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

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Drumming Up Camaraderie:
The C3 Annual Event

Our closing event for 2023-24 is really going to make some noise! Join C3ers and guests in a Drum Circle led by master drummer M. Taylor, Senior Instructor at Chicago’s Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy. We’ll meet on Saturday, June 8th at 3:00 PM at the Euclid United Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave. in … Continue reading

Copyright Law and A.I.

What Every Creator Must Know Using today’s A.I. tools for image and copy creation is amazing … time-saving … and rife with minefields. That’s because the answer is still unknown whether A.I. that has been “trained” on copyrighted works is completely safe to use. To help C3ers and guests sort out this rapidly-changing situation, we’re … Continue reading

Micro Meetup: How Slip Jars Keep Ideas From Slipping Away

Every creative knows that great ideas are often fleeting: if they’re not captured at the time they occur, they can drift off into the ether and be lost forever. So what if you had an easy, foolproof system for keeping creative ideas from disappearing and having them always at hand for tomorrow’s inspiration. C3’s own … Continue reading

Holiday Party 2023

A Real Holiday Party With A Virtual Option Our traditional C3 Holiday Party returns this year at a new location — Ravenswood’s The Raven Room (formerly Redline VR). We’ll be partying in their private rehearsal room, but you can try their selection of headset powered Virtual Reality games, experiences and escape rooms on your own … Continue reading

Art Walk 2023

Walk West Town With Us On October 21 Our 2023 Art Walk steps into new territory; the galleries and shops of West Town along Chicago Avenue between Ashland and Damen. Enjoy visiting four distinctive galleries, all highlighting both established and emerging artists: Povos Gallery featuring paintings by Chicago artist Ashkon Haidari Patron Gallery featuring “Songs … Continue reading

Annual Meeting 2023

Architectural River Cruise, Great Food, & the C3 Annual Member Meeting Join us Saturday, June 17 for C3’s 2023 Annual Member Meeting! We’ll spend the afternoon on The Summer of George (ed. note: not named after our own George Berlin, I don’t think) for what many regard as Chicago’s best architectural tour. Chicago’s Best 90-Minute Architecture … Continue reading

A Shoot for Our Stars

Every Attendee Gets a Professional Headshot at the New REP3 Photo Studio in Skokie As C3 members re-emerge from our cocoons and re-imagine our post-pandemic lives, it’s a great time to re-create our public images. And what better way to visually show it than with a brand new headshot — just the right tool to … Continue reading

Cartoon Thinking

How Cartoon Thinking Helps [Your Job Here]    How do you approach uncomfortable topics at work, or even in your personal or public life? Ideally you’d do it with the same creativity you apply to the work you enjoy. But anxiety, fear, and other negative feelings can trigger tunnel vision and brute-force, quick-fix thinking – … Continue reading