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A beautiful thing is happening in Chicago: locally owned bars, music venues and union halls are opening their doors for crafters and makerpreneurs to sell their wares and interact with their communities face-to-face. A new creative economy is emerging within these unique shopping experiences, keeping money circulating between individuals instead of being siphoned into big business.


Unfortunately, until now, there has not been a one-stop directory for this distinctive phenomenon happening year-round in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Shoppers and vendors have had to keep tabs on the sporadic pop-up scene on their own, spending a lot of time searching through Facebook pages and events.


That’s why The Craft Wire was built. A new hub for news in the Chicago craft pop-up scene, The Craft Wire is a curated monthly e-newsletter and a space for listings, interviews and exclusive content from the city’s most unique makers and much more.


Take a look around and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS.


About Kelsey Hoff, The Craft Wire Founder

Kelsey Hoff is a poet and freelance marketing copywriter who loves working with art and people behind the scenes. She moved to Chicago in 2015 to get her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and loved it so much she stayed. Kelsey works part-time with sales and marketing agency @revenue, writes for the Windy City Times and is very close to finishing a poetry manuscript. She founded The Craft Wire as an outlet to support a teeming community of artists and innovators stickin’ it to the man using her own craft: writing.