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Lake FX Creative Industry Conference

April 21, 2017 - April 22, 2017

ChicagoMade: Creative Hubs

Friday April 21, 1pm,

Preston Bradly Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

What is it about Chicago that drives such creativity and innovation? From the invention of retail mail order to the first skyscraper, from improv comedy to house music, Chicagoans have so often defined what’s coming next. Today there are more than 100 innovation hubs across the city incubating everything from digital startups to food companies. We’ll ask leaders from some of the creative industry incubators what it is about Chicago that makes for so much ingenuity and visionary entrepreneurship.


Scott Fetters
Executive Director 2112 (music and creative industry incubator)

Haven Allen
Executive Director of mHUB (product design and manufacturing incubator)

Ted Reilly
Founding Board Member of Stage 18 (film incubator)

Sean Cannon
Founder and CEO of Life Creative (event production incubator)


Jake Trussell
Creative Director at World Business Chicago

ChicagoMade: Growing Creative Entrepreneurship
Saturday April 22, 11am,

Preston Bradly Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

Creative entrepreneurs, including artists, makers and product designers are poised to create job growth and economic prosperity within our communities. Join this session to hear a discussion on how creative entrepreneurs are the emerging face of small business and how the City and community organizations can foster an encourage throughout Chicago.


Ilyssa Meyer
Manager, Public Policy & Research, Etsy

Aarti Kotak
Jennipher Adkins
Elizabeth Pham
Founder of See Song Designs
Convergence / Divergence: The Future of Craft in the Age of AI 
by Charles Adler, Kickstarter Co-Founder, and Lost Arts Founder

Fl 2 – Claudia Cassidy Theater

Explore the world racing toward a future where we potentially live with robots doing our bidding, but at the same time we’re constantly looking over our shoulder at our past, romancing the act of making things with our hands.

ChicagoMade: Maker to Market

Saturday April 22, 1pm
Preston Bradly Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

How are pioneering product designers, artists, and entrepreneurs blazing new trails to bring their products to the public in a rapidly evolving marketplace?


Pugs Atomz
Talented and renowned rapper and Creative Director for the innovative lifestyle brand Iridium Clothing. With retail shops in Chicago’s Block37 and Bucktown neighborhood, Iridium has been worn by the likes of Usher, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Chris Brown, and Bennie Man to name a few.

Craighton Berman 
Product Designer, Creative Director, & Founder of Manual, a design brand focused on the way people interact with food, Craighton has successfully used Kickstarter to launch a number of products including raising over $100,000 for the Manual Coffee Maker no1.

Kate Drane
Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware at Indiegogo, a crowd-funding platform helping anyone with creativity and passion to seize their own success and change the world. While at Indiegogo she’s empowered more than 500 entrepreneurs to collectively raise over $65M on the platform. In addition to working at Indiegogo, Kate is the co-founder and CMO of The Can Van, the world’s first mobile beer canning service.


Jake Trussell
Creative Director at World Business Chicago



April 21, 2017
April 22, 2017




Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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