Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed "The Placemakers". Please Visit the site http://versionfest.org
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
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
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 : email@example.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.