We've got a very active membership in JoomlaChicago, the official Chicago Joomla! User Group.
We meet over lunch (which is free)
Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of every Month, from 11am - 1:30pm
Offices of The Acquity Group
500 West Madison St
Suite 2200 (22nd Floor)
11:00 am - 11:45 - Joomla Pro or Joomla KickStart for Newbies
11:45 am : Joomla! Showcase (see local folks' Joomla!-powered websites)
Noon - 1:00pm : Featured Topic (our entire year's schedule is posted on our site)
1:00pm - 1:30pm : Networking Time
You can also optionally sign up for the Professional Hour, to link up with a Joomla! professional in the group.
Register to attend each month at http://joomlachicago.com
Meetings are approximately 60 people each month. We max out in 2 weeks, so sign up early.
Lunch is provided. Just bring yourself and plenty of ideas to share!