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The awesome group........Targeting, but not limited to, those who are new in town and mainly in their 20's or 30's, here is a group designed for getting together to enjoy events/shows in the Chicago area. Events include sporting, concerts, happy hour, and whatever else that attracts interest. Meet at bars, parks, baseball/basketball games, rec-leagues, or anywhere that sounds fun.

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Chicago at Ambassador

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RSVP HERE: https://networkafterwork.com/event-detail/IL-Chicago-Chicago-2022-01-27?id=MTc5OA==

Join us for an exclusive, members-only evening out with other local business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and career-minded professionals on Thursday, January 27th at Ambassador

Experience networking like never before! Network After Work, a leader in networking events, has changed the art of networking. With access to numerous in-person networking events, virtual networking events and live workshops each month, the opportunity to connect with the people you need just became that much easier. Learn and grow the skills you need through monthly workshops. Once in the community, you can even go back to learn from past workshops.

• When: Thursday, January 27th

• Where: Ambassador | 1301 N State Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60610

There’s no reason to not be a part of the conversation with local business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, and career-minded professionals who can take your career to the next level!

We encourage you to invite your friends and colleagues! All are welcome to attend, whether you’re a seasoned pro-networker or are just getting started!

Why Should I Attend?
• Increase your brand’s visibility
• Meet Experts and Leaders Face to Face
• Build relationships with like-minded people
• Keep up with current trends
• Have FUN!

What industries can I expect to meet?
Our events are not limited to one type of industry, you can expect to see an array of industries throughout the event including but not limited to

• Marketing / Advertising
• IT
• Finance
• Hospitality
• Media
• Retail/Consumer Goods

Not a Member?

Become a part of one of the largest networking groups with over 100,00 attendees per year that is dedicated to providing high quality connections across the country. Whether you are networking to polish your self presentation skills, create brand awareness for your business, or help you build a strong network of like-minded individuals, Network After Work is the place for YOU.

By becoming a member for less than $4 a month you get exclusive access to:

• 12+ in-person monthly networking events
• Access to the private online community
• Complimentary ticket to any live chat, summit, webinar, or virtual networking event
• Access to over 75 past workshops
• Access to free resources and presentations
• Exclusive LIVE Q&A Events with thought leaders
• Priority customer service support

Network After Work's Membership Gives You the Opportunity to:

• Connect with people at all levels
• Learn and grow your current skills
• Meet new, like-minded business professionals
• Exchange ideas
• Explore partnerships and business collaborations

COVID Guidelines:

To prepare for a safe and enjoyable experience Network After Work has the health and safety of our guests in mind at all times and has put the following Covid-19 protocols in place to ensure a contactless and safe event

• We will follow the city of Chicago's guidelines and recommendations
• Masks will not be required if you're fully vaccinated; masks are encouraged if you aren't or if you're more comfortable with one on
• We will have hand sanitizer available for use at the welcome table

Note: The following is allowed in lieu of handshaking: waving, head nods, elbow bump, thumbs up!

Virtual Cocktails And Connections

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RSVP HERE: https://networkafterwork.com/event-detail/Virtual_Cocktails_and_Connections-2022-02-02?id=MTg5OA==
Join us for Network After Work Virtual Networking on Wednesday, February 2nd at 6pm EST. These convenient digitally-driven events take a distinctly 21st-century approach to professional networking. Participate from the comfort of your own home or office and bring your drink of choice to meet business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and career-minded professionals from across the country.
Events are hosted by a Network After Work moderator. The purpose of this online event is to bring together busy, social go-getters who understand the importance of networking and growing their connections. This is the perfect place to connect, generate ideas, get feedback and meet people with the same goals that you have.

What:Virtual Cocktails and Connections

When: Wednesday, February 2nd at 6pm EST

Where: We will meet virtually!

Why you need to be there:

• Convenient digitally-driven events take a distinctly 21st-century approach to professional networking.
• Participate from your home or office.
• Meet business owners, entrepreneurs, executives and career-minded professionals from across the country.

$5 First Fridays Stand Up Comedy Shows at Chicago's best venue!

The World Famous Laugh Factory

The Laugh Factory in Lakeview (Broadway & Belmont) is open for comedy and we all could use some laughs! We always get A LOT of people to attend these shows. Often times over 100 Meetup members!

Effective January 3rd, 2022, all patrons entering the venue must show proof of full vaccination. Showing the paper vaccination card or a digital copy will be okay.

If you attend by yourself or with friends and want to be seated in the Meetup group section, simply request this when you check in at the ticket booth! Then just say hi to those around you :)

Every First Friday of the month we get $5 tickets to their shows at 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 pm. They're ALWAYS hilarious! Do you like comedy? Maybe come to multiple shows!

KEEP THE CONVOS GOING AND MEET YOUR FELLOW MEETUPERS AT OUR NEW POST-EVENT HANG OUT BAR! Duffy's Tavern & Grille, 420 W Diversey Pkwy (proof of vaccination also required to enter bar).

I decided it would be a good idea to find a cool neighborhood bar near the venue that everyone can walk to after shows and hang out! Sure you can laugh together, but it's MUCH better to keep the fun going afterwards at a place that's organized for everyone to go.

You get amazing specials I worked out! They are 25% off apps, $20 Truly buckets, $14 Miller/Coors Pitchers, $20 all other Beer Pitchers & $6 Tall Tito's & Jack Daniels Cocktails!! For a Friday night that's pretty good.

Get your $5 tickets ASAP before the quantity they give us get sells out. And with our "laugh or get a refund" policy (that has never in 4 years been requested), I know you'll enjoy your MUCH NEEDED night out! This event is posted in lots of different Meetup groups, so the RSVP # won't show how many are actually attending.

GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:30, 9:30 or 11:30 pm

*You can purchase tickets for several people and multiple shows this night through the link. No physical tickets will be issued. Your name will be on a list at the door and all tickets will be under the purchaser's name. Groups of up to 6 people can be sat together if arriving together.

Please Note: These shows are for ages 18+ w/ ID. If you show up after start time you will not be able to enter. There is a 2 drink minimum per person per show (non-alcoholic or alcoholic). Drinks are reasonably priced, and a comedy show is funnier with a few drinks, so this shouldn't be an issue with how cheap our tickets are :) Also, an 18% service fee (aka gratuity) will be applied to all drink tabs at payment to be given directly to service staff.

No refunds or exchanges but tickets can be transferred.


Here are the show descriptions:

7:30 PM - Chicago's Best Stand Up! The Laugh Factory searches the entire city of Chicago and compiles the greatest lineup of stand up comedy imaginable. Week after week, these titans of comedy deliver the best local showcase in the city. Chicago's Best is never the same, it's never boring, and it's always hilarious. Plus you live in Chicago so you can relate to what they're saying! Come see what makes Chicago the funniest city on the planet.

9:30 PM - Young Hustle Show! This is a Stand-Up Comedy show comprised of the best comedians in Chicago as well as comedians from Comedy Central, HBO and Conan. Every show leaves people coming back for more.

11:30 PM - Chicago's Best Stand Up!


Is there parking? Street parking and some garages are available throughout the area. However, public transit, ridesharing apps, and taxi services are highly encouraged.

What is your dress code? There is no dress code. Be comfortable!

GET YOUR $5 TIX HERE: https://tinyurl.com/firstfridayslaughfactory Shows at either 7:30, 9:30 or 11:30 pm

Enjoy the laughter!


Sunday Funday Simply Social Coed Bowling League! ALL skill levels are welcome!

Let's MEETUP on Sunday Fundays this winter for a Simply Social and laid back GLOW BOWLING LEAGUE where all skill levels are welcome! When the cold takes over Chicago, don't stay at home, come meet new people and have fun with us at the alley!


For the past 11 years, people join my leagues because they're not only a super fun activity, but they also create a super friendly environment where making friends is just as important as the games. Hanging out with the same group at the alley and then our post-game sponsor bar every week makes it effortless to build lasting relationships. That really is the best part :)

Want to get placed on a team but can't make it to every game? No problem! We put extra players on every team for this very reason.

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/sunday-waveland-bowl-bowling/




*Don't pay attention to the RSVP #. People find out about and join these leagues from many places and they fill up fast!

Before the season starts, you'll get an email with TONS of info for the season. Your teammates' names and emails, the full schedule, how we play, food and drink specials at the venue and more.

LOCATION: Waveland Bowl (3700 N Western Ave) - There's a big parking lot here if you drive!

FIRST GAMES: Sunday, February 6th. No games February 13th for the Super Bowl, final night Sunday, March 20th. Games run from 4:30-6:30 pm and every bowler gets 2 games per night! Shoes are also included in fees.

POST-GAME HANG OUT SPONSOR BAR: The Reveler (3403 N Damen Ave, a short drive from the alley) - We get great specials and a private section of the bar for our league players!

LENGTH: 6 Weeks. Final night tournaments and all teams make it in! Teams are separated into 4-team divisions by skill level to provide a more fair and balanced playoffs. The winner of each division gets a team victory bowling party prize!


FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://s3leagues.com/winter-leagues/sunday-waveland-bowl-bowling/


Let me know if you have any questions at all! I hope to see you there ;)

Cheers, Ben

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