Every crafted item carries a little bit of the place and people that make it. The Illinois Makers program celebrates the small businesses whose uniquely Illinoisan style and creativity set our locally made goods apart.
View the Illinois Made Guide.
Interested in becoming (or nominating) an Illinois Maker? Read through the criteria and submit a form here.
A longtime manufacturing hub, local artisans continue the city’s centuries-long tradition of creating, making everything from delicious treats to stylish clothes to chic home decor.
Deep in the heart of the state’s prairies, local makers are pouring their passion into artful desserts, small-batch spirits, and classic furniture that are honestly amazing.
Adventurous and unique describes not just the topography, but the standout foods, drinks, and quirky creations that makers in Southern Illinois are crafting every single day.
In the charming small towns along the great rivers of the region, makers are crafting some of the finest pottery, handmade heirlooms, and delightful trinkets in the midwest.
For over 30 years, Ian Schneller has been a maestro of hand-crafted musical instruments.Learn More
The smell of spicy, smoky sausage has been filling the air at this Aurora storefront since 1895.Learn More
Authentic, handmade dumplings from scratch using traditional Northern Chinese methods.Learn More
Enjoy ice cream, candy, chocolate, and sandwiches at a family-owned old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.Learn More
In a culture where convenience is king, quality is often sacrificed. While efficiency is important, Joe Sippers Cafe has a high regard for craftsmanship and tradition.Learn More
After spending years doing nonprofit work, Josh started his own community-minded business almost by accident.Learn More
My art studio and workshop is open all year round and features beautiful hand-carved art including some exceptional one-of-a-kind pieces.Learn More
In Tuscola, two sisters inherited their grandfather's candy recipes—and carried on a family tradition.Learn More
At Soul & Smoke, we treat barbecue with the reverence it deserves. We are consumed with the details: the meat to bone ratio on our ribs, the creaminess of our mac and cheese, and the combination of spices in Chef Carter’s signature sauce.Learn More