Structured B2B Speed Networking on Chicago's NorthSide

Our next event is Wed, Jul 17, 2019 (register)

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The Edgewater Chamber will be hosting our next event.

The Breakers at Edgewater Beach
5333 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60640 (directions)
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
11:30am to 1:30pm

Registration includes: Open Networking - Mini Introductions - Speed Networking - Lunch (courtesy of The Breakers) - Raffle Prizes - Follow-up Contact List

$12 early bird through Apr 30th
$16 regular pricing May 1st through Jul 16th
$20 at the door on Jul 17th (subject to availability)

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Thanks to our catering sponsor, The Breakers, for providing a delicious, seasonal three-course lunch to help conversations flow.
  • Appetizer: Candied pecan and strawberry salad w/ raspberry vinaigrette and goat cheese.
  • Entree: Honey thyme glazed airline chicken breast with grilled portabella mushroom stuffed with chefs blend of vegetables, summer squash and Vesuvius potato wedge.
  • Dessert: House-made sweet scones with lemon and blueberries.

Event Format

  • 11:30 to 11:45 - Open Networking
  • 11:45 to noon - Mini Introductions & Instructions (each person says their name and company name)
  • noon to 12:50 - Speed Networking (we break into small tables and give elevator pitches around each table, then we switch tables a few more times and do it all again in front of fresh faces)
  • 12:50 to 1 - Raffle & Announcements
  • 1 to 1:30 - Lunch & Open Networking

About Northside Networking

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NorthSide Networking was created to bring expanded business networking to the Northside Chicago neighborhoods of Edgewater, Rogers Park, Roscoe Village, Uptown and West Ridge. Events are held 5 times per year and the host rotates between the five areas. The success of these events is due to the participation of community businesses and word-of-mouth of past participants sharing within their networks.

Host Organizations

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Rogers Park Business Alliance
Roscoe Village
Business Partners: The Chamber for Uptown
West Ridge Chamber of Commerce


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2019 Calendar

  • Jan 23 - Rogers Park
  • Apr 10 - Uptown
  • Jul 17 - Edgewater
  • Sep 18 - West Ridge
  • Nov 6 - Roscoe Village
Registration for events will be available one at a time, and found on this website. If you're interested in future events, subscribe below to be notified when registration is available for each one.

Thanks to Northside Networking ... for another stellar speed networking event - Reno Lovison
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8 Tips for Effective NorthSide Networking

  1. The #1 mistake people make is not having enough business cards. Be sure to bring at least 50 cards!
  2. Be prompt! Arrive at 11:30 am for open networking. We start at 11:45 sharp.
  3. Determine who your strategic partner is and let everyone know during your pitch.
  4. Be generous. Think of networking as "what can I do for you" rather than 'what can you do for me".
  5. Invite a friend or associate. Networking is easier with someone you already know.
  6. Prepare multiple pitches. Changing it up will keep people interested.
  7. Follow up afterward. Connect on LinkedIn and grab a coffee.
  8. Have Fun!