September

Chicago Erlang Conference

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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Chicago Erlang Conference is a single day event focused on real world applications in Erlang, distributed computing, and scalability. It is designed to advance your practical knowledge of Erlang.

Cost: $99 - $119

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On Twitter: @erlangfactory

Social Media Week

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Downtown Chicago
Various locations
Chicago, IL
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Social Media Week Chicago connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Various events throughout the city.

Cost: Free and Paid

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On Twitter: @smwchicago

Code and Coffee

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Table XI
328 S Jefferson Suite 670
Chicago, IL
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We're all learning to code, whether you've just decided to get started or you've been at it for years. Come hang out for a couple of hours on the last Tuesday of each month with some friendly fellow coders.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @gdichicago

Big Data Day

Civis Analytics
833 W Jackson
Chicago, IL
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By popular demand, we'll be talking about data, analytics and storage with AWS.

Cost: Free

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Collab/Space Chicago

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200
Chicago, IL
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How can media startups break through, survive and thrive? That will be the focus of the upcoming Collab/Space Chicago workshop.

Cost: $49 - $129

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On Twitter: @PBSMediaShift

API Strategy & Practice

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL
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Listen to speakers and attend workshops for a deep dive into APIs.

Cost: $99 for Developers

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On Twitter: @apistrat

Beyond the Waterfall: Rethinking How We Work

Groupon
600 W Chicago
Chicago, IL
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At this Refresh Chicago Event, Maya Bruck, Creative Director at Pixo, will show how to engage clients and the full breadth of your team from the beginning of the process, so that research, sketching, prototyping and beyond become a collaborative effort.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @refreshchi

Brand New Conference

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Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Two-day event focusing on the practice of corporate and brand identity — a direct extension of the popular blog, Brand New. The conference consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environment

Cost: $250 - $500

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On Twitter: @bnconf

WebVisions Chicago

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Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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A 2-day conference exploring the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.

Cost: $275-$375

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On Twitter: @webvisions

End of Summer Mixer with Tech In Motion

Municipal
216 W Ohio
Chicago, IL
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This is a great chance to hang out with your fellow Chicago tech enthusiasts and chat about what's new and what's to come as the year winds down.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

Chicago Startup Job Fair

University Conference Center Chicago
525 S State
Chicago, IL
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The Chicago Startup Job Fair aims to connect talented job seekers with the best Chicago-based startups.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @StartupJF

Technori Pitch

Chase Auditorium
10 S Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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September's Pitch is all about healthcare technology, one of the most frequently requested and highly anticipated themes of the year.

Cost: $10 - $20

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On Twitter: @Technori

October

Football 2.0: Innovation in Sports

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Kerryman
661 N Clark
Chicago, IL
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A gathering of everyone that's disrupting sports media, marketing, statistics, and safety so that we can ignite a dialogue to learn from shared successes and challenges. (Anyone's that's just interested is welcome as well).

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @ChicagoInno

Story Conference

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Harris Theater
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Fuel your greatest work with captivating talks, meaningful connections and unforgettable performances. The theme of the 2-day conference is “Creators, Dreamers and Storytellers”

Cost: $399 - $549

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On Twitter: @storychicago

Intro to Git

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Blue1647 Innovation Center
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Work smarter, not harder! Join us and learn how to improve how you work and collaborate while learning and essential development skill. This class will teach the basics of working with Git and Github. Students will learn how to configure Git, track changes, examine history, branch and merge, and collaborate on Github.

Cost: $20

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On Twitter: @codewhileblack

The Founding Moms Conference

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Lincoln Hall
2424 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL
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Want to spend a whole day with insightful and inspiring experts eating top-notch food in a world-class city? Attend the Founding Moms Conference!

Cost: $299 - $399

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On Twitter: @foundingmom

Blue Sky: How 3D Printing Can Revolutionize Your Business

The 3D Printer Experience
333 N LaSalle
Chicago, IL
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Blue Sky reporter John Carpenter and two of Chicago's modern-manufacturing visionaries, Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan and 3D Printer Experience founder and CEO Julie Friedman Steele, will discuss and demo game-changing tools in manufacturing and talk about how you can apply them now.

Cost: $20

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On Twitter: @ChicagoBlueSky

Web Development Foundations 1

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Blue1647 Innovation Center
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Learn web development foundations and skills necessary to work efficiently and effectively in almost every area of web development. You'll learn more than coding, as we teach you how your website interacts with browsers and servers as well as provide you with best coding practices and tools.

Cost: $25

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On Twitter: @codewhileblack

Chicago Ideas Week

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Downtown Chicago
Various Locations
Chicago, IL
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Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world's brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect, and activate the city of Chicago and beyond.

Cost: $15 per event

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On Twitter: @chicagoideas

BarnRaise

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IIT Institute of Design
350 N La Salle
Chicago, IL
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An immersive, two-and-a-half day experience that combines the best of thought leadership with the opportunity to build physical and digital prototypes. Leading design firms will host teams all around the city and will be partnered with real organizations who can create real action.

Cost: $140 - $600

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On Twitter: @BarnRaiseID

Feast: (Innovation in Food)

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Rhine Hall Distillery
2010 W Fulton
Chicago, IL
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Food tech is fascinating. This meetup isn't just relegated to the disrupters; if you're interested in the space at all and want to be a part of the conversation, swing on by.

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @ChicagoInno

Web Development Foundations 2

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Blue1647 Innovation Center
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Learn advanced front-end web development topics and stand apart from the crowd. You'll learn how to add animations, transitions, and other advanced techniques that will improve your work and your visitor's experience.

Cost: $25

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On Twitter: @codewhileblack

Bootstrappers Breakfast

Caffe Baci
2 N Lasalle
Chicago, IL
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Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup.

Cost: $5 - $10

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On Twitter: @bootstrappers

Refresh Chicago: Gail Swanson on Demystifying Success

TechNexus
20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Defining expectations in fields as nebulous as experience design and development can be difficult. The targets and criteria for most knowledge work are of little help. Gail will share her framework for defining the rules of the game so you can demystify success for roles in your organization.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @RefreshChi

Code and Cupcakes

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The Living Room
2423 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
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Do you want to learn how to make your own web sites and apps? Do you want your daughter to learn, too? Most importantly: do you like cupcakes? Then come to this workshop led by a professional web designer/developer and her own daughter, complete with tasty snacks and a fun, supportive learning atmosphere.

Cost: $35 for both mother and daughter

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On Twitter: @codecupcakeschi

Working with CSS Preprocessors

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Blue1647 Innovation Center
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Design more efficiently with Sass! This workshop will teach you how to upgrade your CSS skills to use preprocessors to speed up and simplify your workflow. We'll help you learn how to integrate Sass into your projects.

Cost: $25

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On Twitter: @codewhileblack

Chicago Innovation Awards

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Harris Theater
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services. This year's winning organizations may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high tech, low tech or no tech, across all industries, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.

Cost: $25 - $75

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On Twitter: @Chi_Innovation