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


Fusion of Light presents “Creative Positions” career fair

Friday, May 6 | 12–4pm | RSVP

Location: Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr.


Creative Positions is a career fair for anyone who is interested in learning more and/or starting their journey as professional creatives. All are invited to learn more about the opportunities and experiences that exist in the art and entertainment industries. Through two specialized panels and one-on-one interactions with a variety of creative businesses, we hope to educate, encourage networking, and inspire career-seekers.

Fusion of Light’s formula is: Art + Community + Resources.

Summer Smash Slot Contest – Calling all artists ages 18-24

Entries open May 7 (winners will perform at June 19th concert)


Summer Smash Slot Contest: DCASE, SocialWorks, and Summer Smash have teamed up to give three up-and-coming artists the chance to win $1,000 and perform at Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival happening on June 19th, 2022, at Douglas Park If you are an artist between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, this opportunity is for you! Visit on May 7th, 2022 to enter the contest and learn more.

SocialWorks, founded by Grammy-award-winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper, aims to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement. Learn more,

Next Showcase Chicago

Monday, May 9 | 7pm | Art West, 750 S. California Ave.

Tuesday, August 9 | 7pm  | Overflow Coffee Clubhouse, 1449 S. Michigan Ave.


May 9: “The Art of Hip Hop” A Panel Discussion – 7pm
Sharing knowledge on best practices with focus on questions from the audience to provide them with insight on things they may need. Hear your work heard by professionals at the end of the sessions for feedback. Panelist include:

August 9: “How Do I get Booked?” A Panel Discussion – 7pm
Helping artists with information that will need to start getting booked by clubs, and venues. Along with a Music Business 101 discussion. Sharing with artist what they will need to manage their business properly.


Virtual Workshops

Thursdays, May 12 | August 11 | October 13 | All virtual sessions are 6-8pm


In-person sessions (limit 12 people)

Sundays, June 12 | September 18 | October 16 | All in-person sessions are 12:30-2:30pm

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


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. 


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