Lake FX

April 21–22, 2017

Chicago Cultural Center • FREE Admission, No Registration Needed

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If you create, perform or produce...this is for you!


Lake FX Chicago 2017 presented by Google


Lake FX presented by Google is the Midwest's largest FREE gathering of artists and creative professionals.

  • 50+ interactive workshops & discussions with national arts leaders
  • April 21 Keynote with Kevin Liles, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, in conversation with Kevin Coval
  • April 22 Keynote with Alex Ross, comic book writer & artist, in conversation with Robert Milazzo
  • Brand development presentation by Google
  • Access to one-on-one marketing, legal, financial & career development advice. Come prepared!
  • Live performances by some of Chicagoland's very talented emerging musicians
  • Networking opportunities with fellow arts professionals

All events are FREE and open to anyone working in (or aspiring to work in) creative fields including music, theater, dance, art & design.

A sign language interpreter will be on-site both days from 10am-6pm at the Randolph St. entrance. If you need this service, ask a volunteer and they will help you.





Full schedule of programs including over 50 interactive workshop and panel discussions with national arts leaders.



New to Lake FX for 2017, the ACCESS Lab is an energized resource fair connecting participants with industry leaders and organizations through fun and informative one-on-one talks and small group activities.

Kevin Liles

Kevin Liles, Keynote Speaker

On Friday, April 21, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment will discuss how emerging artists can build their careers while keeping their artistic vision.

Alex Ross

The State Of The Art with Alex
Ross and Robert Milazzo

On Saturday, April 22, legendary comic book creator and artists will explore current modalities and future visions for film, television, comic books and performance.

A&R Auditions & Live Performances

A&R Auditions & Live Performances

Everyone is invited to watch and cheer as Chicagoland-based artists get their shot to perform live in front of A&R (Artist & Repertoire) executives from major labels.



Thank you to these arts organizations and associations for their generous help creating and organizing the panels, conversations and workshops.


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Chicago Cultural Center

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

FREE Admission


Millennium Garages

Park near the Chicago Cultural Center! Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive.

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  • Saturday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

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