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.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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
Freedom Schools, Freedom Dreams: Teaching and Learning Freedom UIC Social Justice Initiative May 7,2014. C0 Prosperity Sphere 6pm Freedom Schools offered a creative alternative to Southern underfunded, segregated schools during the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Schools embraced a radical pedagogy and philosophy that emphasized self-knowledge, applied knowledge and critical thinking: the classroom became a site for teaching and learning freedom. Today, poor and communities of color are deeply immersed in struggles for access to quality education. Join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport to explore the legacy of Freedom Schools and for an honest conversation with teachers, students, parents, and activists about the state of neighborhood schools in Chicago, the push to privatize, and the ongoing struggles in public education. Featured Speakers:
Co-sponsored by UIC Social Justice Initiative and WBEZ
- LISA ANGONESE, activist in the Whittier Elementary School’s ‘La Casita’ sit-in
- PRUDENCE BROWNE, Managing Editor, SOULS, moderator
- MALCOLM LONDON, Teaching Artist, Young Chicago Authors
- JACKSON POTTER, Staff Coordinator, Chicago Teachers Union
- DAVID STOVALL, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African American Studies, UIC
- REYNA WENCES, member, Immigrant Youth Justice League and Organized Communities Against Deportation
This weekend is going to be great! Let’s Get Working is a three-day festival celebrating the legacy of Studs Terkel, revisiting his work and tracing his influence through oral histories, film screenings, performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues. Please check out the full schedule here!