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Saturday, May 8th, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

For Industry professionals, students and home enthusiasts alike, this working meet-and-greet is a great way to clear out any unfinished projects and network with local industry professionals.

Get to know your fellow designers, while working on your current projects... and maybe picking up new skill along the way!


Monday, May 17, 2021 -

Monday, August 2, 2021

Calling all Chicagoland emerging designers, fashion students, and high school hopefuls! Coming out of the chaos of last year, we’re widening the bounty to include three tuition scholarship prizes (paid directly to your school) as well as 1-year memberships to AIBI. The winner in the Entrepreneur category will win complementary access to our Business of Fashion seminar series AND 1 year unlimited access to the AIBI Fashion Lab!

Download the guidelines below.

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Sunrday, May 23rd, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by Chicago Fair Trade's Conscious Closet Club

[Virtual Event]

Want to learn how to extend the life of your clothes and express yourself via thread and needle? This introductory virtual visible mending class will be taught by Alithea Tashey.

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Saturday - Monday

May 29-31, 2021


The AIBI Fashion Lab and Office will be closed from Saturday, May 29th through Monday, May 31st for the Memorial Day Weekend.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

The Reluctant Entrepreneur Club is for anyone who never aspired to be their own boss, but found themselves running a small business anyway. Learn how to take care of taxes, file forms, and troubleshoot your way into entrepreneurship with this new group!


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Thursday, June 10th -

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

[Virtual Event]

Taking your line from a concept to a physical garment involves a lot of steps, and sometimes many hands. 

Get the insider's view on subjects like materials knowledge, quality control, and working with a pattern maker.



Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

[Virtual Event]

Designers... It's time to get virtual style!

Bring your sketch book, your curiosity, and drive to polish up your sketching skills. Oh, and your beverage of choice...

Aimed towards designers of all levels and students, this event will provide sketching exercises in an informal, small group study session.


Saturday, June 26th, 2021

FUNDrive Weigh-In

Clean out your closets to support AIFI programs - Conscious Costume & Artists Resource Mobilization!

We are at a pivotal moment of both programs and your gently used clothing and household textiles can help both us AND the planet. Textile collection will happen through out June, with the final weigh-in on June 26.


Book a day in AIBI's Fashion Lab!


Utilize the digital pattern making system, or one of the 14 industrial sewing machines. Or maybe you just need a space to do a fitting?

AIBI has the tools for you to produce your clothing line right here in Chicago!


$20 AIBI Members;

$30 Non-Members


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