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Check out the amazing ChicagoMade SXSW 2015 Recap Reel that was produced by our good friends at Audiotree!


Entrepreneur, Designer and Co-Founder of Kickstarter , Charles Adler sat down with us ahead of SXSW on why he chooses to live and work in Chicago and what it means to be ChicagoMade.


A consummate nomad, Charles bounced from coast to coast to beyond our shores, and currently makes his home along the central coast in Chicagoland. His travels inform his work as a designer and entrepreneur. Previous to Kickstarter, Charles founded the web imprint Subsystence, originally in 1997 as an online streaming service for under represented DJ’s. In 2002 he revised Subsystence into a web periodical, with the expanded ambition to publish and give voice to under represented painters, photographers, musicians, interactive artists, poets and others.



Follow Charles Adler @Cadler

As SXSW 2015 gets closer, we checked in with web developer and musician, Adrian Holovaty who co-created the Django web framework and made one of the original Google Maps mashups, Adrian also founded EveryBlock, a “news feed for your block” that was eventually acquired by


His current project is Soundslice, a reinvention of sheet music and guitar tablature that’s one of the most advanced HTML5 sites on the web. Adrian gave us his take on what it means to be ChicagoMade.




How did you get your start in music and web development in Chicago?


I was born and raised here. Went away for college and a few jobs, and I came back in 2004.


Where did the idea for Soundslice come from?


It’s always been a hassle for me to learn pieces of music. I’d have iTunes open in one window, a YouTube video open in another window, a PDF printed out with notation — it was a horrible, kludgy system. Soundslice is intended to put everything together seamlessly.


Why do you choose to continue to do business in Chicago over other major cities?


Because I love living here. There’s beautiful architecture, great people, fantastic food, great public transportation negating the need to use a car, a top-notch music scene…all with a reasonable cost of living.


I also like that my friends are in a wide variety of industries. If I lived in San Francisco, I’d only be hanging out with Internet people.


Describe the current climate of creativity in your industry in Chicago.


There’s a nice, friendly community of independent web developers here. The coolest thing happening now is the Cards Against Humanity space, where a whole bunch of interesting people work. There’s also an amazing event and community called ORD Camp that’s a collection of interesting Chicago people.


What does your business do to stay competitive, not only in the local Chicago market, but the global market as well?


We make a great product.


What is your favorite Chicago band?


Joel Paterson and the Modern Sounds. It’s tasty guitar and a super-tight band.


What is your favorite movie that was filmed in Chicago?


The Blues Brothers. I’m never not in the mood to watch it!


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In advance of SXSW 2015, we caught up with Anna Hovet, Founder of Anna Hovet Designs at her design studio in Chicago’s West Loop on what it means to be Chicago Made.


Anna Hovet is an entrepreneur, fashion designer, illustrator, educator, and social media influencer based in Chicago. Her fashion brands, Anna Hovet (womenswear) and HOVET (menswear), embody a fusion of designer style and streetwear comfort. Categorized as Sport Luxe, the garments are manufactured locally in Chicago and sold online and in several boutiques.


Anna Hovet is one of the most recognized names in Chicago Fashion and has had sponsorship deals with United Airlines, Kraft, and EFFEN Vodka. Her designs can be seen on actress Jennifer Hudson and comedian Hannibal Buress and have been featured in several publications including Lucky Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and RedEye. She has appeared on NBC “1st Look” and was a contestant on the Kenmore Reality Web Series “So You Wanna Be A Designer”.



Follow Anna Hovet @AnnaHovet

In advance of SXSW 2015, we checked in with former drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins and CEO of LiveOne Inc., Jimmy Chamberlin at the LiveOne Inc. headquarters in downtown Chicago on what it means to be ChicagoMade.


Jimmy Chamberlin is a Grammy award winning musician, writer producer and educator. Jimmy was a founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins and the band’s highly acclaimed drummer for over 20 years. Jimmy is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of LiveOne Inc. – an audience engagement and data analytics company that is dedicated to transforming the way live online video content is consumed and monetized around the world.



Meet Jimmy Chamberlin at the ChicagoMade SXSW Trade Show Happy Hour
Austin Convention Center, Booth# 619
Monday, March 16th
4PM – 6PM


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Follow Jimmy Chamberlin @jccomplex