Checkeditout: The Chicago Porsche Convergence is an opportunity to gather in the heart of the city. It’s the appreciation and celebration of the Porsche’s unique 70+ year legacy, represented in each owner’s pride and joy. It’s a sharing of great stories, road trips, restorations, and racing – a moment collective that continues to uniquely define the culture.
In 2017 Chicago Porsche enthusiasts- had an idea to create an urban-minded gathering to celebrate all Porsche models. What was born from an Instagram comment Karsten made, would become the Chicago summer street fest meets Porsche happening that Adam envisioned.
In early 2018, Karsten passed away from cancer while our vision was still merely an idea. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, Karsten was a Porsche owner known for his aquamarine blue Porsche 911 SC-RS, aka the Chicago Outlaw. His classic Porsche also earned IG fame @Checkeditout, aptly named for his love of “checking out” cars. The handle was an ongoing joke between Karsten and his wife Claudia, who even had their own way of pronouncing it: “check-ED-it out.” It was only fitting that the event inspired by the man, be named after him.
Checkeditout Chicago is not just the ultimate happening in Chicago for a Porsche enthusiast, but it is also an opportunity to give back. Checkeditout Chicago in a non profit that selects a charity each season. It is important to the people who create Checkeditout that we honor the individual our event is named after. The Chicago Convergence is where art, food and community meet the Porsche marque in an urban setting. Check out the cars, just like our friend Karsten always loved to do.
Checkeditout Chicago is very proud to announce that we have selected Bernie’s Books Bank as our official 2019 charity. Bernie’s is dedicated to transforming the educational journey of thousands of at-risk children in the Chicagoland area by providing them the tools they need to become successful readers. Please consider a donation to Bernie’s today.Learn More
The short answer is everything. It started with a mention on a social media platform by the very man who chose to spend part of his free time with Porsches and great friends: @checkeditout Karsten Aufgebauer. The idea grew through the 2017 driving season, until with a certain level of abandon it was decided that the event that would become known as Checkeditout had to become a reality. And indeed Checkeditout was born. Those who were in attendance the first year understood as well as felt the vibe. Checkeditout is a celebration of both a marque and a city. It is our attempt to bring together everything we love on a Saturday afternoon. Porsche first (or second after their owners) followed by the city of Chicago along with art, music and food. We are humbled by every single presence at Checkeditout.