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

The Beetle - Monday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Andy Hartman at the following locations:

Mad Meatball - 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: 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: πŸ˜‡

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:

Burke's Public House - Tuesday at 7:30 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: 2021
You can find Gina Palm at the following locations:

Pilot Project Brewing - Monday at 7:00 PM

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

Weather Mark Tavern - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2017
Favorite trivia category: RuPaul's Drag Race trivia
Go-to Karaoke jam: "Tell Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do" by Fall Out Boy 
My favorite part of hosting trivia: dressing up for theme nights! 

You can find Kimmi Marković at the following locations:

Paulie Gee's Logan Square - Thursday 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: 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: 2019

Alma Mater: Syracuse University (Music)

Hometown: Boston, MA

Favorite trivia category: SPORTS!

Favorite part of hosting trivia: the players

Favorite emoji: πŸ’©

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:

Jefferson Tap - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Ravinia Brewing Company - Wednesday at 7:30 PM

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

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

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

Best Bar - Monday at 7:00 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 CafΓ© - Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Columbus Tap - Thursday at 6:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Hannah Day at the following locations:

Five Star Bar - Monday at 7:30 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Kenny Hansen at the following locations:

Cheesie's Pub & Grub - Lakeview - Tuesday 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 7:00 PM
Merkle's Bar & Grill - Friday at 7:30 PM

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

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 (Music Trivia)
Pour Bros. Craft Taproom - Thursday at 7:00 PM
Collective Pour - Sunday at 1:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Laura Adamczyk-Dandrea at the following locations:

The Rambler Kitchen & Tap - Tuesday at 7:00 PM (Music Trivia)
F. O'Mahony's European Tavern - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

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
Easy Street Pizza & Beer Garden (Irving Park) - Thursday at 7:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2022
You can find Nicole Branch at the following locations:

Barstool River North - Monday at 7:00 PM
Draft Picks - Mt. Prospect - Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Navigator Taproom - Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Ravinia Brewing Company - Thursday at 7:30 PM (Trivia Bingo)

Hosting Since: 2021
You can find Ruth Forberg at the following locations:

Cheesie's Pub & Grub - Wicker Park - Thursday at 7:30 PM

From: Homewood, IL
Hosting Since: 2016
Is Also: Education Non-Profit Manager

Joe is a trivia player turned host.


Favorite thing about trivia? The sound of the collective "Ohhhhh" after a correct answer is read after a tough question.


TV show character you most closely resemble? Physically, I'm not sure but I've been told that I mirror the aura and general persona of Ben Wyatt from Parks and Rec.

 

Guilty pleasure? Vanderpump Rules. Easy. They're the worst people on earth and I give them 60 minutes of my undivided attention on Monday Nights.


You can find Joe Maloney at the following locations:

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. - Monday at 7:00 PM
Waterhouse Tavern & Grill - Wednesday at 7:00 PM
Smoke Daddy BBQ (Wrigleyville) - Thursday at 7:00 PM

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
D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Niles, IL) - Tuesday at 6:30 PM
Bob's Pizza - Wednesday at 8:00 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: 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: πŸ™ƒ or πŸ’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:

Half Sour - Tuesday 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: πŸ’ͺ

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

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: 2019
You can find Brendan Marshall at the following locations:

Lottie's Pub - Monday at 7:00 PM
McGee's Tavern & Grille - Tuesday at 8:00 PM
Great Central Brewing Company - Thursday at 6:00 PM

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

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

Hosting Since: 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
Duffy's Tavern - Tuesday 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: πŸ˜ 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:

Chalet - Thursday at 7:00 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
Johnny's Supper Club - Wednesday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)

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

D'Agostino's Pizza & Pub (Wheeling, IL) - Tuesday 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
The Pink Squirrel - Friday at 7:00 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: πŸ€

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: 2021
You can find Bryce Van Dyck at the following locations:

Emerson's Ale House - Wednesday at 8:00 PM

Hosting Since: 2021
From: da 'burbs, Chicago
 
College: Illinois Wesleyan University
Majors: History & Classics
Minors: Art History & Psychology
Honors: Ancient Mediterranean Slut Shaming
 
Favorite part of hosting: painstakingly selecting the perfectly related song for each question
 
Favorite Emoji: πŸ™ƒ
 
Favorite Category: Mythology - we've got so much here: Greco-Roman, Norse, Mesoamerican, Oasis Reunions, Kanye West Quotes....
 
Ask me about my cats, Ramses and Creole

You can find Jenni Tucker at the following locations:

Draft Picks - Mt. Prospect - Monday at 7:00 PM (Trivia Bingo)
The Curragh Irish Pub - Wednesday at 7:30 PM