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Opening Gala

Thursday 7:00- 10:00 PM
Tickets Here

Come party with the artists! The Opening Gala for the CCPAF will feature performances by Trans Voices Cabaret, local vendors, and a chance to rub elbows with all the amazing talent Chicago has to offer.

Local Vendors

Shop local and meet the creators in person! Our vendors are all Chicago artisans, makers, and crafters. 

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Visit Kro and get a Poem on Demand!

Kro (they/them) has been writing for 20 years. They got their start with the Typewriter Tarts, a performance ensemble they co-founded with fellow typewriter poets Coelti Ticsay and Lisa Marie Farver, among others.

Kro hosts the Poetic Devices podcast, is the resident poet at the WNDR Museum, and is the author of Prayer Wheel, an art/ essay/ poetry/ activity book about the turning of the seasons, Buddhism, and Druidry. 

Freddie Collier is a metalsmith and photographer born and raised in Chicago. Throughout the years he has practiced a variety of artforms ranging from classical voice performance to baking and currently finds great joy in making jewelry. As a fan of soft, fluid forms, Freddie incorporates them into his work wherever possible in lieu of more traditional straight lines. His current works are all composed of Sterling Silver and often include gemstones because everything is better with a little sparkle!

Wallkarina was envisioned and founded by two sisters, Olga and Flora Chongo, celebrated Kichwa Parteras, Healers, and guardians of women's wellbeing. Olga and Flora have devoted over 30 years to the sacred realm of birth and protection of ancestral wisdom, a testament of their passion and commitment to the rights of both women and the kichwa community, as well as the preservation of their culture. Wallkarina is a project imbued with a noble purpose, a flicker of a greater vision. 

Crafted with devotion and artistry, every piece in our collection is handcrafted by Indigenous artisans of the Kichwa community all the way from the verdant Amazonian lands of Ecuador. They woven a tapestry of ancient traditions, and customs that stretches across generations.

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Frank Gallagher (they/them) is bringing their one-of-a-kind creations! From earrings to cuttings boards to brass flowers, every item is hand crafted and unique. Most items use reclaimed, reused, or scrap material.

Frank says: "At Big Gay Maker Company we are selling things that bring us joy, to survive capitalism."

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That Cookie Betch began as a humble hobby in Beth's cozy Chicago kitchen, with the simple intention of baking delicious cookies for her son with food allergies. It was from this pure place of joy and connection that That Cookie Betch was born, with the mission to spread happiness, one delectable cookie at a time.

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Nick Kokonas is an award winning bartender who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Over the course of his career he has played an integral role behind some of the most prestigious bars in the city; from the formerly Michelin-starred gastropub Longman & Eagle to working on the opening bar team at Danny Meyer/The Dead Rabbit collaboration Green River. He has participated in a number of the most prominent international cocktail competitions, finding success in Diageo World Class, Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender, and Bacardi Legacy, to name a few.

Silent Auction Items

Self guided scavenger hunts!

Self guided scavenger hunts!

-Date Night Scavenger Hunt (2 chances to win) -City Scavenger Hunt for 10 (3 chances to win)

Custom Poem

Custom Poem

A custom-order poem from the Traveling Typist!

Avondale Bowl Package

Avondale Bowl Package

Includes 2 cards for 1 hour of bowling, for up to 6 people, and a bunch of great merch!

Pat Kroth Fiber Art

Pat Kroth Fiber Art

A scarf from fiber artist Pat Kroth. All works are original one of kind, hand-crafted artworks made and signed by the artist. No reproductions are currently available. (Image for example only, does not represent actual item.)

Club Pilates

Club Pilates

1 month of unlimited classes at Club Pilates!

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