Taking Advantage of Local Perks

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

Klariza Alvaran, Class of 2019

We receive many big city perks living, working, and studying in Chicago. One of those is being surrounded by major entities across professional industries. What’s more is that this allows us to partake in an even wider breadth of opportunities that can further our professional development and exploration beyond what Booth offers.

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, non-profit executive, or marketing manager, there’s something going on somewhere in Chicago that may be worth checking out.  Below are some sources you can scour for events.

1. 1871 & Matter event calendars

If you think the start-up or venture capital life is in your future, you should be keeping tabs on the event listings at two of the leading start-up incubators in the city: 1871 and Matter. Chances are you’ve heard of 1871, which is home to accelerators, workspaces, and training programs geared toward tech-focused start-ups. Meanwhile, Matter is its healthcare-focused neighbor on the twelfth floor of the Merchandise Mart. Both host numerous events throughout the week for talks, trainings, and networking, many of which are also open to the public.

Recommended event:

A Conversation with "Millennial Mentor" Gerard Adams

Monday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th floor)

For more information, visit https://member.1871.com/event/2231

2. Professional organization websites

Chicago and its surrounding suburbs happen to be home to a number of professional organizations, ranging from the American Marketing Association to the Society of Actuaries to the International College of Surgeons. That, and the fact Chicago is the big city in the Midwest, makes it a prime location for these associations to host events. Make it a point to check out the event calendars of professional organizations that align with your interests to be sure you don’t miss out.

Recommended event:

Build an Employee-Driven Content Marketing Strategy

Thursday, Nov. 3 – Friday Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days at Summit Executive Center (205 North Michigan Avenue, 10th Floor)

For more information, visit https://www.ama.org/events-training/Training/Pages/The-Social-Employee---2016---Chicago,-IL.aspx

3. Searching Eventbrite

Everyone seems to be directing their RSVP’s to Eventbrite these days, which has turned the site into a comprehensive source of event listings for anything you may be into. It can also double as a catchall for many events you may have missed from the prior two suggestions. So when you’re not browsing Eventbrite to find free food tastings in the city, you can check for events and conferences that may give your career development a boost.

Recommended event:

Chi Hack Night

Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6-10 p.m. (held weekly on most Tuesday nights)

For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chi-hack-night-registration-20361723463

A friendly reminder

As MBA students with full-time jobs, we have to be mindful about how we allocate our time to avoid burnout. A good rule of thumb: if you feel like you should want to go an event, you probably shouldn’t because you had to go through the exercise of convincing yourself why you should want to go in the first place.


Klariza Alvaran works at Curiosity.com and does freelance marketing. She enjoys writing sci-fi, crocheting hats, and making music.