Chicago Assembly #3 of the Society of American Magicians meets on the southwest side of town on the fourth Monday of every month.
Besides being a source of cameraderie and magical knowledge, the club provides a marvelous link to the history of magic in Chicago: its charter was signed into existence in 1917 by then-National President Harry Houdini (which we have had archivally mounted and preserved -- the charter, not Houdini). It became the home club for a number of local legends in magic, including Bert Allerton (past Assembly and National President), Werner Dornfield (past Assembly and National President), Jim Ryan (bar-magic legend), Clettis Mussun, and others. Our current Assembly Dean, Frank Hall, can even tell you about one of his first magical jobs: performing at the "Century of Progress" Chicago World's Fair of 1933!
As current Assembly President myself, I invite you to drop me a note if you'd like to come to a meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
As if that weren't enough magical activity for one place, there are other SAM assemblies in Joliet and Elmhurst, an IBM ring that meets at Magic Inc., the Mazda Mystic Ring in Crystal Lake, Misdirections in Arlington Heights, and Magic Masters in Tinley Park. And if it's just lectures you want, both Magic Inc. and Midwest Magic (Franklin Park) have their own lecture series.
Welcome back to the fold,