This in directly from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE):
Lake FX Summit + Expo
Pre-registration is now open
Full schedule is available
The Lake FX Summit + Expo presented by Google is the region’s largest FREE conference for artists, creative professionals and entrepreneurs in the areas of film, music, fashion, culinary and the visual & performing arts. The inaugural four-day event, running April 16-19, will host keynotes, panels, professional development workshops and interactive labs featuring leading artists and industry innovators at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Virgin Hotels Chicago, the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and Macy’s on State Street.
Pre-registration for the summit is encouraged and allows registrants access to a “Fast Pass” to some programs at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater (priority seating based on availability) and special giveaways including a commemorative Lake FX Summit + Expo poster created by internationally renowned Chicago-based artist Carlos Rolón/DZINE (while supplies last). Only the Google Workshop on Friday, April 17, requires advanced registration which opens separately at 10am on Monday, March 23.
By signing up in advance you will also be entered in a chance to win reserved seating to a future DCASE produced event in Millennium Park between May-September 2015. Paid, ticketed and contracted rentals are not included in this offering.
The Lake FX “Fast Pass” will give you priority seating (first entrance based on availability) for the following programs (schedule subject to change):
Friday, April 17
- 10:30am How to Win at YouTube
- Noon Website Demolition Derby
- 1:30pm Breaking Down the Walls: Art and Creative Industries and the Making of Community
- 3pm The Improv Toolkit: Bringing Yes, And to your work
Saturday, April 18
- 10:30am Visual Art Keynote: Carlos Rolon/DZINE
- Noon Maker to Market
- 1:30pm TBD
- 3pm Film Keynote TBD