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New Website Includes Exhibit Booth Schedule, “Chicago Maker” Stories and Exclusive Blog Content Covering Chicago’s Presence at SXSW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2014

CONTACT

Michael Samm
312.567.8565
msamm@choosechicago.com

Today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago, the official tourism organization for Chicago, in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), World Business Chicago (WBC), and the Illinois Office of Tourism launched the new ChicagoMade.us website, which will serve as the backbone for the Chicago Made initiative happening at SXSW March 9 - 12.

The state-of-the-art Chicago Made site features comprehensive information on Chicago's SXSW presence. It includes the trade show exhibit booth schedule which features meet-and-greet opportunities with "Chicago Makers" - (a "who's who" from Chicago's technology, music and film industries), along with performances by a variety of Chicago's rising and established musical acts.

"The City of Chicago is extremely excited to be a part of South by Southwest this year," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "We are dedicated to supporting the creative industries as we see them as vital components to the development of our communities and our economy." "The Chicago Made initiative will shine light on some of our best and brightest Chicago natives who have excelled in their respective creative fields and are participating in the festival in 2014."

The trade show takes place at the Austin Convention Center; admission is open to all SXSW badge holders and all SXSW showcasing artist wristband holders. The trade show will operate March 9 -11 from 11am - 6pm and March 12 from 11am - 4pm.

The Chicago Made exhibit booth schedule is as follows:

Sunday, March 9

12PM    Meet & Greet     Andrea Saenz (1st Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library)
3PM      Meet & Greet     Miles Benjamin (Co-Owner, The Uprising Creative *Formerly Eyes and Ears Entertainment)
5PM      Performance    KSRA

Monday, March 10

12PM    Meet & Greet     Zach Kaplan (Founder & CEO, Inventables)
1PM      Meet & Greet     Dave Moore (Co-Executive Director, Chicago International Movies and Music Festival)
2PM      Meet & Greet     Mimi Plauche (Programming Director, Chicago International Film Festival)
3PM      Meet & Greet     Mike McNamara (Director of Programming, Midwest Independent Film Festival)
4PM      Meet & Greet     Michael Una (Founder, Unatronics)
5PM      Performance    White Mystery

Tuesday, March 11

12PM    Meet & Greet     Colin Schiffli (Director, Animals the Film)
1PM      Meet & Greet     Nan Warshaw (Co-Owner, Bloodshot Records)
1PM      Performance    Robbie Fulks
2PM      Meet & Greet     Howard Tullman (CEO, 1871)
3PM      Meet & Greet     Eric Sheinkop (President and CEO, Music Dealers)
4PM      Meet & Greet     Betsy Steinberg (Director, Illinois Film Office)

Wednesday, March 12

11AM    Performance    Milo & Otis
12PM    Meet & Greet     Marah Eakin (Music Editor, AV Club) and Andrew Morgan (Agent, Billions)
1PM      Performance    My Gold Mask
2PM      Performance    Archie Powell & the Exports
3PM      Meet & Greet    Philippe Ravanas (AEMM Dept., Chair, Columbia College)
3PM      Meet & Greet    Jerry Brindisi (AEMM Dept. Coordinator, Columbia College)
4PM      Meet & Greet    Martin Atkins (Music Business Department Chair, SAE Chicago)

In addition to the scheduled exhibit booth guests, the new Chicago Made website will also feature the stories of other notable "Chicago Makers" including President Obama's 2012 campaign CTO Harper Reed, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah, Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie, founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie Tavi Gevinson, and acclaimed feature film director Joe Swanberg among many others.

The website will also feature editorial blog content covering Chicago's presence at SXSW in every creative industry. Renowned bloggers from Dynasty Podcasts and Chicagomusic.org will provide real-time coverage of the conferences and performances, conducting exclusive interviews, snapping photos and shooting videos that will live on ChicagoMade.us.

Additional Chicago Made programming at SXSW will include an invitation-only networking event at The Chicago House on March 11 that will feature live music by The Hood Internet and White Mystery DJs. The event will be followed by a Chicago music showcase from 8pm - 2am at Red 7, a live music venue located in Austin's music district. The music showcase will be hosted by Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One and will feature a homegrown lineup including rising hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, Wilco side project The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone, high-energy DJ duo The Hood Internet, power-pop band Archie Powell & the Exports, indie rockers My Gold Mask, singer-songwriter Bonzie, and alternative rap artists ShowYouSuck and Prob Cause.

"SXSW has grown into the largest and most influential festival of its kind," said Choose Chicago President and CEO Don Welsh. "It has truly become a mecca for showcasing new technologies, exposing emerging brands, and bringing together some of the most important musical and visual artists in the world. It is our goal with Chicago Made to promote our city as a leading innovation center, an entertainment capital, and a top-tier cultural tourism destination at SXSW in 2014."

For complete details on Chicago Made and for a list of Chicago Made SXSW events visit ChicagoMade.us. The official hashtag for Chicago Made events at SXSW is #ChicagoSXSW.

About Choose Chicago

Choose Chicago is the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor destination leveraging the city's unmatched assets to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. For more information, visit www.choosechicago.com.

About World Business Chicago

Chaired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, World Business Chicago (WBC) fosters private sector growth and jobs through the advancement of a business-friendly environment that attracts world class talent. WBC leads the city's business retention, attraction and expansion efforts, raises Chicago's position as a premier global business destination, and guides implementation of the Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs. WBC is also home to the ChicagoNEXT council of technology leaders, a dedicated effort to drive business growth and opportunity in science, innovation and technology entrepreneurship. For more information, visit: www.worldbusinesschicago.com

About Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago's artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago's non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City's future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City's cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit: www.cityofchicago.org/dcase

About Illinois Office of Tourism

The Illinois Office of Tourism mission is to manage industry efforts that result in sustainable and significant economic and quality-of-life benefits for Illinois residents. For more information, visit: www.enjoyillinois.com

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