#SHRM18 Unofficial Party Guide

Want More Parties & Events? Text ‘SHRM’ to 55678

Welcome to the 2018 SHRM Unofficial Party, Reception, Meet-up, Cocktail, and Activities List. This list is password protected for 24 hours exclusively for VIPs. As parties and events are added or updated, they will be notated with a *New* or *Updated* tag at the beginning of the event. To receive this information immediately, text ‘SHRM” to 55678.


This is the seventh year, Workology (formerly Blogging4Jobs) has maintained and managed the unofficial event guide. In order to maintain the spirit and fun of the aggregated party list, please adhere to some guidelines per the request of our blogging team and those vendors who pay to facilitate these events.

  • You must be registered for the SHRM annual conference.
  • You must follow registration instructions to attend the event.
  • Please bring your badge to prove registration.
    • We are not responsible if event becomes full or is sold out.

Additionally, if you are an event host and wish not to be included or would like your event to be added, please email jessica(at)workology(dot)com.


This year the national conference is being held from June 17-20 in Chicago. If you haven’t registered yet, get over to SHRM.org and get on it! This year’s party list has been a challenge and vendors are keeping their parties and events right now close to their vest. I will be adding new parties, receptions, and events as I find them. In order to receive them first, my best suggestion for you is to text SHRM to 55678.


There is so much good food and culture in Chicago and it’s magnified during the Annual SHRM Conference. Look for fun informal meetups, dinners and cocktail receptions as well as attendee-organized sightseeing. I’ll be including as much as I am able on the party list. My best suggestion in terms of staying up to date on these events is to sign up for the text group by texting ‘SHRM’ to 55678. Generally, new events come to me via email during the conference or by one of my party spies who is working to provide you with a complete list of activities and events to enjoy SHRM to its fullest.


DAY 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 16th, 2018

    • Meetup with Cy Wakeman. A private Q&A meetup with SHRM18 speaker, Cy Wakeman. Motor Row Brewing. 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Click here to register.

DAY 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2018

    • *Preferred* The Amazing HR Race. 5 bar crawl. 7:30 PM-10:30 PM. Cost is $50 for a 2 person team and $35 for a solo ticket. Click here to register.
    • SHRM18 Networking Brunch. Fremont. 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Click here to register.
    • HR Department of 1 Meetup. McCormick Conference Center at 2301 S King Dr. 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Meetup details. Open to conference badge holders.
    • HR Practitioners of Color Networking Event. Per.so.na. 5:00 – 9:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • DC Metro Area #SHRM18 Attendee Networking Event. Networking happy hour hosted by DC SHRM. Carnivale Chicago. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Click here to register.
    • HR Consultant Meetup. Network with current or aspiring HR Consultants, HR Business Owners and HR Independents. Woven & Bound. 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Register here.
    • SHRM Conference Opening Reception. McCormick Conference Center at 2301 S King Dr. Chicago. 4:00 PM-7:00 PM. Open to conference badge holders.
    • SHRM18 Sunday Stroll. McCormick Place Convention Center at 2301 S. King Dr. 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Click here to register.

DAY 3: MONDAY, JUNE 18TH, 2018

    • *New*Stop and Drink with ComPsych. Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Room Hyde Park A, first level. 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM. 

    • Free Work Rules! Book and Genetic Test Giveaway. Rooftop happy hour hosted by Color. The Little Goat Diner. 5:30 – 7:30 PM.
    • Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and HR Analytics. Mix, mingle and Echo Fire drawing sponsored by SMD Analytics. Hyatt Regency, McCormick Place, Room Hyde Park B. 5:30 – 7:00 PM.
    • HR Florida Networking Mixer. Registration closes on June 18. 2Twenty2Tavern. 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • Cocktails and Conversation. Free for HR professionals from Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Gage – Theodore Ascher Room & Bar. 5:30 – 7:30 PM. RSVP here by June 11.
    • SHRM18 Bloggers (and Friends) Happy Hour. All are welcome. Blogging optional. Tortoise Club. 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • Fisher Phillips Reception (Sold Out). Meet other SHRM attendees in the Art Institute of Chicago’s renowned Impressionism gallery. Art Institute of Chicago. 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Register here.
    • Meet Chef Jeff Mauro (Wait Listed). Skydeck Chicago. 7:00 – 11:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • SHRM18 Morning Bootcamp. Sheraton Hotel Ballroom 10. 301 East North Water St. Chicago. 5:30 PM-6:15 PM. Click here to register.
    • SHRM North Central Regional Networking Event. AceBounce Ping Pong Bar. 230 N Clark St. Chicago. 7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • We Rise Networking Event. Hyatt Conference Center. 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr. 2nd Floor AB Chicago. 5:30 PM-7:00 PM. Click here to register.
    • SHRM Happy Hour – what’s so funny about employee engagement? Midway Club Gleacher Center. 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr 5th Floor Chicago. 5:30 PM-6:45 PM. Click here to register.
    • *New* Canada Night at SHRM.  Seven Lions Chicago. 130 Michicagn Ave. Chicago. 7:00-9:00 PM. By invitation only. Email to request invite to todd.humber@tr.com.


    • Pitch Perfect Pre-Concert Party. Free pre-concert networking event for California SHRM attendees. Hyatt Regency McCormick. 6 – 8:30 PM. Click here to register.
    • MassSHRM Networking Reception. Exclusive event for attendees from Massachusetts. Buddy Guy’s Legends. 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Click here to register.
    • SHRM Annual Conference Cocktail Party. Chicago Park and Grill. 11 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago. 4:30 PM-6:30 PM. Click here to register.
    • Pentatonix Concert.  8:00 PM.McCormick Conference Center at 2301 S King Dr. Chicago. Arrive early to receive a good seat. Conference badge holder receives 1 complimentary ticket. You can purchase additional tickets for $95 each.


    • SHRM Foundation Step Challenge. Track your conference steps with a team and get recognized if you top the leaderboard.


Don’t forget to text ‘SHRM’ to 55678 to get more inside scoop on events during the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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    • Jessica Miller-Merrell says

      Hi Rose,

      Yes! We will. For now, text SHRM to 55678 and we will get you the details shortly.


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