Producer Bob Teitel to speak at Creative Expo

Producer Bob Teitel

Producer Bob Teitel of LA-based State Street Productions – Chicago native and Columbia College grad — is one of four can’t-miss speakers at this weekend’s 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo.

The March 14-15 Expo, hosted by the Dept. of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), at the Chicago Cultural Center, will be the biggest one yet. 

“This event is a must-do connection for professional and aspiring filmmakers, musicians, fashion designers, artists, artisanal chefs and others,” says a DCASE spokesperson. 

DCASE is bringing together more than 160 exhibitors and 40 workshops on specific arts subjects, plus a wide-range of practical subjects that apply to all areas of creative enterprise, such as fundraising, business law, marketing, growing your business, non-profits, writing a business plan, tips for a successful career and more.

Among the workshop presenters are Kartemquin Films, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy, Kickstarter, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Links Hall, Fractured Atlas, Media Burn archivists, Second City Training Center, 3Arts, Executive Service Corps and others.   

Keynote speakers are outstanding creative achievers

The four keynote speakers are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on both days.

Friday’s speakers: Fine artist and Chicago treasure Theaster Gates, is the Director of Arts and Public Life at the U of C, and recipient of innumerable arts and innovation awards, fellowships and grants. At 10:30 a.m.

Dress designer Maria Pinto, who gained fame for her designs worn by Michelle Obama and Oprah, former Creative Director at Mark Shale, before starting her own business funded by a Kickstarter campaign. At 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Chef Carrie Nahabedia, one of only 10 female chefs in the US to earn a Michelin Star (she has four) opened NAHA in 2000 after leaving the Four Seasons hotel in Beveral Hills where she won a James Beard award. At 10:30 a.m.

Most recent films of Bob Teitel, partner with director George Tillman, Jr., known for “Soul Food,” which launched their successful career, “Barbershop 1 and 2,” and most recently “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” and “Jane Mansfield’s Car.” At 3:30 p.m.

WBEZ, Power Tower and CAN-TV are also presenting the Expo.

At 78 E. Washington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.  Free and open to all.