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.

Passion and Purpose

Artist Speaker Series When artists create work about things that they care about, they make better art. This series aims to explore all the ways that “passion projects” emerge, evolve, develop, are supported, funded and deployed. Why do you make the work that you make, and how does it affect change? These are the key … Continue reading

Micro Meetups

Welcome to C3 Micro Meetups: quick, informal, and fun weekly sessions to connect with the creative community and pick up a few tricks along the way. Word Games Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. Professional Ghostwriter, Alicia Dale, will guide participants in a night of Word games. Learn to create impromptu stories based on creative … Continue reading

Holiday Party 2020

All the Thrills Without the Spills at C3’s 2020 Online Holiday Party! Virtual Escape Room • Virtual Gift Exchange December 19, 2020 • starting promptly at 4:45 PM It’s everything you love about our Holiday Party without having to leave your favorite chair! A fun activity … our famous white elephant gift exchange … and … Continue reading

Virtual Program Planning BBQ

Tuesday, September 15 Whip up your favorite dish and join us on-line for the First C3 Virtual BBQ with some great ideas of what YOU want to see more of for our programming in 2021. Share a recipe, chat with an old friend or make some new ones as we all sit together (apart) and … Continue reading

2020 Annual Meeting

Grab your best guy or doll and head to the virtual Juice Joint for a night on the town you’ll always remember; unless, of course, you’re the one who gets iced! Chicago Creative Coalition members and their partners are invited to stay in and take part in an on-line murder mystery as we convene C3’s … Continue reading

The Soul of Freelancing

FREE Webinar May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Freelancing. Working for yourself. Life as a Creative Professional. You’ve heard all about it, and maybe even have got some tips on how to DO it. But what kind of person do you have to BE to work for yourself? To be able to hunt down projects, know … Continue reading

Sales for Creatives

FREE Webinar April 16 at noon Advanced Basics for Creative Businesses, Program 4 We are all selling; that is, we are continually trying to influence and persuade others through our communications and actions. Selling yourself is an essential and positive part of any creative business.  Truth is, selling is becoming increasingly necessary and a real … Continue reading

The Importance of Personal Work in Challenging Times

ASMP Chicago/Midwest and ASMP National present a free webinar with acclaimed photographer and director Jason Lindsey! Bearing in mind that many photographic professionals may be using this time of isolation to develop personal projects, Lindsey discusses the integral role that personal work plays in keeping him curious and inspired. The FREE webinar will end with … Continue reading