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Business development and networking opportunities for professionals on the West Side of Chicago. Partner with your neighborhood newspaper to grow your connections and expand your business.  The AWN West Side Business Network is the umbrella group for the AWN Business Development Group, West Side Women, West Side Men, West Side Bridge (bridging the gap between the West Side of Chicago and the Western Suburbs), West Side Manufacturing Network, and the Illinois Press Association award winning Out & About in Austin - showing all that's good on the West Side of Chicago.  

More than just networking and advertising support, we offer consultative marketing and business management strategy support, connections to funding opportunities, and partnership matching that makes sense.  Why trust us?  Because we make it our passion to connect with everyone in the communities we serve.  What are you waitng for?  Join today.

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West Side Men - 3rd Friday of the month at Noon

MacArthur's Restaurant, 5412 W. Madison, Chicago

August 21

September 18

October 16

November 20

December 18


West Side Women - 1st Monday of the month at 8am

MacArthur's Restaurant, 5412 W. Madison, Chicago

September 14  (due to Labor Day)

October 5

November 2

December 7


West Side Bridge - 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30am

Location changes monthly. 

  • Thursday, August 20th - 7:30am to 9am hosted by Native Foods, 7343 Lake St. in River Forest. Native Foods Café has grown to become America's premier fast-casual vegan restaurant group spanning coast to coast. Serving made-from-scratch, chef-crafted cuisine to vegans and non-vegans alike, with seasonally updated one-of-a-kind dishes, delicious desserts and homemade beverages inspired by our innovative culinary team. Their food is made fresh daily—from  homemade tempeh and seitan, to Native Cheese, to sauces and drinks, dressings and desserts too! Their entire menu is 100% plant-based because they strive to create a compassionate dining experience serving up homemade meals that are good for you, your family and the environment. Attend this meeting and you'll get to try some of their refreshments! RSVP is required! Contact Alicia by 8/18 at (708) 613-3344 or
  • Thursday, Sept. 17th - 7:30am to 9am at the Offices of Wednesday Jouranl Publications, 143 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. Metered parking is available on Oak Park Avenue and free parking can be found on the surrounding side streets. RSVP is required! Contact Alicia by 8/18 at (708) 613-3344 or
  • Thursday, Oct. 15th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17th - 7:30am to 9am. Location TBD.

Interested in hosting a West Side Bridge meeting? You need a space that can accommodate up to 45 people. Hosts get the chance to give a short 10minute presentation, and can offer a tour of the facility if they so choose. Contact Alicia for details: (708) 613-3344 or

Check back often for updates on future meetings.

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Dawn from Chicago  

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 10:24 AM

Thanks to Maggie Acker, one of the IPA Best Ad Designers in the state, for designing logos for the West Side Business Network and its subgroups.