About the Chicago Chapter

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Hello Chicagoland!

Our regular monthly meetings are held online the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Central Time. Quarterly in-person meetings are held the Friday after the fourth Wednesday, or close to it. The November and December meetings are combined into a single meeting due to the holidays.

Hyperlocal meetings and events are held in person throughout the year. If you’re interested in being an organizer of or attending a meeting in your neighborhood or suburb, email us to find out more.

Meetings are free for EFA members in good standing, and guests of members (or those with a guest membership) are also most welcome—but registration is both required and limited.

We look forward to meeting you!


Kandy Hopkins, Amy Spungen, and Kelley Tatro
EFA Chicagoland Chapter Co-coordinators


Not an EFA member but want to explore what the Chicagoland Chapter has to offer before joining? Or are you a member in the Chicago area, but you’re not getting our mailings? Subscribe to our monthly EFA Chicagoland Chapter News e-newsletter via the archive of past issues or join our Slack chat group (email us for a link). Both the e-newsletter and Slack group are open to both EFA members and nonmembers alike.


Future meeting dates and times:

  • MAY | Workshop: How to Write a Social Media Bio: EFA member Nate Hoffelder will walk us through how to write a social media bio that works.
    Wednesday, May 25, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [register here]
  • JUN | Q2 Meeting: Details to come. IN PERSON
    Friday, June 25, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts June 1]
  • JUL | TBD: Details to come.
    Wednesday, July 27, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts July 1]
  • AUG | TBD: Details to come.
    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts Aug. 1]
  • SEP | Q3 Meeting: Details to come. IN PERSON
    Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts Sept. 1]
  • OCT | TBD: Details to come.
    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts Oct. 1]
  • DEC | TBD: Details to come. IN PERSON
    Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30–7 p.m. CT [registration starts Nov. 1]

Do you have a suggestion for an in-person meeting or meeting place? Let us know!

See more events on the Media Types Omnicalendar, which lists media- and publishing-related conferences, webinars, and other events of interest to self-employed editorial freelancers. If there’s an event you’d like listed, submit it here. You can also follow EFA Chicagoland on Eventbrite.

Note: Inclusion of non-EFA events on the public calendar does not denote endorsement by the EFA or the Chicagoland Chapter. Submission of an event does not guarantee its publication on the calendar. Events are collected from many sources; any errors or omissions are purely accidental.

Past events:


  • APR | Website Peer Review
  • MAR | Field Trip to the Hemingway Birthplace Museum IN PERSON (tour)
  • FEB | The Challenges and Joys in Working With First-Time Authors
  • JAN | Trivia Night


  • NOV | Reframing the Way We Network
  • OCT | The Where, What, and How of Building Your Freelance Business Website
  • SEP | Printers Row Lit Fest IN PERSON (booth)
  • AUG | Networking
  • JUL | Networking
  • JUN | PRO Act Update
  • MAY | Red Flag Clients
  • APR | The Six Ps of LinkedIn Success
  • MAR | Brainstorming session
  • FEB | Getting the Most From Your EFA Membership
  • JAN | Welcome to the EFA Chicagoland Chapter, First Virtual Meeting


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