Chicago Alumni Network


Welcome to the Windy City!

The Chicago Network of the University of Maryland Alumni Association is one of the newest and fastest-growing networks in the country, tapping into a pool of hundreds of Maryland graduates in the Chicago area.

Whether you’re a recent transplant or a Chicago native, a university alum or just a passionate Terp fan, we hope to be a resource for you in Chicago to connect with others and celebrate our ties to the university.

As the first Maryland Alumni network to be chartered in the Midwest — in the city that's home to more Big Ten alumni than any other — we’re on the front lines of one of the biggest changes in the university’s history. The members of our network are excited to engage with others in the Chicago community and all of the Midwest and to represent our alma mater proudly.

Check this page regularly to learn more about upcoming events, networking opportunities and more. Also make sure to like us on Facebook, join us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter.

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Chicago Network Steering Committee

Please reach out to any of our club leaders for more information about us:
 Leader Email Address

Nichol De Vita James

Marc Karlinsky

Erik Schultz

Ellen Blattner Zelent

Caroline Soble
Events & Social

Marie LaMonica

Jeff Jackel
Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund

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Game Watches & Upcoming Events


  • March 4-8: Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in Hoffman Estates
  • March 11-15: Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center
    • March 11: Big Ten Tip-Off Luncheon, Westin River North
    • March 13: Big Ten Alumni 3-on-3 Tournament, Daley Plaza, noon
    • March 13: Maryland Alumni Meet-Up at Howells & Hood, 5-8 p.m.
    • March 14: Big Ten Alumni/VIP Party, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
  • March 18: Mentoring visit to St. Columbanus School



  • Date TBD: Chicago Youth Sports Alliance Field Day



  • July 25: BTN Big10K and 5K races, Soldier Field


An official University of Maryland bar in Chicago: George Street Pub!

The Chicago Terps are excited to announce a new partnership for 2014-15 with George Street Pub, located at 2858 N. Halsted St. in Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. Just a short walk from several CTA Red and Brown Line stations, George Street Pub will be the place to meet up with the Big Ten's newest alumni base.

Make sure to check our Facebook group for the most up-to-date event plans!


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The 2015 Big Ten Basketball Tournaments are in Chicago!
Women's Tournament: March 4-8
Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Our Lady Terps are dominating in their inaugural season of Big Ten play — and their road to a consecutive Final Four heads right through Hoffman Estates, a suburb about 30 miles northwest of Chicago along I-90.

All-session tickets from UMD's allotment are available here. Or, you can purchase individual-session tickets through the Sears Centre. The Lady Terps have clinched the No. 1 seed, so they won't play until Day Three — March 6 at 11:30 a.m. Central.

Check our Facebook page and join our discussion board for information on possible carpooling and meet-ups in the 'burbs!
Men's Tournament: March 11-15
United Center, Chicago

Ticket sales:

While there's still a few weeks before we know which seed the Terps will land, know that the top four seeds won't play until one of the sessions on Friday, March 13.

A limited number of tickets are available through the Maryland ticket office. Call 800.462.8377 to purchase. General 300-Level all-session tickets are available through Ticketmaster.


Can't make it down to West Madison Street to see the games in-person? Then join us at our regular spot, George Street Pub to catch all the action. 2858 N. Halsted St., Chicago. Game times TBD.

Maryland Alumni Big Ten Tournament Meet-Up -- Friday, March 13

Sponsored by the main Alumni Association and Maryland Athletics, join for a night of food, drinks and mingling with fellow alumni!

Tickets are $25 for Alumni Association members or $35 for nonmembers, and include three hours of open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

Friday, March 13, 5-8 p.m. Central
Howells & Hood

435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611


Big Ten-Sponsored tournament week festivities:

The tournament is looking for volunteers to make Tournament Week run smoothly. Click here to explore the opportunities and to sign up. All selected volunteers will get an event shirt and two tickets to the Big Ten VIP/Alumni Party held on March 14.

Speaking of that party, there's also a bunch of related events downtown!

On Wednesday, March 11 at the Westin River North, there's the Big Ten Tip-Off Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Jerry Colangelo — the chairman of USA Basketball.  Buy tickets here.

Visit the Big Ten Hoops Fest in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St. On Friday, March 13, it will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for all 14 Big Ten schools' respective alumni. We're looking for four of Terrapin Nation's finest available ballers — contact network leader Marc Karlinsky '11 to sign up, so he won't have to play. The winning team gets a berth in USA Basketball's 3x3 National Tournament this July in Colorado Springs.

On Saturday, March 14 at Navy Pier's Grand Ballroom, the Official Big Ten VIP/Alumni Party. It will celebrate the tournament and toast the remaining two teams (like Maryland, for example) heading into the final day of competition. Music, guest speakers, entertainment, spirit squads and more! Food and beverage, including wine & beer will be provided. Buy tickets here.

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College Park, MD 20742-1521 • 301.405.4678 • 800.336.8627
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