ASK + GIVE: December 2021

Did you ASK Santa for design help this holiday?

Were you not FONT of what they GAVE you for Hanukkah?

Is it true every time a client pays their invoice, a designer’s heart RESIZES 300% that day?

...and ASKing for a friend, can you GIVE Empirical Brewery Beer as a holiday gift?

You can! ...Beeriodically. (Sleigh, what?)

So no matter what you celebrate...your PRESENTS is requested by AIGA Chicago and the Community Engagement Team to join us for a no-nonsense, CASUAL, community event we simply call "ASK + GIVE" Empirical Brewery -- the ALL-IDAYS EDITION!

What is "ASK + GIVE"? It’s an open-mic platform where you can ASK your fellow designers to GIVE you feedback, advice, or even recommendations. Or if you don’t have an ASK, you can simply GIVE a resource, a design journey anecdote, or even just your personal definition of design! So come unwind with a brew from Empirical’s BEERIODIC table menu (or with a can of soda), and GIVE -- or ASK -- one-on-one, via our write-in form, or on the open mic….because you never know WHO can GIVE what you need.

SPECIAL THIS MONTH: We are folding in an activity for the ALL-idays and hosting a White Elephant style gift exchange. So feel free to bring a pre-wrapped $5 gift or holiday card to anonymously drop at the gift table. OR if are you on a budget this season, GIVE a gift of a resource -- pay it forward with a used industry or design book from your personal library, a link to your favorite font or template download, your favorite piece of design advice, or a DIY coupon for an hour of your time for mentorship or fellow creative support session.

At the end of the event, we will GIVE a gift to each participant. And don’t stress, if you forget your gift...we will have extra blank greeting cards on hand for you and you can buy an Empirical Brewery gift card right from the bar.


Masks are required inside -- despite vaccination status, per City Ordinance.

Event requirements may be updated at any time due to health and safety guidelines.



Details TBA soon!


Cost + Schedule

6:30pm — Doors Open

7:00pm — Ask + Give Event starts begins in the Beer Garden

$5 for Professionals

Free for Emerging Designers and Students


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Code of Conduct

By registering to attend this event, you agree to abide by AIGA Chicago Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct may be found here.


Special thanks to Nacho Montiel and Irina Goldman for planning this event.

When & Where
Wed, Dec 8, 2021 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST
Empirical Brewery
1801 West Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640