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Aug 9: Homebrewer’s Ball @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

July 26, 2014 by ed
Mash Tun HomeBrewer's Ball Mash Tun Society and Mash Tun Journal present: The 2014 Homebrewer's Ball August 9, 2014 2:30-6pm Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219 S Morgan Street Join us at Mash Tun Society's First Annual Homebrewer's Competition and meet Chicago's future pro brewers! Sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in this year's first annual competition! For $30 ( $25 for Mash Tun Society members) you get: - Tastes of all the Homebrew entries - A Mash Tun Tasting Glass - A Homebrewer's Ball T-shirt Live Silk-screened by Teetsy! (supplies limited) - Vittles by The Doner Men and The Salsa Truck - A vote for best brews in the competition. The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company - A copy of the new Mash Tun Guide to Craft Beer in Illinois - Tastes of Marz Community Brewing Co. beers Featuring beers by: Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith TICKET INFO!!! Visit [ this link ] for tickets via Eventbrite!

June 27: ArchiGO: 50 Years Later

June 24, 2014 by ed
Friday, June 27, 2014 7-midnight ArchiGO, 50 Years Later Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St Admission is $5 after 9pm ArchiGO was an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s - based at the Illinois Institute of Technology  - that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects. ArchiGO’s utopian visions influenced a generation of urban planners and designers who worked to prevent modernism from becoming a sterile and safe orthodoxy by its adherents.  ArchiGO and the movements they spawned are a source of inspiration for much of the contemporary placemaking and guerrilla urbanism practices that we have explored in this year’s festival. The exhibit shows a rare collection of ArchiGO’s remixing of the city of big shoulders and other utopian projects. ArchiGO, 50 Years Later features original work on loan from IIIT and interpretations by these additional artists: Andres Hernandez, Patrick Willi, John Salhus, Reuben Kincaid, Juan Angel Chavez, Charlie Vinz, Ken Camden, Catherine Uehara, Mike Slattery, Logan Bay, Paul Durica, Nick Fraccaro, Patrick Lichty, Emma Saperstein and others. A lecture about the speculative roots of ArchiGO by Paul Durica and Nick Fraccaro,will take place at 7:30pm. Complementary beverages will be served until 9pm. With live music by:
DJ Charles Vinz
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JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour

June 23, 2014 by ed
JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm – 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their groundbreaking projects and spaces. A very  limited number of guests will be able to take this tour. Please sign up at the Eventbrite website to get a seat on the bus.  

Version Festival Tours

June 15, 2014 by ed
Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed "The Placemakers".  Please Visit the site http://versionfest.org for details. The festival will showcase projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration. Join us on a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities. We have four amazing and private tours planned during the festival. Please check out details below. There is limited capacity for each event. So please visit the site and RSVP for a spot. There may be an admission fee for each tour. The fee covers the costs of transportation and/or fees for guides. JUNE 23 Bridgeport Streetscaping Society Monday, June 23, 2014 •  4pm - 6pm
 Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)
 RSVP Only Event $5

 Take a tour of recent guerrilla streetscaping and tactical urbanism projects by residents of Bridgeport. We start the tour at the Co-Prosperity Sphere,  talk with the artists behind the new mural on the Co-Prosperity Sphere, visit a few unique spaces in the neighborhood, take a peak at a few tactical urbanism initiatives and end with a dinner and discussion at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar during their weekly Korean Polish BBQ. ///// JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm - 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their groundbreaking projects and spaces. A very  limited number of guests will be able to take this tour. Please sign up at the Eventbrite website to get a seat on the bus. ///// June 25 The 606 Tour Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • 1-4pm
 RSVP Only event $20
 The 606 is Chicago’s next great park. The 606 brings together elevated trails for bikers and runners, art installations, and landscape design to create an urban oasis and a new way to explore the city.

 CDOT, along with numerous community partners, is building the Bloomingdale Trail and Park– a multi-use linear park that will be the first of its kind in Chicago. A very limited number of guests will be able to take a private tour. Prior to the tour we will announce the starting point. If you are on the North Side you can meet us. You can also join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere and take a bus ride  to the starting point of the tour. Please assemble at  3219 S Morgan St. The bus leaves at 12:15pm. You will need to sing a waiver form and also wear a hard hat while on the tour. In case of rain we will re-schedule or meet up for a presentation.   //// JUNE 26 On the Trail of a Disorderly Future: The Pedway Tour with Artist, Hui-min Tsen Thursday, June 26, 2014, 2pm
 Starting location: Meet at the Southwest corner of State St. and Wacker Dr., in front of the Renaissance Hotel at 2pm. Bring $2.25 or a CTA pass to get into the train station. $15 with book included. limited availability! Please reserve your spot by emailing : disorderlyfuture@gmail.com 

 Deep beneath the surface of the city, a tangled ribbon of corridors runs throughout 40 blocks of downtown Chicago. This meandering passage appears to have grown up organically as if it were an animal's burrow or a donkey's path. Its route is illogical: the corridors exist outside of known space, and its hidden entrances lead to mysterious destinations. What is this place? It is the Chicago Pedway, an intricate non-system of pedestrian tunnels built to separate the citizens of the city from the dangers and foul weather encountered on the street. The tour is a participatory look at the myth and mystery present in our everyday landscape. The tour re-imagines the tunnel's origins according to residual undercurrents in our urban history: fear of others, discontent and its Utopian counterpart (order), control, wonder, and fantasies of the future. During the tour, visitors will catch glimpses of characters including a fearful Grand Duke, a 19th century capitalist, a time traveler, and an eccentric president as well as hear stories about the history of Chicago and multi-level walkways. Although some residents may be familiar with portions of the Pedway, few have walked its entirety from end to end. The 90-minute tour starts at the beginning with the Renaissance Hotel, winds through corridors, lobbies, and connecting train platforms unmarked on maps, to reach the Pedway's conclusion in a magnificent vista on the 42nd floor of the Swissotel, all without ever stepping outside.

Version Festival 14: The Placemakers

June 4, 2014 by ed
From June 21 to June 29, 2014 Public Media Institute presents: Version Festival 14: The Placemakers For the past dozen years Version Festival has introduced projects that tackle local social and urban issues. The festival highlights projects and people that engage the public interest and promote the cultural use of public space. This year Version Festival will share projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration.  From June 21-29, 2014 the festival will bring together a diverse group of creative workers, gardeners, pop up urbanists, artists and activists to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by the praxis of transforming our cities' neighborhoods. We will examine how creative place-making and tactical urbanism animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, and improves business viability, public safety and builds a better urban society.
Version Festival 14: The Placemakers will be a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that  highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities. The festival will investigate an array of rejuvenated spaces as well as take part in creating temporary decentralized hubs of creative activities. Our goal is to help animate under utilized spaces, spark cultural and economic development and promote co-prosperity for all. The festival is co-produced by Public Media Institute (PMI) and dozens of our neighbors, community groups, friends, and business owners here in Chicago. PMI is a non-profit 501(c) 3, community based, arts & culture organization located in Chicago, Illinois. Our mission is to create and incubate innovative arts programming and cultural infrastructures to transform people - socially and intellectually – through the production of festivals, art spaces, events, exhibitions, community projects, artifacts and media. Public Media Institute is committed to the region's cultural ecology and is evident through our series of programs, spaces and projects.

Lumpen #122 Comic Issue Release Party

May 25, 2014 by ed
Lumpen Comics Release Party May 30, 2014 • 8pm - midnight-ish Co-Prosperity Sphere • 3219-21 S Morgan Street, Chicago Il 60608 Please join us as we celebrate the release of our second All Comics Issue of Lumpen magazine. Edited by Joe Tallerico, this edition features an international sampling of some of the best comic artists on the planet. Our release event features a one night only exhibition of works by the artists featured in the issue and this special encounter: You are bound and gagged inside a rickety side car, attached to a drunk motorist with one eye, four arms, and a cooler of Four Loko. As you thread through a pink-hazed gorge, flying around one hairpin curve after another, you begin losing contact with Earth. Suddenly, a strange amorphic, throbbing sound takes root in between your ears... Chicago experimental rock band Shapers will be exploring these themes, AND MORE, from their forthcoming double LP, Pierce Islands. Expect mayhem and more with a DJ set by DJ RICK STEVES (EU). Contributors to Lumpen Magazine issue 122 include: David Alvarado, Max Bare, Nate Beaty, Ben Bertin, Michiel Budel, Kevin Budnik, Andy Burkholder, Jessica Campbell, Danielle Chenette, Ryan Travis Christian, Jo Dery, Krystal Difronzo, Nick Drnaso, Edie Fake, Leif Goldberg, Anna Haifisch, Sean Hernandez, Keith Herzik, Juliacks, Bret Koontz, Blaise Larmee, Sara Lietten, Ben Marcus & Nicole Ginelli, Marieke McClendon, Ian Mcduffie, Bernie McGovern, Lane Milburn, Jason T Miles, Max Morris Onsmith, Paul Nudd, George Porteus, Eric Rivera, Otto Splotch, Joe Tallarico, Mike Taylor Jeremy Tinder, Carrie Vinarsky, Leslie Weibeler, Lale Westvind $10 Admission includes a copy of the magazine and a complementary beer. This edition of Lumpen is very limited and will be available for sale at Quimbys and our online shop: underthecounterculture.bigcartel.com
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