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.
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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.
In the Illinois capital, a collective of veterans and firefighters take old barns and turn them into new symbols of the American spirit.Learn More
In Chicago's Lincoln Square, a community café serves pastries, breads, and whole-grain comfort foods.Learn More
For over 30 years, Ian Schneller has been a maestro of hand-crafted musical instruments.Learn More
With public works exhibited both domestically and across the globe, there's no denying the impact of Matthew Hoffman's inspiring artwork.Learn More
Enjoy ice cream, candy, chocolate, and sandwiches at a family-owned old-fashioned ice-cream parlor.Learn More
This German style family owned and operated brewery is certain to WOW!Learn More
After spending years doing nonprofit work, Josh started his own community-minded business almost by accident.Learn More
Formerly known as 3-Switch, Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick is a Chicago based company known for revolving glassware including wine glasses, decanters and cocktail glasses.Learn More
In Tuscola, two sisters inherited their grandfather's candy recipes—and carried on a family tradition.Learn More
Endiro Coffee is a tree-to-cup coffee company born in Uganda but growing with a global vision to end child vulnerability through coffee.Learn More