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. 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 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:

  • SEP | BOOTH | Printers Row Lit Fest. Come see us at this year’s festival! Better yet: Volunteer! Sign up here for a shift or multiple shifts.
    Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. CDT each day
  • OCT | TBD: Details to come.
    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30–7 p.m. CST [registration starts Oct. 1]
  • DEC | IN PERSON | Q4 Meeting: Details to come.
    Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30–7 p.m. CST [registration starts Nov. 1]

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:


  • 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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