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What is Down & Dirty Offroad?
Down & Dirty Offroad (a.k.a. DD Offroad and DDO) is one of Chicagoland’s newest off-road clubs with members from all over the tri-state area. Down & Dirty Offroad is a registered non-profit organization with the State of Illinois and ensures all club funds are allocated solely to club expenditures.
Engage all off-roaders alike in the Chicagoland area and provide them with a fun, social atmosphere while promoting social responsibility with a non know-it-all attitude. Drive open discussions and increase general overall knowledge of the off-road sport.
Re-founded in 2009 by Matt Evans, John Kurylak and Tim Hines, DDO is on a mission to create a laid-back and fun club for off-roaders of all makes and models in the Chicagoland area. The club hosted the first annual Season Kickoff Meet & Greet in April 2009 signing up the first six club members. DDO now boasts 40+ official members and 200+ forum members from around Lake Michigan.
DDO was originally founded in 2002 in Grand Rapids, MI where the club had upwards of 20 members. Club management moved out of state in 2005 and the club disbanded. The DDO brand and vision was re-invented in 2009 into what you see today.
DDO does not have a management hierarchy including a president, instead the club is managed by three club managers John Kurylak, Justin Ashton and Matt Evans. Known to club members as the Wise Men, each handles administrative club responsibilities including event planning, website management, marketing, club discounts, etc. In the idea of keeping management simple, final club decisions are decided by a unanimous rule of the managers. Members can bring up any issue to the managers and they will decide how best to handle it. Most club issues will be resolved by majority vote at club meetings.
Look for the Wise Men on the forum:
John: JeepMan97 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt: Moparboy or email@example.com
Courtney: The secretary or firstname.lastname@example.org
Events & Meetings
Promising at least one off-road event per month and monthly meetings, DDO is a very active club. DDO’s most frequented off-road park is The Cliffs in Marseilles, IL because it is closest in proximity to the Chicago area, however many over-night weekend trips are planned during warmer months. Visit the calendar page or see the upcoming events to the right for more details. You can also call the DDO Events Hotline at (224)366-7506 and listen to the recorded message to get event details when you dont have access to a computer.
When on a trail ride, DDO typically runs on CB channel 22.
Meet & greets are held once per month on the second Saturday from 5-8pm (subject to time change) at Paps Bar & Grill at 1904 S. Elmhurst Rd. in Mt. Prospect. DDO members receive food specials during the meeting. Meet & greets that fall on trip weekends will often be moved to a different weekend or will be held at the trip venue, not at Paps. Meet & greets are run in a relaxed atmosphere and are not mandatory to attend by members.
DDO takes part and assists in fundraisers like the Crystal Lake 4-Wheel Drive Fest and the Toys for Tots 4×4 Parade. DDO also is a member of the TreadLightly organization and participates in the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program. The club is open to any social ideas from its members and is all about giving back to the community.
DDO members are also strongly encouraged to offer advice and help to each other on the forum or in person. During the season members often get together and host ‘build parties’ when work is needed on a member’s rig. Visit the Technical Forum to quiz members on any technical issue you may have.
DDO membership is easy to obtain! We welcome members with any make or model of trucks or SUVs that are willing to off-road. Simply read our club bylaws, fill out our membership application, pay your yearly dues and you are in! DDO doesn’t play games; you DO NOT need a sponsor to join and we don’t delay your membership application.
DDO membership dues are $30 per year.
- 1 year official membership
- Club voting rights
- Access to Official Member’s Forum
- Participation in all events
- Club discounts at retailers and off-road parks
- Vehicle decal
Your dues also help pay for club expenses like this website, events and promotional materials.
Club chapters were introduced in early 2012. It was not only to organize the club because of its fast growth but to also introduce new members to the people that live in their area. DDO currently has 4 chapters, they are…
DDO Chicago Chapter- covers the city of Chicago and cook county.
DDO West Chapter aka Reaper Crew-covers Lake, DeKalb, McHenry, Kendall, Kane, LaSalle & DuPage counties.
DDO North Chapter-covers the state of Wisconsin.
DDO South-covers Grundy, Will, Kankakee & Iroqouis counties
Each chapter has a chapter President who is in charge of each chapter.
Why join Down & Dirty Offroad?
You should join DDO if you are fun, outgoing and love to wheel! DDO is a family-friendly club with laid-back members who enjoy off-roading with others. Membership will give you an opportunity to meet and interact with fellow off-roaders and make new friends. The DDO culture promotes a non-know-it-all attitude and respect for one another. We are very non-drama and are all about the sport!
DDO is a club that likes to get dirty so please don’t be afraid of the mud. So, if you are looking to have some fun during the off-road season with your truck or SUV and can’t find anyone to go with, then check out DDO!
If you have any questions or comments about DDO, feel free to post them to the site or email email@example.com.