logan Square - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Valerie Yuryk at the following locations:

Uncle Bud's - Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma Mater: University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); majored in Business Management. Graduated 2021.

Hometown: Chicago, IL (Born and Raised)

Favorite trivia category: Music (Especially if it's pop-based)

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Seeing teams come up excited to participate.

Pets: Sadly, none. But I do love dogs.

Favorite emoji: ?

Favorite karaoke jam: Ironic: Down with the Sickness by Disturbed and Barbie Girl by Aqua (if my voice can handle screamo). Seriously: Careless Whisper by George Michael and Papaoutai by Stromae.

Hidden talent/superpower: I can name every Wrestlemania main event match by memory

Favorite food/drink/bar special: give me a bottle of tequila and a dream. 

Favorite joke: what do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino? Elephino.

Have you ever met a celebrity?  Were they nice? 
My first job, I worked at Best Buy as a customer service rep. It was twenty minutes until closing one summer night in 2016 when Ronda Rousey walked in out of the blue with Miesha Tate. Ronda quickly came in for a gaming mouse and came over to my register. The staff through the walkie talkies was freaking out telling me not to panic. Mind you, I was only a wrestling fan and Ronda only showed up once before (Wrestlemania 31) before joining the WWE in 2018 so I hardly recognized her. She wanted a quick transaction so she skipped over the typical request for personal information for the rewards membership (still not knowing it’s her). While she was nice she was also wanting to speed up the process. Miesha however recognized the chick-fil-a gift cards on the side and showed Ronda. Ronda asked “are they anti-gay?” To which I quickly responded “yeah”. She replied back with an “eww” (ally). We finished the transaction and as I got her receipt. I finally noticed the name on the credit card portion of the receipt. Before I can even entertain asking for a picture or freak out, she said thank you and her, Miesha, and the chauffeur doubling as a body guard left. 

You can find Stephen Perez at the following locations:

The Nest Bar & Eatery - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Jules Campbell at the following locations:

Lost Never Found - Thursday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2022

English major, Sociology & Film Studies minor

Hometown: Chicago

Favorite Trivia Category: People & Name The Year

Favorite Part Of Hosting: Meeting new people!

Favorite emoji: 😇

My go-to Karaoke jam: "Somebody To Love" - Queen

My favorite joke: me trying to do math!

My hidden talent is remembering everyone's birthdays

I have a golden retriever puppy named Gatsby

Buy me a Bloody Mary sometime!

 


You can find Caitlin Mary at the following locations:

The Reveler - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Jack Rhodes at the following locations:

Smoke Daddy BBQ (Wicker Park) - Wednesday at 6:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Erich Swank at the following locations:

Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill - Tuesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Hometowns: Basel, Switzerland & New York, NY
Colleges: McGill University (BA), Columbia University (MA), George Washington University (JD/MPP)
Profession: Animal protection lawyer
Favorite trivia categories: Movies, geography
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Reading out all the punny team names
Hobbies: I love to cook, read (mostly fiction), and run or cycle along the lakefront trail.
Companion animal: A rescue cat named Matilda
Favorite food/drink/bar special: Whichever local brewery is part of the happy hour deal, but I'm partial to Half Acre and Revolution.  
Favorite karaoke jam: "Juke Box Hero" by Foreigner (apologies in advance if you ever see me at karaoke -- fun fact: I starred in a musical in high school but my singing was so bad the drama teacher cut all my songs from the show).

You can find Michael Swistara at the following locations:

Rebel & Rye - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2019

Alma Mater: Syracuse University (Music)

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite trivia category: SPORTS!

Favorite part of hosting trivia: the players

Favorite emoji: 💩

Go-to Karaoke jam: "Rocket Man" by Elton John

Hidden superpower: I have the reflexes of a puma

Favorite Joke: Q: What do you call 4 bulls in quicksand? A: Quatro, sinko.

 

I absolutely LOVE hosting with Whaddayaknow? Free Pub Trivia! I host mostly trivia bingo, and I host trivia every once in a while when I'm needed. Bars where I've hosted include Lark, Ina Mae Tavern, Theory, The Rambler, and Innjoy to name a few. I got brought on as a host after I saw a Facebook job posting asking for trivia hosts when I first moved to Chicago. I talked to Dan, and shortly after he had me shadowing different hosts during training. I then got my first gig, and the rest is history! My favorite part of hosting is getting to meet all different kinds of bar-goers from various walks of life, and chatting with the players between questions or when I'm checking bingo cards. I love shouting SPORTS! when it comes time to announce that category during the 1st half round of trivia. Strangely enough, I also love doling out "punishment" shots of Malört when a player calls a false bingo!! When I'm not hosting, I work as an office manager as my full-time job, and I do improv at Second City. I sing karaoke with friends weekly as well!

 

Buy me a $20 bucket at Jefferson Tap sometime!


You can find Danielle Coombe at the following locations:

Ravinia Brewing Company - Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden (Irving Park) - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Sylvia Kramer at the following locations:

Emporium Arcade Bar - Logan Square - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021

Alma Mater University of Wisconsin - La Crosee (BA) and Ball State University (MA)

Hometown: Kaukauna, WI

Favorite trivia category: Alcohol or Beer

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Controlling the music

Favorite karaoke jam: "Friends in Low Place" - Garth Brooks

Favorite food/drink/bar special: Food - chicken tenders, drink - beer (IPAs) or old fashioneds

Favorite joke: What's a pirate's favorite letter? (Immediately after the person responds "rrrrrr") - (In a pirate's voice) You think it'd be rrr but it's really the sea!


You can find Chuck Thiel at the following locations:

Irish Nobleman Pub - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Brian Chang at the following locations:

Beck's - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2024
Alma Mater: DePaul University studying Geography with minors in Urban Planning & Climate Change Policy
Hometown: Madison, WI
Favorite trivia category: Geography (of course)
Favorite emoji: ? 
Favorite karaoke: "You’re so Vain"
Favorite food: pickles
Favorite joke: ur mom
Celebrity encounter: CNN student news anchor Carl Azuz was so lovely in person <3

You can find Lily Baird at the following locations:

Trace - Thursday at 8:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2023
College: Illinois State University degree in early childhood education 
Hometown: McHenry, IL
 
Pets: 2 adorable twin sister cats. 
Nessie after the Loch Ness monster 
Saber - Fate anime character 
 
Favorite trivia category: geography 
Favorite karaoke jam: Bonnie Tyler (Holding Out For A Hero) 
Hidden talent: singing opera 
Favorite food: cheese 
Favorite drink: bubble tea 
Favorite TV show: Gravity Falls 

You can find Lilly Purich at the following locations:

Never Have I Ever - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma mater: University of Illinois (Marketing & IT)
Hometown: Mahomet, IL
Favorite trivia category: Geography! 
Favorite emoji: ? 
Pets: 1 cat named Dottie
Favorite bar drink: Gin & Tonic if I’m feeling fancy, Miller Lite if I’m feeling cheap

You can find Dana Wonderlin at the following locations:

Bar Cargo - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2017
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Colleges: University of Michigan (BS), DePaul University (MA), University of San Diego (PhD)
Profession: Freelance academic editor & adjunct faculty member (education)
Personal superpower: I'm not allergic to mosquito bites (It's amazing)
 
I've been playing W? since 2007, on one of the original teams at Waterhouse. 
 
Favorite part about playing: winning 
Favorite part of hosting: reading out loud and hitting a word I don't know, can't pronounce, and didn't think to look up.
 
I love to cook and learn about food/cooking. I've been an avid fan of sharks (like, the animal) since a child and have been swimming with them. I'm a reader and a yogi. I love to surf, hike, sail, and play (beach) volleyball and very much miss living in California because of those things, though Chicago is definitely home. My cat, JJ, was named after JJ Watt because she's a rescue from Houston after Hurricane Harvey. She's not that into me. I keep a blog where I make a list of things I'd like to do and then write about doing them: https://mk52new.blogspot.com/ 
 

You can find Megan Krone at the following locations:

A.J. Hudson's Public House - Monday at 7:00 PM
Burke's Public House - Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
Alma Mater: UCLA University of Cicero Located on Austin

Hometown: Little Italy, Chicago

Favorite trivia category: Food (see above 👆🏻)

Favorite part of hosting trivia: hearing the groans, moans, ooohs, and ahhhs, during the answer reveals

Favorite emoji: 🤌🏻

Favorite karaoke jam: "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" - Pink Floyd

Hidden talent/superpower: can skate a lap around an NHL size ice rink in :13 seconds!

Favorite bar special: whatever is at the one I am booked at!

Favorite joke: Why does the Swedish Navy put bar codes on their battleships?
So they can Scandinavian!
You can find Marc Arturi at the following locations:

Draft Picks - Mt. Prospect - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden (Park Ridge, IL) - Thursday at 7:00 PM

From: Indianapolis, IN
Hosting Since: 2014
Is Also: Guitarist and comic-book mega-enthusiast

Ryan "Fun Bunz" Bundy is king of the cool men. He likes to ride on some bikes. Also, books.


Favorite thing about trivia - Best part-time job in the history of ever


Least favorite thing about trivia - Feeling dumb by not knowing any answers.


TV show character I resemble - "Hyde" from "That 70's Show"


What actor would play me in a movie - Morgan Freeman


You can find Ryan Bundy at the following locations:

Innjoy (Logan Square) - Tuesday at 8:00 PM
Navigator Taproom - Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Pierogi Kitchen - Thursday at 7:00 PM
The Pink Squirrel - Friday at 7:00 PM
Desert Hawk - Sunday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Lydia Weir at the following locations:

Koval Distillery - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Undergraduate degree from Washington University in English Literature, graduate degree from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen and Stage
Hometown: Chicago (the burbs)
Favorite trivia category: Music
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Knowing the answer when other people don't
Pets: Olivia Boneson (the best German Shepherd ever!)
Favorite emoji: ?
Favorite karaoke jam: "I Will Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meatloaf
Hidden talent/superpower: I can fart on command and I will subject you to it if you're being an asshole.
Favorite food/drink/bar special: buffalo chicken in any format (wings, wraps, sandwiches, eggrolls...)
Favorite joke: A dog walks into a bar and orders a pint and some fries. The bartender says, "wow, a talking dog, you should work for the circus." The dog replies, "why, do they need plumbers?"
Have you ever met a celebrity? Were they nice?: I used to write for PEOPLE magazine's podcast when it existed, and we interviewed several famous people. My favorite was Drew Barrymore, and she's absolutely lovely.
You can find Leah Barsanti at the following locations:

Revival Food Hall - Tuesday at 5:00 PM

From: Chicago, IL
Being Faceless Since: 2018
Is Also: Not a movie theater manager

Favorite thing about trivia? Telling Dan to make DBZ the TV show.

Least favorite thing about trivia? Dan never makes DBZ the TV show.

#1 thing on your bucket list? Eating a platter of beef jerky and Cheez-Its(again).

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Recall from memory any and all lines from The Might Ducks franchise, and speak it in that characters' voice.

If you could be anywhere right now - where would you be? A cold soundproof basement with no natural light. Not for nefarious purposes, just so I don't have to constantly worry about changing the volume level when watching a movie. Seriously, why is the sound mixing so bad in movies?



Hosting Since: 2023
Hometown: Homewood, IL
College attended: Bradley University BS in Finance, minor in Mathematics
Pets: Peanut the Chiweenie
Favorite emoji: ?

You can find Margaret Drisi at the following locations:

Jefferson Tap - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Danielle Reidel at the following locations:

Lost Never Found - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
College attended (majors? minors?) Loyola university Chicago (undergrad History and Film, graduate Education)
Hometown Chicago, IL
Favorite trivia category Movie Release Dates
Favorite part of hosting trivia Getting to see cool hidden new spots with awesome people :)
Favorite emoji ?
Favorite karaoke jam Tie between “Higher” by Creed, and “Yes” by LMFAO
Hidden talent/superpower Being able to stumble backwards into people with remarkable consistency.
Favorite food/drink/bar special Quality Chicago deep dish.

You can find Stephen DeCaluwe at the following locations:

Trace - Tuesday at 8:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2024
You can find Chris Hrabe at the following locations:

Duffy's Tavern - Thursday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
Merkle's Bar & Grill - Sunday at 1:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021

Alma Mater - University of Iowa (Anthropology & Public Health)

Hometown: London, England

Favorite trivia category: Words

Favorite part of hosting: entertaining the people! 

Pets: One cat - Sir Kenneth Tobias Wellington “Wellie” von Meowington III, Esq

Go-to Karaoke jam: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler

Favorite joke: What’s the difference between a dirty bus stop and lobster with breast implants?

Ones a crusty bus station and the other is a busty crustacean


You can find Bella De Soriano at the following locations:

Theory Bar & Grill - Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2024
You can find Evan Pazkowski at the following locations:

Big Mini Putt Club - Wicker Park - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Kristina Cameron at the following locations:

Half Sour - Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
I am originally from Texas and I went to the University of Texas where I studied technical theater which I don't use a lot of today. 

I played roller derby for 10 years.

My favorite trivia categories is the picture around where it is just eyes.
You can find Dominique Caldwell at the following locations:

Whiskey Business - Thursday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2021

Alma Mater Central Michigan University (Theatre/English)

Hometown: Jackson, MI

Favorite trivia category: Name the movie based on the bad title translation 

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Getting to see teams that wagered everything win first place!

Pets: A pitbull named Gretchen 

Favorite emoji: 🐀

Favorite karaoke jam: You pick "Imagine" by John Lennon but then sing "All Star" by Smash Mouth over it. It works and is a really fun time! 

Hidden talent/superpower: I can remember birthdays really well 

Favorite joke: What's brown and sticky? A stick 

Buy me a Margarita sometime!


You can find Rebekah Trombley at the following locations:

Butch McGuire's - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Surge Coffee Bar & Billiards (Albany Park) - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2024
You can find Chrissy Swartz at the following locations:

Ten Cat Tavern - Sunday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma Mater Economics at Northwestern University
Hometown Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Favorite trivia category Music
Favorite part of hosting trivia When I don't come in last! (rare)
Favorite karaoke jam Sugar, We're Going Down
Favorite food/drink/bar special Jalapeno Poppers
You can find Jacob Brown at the following locations:

Willie Lill's - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
Willie Lill's - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find David Wiesenhahn at the following locations:

Tata's Tacos (Lakeview) - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Jordan Mendkoff at the following locations:

Fatpour Tapworks - Wicker Park - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
Alma Mater: UIC - major creative writing, Dominican University - MBA and MLIS (dual masters in business and library & information science)

Hometown: Lombard, IL

Favorite trivia category: same name/before and after

Favorite part of hosting trivia: the people! Interacting with like-minded humans on a weekly basis

Pets: Magic Mike (black & white cat with FIV)

Favorite emoji: 🙃

Favorite karaoke jam: "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

Hidden talent/superpower: this information is classified

Favorite food/drink/bar special: always pizza and I never drink and math
You can find Laura Adamczyk-Dandrea at the following locations:

F. O'Mahony's European Tavern - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021

Danny is a beer loving they/them cryptid who moonlights as a trivia/bingo host. They can often be seen making art, riding roller coasters, or watching trashy reality TV. They have a black cat named Midna, whom they serve loyaly. Danny went to Knox College, where the majored in art and proudly never took math classes, so forgive them if they need a few tries to add up your trivia score correctly. Always down to party, they are a karaoke fiend and are ready to bring the house down at any point with their renditions of Under Pressure, Take On Me, or Let It Go.


You can find Danny Tucker at the following locations:

Crust Brewing - Monday at 7:00 PM
Tannins Wine Bar - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
College Attended: University of Pittsburgh (YINZER Nation)
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Favorite Trivia Category: Movies!
Favorite part of hosting trivia: forcing people to laugh at my jokes 
Have I ever met a celebrity: I met the guy from Superstore in the Costa Rican jungle on his honeymoon 

You can find Rachel Goldberger at the following locations:

Cheesie's Pub & Grub - Lakeview - Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Chicago's Pizza - Lakeview - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

From: Needham, Massachusetts
Demanding Free Shots Since: 2008
Is Also: Founder of W? FPT

Dan enjoys the beat of his own drummer and is a man of many interests, so the whole trivia field is right up his alley. He is a proud Masshole, and a graduate of Boston College. After a move to Chicago in 2008, trivia began as a side project, but after a wonderful response from the city, it quickly became a full time operation. Dan runs the business, and writes all of the material for Whaddayaknow, taking great pride in the time and effort that goes into the content and product as a whole. Despite the vast new challenges of the current times, he still very much enjoys it and is embracing the possibilities of the new realm we're in. Hit him up any time at dan@freepubtrivia.com with feedback (or just to say hi); he appreciates the hell out of it!



Hosting Since: 2021

My name is Casey Valentine, I’m a lifelong Chicago southsider and an elementary teacher by day. Long time trivia enthusiast, new-ish trivia host. I went to Notre Dame (go Irish!) and in my free time, I like to run, try out new recipes, and in the summer, walk down the street to watch the White Sox play.


You can find Casey Valentine at the following locations:

Hawkeye's Bar & Grill - Tuesday at 7:30 PM
Black Oak Restaurant & Tavern - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Jade is a KC native, trivia nerd, karaoke master, dog-lover, pun pioneer, and lover of most things earnest and
cheesy (including actual cheese...seriously, she has an average of 6 types of cheese in her fridge at all times!)
She has been creating, producing, executing, and moderating events for groups from 5-2000+ participants for
over 12 years, recently pivoting from in-person to virtual events in March 2020. In addition to bringing fun to
people all over the world, Jade loves to get lost in new neighborhoods and cities, fall down internet pop culture
rabbit holes, and volunteer at several organizations here in Chicago. She’s also been known to dance on a bar
or two.

Favorite Drink: “Vodka, Soda, Splash of Cran please!”

Favorite Type of Trivia: Anything pop-culture related!

Favorite Celebrity Encounter: Sassing Bruce Willis at a dive bar on the UWS!
You can find Jade Durkee at the following locations:

Bar Roma - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Seth Winnie at the following locations:

The Beetle - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021

College Major: Religion & Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

Favorite trivia category: Name the Year!!

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Seeing and hanging with my regulars! 

Pets: I foster kittens (up to 18 currently!)

Favorite emoji: ðŸ˜ this guy 

Favorite karaoke jam: "BELIEVE" BY CHER!!!!

Hidden talent/superpower: I am semi Psychic. It's true. Think That's So Raven

Favorite food/drink/bar special: Anything with a 50 cent oyster. 

Favorite joke: I hate when people asks me for jokes...


You can find Colleen Heaney at the following locations:

Duffy's Tavern - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2020
You can find Dylan Vee at the following locations:

Merkle's Bar & Grill - Friday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Alec Lopata at the following locations:

Recess - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Kat Abbas at the following locations:

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Austin Smith at the following locations:

Emporium Arcade Bar - Wicker Park - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2023

College attended: Iowa

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Favorite trivia category: Star Wars

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Random facts to throw around to seem like I know what I’m talking about for numerous conversations

Favorite emoji:?? My way of saying Roll Tide 

Favorite karaoke jam: "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys

Hidden talent/superpower: None, I let people know how good I am

Favorite food/drink/bar special: Beer, nachos or wings, I’m in.

Favorite joke: Norm Macdonald was on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show, and the 2nd guest was Courtney Thorne-Smith talking "Melrose Place" and working with Carrot Top on "Chairman of the Board." And Norm was interjecting constantly, and towards the end Conan, after finding out the name of the film, challenges Norm to “Do something with that ya freak.” To which Norm almost immediately says “I bet board is spelled B-O-R-E-D.”

Have you ever met a celebrity?  Were they nice?: Vinnie Paul, drummer from Pantera. Saw him outside the arena in Vegas after a Golden Knights vs Blackhawks game. Just kinda shocked to see him and his signature cowboy hat and goatee/striped beard, so most interaction was “you’re awesome, we love you” type talk. He just thanked us, threw up the horns \m/ and said "Go Knights.” So sent him the “Go Hawks” and went our separate ways. 


You can find Tom Rentner at the following locations:

Chuck's Southern Comforts Café (Darien, IL) - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Draft Picks - Naperville - Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2022

Alma Mater - University of South Carolina 

Hometown: Barrington, IL

I have a pandemic puppy named Waveland that I love to bring along when I play trivia!
 
My favorite karaoke jam:  "Jolene" by Dolly Parton
 
Buy me a sour beer sometime!

You can find Kaitlin Lyngaas at the following locations:

Burning Bush Brewery - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

From: Des Moines, IA
Hosting Since: 2014
You can find Lee Reighard at the following locations:

The Rambler Kitchen & Tap - Thursday at 7:15 PM

Hosting Since: 2024

Alma Mater-Spanish & Secondary Ed- Marquette University + University of Nebraska-Kearney 

Hometown: Blue Island, IL 

Favorite Trivia Category- Anything film related

Favorite emoji: ? or ?

Favorite Drink- Old fashioned or Whiskey Sour

Favorite Bar Food- Fried Cheese Curds 

Favorite joke- What is Whitney Houston’s favorite form of coordination?  HAAAAANNDDDD EEEYYYYYEEE


You can find Clare Jorgensen at the following locations:

Bamboo Club - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find JP McNamara at the following locations:

D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Wheeling, IL) - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Jim Humay at the following locations:

Pilot Project Brewing - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma Mater: Illinois Institute of Technology
Major: Physics Education
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite trivia category: I love science categories! I'm a huge geek, so science categories bring together my love of trivia and my love of science.
Favorite part of hosting trivia: Learning dozens of new facts each week and finding ways to make jokes out of as many of them as possible.
Favorite emoji: ?
Favorite karaoke jam: I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Although you may not want to be in the room while I'm singing it!
Favorite food/drink/bar special: Pizza, especially a classic tavern pie like the ones at Vito & Nick's *chef's kiss*
Favorite joke: What do you call a dog who's a magician? 

A labracadabrador!

You can find Ryan Bowns-Kamphuis at the following locations:

Weather Mark Tavern - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Prahlaad Ram at the following locations:

Brando's Speakeasy - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

From: Palos Hills, IL
Hosting Since: 2015
Is Also: Project Coordinator at a startup company

Mike played regularly at 3 Corners in Lemont back in the day (it was a Wednesday btw), and upon returning to U of I for graduate school, he decided to start up a Whaddayaknow? game at a local favorite bar. Mike enjoys being debatably good at recreational ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball, but not enough to play in super competitive leagues.


You can find Michael Ponte at the following locations:

Collective Pour - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Pour Bros. Craft Taproom - Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
Pour Bros. Craft Taproom - Sunday at 2:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Alex Lindquist at the following locations:

D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Niles, IL) - Monday at 6:30 PM (Trivia Bingo)
D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Niles, IL) - Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Recess - Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2023
Ah you think trivia is your ally? You merely adopted trivia. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t have normal conversations at parties until I was already a man, by then it was nothing for me to just list things I knew as if it were a personality.
You can find Zeke Eastman at the following locations:

Heineken Pub97 - Thursday at 8:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
College attended: DePaul University, class of 2013
Hometown: Bolingbrook, IL
Favorite trivia category: Movies/entertainment
Pets: Step-parent to several lovely cats around the Edgewater area
Favorite karaoke jam: Talking Heads, "Psycho Killer"
Favorite food/drink/bar special: The biscuits & gravy from Little Goat with the mushroom gravy
Favorite joke: "Tennis is depressing because no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall." - Mitch Hedberg

You can find Dominick Mayer at the following locations:

Good Times Brewery - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find JJ O'Malley at the following locations:

McGee's Tavern & Grille - Tuesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
College: One year at Valparaiso University, where I majored in not going to class and minored in a radio show that was listened to by literally ones of people!
 
Favorite Trivia Category: Movies, followed by Geography, Sports, and Mid-90s Alt-Rock
 
Favorite Karaoke Jam: "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine; also, when the timing is right, "Vogue" by Madonna.
 
Hidden Talent/Superpower: I am trained as a funeral director
 
Favorite Food/Drink: I never met a mozzarella stick I didn't like; wash them down with whatever is available that features both sugar and caffeine
 
Favorite Joke: Q/ How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A/ Two. The trick is getting them in there.

You can find John Robinson at the following locations:

Chuck's Southern Comforts Café (Burbank, IL) - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Graduate of Northwestern University (English Major, History Minor)

Hometown: Oak Park (born in Chicago proper)

Favorite trivia category: SAME NAME! ("You know it, I love it, it's SAME NAME")

Favorite part of hosting: making dumb joks on the mic

Favorite emoji: 💪

Go-to karaoke jam: "Inside Out" by Eve 6

Hidden talent: I can "radio voice" on demand

Favorite food/drink/bar special: I miss the $3 beer special from when I hosted at Durkins

I have a husky/cattle dog mix named JD (full name - Jean-Dog Van Barkke)

Favorite joke: How many Vietnam war vets does it take to screw in a light bulb? YOU DON'T KNOW! YOU WEREN'T THERE!!!!


You can find Jeff Goodsmith at the following locations:

Graystone Tavern - Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Prost! - Sunday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2019

Hello! I'm Bryson, a nerdy twunk who hasn't been able to tan since moving away from Florida.  By night, I party with the arrogance of an undergraduate.  By day, I cry while consuming Cheez-It crackers and C-SPAN, never quite internalizing the fact that hangovers get worse as one ages.  I host trivia because I need people to pay attention to me, and having an entire room of people on edge for what I'm about to say next has done wonders for my ego.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, I am super approachable with a zealous, puppy-dog-like energy.  In the rare case that my resting moody face is showing, though, just mention Kylie Minogue, and we'll be instant friends.  Can't wait to see you at the bar soon!  Oh, and, please tell your dad to relax, I'll text him back when I get around to it.


You can find Bryson Naylor at the following locations:

aliveOne - Monday at 8:00 PM (Music Trivia)
Old Town Pour House - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Carol's Pub - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
Alma Mater: Northwestern (Bachelor's in Theater, Psychology) & DePaul (Master of Education)

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite trivia category: Literature, Sports, The Office

Favorite part of hosting trivia: meeting new people!

Favorite emoji: 🫠

Favorite karaoke jam: Only The Good Die Young, Chicken Fried, Linger, Breaking Free...(I like karaoke)

Hidden talent/superpower: I would win "Survivor" 
You can find Scott Wolf at the following locations:

Parlay - Lincoln Park - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
From: south suburbs! Lived in NYC for ~10 years and moved back recently
Favorite trivia category: 90's music
Favorite part of hosting trivia: the people playing are always fun to be around
Favorite karaoke jam: Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison
Hidden talent/superpower: Dog whisperer (I watch my friends' dogs a lot)
Favorite food/drink/bar special: any happy hour is a good happy hour
Have you ever met a celebrity? Julia Stiles is cool and nice
You can find Ryan Vukelich at the following locations:

Leona's Pizzeria - Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
You can find Justin Worthington at the following locations:

Cheesie's Pub & Grub - Lakeview - Saturday at 1:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021
The Director of Operations of Whaddayaknow? Free Pub Trivia. If you have any compliments, please send them to jenni@freepubtrivia.com. If you have any complaints, please send them to dan@freepubtrivia.com.

Alma Mater: Illinois Wesleyan University #TGOE
Majors: History & Classics
Minors: Art History & Psychology

From: Palatine, IL
 
Favorite part of hosting: painstakingly selecting the perfectly related song for each question
 
Favorite Emoji: ðŸ™ƒ
 
Favorite Category: Mythology - we've got so much material here: Greco-Roman, Norse, Mesoamerican, Oasis reunions, non-offensive Kanye West Quotes....
 
Ask me about my cats, Ramses and Creole (Bubba)!

Favorite joke: What's brown and rhymes with Snoop? 
   
Dr. Dre

You can find Jenni Tucker at the following locations:

Draft Picks - Mt. Prospect - Monday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
Booker's Bar & Grill - Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Mangy Dawg's Pub - Roselle, IL - Wednesday at 7:00 PM

From: Rolling Meadows, IL
Hosting Since: 2014
Is Also: Records Auditor, Comedian

When John could not get enough playing trivia, he decided to start hosting (RIP Team #Train). When John isn't hosting he's out performing with his sketch comedy group The Citizens of Townsville. John is an avid sports fan, and holds the Chicago Cubs dear to his heart. There isn't a movie John doesn't know or can't quote.

Alma Mater: Northern Illinois University

Hometown: Rolling Meadows

Favorite trivia category: Movies or Name the Year

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Selecting the right song for each question

Pets: No pets, but lover of all dogs and dogs with fantastic names

Favorite karaoke jam: "Walking in Memphis" or "She's So High" by Tal Bachman

Hidden talent/superpower: Can consume abhorrent volumes of diet coke in a single day OR super positivity 

Favorite food/drink/bar special Coors Banquet in the fun bottle just like the great Johnny Lawrence, Alley Time Pale Ale paired w/ a nice shot of Malort at the Green Lady

Favorite joke: What does a nosy pepper do? Gets jalapeño business!


You can find John Deger at the following locations:

Woodie's Flat - Monday at 7:30 PM
Standard Bar & Grill - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Innjoy (Wicker Park) - Wednesday at 8:00 PM
The Green Lady - Thursday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
Alma Mater: Northwestern (film, psych, and marketing baybee)

Favorite part of hosting trivia: Being on aux and doing little danceys to my tunes (and of course uniting the masses into one giant Cheba Hut family)
Favorite emoji:  ?

Favorite joke: Two whales are at a bar. The first whale goes, "WEEAAAAAOOOOUUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHEEEAAAAOOOoooOooUUUughhhOOUUEEE."
 
The second whale goes, "Bob, go home. You're drunk."
 
(this one's a liiiittle better in person)

You can find Stef Luthin at the following locations:

Cheba Hut (Wrigleyville) - Thursday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
College attended (majors? minors?) Econ major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown Galesburg Illinois
Favorite trivia category Same name
Favorite part of hosting trivia Reading the ridiculous team names
Favorite karaoke jam "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette 
Hidden talent/superpower Waking up a minute before my alarm goes off 
Favorite food/drink/bar special any cheap domestic drafts (but usually a Bud Light)
You can find Christie Learned at the following locations:

Smoke Daddy BBQ (Wrigleyville) - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2023
College attended: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Education Policy
Hometown: Hollandtown, WI
Favorite trivia category: History and Geography
Pets: Roosevelt, my adorable but very standoff-ish cat
Favorite emoji: ?
Favorite karaoke jam: Angry girl anthem "You Oughta Know" 
Hidden talent/superpower: Remembering everything everyone else forgot to pack for a trip
Favorite food/drink/bar special: An old fashioned - made with brandy of course!

You can find Ellie Bruecker at the following locations:

LG's Bar & Kitchen - Thursday at 7:00 PM