The Invitation Read, “Creative Construction Attire”







The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), founded in 1974 by artists dedicated to creating a better environment for the arts, has moved west to the Kinzie Industrial Corridor—one of the City’s most vibrant new gallery districts. The new 6,200-sq ft location features artist studios, galleries, and an education room dedicated to hosting CAC’s education and professional development programs.


2018 Honoree Rhona Hoffman.

CAC and its chic and sage executive director, Caroline Older, recently welcomed guests into the space for its annual benefit, WORK IN PROGRESS, honoring gallery owner Rhona Hoffman. Partygoers, including the luminous power couple Maycol and Jose Cerda and captivating Carrie Lannon, celebrated the completion of the build-out sporting “creative construction” attire as the invitation requested.


Jose Cerda III and Macol Stewart Cerda.


Work in Progress 2018.


Aram Atamian, Carrie Lannon, and Emilio Rojas.


Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Laura Letinski.

This relocation is just one of many recent changes for the organization, which in addition to becoming ADA accessible, has eliminated artists’ fees for its BOLT residency program, allowing CAC to serve a more inclusive Chicago arts community. The educational programs, exhibitions, and residency programs are one of the reasons talented artists choose to remain in Chicago.

This year’s edition of The ANNUAL, curated by Jordan Martins, will mark the Grand Opening of the new space.


CAC gallery, installation view.

The ANNUAL: Mixtapes for the Next Millennium opens Friday, September 21, 5-8pm at 2130 W. Fulton Street. For more information, visit

Photo credit: Sean Su Photo / Purple Photo Co.