Additional Activities:

We are excited to provide additional activities both during the conference and as additional add-on opportunities. All activities listed here require additional registration unless otherwise specified. Please pay close attention to deadlines. 


There are two competitions held in conjunction with the conference. Both are free to enter with your paid conference registration. For more details, please click on the corresponding link. (Link will be open later this summer)

Juried College Art Competition - Entry deadline, January 31st, 2020

Open to all college students. Selected entries will be displayed on-site at the conference. If selected as a finalist for the show, you will be required to attend the conference in order to participate in the show. A minimum of $800 in prizes will be awarded.

Funding Pitch - Entry deadline, January 31st, 2020

We have revised the Idea Pitch Competition for Creatives into a Funding Pitch. Rather than pitch an entire business idea, you can pitch for specific funding. Perhaps you would like funding to help pay your LLC filing fee or maybe you need a new piece of equipment for your DJ or photography business. The possibilities are endless. 

Free and Add-On Activities:

Looking for additional opportunities to engage with Chicago's vibrant art scene? We are excited to partner with area artists and organizations to provide you with several unique to SEA options. Some of the activities require an additional fee and all have a capacity. More activities may be added as they become available. If you are registered for the conference, you will be notified of additional opportunities by email. A separate registration form is required. Register early as space is very limited. Transportation to the activity location is the responsibility of the participant. SEA will not be providing transportation. Details including information about directions and parking will be sent to those registered closer to the event date.

Friday - February 21st

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Tour & Talk - Friday 3 PM approx. 90 minutes (FREE / Maximum 20)

This family-owned company in Chicago specializes in the development, management and operation of studio space and support facilities for the film, television, and digital media production industry. The 1.45 million sq. ft space is home to popular TV shows including Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Chicago MED, and Empire as well as DePaul's School of Cinematic Arts. This excursion will include a tour of several of the sound stages as well as a conversation with one of the owners or managers. (TBD) Sign up here.

2112 Event - TBD (FREE / Maximum 50)

More information coming soon!

Cushing Tour & Panel - Friday 5:30-7:30 PM (FREE / Maximum 15)

Join Cushing staff and graphic designers for a tour of their facility followed by a panel discussion. Cushing is a creative print and display graphics company, serving Chicagoland for over 90 years and was awarded Illinois Family Business of the Year by Loyola University in 2018. In 2019, their team earned a Big Picture Magazine Wide Format Award. Cushing's location is just over 2 miles from the Hilton Hotel and Columbia College. For more details about Cushing, visit Sign Up no later than 2/15/20.

Columbia College Production - Friday 7:30 PM (FREE / Maximum 30)

Enjoy a production at Columbia College's Studio 404, just a short 5 minute walk from the Hilton Hotel. FAILURE: A Love Story - Nelly Fail died in 1928 and was preceded in death by her sisters Jenny June and Gerty that same year. Each was engaged to the same man before their untimely demise. As with so many things in life such as blunt objects, disappearances and consumption, they and their brother, John N. never saw death coming. Failure is a magical, musical fable that traces the sisters’ triumphs and defeats. Set in the Fail family home and clock shop and filled with thoughtful birds, snakes and dogs, a rickety two-story building near the Chicago River, this funny, moving, and profoundly wise play reminds us that only love remains in the end. Reserve your ticket by 2/15/20.

Saturday Evening - February 22nd

Meet the Bean with Denise Laurin - depart conference together Saturday at 5:30 PM (FREE / Maximum 12)

This is an informal introduction to Cloud Gate, aka The Bean, the Crown Fountain, the Pritzker Pavilion, and other world-class features of Millennium Park. Participants are urged to dress warmly for our walk to the location. Denise will provide information about the artists, concepts, artistic process and construction of key features of Millennium Park. Depending on the temperature, we can have a Q & A, and take photos by Cloud Gate. Dinner together afterwards is optional at your own expense. Save your spot by 2/15/20.

Free Museums

Please call ahead to check hours of operation

DePaul Art Museum

The Field Museum - (Illinois Residents Only / February only - TBD for 2020)

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Veterans Art Museum

Smart Museum of Art

Discounted Theatre Tickets

*Many theatres also provide student discounts. Please contact theatres directly to see if any are available.

HotTix - Half price theatre tickets

A service of the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres, Hot Tix is unique to Chicago and has been serving Chicago theatres and audiences for over 35 years.

The Second City Group Sales

Please note, many shows sell out weeks in advance.