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.

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Marketing and Mindfulness

How to Get Your Head Together and Get More Business Anyone who’s ever obsessed over a situation –and wished they could stop thinking about it – knows the suffering that mental loops create. Here’s the good news: all of those negative states start in the mind (consciousness), and that’s where they can be fixed. Carolyn … Continue reading


Making Friends with Fear

Business for Life, Program 4 If procrastination, fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of criticism, or any other fears make an impact on your work, this program is for you. This is not a ‘blast through your fears’ kind of workshop. Instead, we will get to know the fears as part of your personality … Continue reading


C3 Artists Exhibit at Dandelion Gallery

Artwauk Eight talented artists from Chicago Creative Coalition (C3) will participate in Artwauk (pronounced art walk), Waukegan’s monthly art show. Their work will be on display Saturday, April 21, at Dandelion Gallery from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Artwauk has been a monthly event since 2011 when a team of artists, volunteers, city staff, and Waukegan Main Street … Continue reading


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