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Happy Hour with Dallas Clayton
Thursday, May 8th from 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Signup begins Monday, April 28th at 11:00AM!

Ya’ll, we’re breaking new ground. CreativeMornings Chicago is hosting a happy hour talk for the first time! This is for everyone who wishes they could be at our morning events, but can’t make it because of work. Or for anyone looking for some extra inspiration. Or an excuse to hang out with each other while throwing back a cold one. Or all of the above. 

We’re having a special guest come all the way from Los Angeles, Dallas Clayton, to talk to us and hang with Chicago’s creative community. You may have bought one of Dallas’ books, or heard about his tour, or seen his Google Chrome commercial, or been a fan of his since he made internet waves with his self-published book An Awesome Book.

If you don’t know Dallas, you’ll want to. He draws pictures, writes kids books and travels all over the world sharing them with people and having fun. When he’s not working on books for kids, he’s writing for adults and the companies adults run, draws pictures for adults and reads things out loud to a crowd of strangers, like us.

Come out for a night of inspiration, laughs, high fives and good ol’ times. The talk will be held at Workshop, located a short walk from the blue line in River West. Tallgrass Brewing Co. and Lakeshore Beverage have partnered to serve up cans of 8-Bit Pale Ale, Halcyon Wheat and Ethos IPA. Dallas will give a 40 minute talk, followed by a 20 minute Q&A with the audience. As always, the event is FREE and there will be lots of getting to know each other before and after. A big thank you goes out to Desktime for sponsoring this event!

And now for the fine print: The law tells us you must be 21 or older to attend and IDs will be checked at the door.

Psst… there are only 125 tickets to this event, so when it fills up, that’s it folks. Also, registration for this event is only available through Eventbrite, not the CreativeMornings website.

Signup begins here on Monday, April 28th at 11:00AM.

Hope to see you there!



Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but we are so pumped for this Friday’s event. If you forgot to register it’s not too late. This event is bigger than our usual and there are a few seats left! So, to get you all excited we wanted to share some fun facts about this month’s host space, 1st Ward Events at The Chop Shop

The Chop Shop and 1st Ward Events, consists of a deli complete with an authentic salumeria and gourmet butcher shop, a full bar that serves fine drinks of the artisan and local variety, a top-notch restaurant, and a 6,000-square-feet event space all in one! They opened their doors in October of 2013 in Wicker Park, and they have been doing their thing ever since. This eclectic space calls a 100-year-old building, that previously housed an actual auto-body chop shop and a 1970’s porn studio, their home, and it could not be more perfect for this month’s talk. With the Chop Shop just landing a spot on Chicago Magazine’s “Best of” list, and 1st Ward Events hosting all sorts of events including concerts, fashion shows, weddings, corporate events and now CreativeMornings, we are definitely excited to be a part of the groups that have been welcomed to this space. We can’t thank them enough for hosting our event! We would not be able to have such great talks each month without hosts like them.image

Want to know more? Check out their respective sites:

The Chop Shop
1st Ward Events 

Can’t wait to see you all on Friday morning!


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!