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.

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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

Hello Goodbye!

Our theme this year is Re-Emerge, Re-Imagine, and Re-Create, and we’re ready to put the past two difficult years behind us. Join us for our first IRL (in real life) program of 2023: Hello Goodbye!  There is so much to say GOODBYE to and leave behind as we re-emerge with games songs and activities. Many … Continue reading

Who Are You Today?

Shapeology Picture Perfect Personality Who are you today? POSTPONED. PROGRAM WILL BE RESCHEDULED SOON. Which version of you wants to show up? Often we have many different versions of ourselves: the assertive business professional, the daring artist, the witty parent, the fiery perfectionist, the crafty activist, and so on. But the most important way to … Continue reading

2022 Art Walk

Alebrijes: Creatures of a Dream World Since 1999, Chicago Creative Coalition members have gone on an art walk in the fall to view interesting work, “share and air our aesthetic opinions in friendly company, and re-inspire and rejuvenate our creative spirits.” (Took that right out of our 1999 program description!) This year we will trek … Continue reading