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Hello everyone! We hope everyone is getting pumped for next week’s event. We just wanted to share a big thank you for this month’s sponsor, Basecamp! Not only is Basecamp helping us to put on this month’s event, but also they help our team every month by creating the best project management application we know. All of our planning happens on Basecamp and we would all be a bit lost without it.

Basecamp has been around for the last 15 years, and in that time they have helped thousands of companies, ranging from individual freelancers to larger international brands, complete millions of projects all over the globe. It is both super secure and super easy to use, keeping all of your project planning as simple and seamless as possible. One of the best parts is that Basecamp keeps you up to date on project happenings via email. Even better, if you access the message on a mobile device, you can click on a link at the bottom and it goes to a mobile friendly page with all of the details you need. Like I said, we would all be a little less efficient if not altogether lost without this handy application. Sound like something you need? Good news…you can start your free 60-day trial today!

Thanks Basecamp for helping making our events possible. Feel free to check out their blog here. Don’t forget registration for next week’s event opens on Monday. We hope to see you there!


This month we’re welcoming Searah Deysach to the stage. She’s a creative entrepreneur who founded Early to Bed, one of the top rated sex shops in Chicago, and she’s an expert at making this month’s taboo topic of 'Sex' interesting, to say the least. So Chicago, if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Searah yet, here’s a little introduction.

1. What do people know you for?

My hair. My constant use of the words Dildo & Butt Plug at inappropriate times. And I hope, for opening up Chicago’s first women-owned sex shop in 2001 (and for being really nice). 

2. How is Chicago special for you?

Chicago is my home and has been my whole life. I LOVE this city full of hardy folks and my community of creative, self-motivated weirdos. I cannot imagine anywhere else I could possibly live.

3. What may people not know about you?

Well, not much, since my life is pretty much an open book and the only things I don’t talk about are things my girlfriend would not want me to mention. Or maybe they don’t know that my love of marshmallows is only eclipsed by my love of hot fudge pudding cake. 

4. What drives your creativity?

Necessity. As a fat kid, it was all about creating my own clothes & fashion since I couldn’t wear what my friends were wearing. As a tortured art student it was all about processing the gunk of my life. As a business owner it has been all about how to survive a crap economy while not compromising my values. That takes a lot of creativity. 

5. What are you going to talk to us about this month?

Sex! And why the world needs feminist sex shops. Also probably butt sex. 

Should be a really exciting morning! Follow Searah @searahD and signup for her CreativeMornings talk on Monday, April 21 at 11:00am CDT held at 1st Ward Events in Wicker Park.


Hey CM Chicago, Say hi to this month’s Featured Community Member, Andrea De la Torre! Andrea is a visual communications student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and works at watchLAB. This is actually Andrea’s first time attending CM, she heard about it through an AIGA event last year.

In case you’ve been out of the loop, we started a new series on the blog where each month we’ll shine a light on one of our attendees. It’s another way we try to strengthen our Chicago creative community more every month.

  • Favorite part of your average work day?
    The morning walk from the Monroe blue line to school.

  • Favorite thing to do outside of work?
    I enjoy taking pictures of the industrial scene of Chicago, in neighborhoods such as the West Loop and the Fulton River District.

  • Your answer to this month’s icebreaker tag?
    (If only I had..) unlimited worldwide travel. There’s so much to see, I even have a travel blog where I document the interesting places I travel to.

  • What’s your favorite part about CM?
    What made me want to come out was the opportunity to listen to other artist’s experiences. I left inspired and motivated to create something amazing.

  • If you get the opportunity to speak at CreativeMornings, what’s something you might be interested in speaking about?
    Environmental Design. I would talk about the importance of creating a pleasing and engaging environment. Every space we interact with on a daily basis should be beautiful––our home, the train station, the streets downtown, the classroom, the office, and so on.

Make sure to check out her work on cargo and her photography adventures. Cheers!


We just wanted to say a quick thank you to this month’s sponsor, Steelcase! Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to host you all each month and provide delicious breakfast to start your day off right.  

Steelcase has been brining human insight to business for over 100 years by studying how and where people work. These insights have led them to create a variety of workplace products, furnishings and services to outfit any office space. Also we should mention their awesome tagline… “Love how you work.”

Thanks Steelcase for helping making our events possible. Feel free to check out their blog here. See you Friday morning!

Hi CM Chicago! We hope everyone is getting excited for this month’s event on Friday, March 21 at CannonDesign. We wouldn’t be able to do these events without people like them. To shed a little more light on who they are and what they are about we wanted to share this post. 

CannonDesign is a design firm specializing in the planning, design, and engineering of the built environment. Their Chicago studio is home to interdisciplinary practices that shape the way we live, work, and learn. This month our event will be hosted by TheThirdTeacher+ of the education studio, the cities group, and the workplace interiors practice.

TheThirdTeacher+ is a collaborative within the CannonDesign education studio that uses design to shape the teaching and learning experience. Read more about the origin of this mindset in our book, TheThirdTeacher. The goal with The Third Teacher book was to show that the design of a school is intrinsically linked to learning. The book lives on as a tool for participatory design, giving a common language to designers and communities.

If you are interested in working for CannonDesign Chicago, check here for updates. They are currently hiring for corporate interior designers and marketing coordinators.

Don’t forget to register this coming Monday, March 17th at 11AM to reserve your spot. We hope to see you all there!

This month our speaker is artist Matthew Hoffman. Even if you don’t recognize his name, chances are you’ve seen his work; or even participated in one of his projects. Here’s a little preview for our 8:30 CreativeMornings on Friday March 21 at Cannon Design.

What do people know you for?
Cutting phrases out of wood, making stickers, and not being great at small talk.

How is Chicago special for you?
Chicago is home. It’s perfect (minus the winter). It’s the right speed, and packed full of incredible people always working together. Chicago is the perfect community. I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.

What may people not know about you?
I love a good prank. Something that really shocks you out of your day, and gives you a massive belly laugh. (After the screaming has subsided). Those close to me are always on their toes. It keeps life interesting.

What drives your creativity?
I’ve finally realized I’m most interested in creating moments. I’m not ultimately concerned about what it looks like, how it’s made, or where it’s placed. Don’t get me wrong, those things are important. But where it starts and ends for me is to find a way to create a brief moment for the viewer. 

What are you going to talk to us about this month?
I’m going to talk about the one thing I consider myself good at. Being hidden. I suppose, the talk itself kind of destroys that notion. That said, I’ll be focusing on why we shouldn’t stay hidden, and why we should share our work with the world.

Registration opens next Monday, March 17th. Reserve your spot.


Say hello to our second-ever Featured Community Member,Eddie Fieg! He’s a freelance graphic designer and illustrator here in Chicago. In case you missed last month’s debut post, we started a new series on the blog where each month we’ll shine a little light on one of our attendees. It’s another way for us to help strengthen our Chicago creative community more and more every month. This was Eddie’s first time making it to a CreativeMornings event. Afterwards, I wasn’t surprised to hear how much he enjoyed Stephanie’s talk. Here are a few things to know about Eddie.

  • Favorite part of Eddie’s average work (or non-work) day:
    the satisfaction that comes from finishing up a successful project
  • Favorite things to do outside of work:
    visit bookstores, go to comedy shows and watch live music
  • Answer to this month’s icebreaker tag:
    I want to learn how to… speak Spanish. 
  • What’s your favorite part about CreativeMornings?
    getting to meet other hard-working, creative professionals
  • If you get the opportunity to speak at CreativeMornings, what’s something you might be interested in speaking about?
    I’m no expert on the subject, but the moral and ethical concerns of business and design have always interested me and I love discussing it with others. 

Be sure to find Eddie at future CreativeMornings events and say hello! You may also like to follow him on Twitter and check out his work online. Cheers!

Hey CM Chicago! We are happy to announce this month’s host, Design Cloud. This is more than just an office space. It’s a classic studio, art gallery and coworking space. It’s a creative hub; specifically for designers, by designers. Most importantly, this space provides a culture proven to connect, inspire and help designers thrive in every way. It’s a co-working space like no other in Chicago. 

Design Cloud is a space for individuals and teams of 1-6 specifically in the fields of architecture, interior design, industrial design, visual design, branding, design thinking, UX/UI, arts non-profit, mobile design, and web development. 

We are also excited to tell you that for a limited time, Design Cloud would like to extend a ten percent discount to anyone who mentions CreativeMornings before signing up! This offer runs until April 1st, 2014.  

Design Cloud’s Features: 
They have the internet! (38/10Mb) 
Fuel: Snacks, chocolate, LaColombe coffee, and booze. 
AV: Smart TV, projector, record player, laser jet printer 
War Room w/ tools, whiteboards, and 3D printer. Prototype. Get messy 
Community Manager keeps you in the know 
Access to our design/art/tech events 
Lockers and storage for belongings + bikes 
2 Bathrooms, 1 shower 

Sound interesting? Well come check it out at the next event or take a look online at http://designcloudchicago.com/coworking/  

Hope to see you all there!