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.

Tools for Making Money

Business for Life, Program 2 We all want a life creating amazing things for amazing clients, but how do we get to those bigger gigs with better clients? What does it take to go from solo-preneur working in your jammies to running a business – complete with an office, employees, and company parties? Making the move takes … Continue reading

Where Do You Get Your INSPIRATION?

Business for Life, Program 1 It’s a big question we all get asked – and not an easy one to answer. How do you see art in cast-off metal junk? Is there a way to connect a centuries-old opera to an 8-bit gaming classic? Can browsing Pinterest get your ideas flowing? Whether creativity is an … Continue reading

Trademarks and Copyrights

SOLD OUT Protecting your ideas and safeguarding your print, video and audio work has never required more vigilance than today, when many social media users share whatever content they wish without thinking twice. Whether you’re a designer, filmmaker, photographer, actor, podcaster, writer — anyone whose digital assets can fall out of your control — you … Continue reading

Convention Writing Opportunities

HOW TO FIND AND PROFIT FROM CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Find out how to turn your writing talent into lucrative and continual work  covering conventions and trade shows at the Independent Writers of Chicago’s meeting on Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 4F at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut Street, just … Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of WordPress

WordPress currently powers more than 74 million of the world’s websites. Why? Because it’s robust, customizable, cost-effective and easy to use — once you know how. Explore the ins and outs of building, growing and managing your WordPress website and/or blog at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC) with the Wizard of … Continue reading

Holiday Party 2017

Ho, Ho, Ho! Warm up the oven, stretch your throttle fingers and grab those unwanted gifts and join Chicago Creative Coalition members for our annual Holiday Party! This year’s event, at Fieldhouse Jones, features a festive pot-luck dinner, and in a flashback to the 1960s, slot car racing! Since we will all be driving and will … Continue reading

Design & Create in VR

Join Chicago Creative Coalition and make paintings with strokes that twirl and dance around you in 3D or create virtual sculptures that you can build from all angles! See where this cutting-edge art form is headed in an exciting hands-on exploration of artists leading the way in illustration, sculpture, 3D modeling and printing, and animation. . … Continue reading

Gallery Walk 2017

Join Chicago Creative Coalition in our annual Gallery Walk on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, as we explore the leading edge of commercial fine art at four River North galleries. It has been a C3 tradition since 1999 to begin our programming year with the opportunity to delve into some of Chicago’s finest galleries (something all of … Continue reading