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The Chicago Booth Entrepreneurial Roundtable provides educational programs and seminars for business owners and their advisers as well as those who are interested in acquiring or starting a business.  Founded 23 years ago for the alumni of the Chicago Booth School of Business (then the Chicago GSB),  today the Roundtable is open to all


Programs feature successful entrepreneurs or experts in growing businesses speaking on topics such as ideas for new businesses, building a management team, locating financing, developing a market and growing through acquisition. Click Past Events for past topics.  Click Event Calendar to see upcoming events.


  • Membership in the Entrepreneurial Roundtable (ER) is free (no dues).
  • Once you join our email list , you become a member of the Entrepreneurial Roundtable and are eligible for the lower registration fees.
  • Click on the Event Calendar for info on up-coming events and to register for them. 
Attendance fees for these very professional events are quite modest and discounts are given to ER members, alumni, students, and faculty of Chicago Booth.  Members of some local  partner organizations also receive discounts (see event registration for these partner organizations). Early, paid  registrations also receive an additional discount.  For exact fees for an event click on the "Event Calendar" link to the left and then look at the details for that specific event.

Advance on-line registration is strongly encouraged. You can pay by credit card online, but if you wait until you arrive to pay, no credit cards are accepted at the door, only cash and checks.  


Evening programs are held on the third Monday of each month at:

City Gate Grill in Calamos Investments building

2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, Illinois 60563

(Meeting room is a down steps below City Gate Grill.)
They start at 6:30 p.m. with networking over hors d'oeuvres. The educational part of the program begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends about 8:45 p.m. (This timing allows people coming from downtown Chicago and the northern and southern suburbs to attend.)

Evening programs are also held about monthly at:

Gleacher Center of U. of Chicago Booth School of Business
450 North Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, IL  60611

The evening programs at Gleacher usually start about 6 PM, but the exact time and day of the month is variable, so click on the event calendar to get specific dates and times for Gleacher events.

Finally, the Roundtable holds periodic all-day Saturday seminars each year at Chicago Booth's Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.  These seminars explore special topics of interest to entrepreneurs in some depth.  Special email invitations announce these events, but they will also appear on the Event Calendar.  These all-day events usually include breakfast and lunch and the fees for these events are higher.


To access free videos of more than 40 Roundtable programs, click on Event Podcasts.   Special thanks to Lambert Smith and Stone Cliff Productions for providing the videos.  For info on Stone Cliff Productions, go to  You can also click on the "Events - Recent" tab to find links to the videos AND the and Power Point slides and still images for each event.

Thank you for your interest in the Entrepreneurial Roundtable.  We welcome your participation and your ideas!

Greg Gocek,  Roundtable Coordinator (Chicago Booth Class of 1985)