Are you all on Behance, by chance? In addition to images and generally really well done work, the site hosts national portfolio reviews every year.
This year's portfolio reviews run from November 3rd-10th, and, more importantly, Chicago's lands on the 6th. This will be the first one I've attended, but I think it will be a good networking/industry insight opportunity. Plus you can bring your work!
Below are hyperlinks to Behance's landing page and the registration for Chicago's event. Check it out!