Thursday Meetups

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*** NOTE: In-person meetups are postponed for now *** Joi­n us on the fourth Thursday of each month for our informal discussion and networking series, Thursd­ay Meetups, where practicing technical communicators discuss innovative trends in the field, present thei­r latest projects, and network with colleagues over a meal. Open to all, the events are free and are held at a variety of Chicago-area locations on the fourth Thursday of every month. Attendees pay for their own food and drinks, but the camaraderie is priceless.


Thursday Virtual Meetup: October 14

Please join us for the Thursday Virtual Meetup on October 14. We will meet online from Noon – 12:55 pm (CDT). NO agendas, NO presentations, NO speakers, just networking, talking, and socializing. So, grab your lunch or a snack and a drink and join STC Chicago members and non-members alike!

We can discuss the latest in tech comm, the cool new tools you’re using, the horrible weather, or whatever you feel like chatting about! We miss getting together during our monthly Thursdays and want to start networking again, so we hope to see you all again soon! We hope to meet regularly with a virtual meetup every second Thursday of the month, so mark your calendars and plan to join us!

Register by 10:00 am the day of the meetup. Your confirmation email will contain the GoToMeeting link to join the call.

Register Now!

(It’s free to all, of course!)


**In-Person Meetups Are Postponed for Now**

Everyone is welcome; no reservations or registrations are required. Please use the “Contact the host” link to email the site host if you have any questions.

Northern Location

Half Day Brewing Company at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
200 Village Green
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
map | ­Contact the host

City Location

This location changes frequently—watch here for current location.

Wells St Market at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
205 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60603
Look for the writers near Furious Spoon.
map | Contact the host

Northwestern Location

Our previous location has shut down. A new location will be determined once in-person meetups resume.
map | Contact the host

Southwestern Location

No meeting location at this time

The locations for Thursday Meetups are chosen by STC members. To suggest a location, provide input, or host a location, email program@stc-chicago.com.


Thursday Meetups – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: So, what is this “Thursday Meetups” event I’ve been hearing so much about?
A: It’s an informal get-together of STC Chicago members and not-yet members over breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Q: Must I be an STC member to attend?
A: Not at all. The purpose of these gatherings is for local technical communicators to get together and talk, although the topics of conversation may range from what’s happening in STC or the profession, to structuring a chapter committee, to helping someone with a challenge that arose in a project just that morning. There is no predetermined agenda or sponsor.

Q: When do these get-togethers take place?
A: The in-person meetups take place on the fourth Thursday of each month. The virtual meetups take place on the second Thursday of the month. Yes, even during the summer!

Q: Who can start a Thursday Meetup event?
A: Anyone. All you have to do is contact us at program@stc-chicago.com. Let us know the location and whether you’ll be meeting over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We’ll post the information on the Web and send out an email notice to STC Chicago members and guests.

Q: Are the get-togethers always free?
A: Yes and no. The chapter will not charge registration fees, but attendees will be have to pay for their own food and drinks at the in-person meetups.

Q: Might there be more than one get-together on a given Thursday? That is, the fourth Thursday of the month?
A: Well, why not? STC Chicago members live and work throughout the Chicago metro area. That covers a lot of ground! Let’s say you want to meet up with colleagues in the SW suburbs. Just let us know! We’ll announce the get-together, along with any other requests for get-togethers we receive. So, on any given fourth Thursday, STC Chicago members might be congregating at Wells St Market in the Loop, Half Day Brewing Company in Lincolnshire, a location in or around Schaumburg, or somewhere else. You can choose to attend at the time and location that best suits your needs.


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