There are two email discussion lists for you to keep in touch with the Chicago Perl community, and to have discussions (not limited to Perl).
chicago-announce is a list for general chicago.pm announcements. You should subscribe to this list if you want to skip over the majority of the discussion and just get the event announcements.
chicago-talk is the main list for discussion of all things Perl, Chicago, and anything else you'd like to talk about. List archives are also available. Note: prior to 29-Aug-2003 chicago-talk was hosted a Topica, you may still be able to view their archives.
Folks sometimes hang out in #chicago.pm on irc.perl.org. If you have a chance stop by and say "hi".
Perl Mongers connects Perl programmers with each other for business networking, social events, and technology. If you have questions about the meetings or would like to do a presentation, email our discussion list. We organize the meetings through the Windy City Perl mongers Meetup. We're an informal bunch, and would enjoy hearing from you.