Investing in our Future

Organizations that we support and sponsor, as our contribution back to the greater Chicagoland community. These organizations are committed to promoting Chicagoland as a place to live and work and to recognize and improve the pool of technology talent in the region. Many of these organizations also deliver exciting events available to our membership. SIM Chicago and our members are committed to improving the IT community and Chicago, so we give back in both time and money.


i.c.stars | *

i.c.stars provides opportunities for inner-city young adults to harness the strength of technology for social and economic leadership. By integrating technology training and leadership development, i.c.stars is shaping the next generation of technology leaders. SIM Chicago has worked with i.c.stars since 2001 as a community partner.

We provide sponsorship, volunteers, and employment opportunities for graduates of the i.c.stars program. SIM Chicago encourages our members to attend the i.c. stars ‘High Tea’, sharing their life stories and paths to success with the i.c.stars interns; participate in numerous i.c.stars events; and volunteer in various ways to support this program. In addition, the SIM Chicago chapter sponsors many events including our annual summer Golf Outing with proceeds benefiting i.c.stars.

CHicago innovation awards

Established in 2002, the Chicago Innovation Awards shine a bright light on the creative spirit of Chicago by focusing attention on the most significant new products and services introduced in the region. The ten winners each year are innovations that uniquely fill unmet needs, spark a competitive response in the marketplace, exceed market expectations, achieve financial success, and improve people’s lives. They emerge from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Most importantly, the Chicago Innovation Awards remind us that innovation is thriving in America’s heartland.

The Chicago Innovation Awards has grown to be much more than just an award ceremony. Through many events over the course of the year, the Chicago Innovation Awards not only recognize nominees and winners, but also provide valuable connections through business networking and development opportunities, as well as teaching on best innovation practices through mentoring, scholarship, panel discussions, and education courses.


Arts & business council of chicago

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) links the strengths of the cultural and business sectors to promote community growth and vitality through the arts. By enlisting business volunteers to provide essential assessment, training, consulting and board service, A&BC enhances management capacity of arts organizations while promoting a highly engaged form of business participation in the arts.

Each year, A&BC brings more than 300 arts organizations together with dedicated business professionals, ensuring the long-term vitality of metropolitan Chicago and preserving its reputation as a great place to work and live. A&BC was founded in 1985 and is a division of Americans for the Arts, the largest support organization for the arts in the U.S.


The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry.

ITA’s agenda is simple – grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies.All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community.

Members of ITA benefit from unlimited access to strategic development programs, services, resources and events that support all members of their team. ITA leverages peer-to-peer collaboration and one-on-one mentoring with leaders from the technology industry to drive companies forward. In addition, ITA’s education, events, networking, access to facilities at TechNexus and much more are all focused on growing members businesses.

With over 700 member companies, ITA represents organizations from start-up to leader across the industry – software, mobile, internet, consulting, online services, electronics, telecommunications, green and across all industries – business, consumer, financial services, travel, manufacturing, healthcare, and so on – that represent Illinois’ diversity of companies “that make the technology, that make businesses run.”

The TLA Mission

TLA helps senior information technology executives network to enjoy progressive, sustainable careers, drive excellence in IT and the businesses we support. In doing so, support successful and stable families and communities.

TLA for Senior IT Executives

TLA is an executive level networking forum enabling the career development needs of senior information technology professionals. TLA is about colleagues helping colleagues. Members are CIOs, VPs, Directors and Senior Managers across companies and industries committed to networking as a means of building and maintaining strong business relationships and their professional edge. For members in transition, TLA provides focused services to accelerate connecting to their next career opportunity.