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Phelan: Where is a fun place to play trivia? Stockholm’s

This summer, I’ve found that I’m usually hanging out with the same group of people.

This is completely fine with me, because I love the friends I’m hanging out with. We’ve gone to grad parties together, gone to movies, and every Tuesday night, a consistent group of my friends goes to Stockholm’s in Geneva.

Stockholm’s Tuesdays are some of my favorite nights out with my friends, because they combine all my favorite things – food, friends and intellectual competition. 

We go to Stockholm’s every Tuesday for its weekly trivia night. While that might sound lame to my fellow teenagers (and probably some adults), don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. 

The setup is rather simple. Each team, usually the people at your table or area of the bar, get several tiny slips of paper. The questions are read over a speaker; each team writes its answer and its team name, and hands it in. Questions get progressively harder through the four rounds, and – at the end – there’s a “Jeopardy!”-style bonus question. 

So far this summer, I think my team has learned quite a lot. I’ve learned that Mt. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and that 21 states have milk as their official state beverage. I’ve also learned that, as a whole, our team knows very little about who acted in old movies or who won certain Super Bowls. I’ve also realized that when making your wager for the bonus question, betting it all isn’t a good idea – but it is much, much more fun to do.

Though our team has won third place (and a $10 gift certificate) a few times this year, we’re not really there to win. Sure, we take ourselves way to seriously and will threaten ending friendships over the correct answer. But, in general, we’re just there to have fun. When I talked to the owner, Michael Olesen, he said that the reason he does it is that it’s just plain fun. Mr. Olesen is usually walking around the tables on Tuesdays, asking if our food is OK and how our team is playing tonight. As a team of teenagers, we really appreciate that. 

Our age is usually the main reason why we miss questions. How are we supposed to know that the “Macarena” came out in 1994? We weren’t alive then. Although sometimes our age is useful – like knowing about the movie “Lilo & Stitch” or Mario Kart – so you can definitely go if you’re a teenager. Or, if you’re a parent, bring the whole family. 

Trivia has been going on at Stockholm’s since February 2012 and happens every Tuesday night at 8:15. It’s free to play, and the questions range from history to medicine to Cindi Lauper. The top three teams get gift certificates, and if you go before the end of the summer, you might get to meet your favorite Kane County Chronicle columnist. 

Stockholm’s is a restaurant and microbrewery at 306 W. State St. in downtown Geneva. 

• Courtney Phelan recently graduated from Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at

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