If you live in the Chicago area you might want to check out the genealogy group that meets at the Schaumburg Township District Library. I have not made a meeting there yet but need to add it to my list. Tony summarized the latest meeting on his blog and discussed the break-out sessions they had at the last meeting. They had groups for ethnic researchers, colonial, beginners, and a troubleshooting group. Members brought laptops to utilize the free Wi-Fi available to aid their discussions.
Tony stated the break-out sessions occur quarterly in March, June, September and December on the 2nd Tuesday evening of the month. There is a listing of 2010 programs here. Check them out if you have time or are in the area.