If you live anywhere near Chicago and you work (or aspire to work) in Digital Marketing, you’ll want to get your tickets for Social Media Week tout de suite.  This bi-annual worldwide event event “exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media”  takes place simultaneously in multiple cities around the world, bringing together thousands of individuals and organizations through panels, workshops, talks, and industry networking events. This year, Social Media Week takes place in Chicago from September 24-September 28.

The 435 Digital Crew is thrilled to annouce that both our panels at Social Media Week Chicago, How to Make Facebook Ads Work for Your Business and 435 Digital On Integrated Marketing, sold out in short order. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to checking out the multitude of other panels, parties, and networking events that will be put on by our industry colleagues and peers.

Of course, if you’re visiting Chicago for the first time, you also want to make sure to take in some of the sights and sounds of our fantastic city. 435 Digital members recommend taking the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s river cruse, taking a picture of your reflection in Cloud Gate (or, as locals affectionately call it, “The Bean,” hitting up Gino’s East for a slice of deep dish Chicago heaven, and heading up to Second City for some belly laughs. Of course, you can’t beat a stroll up the Magnificent Mile no matter what time of day (or year) you can fit it in.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Social Media Week Chicago schedule,you can do so here. You should also make sure to follow the Social Media Week Chicago blog, which, in addition to insightful posts on the current state of social media in our world, is also interviewing and previewing many of the week’s speakers.

Registration for Social Media Week events is free, but you do have to register and reserve a seat for most events, so get to it! We hope to see you all next week.