ChicagoMade, an initiative of World Business Chicago, empowers creative entrepreneurs and businesses and promotes Chicago as a hub of creativity and innovation. It supports entrepreneurs in the creative industries of design, craft, media, and entertainment, and its primary focus is to better support creative entrepreneurs from underserved populations, neighborhoods, and sectors.
ChicagoMade serves this broad mix of creative entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing core functions, services, and community to create wealth and equity in under-served populations and foster vibrancy throughout the city’s neighborhoods. ChicagoMade equips creative entrepreneurs with needed knowledge, community and capital, while providing a platform and insights to strengthen the broader creative ecosystem across the City of Chicago.
Creative enterprises represent a key driver to city's economy. The development and expansion of these maker businesses significantly impacts long-term prosperity and growth in our city and our neighborhoods.