Celebrating All Things Made in Chicago



WDI students celebrating their first day of class at GA Chicago!

General Assembly Chicago is turning one! To celebrate we’ve partnered with Time Out Chicago to host “Made in Chicago,” a week honoring the local innovators and trends that make The Windy City second to none—from food and comedy to sports and media to tech and entrepreneurship. Kick things off with our birthday party on November 5th, and enjoy our incredible lineup of free events, panel discussions, and classes running until November 17th. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with our hashtag #MadeinCHI.

Thursday, 5 November

General Assembly Chicago 1st Birthday & Made In Chicago Week Kickoff

General Assembly Chicago is celebrating our first birthday! Join us for a great night of food, drink, and great conversation as we look back on an incredible year here in Chicago, pay tribute to our amazing community partners, current students, instructors, and alumni and look forward to what’s to come. We’ll also be kicking off Made in Chicago Week a series of free events and workshops highlighting all the great things being made in our city. We’re bringing together people from all backgrounds and industries – including tech, media, food, sports, and comedy – to foster collaboration through education.

Monday, 9 November

Building a Business People Love: Foodpreneur Edition

In a city of food-lovers, we’ll delve into the complex and impressive world of food and beverage businesses in Chicago. Join some of Chicago’s top food entrepreneurs as they share their journeys, entrepreneurial struggles – including the business definition process, fundraising, and brand building – and what it really takes to launch and run a successful food and beverage business in Chicago.

Tuesday, 10 November

The Future of Media: How Tech is Disrupting Journalism + Content Creation

Join us for a discussion with some of Chicago’s most successful media players on the future of journalism, content creation, and their disruption by today’s digital world. We’ll discuss how technology – including mobile, social, video, and other new channels – has changed the face of communication and content, while simultaneously opening the door to a world of new voices in media. Our experts will also share their predictions for where the ever-changing media industry is headed and what they believe the future of media and all its opportunities will look like.

Free Lunchtime Class: Intro to UX

As technology changes and more media outlets compete for customers’ time, providing an enjoyable experience is critical to both attracting and keeping users. This class aims to demystify user experience by giving a practical and simple introduction to what UX is while also explaining some of its core concepts of usability.

Wednesday, 11 November

Get in the Game: A Sports and Technology Panel

We all know Chicago is a sports town. We love our teams and the heritage that comes with the city’s traditions, but Chicago is also quickly becoming a leader in the intersection of sports and technology. In this panel, we’ll highlight sports companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals that are improving the game from the inside out – including new technologies, wearables, data analytics, and more.

Free Lunchtime Class: Intro to Digital Marketing

This class covers the fundamentals of digital marketing, and introduces you to the key channels, concepts and metrics. Grasp online marketing basics, get your head around the technical jargon and determine how and where your business fits into the digital world.

Thursday, 12 November

How to Find the Funny & Make People Love You

Chicago’s reputation as a comedy town is well deserved. In this event, keynote speakers will touch on why Chicago became the capital of the comedy and how different local organizations have innovated over the years, through technology and other methods. They’ll also leave you with you five key lessons to help you find the funny and make people love you – at life or in work! The event will be followed by drinks and networking.

Friday, 13 November

Free Lunchtime Class: Intro to Building Websites

Join us for a free one-hour introduction to web development, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.

Tuesday, 17 November

Trending in Tech: Chicago

Join us as keynote speakers from tech companies born in Chicago talk about their perspectives on local innovation and growth. You’ll hear from the best leaders right here at home about how products can change a traditional industry, how corporations can foster ingenuity within the startup scene, and how company culture can be made into an invaluable resource for innovation.