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​OPEN Chicago is a voluntary not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship and professional excellence within diaspora communities in Chicagoland and the Midwest. Our members include professionals, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists, social leaders, academics, and students.

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I would like to welcome all of you to OPEN Chicago. We are one of the fastest growing chapters within the OPEN network of 13 plus chapters across the world.

OPEN Chicago serves as a platform for Americans of Pakistani origin and diaspora communities across the Midwest. We serve a very large geography and our members come from various parts of the Midwest and from all different professions.

We are a group of entrepreneurs that share successes and failures with one another with a mission to help everyone succeed in their businesses and their careers. It is truly an organization that grows on the success of its members. We are very proud of what our members have collectively achieved and how much they contribute to our communities locally.

I would like to invite you to join us at OPEN Chicago and become engaged, connected and volunteer your time to this great organization. It will be time well worth it. You will get the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, give back to your community, and see what your community can do for you. I hope to see many of you at our events that we have planned throughout the year.

We plan to have an annual conference, mentorship events, fireside chats, and many social networking events. We will also be collaborating with many other local organization to host joint events as well as work with our local consulate to support their events. In addition, Charter Members and their families will have an opportunity to attend the OPEN Global Conference which is held annually.

These conferences are filled with learning, networking, entertainment and fun for you and your family. You will also have an opportunity to participate in our webinars and virtual events as well as be mentored by a professional in your field.

​There are countless opportunities that OPEN Chicago provides for learning and engagement. So, come join us, connect, network, and amplify the positive contributions of diaspora entrepreneurs and business leaders across the Chicagoland area and Midwest.

- Aamir Chalisa, President, OPEN Chicago

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Happy Holidays & A Happy New Year

On behalf of OPEN Chicago, We would like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

It has definitely been a year to remember, especially as we fought Covid and found ways to survive, one day at a time keeping our loved ones and our family and friends safe. OPEN Chicago family did the same and we are indeed thankful that we made it and are looking forward to celebrating 2022. Because of Covid rules and a lot of unknown, once again in 2021 we decided to cancel our annual meeting. We held a lot of smaller events and some zoom calls so that we could keep in touch.

We are hopeful that as we progress through covid, that we can once again do an annual in person conference in the second quarter of 2022. At that time, our plans are to hold a shark tank type event with potential new companies striving for prize money.

Stay tuned for more info on our planning in the next few weeks. Best wishes to you and your families for a safe Holiday Season, and if you are traveling this season, safe travels.

See you all soon. Take care

Aamir Chalisa
OPEN Chicago

Vice President
OPEN Chicago

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