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Answers in Action

With Chicago as an epicenter for marketing excellence today and tomorrow, no other organization connects as many marketers with as many opportunities as AMA Chicago.

As a professional chapter of the the American Marketing Association and a trusted ally in its nationwide network, AMA Chicago stands 87 years strong in its mission to provide opportunities for Chicago marketers to expand their knowledge, improve their skills and grow in their careers through access to leaders in the field and skill-building content. Our vision is to be the most valued marketing association membership in Chicago.

Our community is unique because challenging “the way it’s always been done” comes naturally, and our innovative ideas always follow with real-world solutions. That’s what we mean by “Answers in Action” – the fusion between scholarly research and managerial relevance found only in the AMA community.

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What is a marketer?

Defining our field

When most people want to research the word “marketing,” they visit the “What Is Marketing?” page on the American Marketing Association website. It’s the definitive page for the whole industry.

Yet, as complete as that page is, we’d like to expand on it.

As the largest AMA chapter in North America, we meet a lot of people who are interested in our offerings and events, yet still don’t think of themselves as “marketers.” But they are!

Defining a marketer

What We Offer

Cutting-Edge Programming

  • Stay one step ahead with more than 50 multi–faceted programs and events annually. See our full calendar of events.
  • Learn from C-level marketing influencers as they deliver thought-leading content with real-world application across intimate roundtables, full-day conferences and convenient online webinars.
  • Get the “know-how” to thrive in the ever-changing B2C & B2B landscapes.

Marketers have to change the story and position themselves in a way that isn’t about costs but about growth. At the end of the day, marketing should generate top-line growth and the investment in the brand.

Linda Bartman CMO of TrunkClub


  • Engage, connect and establish relationships with thousands of marketers across all disciplines, industries and career levels locally and nationally.
  • Find business partners or mentors with innovative and thought-provoking perspectives.
  • Get real one-on-one dialogue and share ideas among power players & peers.

A commitment to DEI

As the largest professional chapter of the American Marketing Association and a trusted ally in its nationwide network, AMA Chicago recognizes the benefits that can be derived when differences in age, religion, race/color/national origin/ethnicity, sex/gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, and physical ability are magnified in order to foster innovation and fuel success for the entire marketing profession.

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I’m amazed with the AMA Chicago community because I continue to meet new professionals who are ahead of the curve. I’m not looking to collect business cards. I’m looking for relationships that will inspire me and help me succeed.

Elina Yufa AMA Chicago Volunteer

Career Advancement

  • Get inspired and more motivated through the abundance of exclusive opportunities available with AMA Chicago. Visit our Career Center for a sneak peek.
  • Gain rewarding hands-on experience and applicable skills as a chapter volunteer.
  • Share thought leadership or leverage a variety of career insights. Read the latest on our blog.

AMA Chicago gives me a strong advantage as a thought leader. The organization gives me unique skills to excel and opens new doors with each conversation.

Chris Cacci Former AMA Chicago Board Member

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