Here are our picks for the best networking events, panels and pitch sessions in Chicago for the month of November. If you have a submission, email it to

Wednesday, Nov. 1

MHUB Industry Disruptors Kickoff: Fireside Chat With Brad Keywell

When & where: 5-8 p.m.; mHUB Event Space, 965 W. Chicago Ave.

How much? Free!

The event will feature a fireside chat with Uptake Founder and CEO Brad Keywell, known as one of Chicago’s most successful tech entrepreneurs.


1 Million Cups Chicago

When & where: 8:30-10 a.m.; 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212

How much? Free!

The program is designed to educate, engage and accelerate early-stage startups. Attendees will be able to meet and network with innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts that help support local startups.


Thursday, Nov. 2

Black Tech Women-Chicago: Strategy Sip

When & where: 6-8 p.m.; Google, 320 N. Morgan St.

How much? Free!

The event will give attendees the opportunity to network with other small business owners while learning how to use Google AdWords Express.


Saturday, Nov. 4

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center on the Road

When & where: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Malcom X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd.

How much? Free!

The event, hosted by the City of Chicago’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Small Business Center, gives small business owners and entrepreneurs access to an expo that includes more than 40 exhibitors offering fundamental business resources.


Monday, Nov. 6

IWF Chicago Annual Dinner

When & where: 6-9 p.m.; The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.

How much? $200-300

The International Women’s Forum connects women from around the globe, giving them the opportunity to exchange ideas, and learn from and inspire each other. The dinner will feature Sonia Nagar of the Pritzker Group and Judy Hsu of ABC News, among others.


Wednesday, Nov. 8

FinTEx’s FinTech Science Fair

When & where: 5-7:30 p.m.; Old Crow Smokehouse, 149 W. Kinzie St.

How much? $20-30

FinTEx is hosting its annual Science Fair, where attendees will get the chance to network with innovators and learn about the products and technologies being developed by leading Midwestern FinTech companies. Participating companies include Morningstar, TopStep Trader and Enova International.


Thursday, Nov. 9

Midwest Women In Tech Awards 2017

When & where: 5:30-9 p.m.; The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St.

How much? $65-650

Hosted by the Women Tech Founders, the event will feature J.B. Pritzker and Sandee Kastrul, who will kick off a celebration of the region’s most innovative women startup founders, investors and leaders.


Built In Brews at Uptake

When & where: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Uptake, 600 W. Chicago Ave., Suite 290

How much? $5

Visit Uptake for Built In Chicago’s monthly startup happy hour event that brings the tech community together to network.


Friday, Nov. 10

2017 Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Conference

When & where: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

How much? $35-75

The event, hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will include fireside chats, roundtables and networking opportunities for those working in the tech and startup community.


Tuesday, Nov. 14

VAULT Unlocked-A Startup Series

When & where: 5:30-8:30 p.m.; TechNexus, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, 12th Floor

How much? $5-15

VAULT’s second startup showcase will showcase their client and partners’ stories about their successes, failures and experience building a startup.


Women In FinTech

When & where: 5:15-8 p.m.; FinTank, 333 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 2700

How much? Free!

The event, hosted by FinTank, will be moderated by Deborah Hill, who has a deep background in financial services software and is a member of the advisory board at Satuit Technologies.


TechBash 2017

When & where: 5:30-9 p.m.; Untitled Supper Club, 111 W. Kinzie St.

How much? $250 

Hosted by i.c.stars, the event will give attendees an opportunity to meet ​and ​network with ​the ​CIOs ​of ​50 ​companies, who will be taking questions on business, leadership and technology.


Wednesday, Nov. 15

T4 Youth: Table Tennis Tech Tournament

When & where: 4:30 p.m.; SPiN Chicago, 344 N. State. St.

How much? $50-1,000

T4 Youth’s annual ping pong tournament will raise money for the Chicago Tech Academy, a local nonprofit that teaches STEM concepts to minority and low-income students. This year’s fundraising goal is $175,000.


What’s So Funny About Employee Engagement?

When & where: 8-11:30 a.m.; Second City UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North Ave., Third Floor

How much? $0-45

In this workshop, experts from Kantar TNS and Second City Works will give attendees the tools they need to streamline their workflow and make it more fun.


Students In FinTech

When & where: FinTank, CNA Center, 333 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 2700

How much? Free!

The monthly workshop will share insights on the skills companies are looking for when hiring and what students need to do to prepare for a career in FinTech.


Thursday, Nov. 16

Chicago Inno’s 50 on Fire 2017

When & where: 7-10 p.m.; The Builders BLDG, 222 N. LaSalle Drive

How much? $59-2,000

Chicago Inno’s year-end awards celebration recognizes the city’s inventors, disruptors, luminaries, and newsmakers across all industries. The party will be stocked with delicious food, drink, and networking with Chicago’s best and brightest.


4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase

When & where: 5:30-8:30 p.m.; 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212

How much? $10-20

Future Founders, a youth startup accelerator based out of 1871, is hosting its annual pitch competition in which top students from universities all over the country compete for part of a $10,000 cash prize pool.


Friday, Nov. 17

Veterans & Veteran Employers Meet-Up Event

When & where: 6-9 p.m.; The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan. Ave., 22nd Floor

How much? Free!

The Computer Training institute is hosting the meet-up to help employers across a range of industries find talent in the veteran community.


Sunday, Nov. 19

Kellogg’s New Global Hub

When & where: 1-4 p.m.; Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, 2211 Campus Drive, Evanston, Ill. 60208

How much? Free!

Attendees will take a tour, led by Kellogg’s Dean Sally Blount and Bruce Kuwabara from KPMB Architects, of Northwestern’s new Global Hub.


Wednesday, Nov. 29

Boeing HorizonX: Unlocking the Next Generation of Innovation

When & where: 6-9 p.m.; TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker Drive

How much? $15

Attendees will meet and hear from Aaron Peterman, the senior strategy analyst at HorizonX, Boeing’s innovation division, to learn how to turn startup ideas into reality.


Thursday, Nov. 30

Kellogg/Booth Happy Hour and Pitch Competition

When & where: 5-7 p.m.; Bunker Labs NFP, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212

How much? Free!

The Kellogg Veterans Association, Booth Armed Forces Group, Kellogg Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club and Bunker Labs are hosting a happy hour and pitch competition where attendees will be able to network while enjoying drinks and snacks.