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A number of buyers and investors have asked me over the last few months which REIA meetings in Chicago to attend. The short answer is: all of them. Each group has a different makeup, style and membership (though savvy investors are members of numerous groups).

The followup to this answer is usually: “Sure, but where will I find the SERIOUS real estate investors?” The answer is the same: all of them. Each meeting is going to have people operating at a variety of levels. There is no secret meeting composed solely of high level, cash ready real estate investors.

If you are networking solely to meet: “SERIOUS real estate investors” then you are missing the point. Should you be smart about how you spend your time at meetings? Yes. But remember that the real function of these groups is to create community. To take full advantage of them you need to contribute just as much as you take away. That means sometimes being a resource for someone who may just be getting started. In the long run, your ability to contribute and create relationships with investors at all levels will pay dividends far beyond your ability to target “SERIOUS real estate investors.”

Below is a round-up of Chicago’s established Real Estate Investor Groups including meeting locations, costs and regular meeting dates.

GROUP: Chicago Area REIA (CAREIA)

WEBSITE: http://www.careia.org/home.html

WHERE? Various places in Western and Northern Suburbs

WHEN? Investors Round Table: 4th Monday of the month at 6:30p

Cashflow Game Night: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00p

General Meeting: 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00p

Also various special events. For full details click here.

HOW MUCH? Annual membership: $99 Vendor membership: $199

See http://www.careia.org/membership.html for more information.

 

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GROUP: REIA

WEBSITE: http://reia.org/

WHERE? Most often at Maggiano’s Little Italy 111 West Grand

WHEN? Third Thursday of the month at 7:45a

Also various special events. For full details click here.

HOW MUCH? Individual Membership: $160 per year. Company Group Member: $500 for a minimum of 3, maximum of 7 persons from a firm. Emerging Leaders (35 or younger): $60 per year.

See http://reia.org/membership/ for more information.

 

GROUP: Oak Park REIA Meetup

WEBSITE: http://www.meetup.com/Oak-Park-Chicago-Area-Real-Estate-Investors-Group/

WHERE? Beyond Properties Realty Group 109 N. Marion St. Oak Park

WHEN? First Tuesday of the month at 6:00p

HOW MUCH? Free!

 

GROUP: Chicago Creative Investors Association

WEBSITE: http://www.ccia-info.com/

WHERE? The Linder Center 610 E. Butterfield Rd. Lombard IL 60148

WHEN? Third Sunday of the month at 5:15p

HOW MUCH? $99 a year or $149 for two years. Full details here.

 

GROUP: Chicagoland Real Estate Connections Club

WEBSITE: http://www.weconnectchicago.com/

WHERE? The Doubletree Oak Brook, 1909 Spring Rd, Oak Brook IL

WHEN? Third Tuesday of the month at 6:30p

HOW MUCH? $20 at the door. Discounts for members.

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