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11th Annual Creative Chicago Expo – Moving Forward

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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10am – 4pm


Creative Chicago Expo connects Chicago’s creative community with resources they need to thrive.



Keynote Speakers on CAN TV

Schedule is below.

Theaster Gates:
Sunday, March 30, 1pm, Channel 21
Sunday, April 6, 5pm, Channel 19
Sunday, April 13, 3pm, Channel 21

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Maria Pinto:
Sunday, March 30, 9am, Channel 21
Monday, March 31, 8am, Channel 19
Tuesday, April 1, 12 Noon, Channel 21
Sunday, April 6, 4pm, Channel 21
Saturday, April 12, 8:30pm, Channel 21

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Carrie Nahabedian:
Sunday, March 30, 10am, Channel 21
Tuesday, April 1, 8am, Channel 19
Wednesday, April 2, 12 Noon, Channel 21
Saturday, April 5, 8:30pm, Channel 21

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Robert Teitel:
Sunday, March 30, 11:30am, Channel 21
Wednesday, April 2, 8am, Channel 19
Thursday, April 3, 12 Noon, Channel 21
Saturday, April 5, 10pm, Channel 21
Sunday, April 13, 1:30pm, Channel 21

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Keynote Speakers

Artist Theaster Gates Artist

Theaster Gates

Fashion Designer Maria Pinto Fashion Designer

Maria Pinto

Chef Carrie NahabedianChef

Carrie Nahabedian

Film Producer Robert Teitel Film Producer

Robert Teitel

All native Chicagoans, our Keynote Speakers pioneered strategies and creative practices that have gained national and international recognition. Keynotes take place in Claudia Cassidy Theater (second floor north); they are un-ticketed, first-come/first-served – and doors open 30 minutes prior to each talk. Keynotes will be recorded for later broadcast. 

ARTS (Friday 3/14, 10:30am): Theaster Gates has an expanded practice that encompasses community development and reuse strategies, performance, object making and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. His recent exhibition and performance venues include the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Punta della Dogana, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others. In 2012, Gates was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, the Wall Street Journal’s Arts Innovator of the Year, a Creative Time Global Residency Fellowship and became a United States Artists Fellow. Gates has also received awards and grants from Creative Capital, the Joyce Foundation, Graham Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Artadia. He is represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and White Cube in London.

FASHION (Friday 3/14, 3pm): Maria Pinto gained fame with her one-of-a-kind designs worn by Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Her new ready-to-wear line M2057 by Maria Pinto was launched online after a massively successful Kickstarter campaign that garnered over $270,000 start-up funding. This new capsule collection of modern dresses, jackets and wraps reflect her desire to explore fresh and innovative ideas and techniques, with an urban flair. In addition to her own company and store, Maria has designed for The Joffrey Ballet, The James Hotel in Chicago and the Skylark Bar in New York. She has served as Creative Director of the department store Mark Shale, where she led the buying team and curated the women’s fashion collections. Her work has been featured at The Field Museum in Chicago and is now part of the permanent collection.

CULINARY (Saturday 3/15, 10:30am): Carrie Nahabedian has pioneered culinary arts in Chicago, Atlantic City, Los Angeles and Europe. After departing her position as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Carrie returned to her native Chicago to open NAHA in 2000, which garnered her a James Beard Award and four consecutive Michelin stars. Carrie opened Brindille in the spring of 2013 along with partner and cousin Michael. While NAHA serves to highlight her Armenian roots, Brindille’s refined Parisian fare celebrates hers and Michael’s favorite spots in Paris. Carrie is one of only 10 female chefs in the U.S. to garner a Michelin star. Carrie will be interviewed by Elysabeth Alfano, creator and producer of Fear No Art and The Dinner Party.

FILM (Saturday 3/15, 3pm): Robert Teitel is the producer of some of the most successful urban studio and independent films and television series in motion picture history. The trendsetting comedies “Soul Food,” “Barbershop,” “Barbershop 2” and “Beauty Shop” sparked conversations about race across America, grossed over $100 million and led to several successful television series. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Bob formed his first production company with director George Tillman while both were in school, and went on to produce “Scenes for the Soul,” using Chicago talent and resources. In January 2009 they released NOTORIOUS, the true story of The Notorious B.I.G. for Fox Searchlight Pitcures, followed by “Faster,” “The Baytown Outlaws,” “Jane Mansfield’s Car” and most recently “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” starring Jennifer Hudson, Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.



Friday March 14 Workshops Saturday March 15 Workshops

Creative Chicago Expo Workshops



View a list of this year's vendors.

Creative Chicago Expo Vendors


Food by The Nosh




March 14-15, 2014




10 am - 4 pm




Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602








The following services are available for persons with disabilities:

  • Accessible entrance, 77 E. Randolph St.
  • Accessible restroom facilities
  • Wheelchair loans, see information desk for availability or call in advance
  • ASL interpreters are provided with 72 hours notice
  • Assisted Listening Devices available for public events




Public Transportation:
El: Pink, Orange, Green, Brown, Purple to Randolph; Blue to Washington; Red to Lake.
Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 26, 143, 144, 146, 147, 151, 157.

Metra and South Shore to Millennium Station.

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