May 13-15. FREE. For artists and creative entrepreneurs. Chicago Cultural Center.
The Midwest’s largest FREE convening of artists and creative entrepreneurs.
Following 2015’s inaugural event drawing 10,000 attendees, this year’s event will feature nationally-renowned speakers, including: Charles Adler (tech entrepreneur/designer); Nick Cave (sculptor/dancer/performance artist); Graham Elliot (chef/restaurateur/television personality);Rodney Jerkins (producer/composer /musician); Ramsey Lewis (composer/ pianist/radio personality); Maria Pinto (fashion designer/artist/entrepreneur); Tanya Saracho (playwright/television writer); Regina Taylor (television and film actress/playwright)—and many others.
This year’s Lake FX is themed “I’m in!” and asks attendees to immerse themselves in conversations, demonstrations and networking opportunities. More than 100 talks, panels and workshops – on topics ranging from marketing and engagement strategies to legal, financial and space issues – will be presented by industry experts for those working in the culinary, fashion, film and media, music, performing arts, technology and design and visual arts fields, with select programs identified for emerging artists and creatives. Other events include evening music showcases (Friday & Saturday, 7–10pm), an Expo resource fair with exhibitors (Friday, 10am–5pm & Saturday, 10am–3pm) and a Marketplace (Sunday, 10am–4pm).