If you'd like to get out and socialize with like-minded people in a less formal environment, let's check out Chicago Game Developer Industry Night!
"Industry Night is a social gathering for game developers. If you're a game developer and you're interested in a social gathering of game developers of all types (designers, programmers, artists (includes audio, obvs), QA, producers, indie, professional, etc), please come out and show your lovely face." - Chicago Game Developer Industry
See you there! - PMac, PETAL et al.