August

FinTech Happy Hour

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Avant
640 N LaSalle St, Ste 535
Chicago, IL
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FinTEx Chicago is bringing together two top players in fintech (Yodlee Interactive and Avant) for an evening networking event.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @FinTExChicago

LinkedIn: 5 Easy Steps to Convert Connections to New Business

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Digital Professional Institute
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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Dean DeLisle, Founder and CEO of Forward Progress, will take proven steps from our Social Selling Boot Camp and show you the most effective methods of connecting with your targets, gaining quality appointments, and finding the potential new clients in your network.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChiDPI

Art of Awesome Personal Branding Workshop

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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It's easier to become a Hogan or Vanilla Ice than you think, and in this workshop we show how to build your personal brand by taking charge of your life and career, so that you constantly innovate and stay ahead of the game.

Cost: $35

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Prototypes, Process & Play

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Columbia College Film Row
1104 S Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL
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2 days that will help you hone and focus your design leadership skills. Come ready to learn, and leave ready to drive the future of design in your organization!

Cost: $300 - $350

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On Twitter: @ChicagoCamps

Chicago Inno’s Chicago Fest

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Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark Street Park Place Terrace & South Lawn
Chicago, IL
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An outdoor summer celebration of working, living, and playing in the Windy City!

Cost: $25 - $35

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On Twitter: @ChicagoInno

Lunchtime Class - What is Front-End Web Development

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Thinking of learning to code, but getting lost in the tech jargon (AJAX, PHP, CSS, etc)? Whether you're interested in building your own web sites, or looking to change careers, this class will introduce you to the world of front-end web development (and programming in general). Snacks provided.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Protohack Pre-Hack Happy Hour

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After-Words Books
23 E Illinois
Chicago, IL
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Learn about ProtoHack, ask any last-minute questions, learn about prototyping, and even form a team. This is a great way to ensure success and higher chances of making a winning prototype, not to mention, have the optimal experience at the Hackathon the next day!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

ProtoHack Chicago

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL
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ProtoHack is a hackathon that requires no coding. Instead you’ll be using prototyping tools, drag and drop editors, mockups, wireframes and anything else you think of to visually demo your idea on stage.

Cost: $50 - $100

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On Twitter: @protohack

International Tech Breakfast

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1871 Chicago, Auditorium
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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This International Tech Breakfast brings together German, European, Latin American, and Chicago-based business Managers and Directors. There will be a short presentation on Chicago's role in international technology sector, and a chance to connect with others during a breakfast and networking hour.

Cost: $12

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On Twitter: @1871Chicago

The How To's When Reaching Out to Angel Investors

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MATTER
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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Greg Grove has worked as an attorney for 20 years with life sciences and other technology startup companies, from startup, through seed stage financing, venture financing, late-stage financing, company acquisitions and IPOs. Greg will speak primarily about startup finance through earliest stages of development.

Cost: $25

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On Twitter: @MATTERChicago

Adding 3D Functionality to Your Web Applications

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Groupon, 3rd Floor
600 W Chicago
Chicago, IL
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Autodesk presenters will show a mix of 3D on the web technologies and how easy it is nowadays to add 3D to your websites. They will then demo server/client samples for their own View & Data web service and talk the group through a Quick Start Guide.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GrouponEng

SVG & Canvas - The Dynamic Side Of Vectors

MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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From beautiful, immersive, full-screen experiences, to simple, helpful user interface animations, SVG and canvas are two of the most useful tools in creating exciting visuals for the web. We’ll look briefly into the history of each, talk about basic usage, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @mattienodj

Chicago Education Innovation Pitch Fest

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1871 Auditorium
222 W Merchandise Mart, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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Edtech companies will pitch their products to a panel of local and national in- and out-of-school educators. Things will kick off with a networking happy hour.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @leapinchicago

Intro to Growth Hacking: Lean User Acquisition

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This workshop is designed for entrepreneurs, owners, startups, developers and marketers from all experience levels who have an interest in growing their business, user base and brand with a lean budget.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Website Strategy and Growth

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Digital Professional Institute
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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Your website is a crucial part of any company, but just having one is only the first step. Websites need to go through constant changes and iterations in order to effectively market to the right audience.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChiDPI

HTML & CSS Basics: Hands-On Coding

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This class is designed as an introduction to the world of Front-End Web Development (everything that you see in your browser) and will give you an understanding of how all of the pieces fit together and the tools that you will need to learn more.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Intro to React.js by Han Hua

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Groupon, 3rd floor, Corky Romano
600 W Chicago
Chicago, IL
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A Geekfest Lightning Talk

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GrouponEng

DBCx: Dave Astels

Dev Bootcamp
351 W Hubbard, Suite 700
Chicago, IL
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“WTF Is Lisp, and why should I care?” An overview of the history and significance of Lisp, a very high level introduction to the core concepts of the language, some live coding examples, and pointers to where to go for more.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @devbootcamp

Built In Brews: PowerReviews

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PowerReviews
180 N LaSalle, Floor 5
Chicago, IL
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Built In Chicago continues their summer celebrations by helping break in the new, cutting-edge PowerReviews office in the Loop. There will be plenty of cold beer to battle the summer heat and delicious food and wine.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @PowerofReviews

Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Paul Lee (Lightbank, Roniin)

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Pivotal Labs
Merchandise Mart, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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Networking and a fireside chat with Paul Lee, the CEO and Co-founder of RONIIN, previously a General Partner at Lightbank and board member at Udemy, Sprout Social, Contently and Talentbin.

Cost: $10 - $25

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On Twitter: @StartupGrind

Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition & Mixer

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WeWork - Fulton Market
210 N Green
Chicago, IL
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Startups showcase their company, expo-style for easy networking. Connect with the tech thought-leaders, doers, and builders in your community.

Cost: $15 - $35

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On Twitter: @TechCocktail

The Craftsman Product Manager: A 2-day Hands-On Workshop

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BLUE1647
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Get a 360 degree understanding of Whole Product Management. See cutting edge resources, techniques and processes from the latest in psychology, behavior design, big data and more. This workshop will help step up from simply managing developers & requirements, to building a Whole Product to delight your customers.

Cost: $1,050

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On Twitter: @craftsmanpm

DevOpsDays Chicago

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University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL
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DevOpsDays is involved in the cutting edge of driving collaboration and inclusion of developers, operations, system administrators, and really anyone that interfaces with technology as part of their responsibilities. Presentations, ignite talks, and open spaces will allow topics to span cultural insights.

Cost: $199

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On Twitter: @DevOpsDaysChi

React JS: End-to-End Demo

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Enova
175 W Jackson, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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How to build something interesting with React. We'll see and discuss one possible setup for dependency management, module loading, and source transpilation.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @luke_dot_js

Chicago Startup Summit

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Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N Wabash
Chicago, IL
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Bringing together entrepreneurial experts with decades of experience in one room to share their secrets of success and top tips to take your early stage startup to the next level.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @watf_

Service Experience Chicago

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IIT Institute of Design
350 N LaSalle
Chicago, IL
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A two-day event where designers, business leaders, social organizations, and students will learn how to use a Service Design approach when designing holistic service experiences.

Cost: $185 - $250

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On Twitter: @ServDesChicago

Introduction to the Chicago Design Community

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Bucketfeet
647 N Damen
Chicago, IL
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Join BucketFeet and General Assembly for a free orientation to the Chicago design scene.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @BucketFeet

Internet of Things Workshop: Introduction to Arduino

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Go from blinking an LED to virtual prototyping in seven hours and still have time to eat lunch! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work.

Cost: $195

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

An Event Apart Chicago

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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Intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

Cost: $499 - $1390

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On Twitter: @aneventapart

Introduction to User Experience Design

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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As technology changes and more media outlets compete for customers’ time, providing an enjoyable experience is critical to both attracting and keeping users. This class aims to demystify user experience by giving a practical and simple introduction to what UX is while also explaining some of its core concepts.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

September

Getting Started With Wordpress

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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In this class, you’ll walk through the basics of getting your site live quickly and discover various free templates as well as premium resources that require little to no coding skills and will have your site looking polished and professional.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Brew Your Skill & Network: Public Speaking

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Goose Island Brewing
1800 N Clybourn
Chicago, IL
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If you are an expert in your field and want to learn how to demand an audience, join us for this month’s workshop. Learn skills and tools that will decrease your anxieties while increasing your effectiveness in your presentations, meetings, or facilitations.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @BrewYourSkill

User Research Methods Workshop

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This workshop consists of two parts: The first part will concentrate on user research methods.The second part will focus on making sense of research findings, answering the important question: What can I do with all these insights?

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Codefident Soirée

Galleria Marchetti
825 W Erie
Chicago, IL
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Join Chicago's finest in tech for an evening of drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing. All proceeds will go to ChickTech. ChickTech facilitates hands-on technology-centric events to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls.

Cost: $65 - $75

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On Twitter: @ChickTechOrg

JoomlaDay Chicago

Donald E. Stephens Conference Center
5555 North River Road
Rosemont, IL
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Providing a full day of Joomla! discussion, panels and presentations from top Joomla experts and community leaders. A premier showcase for Joomla — one of the web's leading content management systems.

Cost: $50 - $65

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On Twitter: @jdaychicago

WebVisions Chicago

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Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.

Cost: $275 - $500

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On Twitter: @webvisions

October

Front-end Camp

Harrington College of Design
200 W Madison
Chicago, IL
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If you want to ramp up your HTML, CSS, Javascript, and throw in a bit of UX and Design for good measure, Front-end Camp is the event you won’t want to miss!

Cost: $60

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On Twitter: @chicagocamps

Chicago Uncubed

Revel Downtown
440 W Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Uncubed connects forward thinking folks with a new generation of companies, their fulfilling jobs, and the digital skills they’re built on.

Cost: $20 - $35

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On Twitter: @GetUncubed

Barnraise 2015

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IIT Institute of Design
350 N LaSalle
Chicago, IL
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A uniquely structured maker-conference that connects design firms, community-based organizations and participants to address a social topic in the Chicago community. Facilitated by a design firm, registrants work in teams to develop a user-centered understanding of a problem and prototype solutions.

Cost: $150 - $630

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On Twitter: @BarnRaiseID

FUND Conference

UIC Forum
725 Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL
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Thought leadership conference bridging the gap between early stage investors and growing companies.

Cost: $195

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On Twitter: @fundconf

November

Big Data TechCon

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Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL
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Big Data TechCon features practical, how-to classes and tutorials for IT and Big Data professionals, including data and business analysts, developers, software architects, data scientists, and project managers.

Cost: $995 - $1495

Event link:

On Twitter: @bigdatatechcon