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Entrepreneur wants to pay Chicago to party

  • Bull and Bear is one of Ten2Party's participating bars.
Bull and Bear is one of Ten2Party's participating bars.
August 08, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Anthony Skrine just wants to keep Chicago partying, and he’s willing to pay for it.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur from Oak Park always found success planning bar crawls at Eastern Illinois University, and the idea that it could become a full-time gig has stuck with him since he graduated in 2006. After raising $30,000 in investments from friends and family, he launched Ten2Party, a service he hopes is a one-stop shop for Chicagoans to plan a big night out.

“We had all these people coming to (our bar crawls), I thought maybe this is something we can turn into a side gig,” he said.

So, he teamed up with friends Mike Vinci and Mark Wallace, also 28, to launch the site in June. Skrine said the service works like this: A host chooses a bar and a private party package of food and drinks for ten or more people from a list of locations around the city. The host buys his or her wristband upfront and chooses extras for the party including transportation or a DJ. Other guests can prepay or pay at the door.

What comes next is what Skrine says sets Ten2Party apart. His company contacts the bar, makes all arrangements, and after the event, reconciles the bill with the bar. The host of the party then receives a percentage of the amount spent as a refund, and another percentage goes to charity. For example, he says, if a host gets 10 people to show on a $30 package, they’ll get $7.20 back. For a larger party of 100 people at the same price, the host would get a kickback of $72.

“The more money generated, the more people you bring in, the more you get back,” he said.

Skrine said he’s hoping to continue to expand the list of participating bars as the user base grows. He is planning a party of his own to celebrate the first donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation later this year.

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