Chicago Craft Social - January 22, 2011 FAQ

Chicago Craft Social
Saturday, January 22
1pm - 4 pm

Catalyst Ranch
656 W. Randolph Street, 3W
Chicago, IL 60661
What is a Craft Social?
This fun-filled event is a chance to craft and meet amazing people. Whether you want to learn a new craft, meet like-minded crafters or hang out with your friends for the night and make cool stuff... Craft Social is the place. We have over 15 different projects in every genre of craft from paper crafting to ceramics. You will decide at the event which two projects you would like to make and then sit at a table and create. While hand crafting your nifty little project, you will meet new friends, professional crafters or maybe even someone who likes macrame just like you.

Will I know what the projects are before the Social?
Most projects will be in place before the Social and announced here on the blog a couple days prior to the event. Everyone will receive a guide of the event so they can navigate which tables they would like to join. Seating is limited at each table and there will generally be two "seatings" for each project so that everyone will have ample time to complete their craft.

What do I bring to the Craft Social?
Most projects require you to bring nothing but a smile but if you see a project in the list of projects that will be listed here on the blog next week, check to make sure that you are not required to bring any supplies in order to participate. Depending on the project table you hope to join will determine what you should bring along. We recommend everyone bring a pair of scissors and a friend (just make sure they register)!

Does it cost anything to attend?
Yes. The fee to attend the Chicago Craft Social is currently $25 per person and there will be limited availability at the door. On-site availability will be announced on the morning of the event on the blog. Everyone must register so that we can plan the event appropriately. We only have a limited number of tickets and space, so register early as this event fills fast. Walk-ins at the door may be able to be accommodated, but you should still purchase your ticket ahead of time to make sure you get a spot. There are no refunds but you can transfer your ticket to a friend if you are unable to attend.

Where is it?
Regarding our location, please note that this Craft Social will be held at our Sponsor, Catalyst Ranch. Catalyst Ranch is a fun and kitschy place to have private events, meetings, and more. Their staff is super friendly and extremely accommodating, and they love crafters. You'll love it when you see it!

Catalyst Ranch is located at 656 W. Randolph Street in the West Loop in the Haymarket Square building, between Des Plaines and I-90/94. Metered street parking is available as well as in a $10 validated System parking lot on Lake Street between Des Plaines and Jefferson. Get there by CTA: Green & Pink Lines/Clinton Stop, Blue Line/Grand Stop, Brown Line/Washington Stop.

Who runs the project tables?
At this event, we have professional crafters, every day crafters, craft businesses planned. We have some great companies and crafters who have generously joined in to sponsor a project. If you would like to be a sponsor for this event or an upcoming Craft Social or you are interested in becoming a project leader, email us at craftsocial(at)gmail(dot)com. This is a great way to connect with crafters.

Other Special Information...
No kids under 18 are admitted at this event (except nursing babies). With scissors everywhere, this would be no place for small children.

No alcoholic beverages permitted, again because of the all the scissor madness.

Some of our sponsors have generously donated some special gifts and everyone will receive a goodie bag when they arrive at the Social. Our Sponsors are being announced on the Chicago Craft Social blog, so stay tuned for more information about what we have in store.

All attendees will receive a raffle ticket upon arrival and you may enter to win one of our fabulous door prizes. Depending on your craft of choice there are lots to choose from and you will get to decide which one you would like to try your luck at winning.

If anyone has any other questions, concerns or suggestions... please email Craft Social at craftsocial(at)gmail(dot)com.

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