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Thursday, March 16, 2017

From the President’s Desk: Sports Madness at the Chicagoland Chamber

Looking at my calendar for March, I can already see green grass, tan dirt, white chalk lines, and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and White Sox putting runs on the board.  Spring and a brand new baseball season are near.

And there’s more to look forward to.  As the 2017 baseball season opens, the Blackhawks, Bulls AND Wolves are closing in on playoffs spots. Thanks to everyone who came out for our awesome annual Blackhawks event!  Come June, the Sky will tip off a new season.  Chicago is a year-round, “all-in” sports town.  In addition to the players, championships and parades, we know our teams are a significant economic engine; it is estimated that baseball alone generates up to $9.4 million in direct spending per game.

The Chicagoland Chamber likes to celebrate its members, and this year we are celebrating “The Business of Sports” at our biggest networking event of the year, The Exchange, on Tuesday, April 25th at Soldier Field.  Our professional sports members include the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Sky, and Wolves.  Our sports broadcasters include 670 The Score and WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM, both of CBS Radio, and WGN Radio 720.  We’ve invited the business side of sports to take part in a panel discussion about what makes Chicago such a great town for building a sports franchise and what it takes to run them as businesses. Laurence Holmes of 670 The Score will be the panel’s moderator.

More than 700 business professionals and 100 exhibitors, from across all industries, attend The Exchange.  Details about tickets to browse the tradeshow floor, exhibit tables to show your product or service, and sponsorships that come with marketing packages can be seen here.

And in honor of the big college basketball tournament we’ve got our own March Matchmaking Madness networking events coming up. The first is a “Business After Business” meet-up at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier on Tuesday, March 21st. Then our quickly growing Emerging Leaders Chicago (EL Chicago) Group will get together for a professional development workshop, “Prioritize Your Professional Growth,” on Thursday, March 30th at the offices of Holland & Knight.  The idea behind March Matchmaking Madness is “intentional networking,” where the Chamber helps members not only make connections, but make the exact right connections.  It’s a conversation we want to always be having with you.

So what if it snowed this week? A new season is near. Let’s get ready to play ball and leverage every opportunity that comes with the games.



Theresa E. Mintle
President & CEO
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Business After Business at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Tuesday, March 21 | 5:30 – 7:30PM | Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier

Make new, targeted connections with people in industries and firms you’re interested in. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers and browse the show floor.

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Emerging Leaders Chicago | Prioritize Your Professional Growth

March 30 | 4:30 – 7:00PM | Holland & Knight

Whether you’re new to the working environment or looking to brush up on your networking and business development skills, this event will feature something for you. Discover common mistakes in networking and how to structure conversations that result in valuable personal and professional introductions.

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March 30 event

Meet Chicago's Emerging Leaders

DL Morris

D.L. Morriss, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

"When the Emerging Leaders get behind a civic/philanthropic initiative, our members are ready and willing to donate both capital and sweat equity to get the job done, which only enriches and makes our broader community better."
Read More from D.L.’s Full Interview.


Ferlillia V. Roberson, Of Counsel, DLA Piper LLP

"Having the opportunity to meet and engage with so many smart and diverse businessmen/women within the Chicagoland area has been the most valuable part of getting involved with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce."
Read More from Ferlillia’s Full Interview

Emerging Leaders Chicago

Our mission is to empower and engage emerging talent in the Chicagoland region by providing professional development, networking, and community outreach opportunities to Emerging Leaders.

Develop peer-to-peer relationships with a diverse group of emerging leaders on both a personal and business level

Foster professional growth and skill development through exposure to civic and business leaders

Connect with others to affect meaningful change and impact the future business landscape of the Chicagoland region

Interested? Contact the Director of Emerging Leaders Chicago, Caitlin Stankus, at cstankus@chicagolandchamber.org.

Relationships. Professional Development. Community Leadership.

New Members

Join us in welcoming these new members and make sure to connect with them at upcoming Chamber events:

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Our Largest Networking Event: The Exchange

Tuesday, April 25 | 4:00 – 7:30 PM
Soldier Field |1410 Museum Campus Drive

Chicagoland’s largest networking event with trade show is at Soldier Field this year – with over 700 professionals and 100 exhibitors from all industries. This year’s theme is More than a Game: The Business of Sports.

  • 4:00 – 4:30: Registration
  • 4:30 – 5:30: Keynote Panel Discussion
  • 5:30 – 7:30: Tradeshow/Networking

Register for a booth or purchase your ticket to attend online.

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Wrigley Building, 410 North Michigan Ave, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 494 6700
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