Chicago Made: Professional Development Series 2022


The Chicago Made Professional Development Series provides free workshops, panels and unique showcasing opportunities for Chicago’s emerging creative community. This annual program is directly connected to many of the City’s most visible festivals and special events. Access the resources you’ll need to get started and keep going as part of Chicago’s TV + Film, Music and other creative industries. #ChicagoMade


2022 Chicago Made: Professional Development Series Lineup



In-person sessions (limit 12 people)

Sundays, September 18, October 16, 12:30-2:30pm

The Menomonee Club Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton St.


Virtual Workshops

Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm


Since 2016, A.B.L.E. has been creating innovative theatre, film, and digital projects for, with, and by actors with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy. A.B.L.E. has built a methodology rooted in fostering agency and independence, and celebrating the creativity of individuals of all abilities, both in person and online.

Through this series of interactive 2-hour workshops, A.B.L.E.’s Programming Team will share some of their approaches and best practices for including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the performing arts. All sessions will be co-led by A.B.L.E.'s Teaching Artists and their Creative Associates -  actors with disabilities. Workshop participants will come away with a greater awareness of the disability community, and actionable ways they can make their practice more accessible.

Chicago Made Auditions Showcase in collaboration with Next Showcase USA

Will be holding auditions for the October Chicago Made Showcase

Music Garage, 345 N. Loomis, Chicago, IL

Auditions will be held:

  • Monday, September 19, 6-9pm

  • Saturday, September 24, 12-6pm

Register for FREE at; Open to all genres of music, ages 16+

For more information call 312.618.3507.

Urban Juncture Foundation presents the ARTrepreneur Series

Urban Juncture Foundation presents the ARTrepreneur Series of panel discussions designed to help artists and creatives learn to “eat off their art.” The following free events will be offered throughout the summer at The Bronzeville Incubator, 5055 S. Prairie Ave. Networking to follow each discussion; streaming also available.

Urban Juncture revitalizes disinvested Black urban communities by rebuilding neighborhood commerce around culture and innovation. Learn more at


“The Business of Storytelling Is All About Telling the Story of Your Business”

Tuesday, October 11, 6-7:30pm

The Bronzeville Incubator, 5055 S. Prairie Ave.



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