About the Chicagoland 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. The November and December meetings are combined into a single meeting due to the holidays.

Meetings are open to EFA members in good standing, guests of members, or those with a guest memberships—but registration (see below) is both required and limited.

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

We look forward to meeting you!


Kandy Hopkins and Amy Spungen
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:

  • MAR | online | Networking and General Discussion
    Wednesday, March 22, 5:30–7 p.m. CDT [register here]
  • APR | in person | W & S Sides Chicago Meetup in the Loop
    Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. CDT at Dollop Coffee [RSVP]
  • APR | online | Topic: Details to come.
    Wednesday, April 26, 5:30–7 p.m. CDT [registration begins April 1]
  • MAY | in person | N & NW Suburbs Meetup in Evanston
    Tuesday, May 23, time and place TBD [RSVP]

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

See more events on the Media Types Omnicalendar, which lists nationwide media- and publishing-related conferences, webinars, and other events of interest to self-employed editorial freelancers. 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. Events are collected from many sources; any errors or omissions are purely accidental.

Past events:


  • MAR | in person | N Side Chicago Meetup in Lakeview
  • MAR | in person | N & NW Suburbs Meetup in Highland Park
  • FEB | in person | N Side Chicago Meetup in Lakeview
  • FEB | online | The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Indexing as a Freelancer
  • JAN | online | Editors as Writers: How Blogs and Books Fit into a Freelance Editing Business


  • NOV | November Networking & 2023 Brainstorming Session
  • SEP | IN PERSON (booth) | Printers Row Lit Fest
  • AUG | Pay Yourself First
  • JUL | Networking with fellow EFA members
  • JUN | IN PERSON (informal chat) | A Conversation With Carol Saller
  • MAY | Workshop: How to Write a Social Media Bio
  • APR | Website Peer Review
  • MAR | IN PERSON (tour) | Field Trip to the Hemingway Birthplace Museum
  • 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 | IN PERSON (booth) | Printers Row Lit Fest
  • 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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