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Old 08-31-06, 05:03 PM   #1
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chicago couriers

does where you work need another rider? it's getting to be that time of year where no one wants to do it. (the suckers back down) and i need a job. I'm not in that city, but i could be. what courier companies should i try (all of them, but i'm looking for a heads up, i know how to do/get the job). I don't know that city very well, but cities are easy to learn, and that is what maps are for. and tell me what park i can sleep in without cops yelling at me (philly cops are pretty up on that. whole lotta yellin). yeah, any help would be sweet.

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Crackhead Messenger Service, aka CMS, will always hire. I never worked for them, but I've heard they give you tons of BS, but pay well. At least it will keep you going 'till you find a better company that is hiring. Also, there is that new(ish) co-op company. I forgot thier name.
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four star:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/fourstar/
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Most are hiring this time of year, and the rest will be come winter.
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Post over at chifg.com if you're looking for the local Chi crew these days.

Fourstar is probably not hiring -- they're staying small in the meantime.
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yeah, what those guys said. they're locals, i just read an article a little while ago...
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thanks for the heads up, i'll hit up chifg. i knew 4 star wouldn't hire, i try to maintain contact with jen.

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thanks for the heads up, i'll hit up chifg. i knew 4 star wouldn't hire, i try to maintain contact with jen.

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yeah - we talked about this last night at the velo when I saw her. At best, you might be able to sub a day at 4star when there is a need. Those are very far and few between. very...

but I asked her about open companies right now too - and Dynamex and On Time are your best bets for actually living/eating/surviving (and she mentioned these with you in mind, jason!).
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i know someone who just moved to chicago and started courier work. she came back to pdx to grab some things and shewas talking up chicago, and messenging in chicago, so much i almost want to do it now.
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yeah - we talked about this last night at the velo when I saw her. At best, you might be able to sub a day at 4star when there is a need. Those are very far and few between. very...

but I asked her about open companies right now too - and Dynamex and On Time are your best bets for actually living/eating/surviving (and she mentioned these with you in mind, jason!).
yeah, she's looking out for me. she's a good gal. I have met you before right? in real person? i'm sure at one time or another (the no nos thing, perhaps). but yeah, we'll see how it goes.

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If you're really serious about sleeping in a park, lots of people sleep
on the lakefront on the northside. A few are messengers. Sad but true.
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yeah, i'm serious. it doesn't particularly bother me. it bothers me less than paying rent. that is a for real heads up. thanks.
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I will map out some spots for you. I've done it before.
Only worry is it's going to be getting pretty cold at night real soon.
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well thank you tons.
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Try Velocity, byut make sure you bring a juvenile sense of humor and a rubber butthole with you.

Tell Karl (the owner) that Heather in SF (his old neighbor who designed the Velo logo) tested positive, and that he should get it checked out.
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