I'm in the same situation dude. I'm going to join the Chicago Beer Society at some point, but I'm just not ready yet. I've only been brewing since February.
But, I did find this guy Ted's blog. He started something called the Chicago Northside Brewers Connection. I have not been to any events yet, but I guess they've met before, and even got a private tour of Half Acre Brewery (only a few blocks from my apartment).
Ted's Homebrew Journal: Northside Homebrewer's Connection
Also, I joined a meetup.com group for home brewers in Chicago. It actually disbanded the other day because the organizer moved. I never made it to an event, well, because there weren't any. But starting something like that would be a great way to meet fellow brewers.