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+)

Intro to HTML/CSS: Build Your Own Website

MakeOffices at River North

***Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-htmlcss-build-your-own-website-tickets-56364572955?aff=Meetup *** Curious about coding, but don’t know where to begin? This workshop is the perfect place to start. Join us as we teach you the fundamentals of HTML & CSS while building an interactive website. In this workshop, you'll learn the key concepts of HTML & CSS, which are the basic “building blocks” of all websites. You'll start building your own site with the help of our instructor and TAs, and you’ll leave with your own site live on the internet to share with your friends and family. Take a look at a live website created by a previous attendee here! https://ludicrous-mailbox.glitch.me/ Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no previous coding experience needed What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, 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. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Intro to Data Science: The Art of Visualizations

MakeOffices at River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-data-science-the-art-of-visualizations-tickets-56364841759?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 your findings to the right audience. You need the beauty behind the data...you need visualizations! Visualizations help you understand your data, and most importantly, they help you communicate your data. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss the different visualization packages in Python, and walk through how to implement them while covering some key data science concepts. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - some prior programming experience is helpful What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, 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. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Free Crash Course | HTML & CSS

MakeOffices at River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-crash-course-html-css-tickets-57543338675?aff=meetup *** Curious about coding, but don’t know where to begin? HTML & CSS is the perfect place to start. Here you'll learn the basic building blocks of a website, and 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 your work will be in a platform that will allow you to bring it home with you and continue to work on it after you leave. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no previous coding experience needed What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, 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. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

Intro to Python: Fundamentals

MakeOffices at River North

*** Please RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-python-fundamentals-tickets-57543515203?aff=meetup *** Curious what Python is all about? Are you data-driven and interested in finding out how Python can take you to the next level? Join us for this hands-on workshop while we explore variables, data structures, functions, and go over basic data science concepts. Suggested Experience Level: Beginner - no prior programming experience is needed What to Bring: Laptop - this will ensure you get the most out of this workshop Water bottle How to find us: MakeOffice River North The event will be held at MakeOffice River Loop located at 350 W. Wolf Point Plaza. For the easiest access, enter the Holiday Inn Wolf Point entrance. Once in the building, 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. SpotHero is the best parking app to use to get into the nearest spots for cheap rates. MakeOffices is also located nearest to the Merchandise Mart stop. If event is sold out, please contact Community Manager: Caitlin ([masked]) Sponsored by Thinkful: This workshop is proudly sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 rated coding boot camp on CourseReport. Thinkful is a new type of school that brings high-growth tech careers to ambitious people everywhere. Thinkful provides 1-on-1 learning through its network of industry experts, hiring partners, and online platform to deliver a structured and flexible education. To join the Thinkful network, visit thinkful.com.

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Getting Started in Data Science

MakeOffices at River North

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