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Organizations and Activities for
Chicago Area Computing Professionals

The Chicago area offers computing professionals a huge range of activities. Professional society chapters and user-groups meet regularly, usually monthly. Most meetings are open to non-members. Open meetings are either free or moderate cost. Most serve refreshments; some serve a meal.


Professional and trade organizations

Organization

Usual Monthly Meeting

ACM Association for Computing Machinery -- The original organization for computing professionals (Chicago chapter since 1962) Second Wednesdays, Roosevelt University
SIM Society for Information Management -- A forum for I.T. executives Third Wednesdays lunch, Spiaggia
C-SPIN Chicago Software Process Improvment Network -- affiliated with the Software Engineering Institute First Wednesdays, AT&T
ABPMP Association of Business Process Management Professionals -
CCS Chicago Computer Society -
APCU Association of Personal Computer Users Last Saturday mornings, Hyde Park or Wilmette
PMI Project Management Institute -
IEEE Computer Society (This organization may be dormant)
CQAA The Chicago Quality Assurance Association -

User Groups

Organization

Usual Monthly Meeting

CJUG Java Users' Group Second Tuesdays, Loyola Univeristy, Water Tower Campus
Oracle Users' Group -
Windy City Linux Users' Group First Thursdays, Wicker Park restaurant
UniForum UNIX Users' Group Last Tuesdays, IIT Wheaton Campus
Python User Group Second Thursdays
Microsoft Project User Group -

Student organizations

Many colleges and universities have student chapters of ACM or IEEE Computer Society. Some alumni groups conduct panel discussions and presentations.