Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing
Apr27

Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing

Chicago artist, professor, and social activist Theaster Gates is going to open a new sculpture garden on the south side of Chicago. The artist has entered into an agreement with the city of Chicago to lease a piece of city-owned land at 1245 East 72nd Place for the garden, which will be his to use for $1 in perpetuity. As part of the deal, the park must be open to the public free of charge, and it cannot host any political or...

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Prairie Avenue Bookshop Lives On as Art
May30

Prairie Avenue Bookshop Lives On as Art

As the economy, the internet, and Amazon.com jump up and down on the smoldering remains the book selling industry, one of Chicago’s most important literary purveyors has been resurrected, though in zombie form. The Prairie Avenue Bookstore (formerly at 418 South Wabash Avenue) was one of America’s last architecture book stores when it closed in 2009.  (It is estimated there are maybe two or three left in the country now.)...

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