What we're about

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? This meetup was created to help people in Chicago learn to code and gain new skills in web development and data science. Join us weekdays at 6:30pm for free workshops, info sessions, tech talks, and happy hours focused on building new skills and growing your career. Our events are well-suited for both beginners learning to code as well as intermediate developers or data scientists looking to level-up. We're proud to be sponsored by Thinkful Chicago, the #1 rated coding bootcamp on CourseReport, who contributes a team of experienced mentors and career coaches to help out at events.

Workshops: hands-on, group classes teach everything from full-stack web development to intro concepts in data science. The workshops are taught by Thinkful mentors, each of whom have years of experience teaching people to code.

Tech Talks: led by experts in their field, these are meant to dive deeper into a specific topic. For example, you'll learn about how to build a great portfolio, how to break into the Chicago tech scene, and how to market yourself.

Happy Hours: is there a better way to talk about all things Chicago tech than over drinks and snacks? Come joins at one of our Chicago locations to network, learn, and most importantly have fun.

Info sessions: If you’re interested in learning more about Thinkful’s specific courses, these are the events for you! You’ll learn more about the mentorship program, career services, curriculum, and how job placement works.

For anyone looking to become a web developer or data scientist, check out www.thinkful.com

Upcoming events (5+)

Free Frontend Crash Course: JavaScript Fundamentals

MakeOffices At River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-frontend-crash-course-javascript-fundamentals-tickets-53023768519?aff=Meetup *** Ever wonder how websites work? How does clicking on this make that happen? Learn how to make a functioning website using the most popular programming language. JavaScript is the language of the browser, every website you've ever been on was built with JavaScript. In this interactive workshop, we'll cover everything you need to know to start learning the language, including different data types, variables, and functions. To get the most out of it, be sure to bring your laptop. How to find us: The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop (350 W. Wolf Point Plaza). For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, scan your QR Code or speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the "Thinkful Workshop." Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices.

The Art of Data Science: Visualizations

MakeOffices At River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-art-of-data-science-visualizations-tickets-53023991185?aff=meetup *** The beauty behind the data...visualizations. In a data science career, you need more than the ability to process a large amount of data, you need to be able to communicate any findings to the right audience. You need the beauty behind the data...visualizations. They help you understand your data, and most importantly, they help you communicate your data. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss the different visualizations packages in Python, and walk through how to implement them, while covering some key data science concepts as well. This is a fun, interactive class for beginners, though some prior programming experience would be helpful. To get the most out of it, be sure to bring your laptop! How to find us: The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop (350 W. Wolf Point Plaza). For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, scan your QR Code or speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the "Thinkful Workshop." Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices.

Free Frontend Crash Course: HTML & CSS

MakeOffices At River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-frontend-crash-course-html-css-tickets-53024236920?aff=Meetup *** Curious about coding? HTML & CSS is the perfect place to start. Here you'll learn the basic building blocks of a website, as well as how to style them while completing a series of challenges to help you master your new skills. Together we'll work through a series of drills that will teach you the core concepts of HTML (tags, elements, and attributes), and the basics of CSS (selectors, properties, and values), all in a platform that will allow you to bring your work home with you to continue to work on after you leave. No previous coding experience needed, this workshop is perfect for beginners. Be sure to bring your laptop to get the most out of it. How to find us: The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop (350 W. Wolf Point Plaza). For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, scan your QR Code or speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the "Thinkful Workshop." Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices.

Data Science Your Vacation

MakeOffices At River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-science-your-vacation-tickets-53024320169?aff=Meetup *** Vacations are fun. Planning them is not. Data Science can help. In this practical workshop, you’ll use hotel reviews to build a predictive model to determine where you should take your next vacation. You’ll be introduced to basic Data Science tools and methods, including an overview of basic machine learning concepts. No previous knowledge of data science is required. Some programming background is helpful but not required. This is designed to be a fun, introductory workshop for beginners. Be sure to bring your laptop. How to find us: The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop (350 W. Wolf Point Plaza). For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, scan your QR Code or speak with security at the front desk letting them know you're here for the "Thinkful Workshop." Take the elevators to the 9th floor and go to your left, here you will find MakeOffices.

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Intro to Data Science: Predict the Box Office

MakeOffices At River North

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