Welcome to the home of the Chicago Creative Coalition! Our mission is to enrich, educate and inspire creative lives — your life and ours.

We are professional creatives, artists and people seeking creative ways to live and work in Chicago and beyond.

Read about our programs and special events below. Come out to experience what we are about firsthand. If you are not a member, click here to join. If you are a member and have not created a page for your portfolio, click here and follow the instructional tutorial.

We are happy you found us. Join us at our next program or event.


hot_dogs_bratwurstProgram Planning BBQ 2015

Come out on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6PM and enjoy a relaxed evening BBQing after work. When we are fully sated, we’ll put our minds to the task of planning the programming and special events calendar for Chicago Creative Coalition’s 2015-16 calendar year. Have your say in what you’d like to see happen for … Continue reading


PhotoArt Fest 3

Submissions CLOSED. Chicago Creative Coalition is pleased to announce that PhotoArt Fest III, our juried fine art photography exhibition, will again be on exhibition at this year’s Jeff Fest Arts & Music Festival, July 25-26, 2015 in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. The top 50 photos as chosen by our judges will be on display, as well … Continue reading


garden1Scavenger Hunt & Picnic

C3 Annual Meeting Bring your sunscreen and your puzzle-solving smarts for what promises to be a memorable summer day at everyone’s favorite outdoor museum — the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. We’ll start the day by forming teams to compete in a fun and unusual scavenger hunt using the Goose Chase app (only one person … Continue reading


C3 Group Show – Arts on Elston

Spring into art this May with the artists of the Chicago Creative Coalition!  Freshen up your art collection and gear up for a sizzling summer with some sizzling pieces from local artists: Bob Benenson George Berlin T. J. Hine Kathleen Kearns Kaitlyn Keely Joey Korom Stan Kotecki Nate Marks George Obregon Warren Perlstein Lisa Richards … Continue reading


dino-planter150x150C3 Upcycling at Chicago Art Mart

  Chicago Art Mart—A Festival of Creative Re-Use—Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary is happening at Superior Street Center for the Arts Saturday May 2 from noon–8pm at 2744 W. Superior Street. Gathering artisans, makers and fine artists from throughout the Chicago area, Chicago Art Mart captures the essence of everything upcycled and recycled. Featuring one of a kind wearable art, functional sculpture, fine art, and … Continue reading


LAKE FX 2015 Expo

Join Chicago Creative Coalition at the inaugural Lake FX Summit + Expo, the Midwest region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs. The theme is Improvisation and Innovation, which fits right in with our programming year. C3 will have a table on April 17-18, 10am–4pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. Connect with other creatives, network … Continue reading


C3 to Host Design Students from Mexico

On April 21, 2015, Chicago Creative Coalition members will host 13 students from the School of Graphic and Industrial Design, Universidad Anåhuac Querétaro in Mexico. We will have a networking dinner where students and C3 members can talk about the profession of design. If you are interested in attending and have not done so, email … Continue reading


C3 Members Critique Portfolios

Former C3 member Michael Maddox is a professor at Prairie State College (2-year school) http://prairiestate.edu/. He has asked C3 members to do portfolio critiques for his graduating fine and applied arts students. They have students who will show graphic design, illustration, photography, besides various visual fine arts. They will also have animation, video and website projects. This … Continue reading