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Welcome to the Asian American group in Chicago!  ARE YOU NEW IN CHICAGO?  HAVE YOU LIVED HERE ALL YOUR LIFE?  

We are a young professionals network with members from their 20s to 30s who are active professionals. We host events in Downtown Chicago & NW Suburbs. We meet frequently with new and familiar faces at our events, which makes it Great as we can develop friendship and make real connections.  Members are singles, married, travelling in town, we welcome you.

Our Events:  Dinner Social, TGIF Happy Hour, Network & Learn Panel Events, Career Expo, Kollaboration Chicago, Philanthropy Wine Tasting, Asian American Community Events Partnership.

Message from the Founder

I have been organizing meaningful events for our Young members for over ten years and had fostered many great friendships along the way.  My passion is to provide a safe haven, a home away from home for our new in towners, and a great place for our members to meet people while working in Chicago.  There is a balance between work and play, and this is what this group is about.  Our first Asian American group was established in Chicago, and when my family moved our home base, I continued this wonderful culture in Dallas as well.   I am your friend, a facilitator of cool events, and your supporter.  Feel free to contact me anytime.

My husband, Jim, has been really supportive to this cause and once in a while you will meet him at our events.  I have a great family and felt like this group is my other family in Chicago and Dallas.  I am looking forward to meeting you soon and to get to know you.

“Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character.” — Lewis H. Lapham

Anne Du (Haywood Smith) 杜慧钧 Founder of Asian American Professionals Connect

Follow Anne on Instagram:  @annehaywood

If you like our events, you are welcome to donate directly to the two organization that we support.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) and

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We believe in having a great lifestyle balance between work and social experiences.  

Members can volunteer to lead our events based on their time schedule. We have an open communication among members and encourage members to be active group ambassadors.  We are 100% based on volunteering efforts.   


THE OBLIGATORY NO FLAKES CLAUSE: We are all busy professionals, however because seating will be limited for most events, it is only fair to everyone that you commit to attend if you rsvp for an event and that you be on time. RSVP will be strictly enforced and you may be required to reconfirm 48 hours prior to the event. If you drop out with less than 48 hours notice, or in the case of no-shows, no notice at all, your RSVP for subsequent events may be changed as event organizers may give seating priority to other members to minimize empty chairs.

If you RSVP to an event and do not show up AND/OR you cancel 2 hours prior to meeting, on 3 occasions you will be removed from the group.

Please don't use this group for commercial purposes, including marketing your own organisation's events - paid or otherwise, recruitment and wrongful intentions.

Please provide your photo in the profile page.  

Registration for the events act as an audio/video release and includes your permission for Asian Professionals Connect to use your image and comments captured on audio, video or photographic formats while attending the event for marketing and promotional purposes.

We're 1,466 Chicago Asian Americans

New members must be approved by the Organizer

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Founded Apr 3, 2005


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