Want to join the Chicago Craft Mafia?


The Chicago Craft Mafia is looking for new members, and you just might have what it takes.

After almost 10 years as a craft-based business collaborative organization, The Chicago Craft Mafia recently handed over the hugely successful DIY Trunk Show to another organization to keep the yearly show going strong.  Now, the Mafia can focus all of its efforts on our founding mission of supporting arts and crafts entrepreneurship in our community.

We’re opening the doors for new members, who will have a significant say in where the group goes in the future and what new programs, opportunities, and successes we’ll have on the horizon.

As a part of the Mafia, you can affect Chicago culture by promoting handcrafted goods, educating communities about the importance of artisan commerce, and helping new crafters take their hobbies and businesses to the next level.

Members benefit from increased media exposure, national networking opportunities, and a support of like-minded individuals.  Mafia members promote and support each other and other growing and emerging businesses, foster entrepreneurial relationships, gain professional development, business info from your peers, new skills, alliances with other arts-based groups, and more.

To be considered for the Chicago Craft Mafia, complete the application here.

Our Mission:

The Chicago Craft Mafia is a collaborative and non-competitive organization of independent crafting business owners.  We work together to both foster our own individual entrepreneurship and support the greater crafting community.  Members of the group pride ourselves on the design, integrity and workmanship of our products and the ethics of our business practices.

Our goal is to increase these businesses’ retail and/or wholesale exposure, by abiding by a Do-It-Yourself code of ethics.

The CCM is a local chapter of the national Craft Mafia.

The revolution will be crafted.

1 Comment
  • Mery Elyn Baron Pocius |

    I make colourful pot holders, hot pats, scarves, you name it – I also paint acrylic (is my medium). I will be at Jackalope this weekend 11 – 2. First time event for me. I am happily retired – grandmother of 2.5 and also do some volunteer work for Peace Hospice crocheting small blankets. I recently set up an etsy shoppe – see potholders and hot pads by mer. I am on facebook also. I live in Chicago (Archer/Western)

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