March 11, 2014

Mayor's Press Office

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, will promote Chicago's technology, music, and film industries at this year's South By Southwest (SXSW). The group is collaborating on Chicago Made, an initiative designed to educate SXSW attendees about Chicago natives who have made an indelible mark on their respective industries while living and working in Chicago. The initiative also demonstrates the human and physical infrastructure that makes Chicago an ideal location to start a new business or career.

"From music to movies to the next generation of tech companies, Chicago is home to the best and brightest in the industry," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "Chicago Made brings local artists, executives and influencers to South By Southwest to showcase our city's creative, home-grown talent, and show the world that Chicago is a place where new industries and new talent can thrive."

Mayor Emanuel and Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, will be having a SXSW Conversation on Tuesday, March 11 at 3:30PM in Austin Convention Center Ballroom D. Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell will moderate. They will highlight the Mayor's effort to establish Chicago as a global destination for creativity, innovation and excellence in the arts. Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Boone will discuss the impact and the success of their plan so far during this special SXSW Conversation.

Chicago Made events include an exhibit booth at the SXSW trade show, a private reception for business leaders, and an official SXSW Chicago music showcase. The effort aims to increase awareness for Chicago as a business and tourism destination and showcase the city's technology and cultural industries.

The Chicago Made exhibit booth offers 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 booth features lounge areas, Shapeoko
2 desktop CNC mill kit demonstration, and a 12-foot high visual centerpiece produced from original artwork by renowned Chicago artist Chris Silva.

"Chicago Made is a great opportunity to showcase our city's tremendous technology and creative industry talent to a global audience of thought-leaders at SXSW," said World Business Chicago President & CEO Jeff Malehorn. "I look forward to discussing Mayor Emanuel's Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs with industry leaders, and showcasing our ChicagoNEXT effort to drive growth and opportunity in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship."

In addition, Chicago thought leaders including 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, Music Dealers President and CEO, Eric Sheinkop and Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan are exhibit guests and will bring together their peers from other cities the networking event at The Chicago House on March 11. 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.

"Chicago is a music capital; it's the birthplace of Gospel music, home of the Blues, and its indie rock and hip-hop scenes are exploding. Further cultivating the city's music scene is a top priority of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Cultural Plan and we aim to promote the city's talented musicians, signature festivals and legendary venues to our best advantage to support our rich and diverse music community, as well as attract cultural tourists to Chicago," said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. "The Chicago Made music showcase at SXSW offers music lovers of all kinds and industry professionals from around the world an opportunity to hear the success stories of our Chicago Makers."

"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 a complete list of Chicago Made SXSW events visit The official hashtag for Chicago Made events at SXSW is #ChicagoSXSW.