We’re Coming to YOU!
Upcoming Dates
2022 Annex Activities are planned to take place at the following locations:
  • Austin on Saturday SEPTEMBER 3 from 11 am – 3 pm at the Austin Art & Music Fest Showcasing Austin’s Art & Music community, with activities for the whole family, food trucks and other vendors.
    The Fest will take place in Levin Park, 5458 W Kinzie Pkwy

The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) offers Annexes as part of the 77 Communities Initiative, a realignment of resources to prioritize supporting creative enterprises in historically excluded communities. These mobile offices serve to meet artist-entrepreneurs and organizations where they are – in the community!

What Happens at an Annex?

A&BC staff make themselves available for community conversation, walk-ins, and service navigation during these open-door events. Are you familiar with the resources available to you or have questions about where to find support for your business? Stop by and get them answered!

Participants engage Business Volunteers for the Arts®—skilled Chicagoans, consultants, and subject matter experts in the areas of business planning, strategic planning, board governance, marketing, communications, human resources, accounting, and more—via one-hour, in-person consulting sessions. During their time together, participants tackle the pressing issues, organizational challenges, and burning questions that may be preventing them from growing their creative enterprise. Expect to walk away with actionable advice, concrete recommendations, and the essential knowledge needed to get things done!

Our management consulting focus areas include:

· Concept & Development Planning

· Board Governance

· Financial Management

· Income Generation

· Audience Development & Marketing

· Staffing & Structure

· Facilities

Annexes dates are pending due to pandemic constraints but when they do resume, they will be open to all and welcoming to walk-ins. No registration required.


Allstate is proud to support the Arts and Business Council of Chicago for their commitment to our diverse cultural community.

Past Dates

Monday, January 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Douglass Branch, 3353 W. 13th St., Multipurpose Room 1
Community Area: North Lawndale

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago Public Library – Little Village Branch, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave., Small Meeting Room
Community Area: South Lawndale

Host an Annex

A&BC welcomes partners and site recommendations for future Annexes. Do you know of an organization or space that would benefit from having us on-site? Let us know! For more information, email