Chicago Showbiz brings together people from all aspects of the entertainment industry in order to streamline the process of turning creative ideas into reality. The meetup is run in the style of speed dating. The attendees are broken up into groups of ten and each person is given 30 seconds to tell the group who they are, what they’re doing, and what they need. For example, “I’m Steven Spielberg, I’m a director, and I need an editor.” In one meetup, each attendee will make over 30 connections, so bring plenty of business cards! This process cuts out the superficiality of many networking events by cutting right to the point of what people need and what they have to offer. After the meetup is over, the attendees are welcome to stay for a panel discussion featuring industry professionals. The group is open to directors, writers, producers, editors, actors, comedians, agents, casting directors and anyone else who is contributing to the Chicago Entertainment Industry. For more information on the Meetup, email Laugh Factory Chicago Head of Operations Maggie Sargent at

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