I will be attending CHI-NOG 08 this year. I am super excited about going to learn some new things and meet some great networking folks.

Snippet from CHI-NOG’s website about what it is:
CHI-NOG is the first and the only Chicago based Network Operators Groups. The group was started by network engineers and network architects to create a community, to learn from each other and meet others. We get away from our keyboards and screens to meet in person every year bringing in speakers from all over the US to learn and have a beer with them. CHI-NOG is vendor neutral so we aren’t trying to sell you anything, but you do get a pretty awesome t-shirt each year for attending.

I went last year to CHI-NOG 07 and loved it. The venue was beautiful, the speakers were great, and I learned a ton. The vendor hall afterwards was small and intimate, so you could ask all the questions you wanted. All of the vendors seemed pretty laid back instead of being super sales-y.
Here are some videos from CHI-NOG 07:

Here is some info on CHI-NOG 08 this year:

Venue: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North Hotel

Address: 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Date: 10 May 2018
Start: 8:00 AM
Social: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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