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.

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

Sharpening Your Social Media Profile

For Members Only Program A joint program by Chicago Creative Coalition and the Independent Writers of Chicago Telling Your Story | Sharpening Your Brand Profile  How long has it been since you updated your social media profile? Today, you can’t afford to let it sit with outdated, dusty information — because it’s the first place … Continue reading

Building and Preserving Your Brand in COVID-19 Times

Webinar Featuring LinkedIn Expert JD Gershbein A joint program hosted by Chicago Creative Coalition and the Independent Writers of Chicago These trying times are a challenge, but one that is filled with opportunities for those willing to remain flexible and embrace the positive. As business has gone virtual, more and more professionals have turned to … Continue reading

Communicate Your Value

Advanced Basics for Creative Businesses, Program 2 Every creative has something special to offer their prospective clients, something they do better or differently than their peers. How do you best communicate that to prospective clients, so they can see the value to them in hiring you? Our speaker, Chicago photographer Alex Garcia, has been on … Continue reading

Create a Meaningful Business Plan

Advanced Basics for Creative Businesses, Program 1 As creatives, we’re special, right? We’re content makers and risk takers; lucky to be doing the thing we love as our job, but with so much of our selves in our work, often feel cut to the bone at the merest of criticisms. We’re so special we often … Continue reading

C3 Member Mixer

Reconnect, Rekindle, Retreat to The Cabin  Join Chicago Creative Coalition for a Winter Member Mixer with networking, food, cash bar and prizes! All C3 members and prospective members are welcome. Bring a prospective member for an extra raffle entry. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:00 – 8:00pm+ The Cabin at Old Irving 4104 N Pulaski Rd … Continue reading