Great news! I am now the coordinator for RPG Chicago. If you're in the area, please check it out!
In general, I suggest you RPG lovers see if there's a similar group in your area. If not, see if you can start one. It's totally worth it to bring gamers together. Good friends to run a one-shot or a campaign with are hard to find, and I'm all for making it easier. Meetup.com helps make it easier.