Chicago Phonebook Listings

Posted on July 19, 2011


PHONEBOOK 3 is a directory of independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States and a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. PHONEBOOK 3 includes artist-run spaces, public programming, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, and community resources; all of the projects that form and support art ecologies across the nation, as well as historical documents marking their past.

threewalls will celebrate the release of PHONEBOOK3 during Hand-in-Glove. Peruse the Chicago PHONEBOOK listings below and be sure to visit some of the independently organized projects while you’re in town for the conference!


4223 W. Lake Street #422

Alderman Exhibitions
350 N. Ogden Avenue #450E
Alderman Exhibitions aims to provide emerging artists, architects and designers with a place to show their work, collaborate across disciplines and foster dialoge. The program is enthusiastically elastic and experimental with a focus on tasting/testing/plying & challenging methods of display.

1765 S. Laflin Street
Antena is a new project space headed by Miguel Cortez of Polvo and located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The spanish word “antena” means a device that is a transducer designed to transmit or receive electromagnetic waves but in this case it is meant to define it as a cultural space that transmits/broadcasts symbolically art ideas, new media and installation projects on a local and global scale.

Autumn Space
1700 W. Irving Park Road #207
Autumn Space is a non-profit art space serving emerging artists in Chicago.

Calles Y Sueños
1900 S Carpenter
La Casa de Arte y Cultura Calles y Sueños-Chicago Collective is a collective of Chicago artists and cultural activists who work to provide an alternative arts space for exhibition, the performing arts, music, film and cultural workshops for the Latino community. As a Latino Internationalist collective, we work to sustain collaboration, dialogue, cultural exchange and connection of the diverse Latino community in Chicago to La Casa de Arte y Cultural-Calles y Sueños, Juchitan- Oaxaca, Mexico. We build bridges to our motherland to nurture a new creativity and understanding.

Club Nutz
418 N Clark Street #2
Club Nutz is a website/tv show and a comedy/music label that’s also an actual club.

Co-Prosperity Sphere
3219 S. Morgan Street
The Co-Prosperity Sphere (C-PS) is an experimental cultural center located in Bridgeport, The Community of the Future. The Sphere is a public platform for art and ideas and an advocate for emerging art in all its forms. We produce exhibitions, socially engaged projects, critical publications and community initiatives. The C-PS hosts exhibitions, screenings, presentations, installations, festivals, meetings, classes and performance programs in its 5,000+ square foot complex. From our space we build independent cultural infrastructures to maintain an healthy art ecology for Chicago and our region. The C-PS contains the offices of the Public Media Institute; our parent org that is a 501(c)3 non profit arts organization. PMI helps produce the annual Version Festival and Select Media Festival; the art magazines Proximity, Pr, Matériel and Lumpen magazine. C-PS contains a few artist studios, as well as an international artist residency program. We also help facilitate two satellite spaces: Eastern Expansion, and Northern Exposure.

Courtney Blades
1326 W Grand Avenue
CourtneyBlades is always accepting proposals from curators, artists, and creative individuals.

Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery
1136 North Milwaukee Avenue
DEFIBRILLATOR (a.k.a DfbrL8r or dfb) is a non-profit arts organization under the fiscal sponsorship of Fractured Atlas. Part studio and part gallery, D/fb provides a gathering place to conceive, present, and promote performance art and other ephemeral forms of expression.

devening projects + editions
3039 W. Carroll
devening projects + editions is a gallery and project space near Garfield Park featuring the work of emerging and established artists. They also collaborate with artists to produce and publish unique editions and multiples.

2003 N Point #3

Eastern Expansion
244 W 31st Street
An extension of Co-Prosperity Sphere, a storefront featuring single artist projects

Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N. Ravenswood
Experimental Sound Studio (ESS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 for the production and promotion of innovative approaches to the sonic arts. The mission of ESS is to make audio technology accessible and affordable as well as to encourage the creative process. ESS provides production facilities and support services for projects involving music in its many forms, audio art, radio art, performance art, theater, dance, film, video, poetry, and installation art, as well as cultural institutions who utilize audio for educational and outreach programs and exhibition design. They host an Artist-in-Residency Program also curate Florasonic, which commissions composers and artists to make new site-specific music and audio art installations for the Fern Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and Outer Ear, a range of performances, installations, concerts, screenings, broadcasts, and web projects throughout the year at numerous locations throughout Chicago.

Golden Age
119 N. Peoria Street #2A
Golden Age is an artist-run project space in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to sharing ideas through exhibitions, performances and printed matter. Golden Age operates a dynamic, collaborative workshop to engage an international community of artists, designers, writers and other passionate obsessives.

Happy Collaborationists
1254 N. Noble
Happy Collaborationists is a Chicago based curatorial and artistic entity consisting of Anna Trier, Hadley Vogel, and Meredith Weber. Our focus as “Happy C.” has been to provide a venue for the creation and exhibition of performance, installation and new media derived works.

Heaven Gallery
1550 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 2nd Floor
Heaven Gallery is a non-profit gallery and multi-disciplinary arts space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood that encourages, mentors,and presents new and emerging artists, musicians, and filmmakers to audiences throughout Chicagoland and beyond.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
The Hyde Park Art Center is the oldest alternative contemporary art venue in Chicago. Presenting innovative and challenging approaches to the visual arts, the Art Center showcases work that traverses all forms of media and encourages creative collaboration. Our exhibitions, installations, artist/curator talks, discussions and events invite visitors to experience the unexpected and explore untraditional topics in a stimulating and fun environment. Celebrating 70 years of success, the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) has been serving the Hyde Park-Kenwood community and surrounding neighborhoods as well as the metropolitan Chicago area with outstanding visual art exhibitions and education programs. Since its inception in 1939, the Center’s mission has been to stimulate and sustain the vitality of the visual arts in Chicago. To fulfill this mission, the Center actively pursues arts mentorship within the community it serves, fostering a collective spirit among artists, teachers and students, children and families, collectors, and the general public.

Iceberg Projects
7714 N Sheridan Road, Carriage House
Iceberg Projects is located on Sheridan Road in Chicago, positioned between two universities in one of the most economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods in the nation. Located behind the home of Daniel S. Berger MD and entered through his garden, Iceberg’s private exhibition space is one of the most unique in the city. Iceberg holds programs for both established artists and select ‘young and emerging’ talent, often with those that have roots in Chicago and to create cohesive programming that consistently challenges and – as often as possible – surprises.

Johalla Projects
1561 North Milwaukee Avenue
Johalla Projects was established in the fall of 2009 by Anna Cerniglia as a venue for emerging and mid-career artists. As a collaborative project space, we are a haven for artists, curators, and patrons who desire to expand their aesthetic horizons.

Julius Caesar
3311 W Carroll Avenue

Kirk’s Apartment
3710 N. Marshfield, Apt 1E
Kirk’s Apartment is an artist run exhibition space located in Roscoe Village.

Lloyd Dobler
1545 W. Division Street, 2nd Floor
Lloyd Dobler Gallery is an apartment space founded in 2006. Focusing mostly on emerging artists, LDG is interested in showcasing work from various disciplines relevant to contemporary art and culture.

1542 N. Milwaukee Avenue, 3rd Floor
LVL3 is dedicated in supporting collaborative work and group shows to foster connections between emerging and established artists.

Mess Hall
6932 N. Glenwood Avenue
Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center in the heart of Rogers Park, Chicago. It’s a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design & other things intersect & inform each other.

2351 N. Milwaukee Apt #2
Artist Collaborative and gallery space.

New Capital
3114 W. Carroll
New Capital is a split-level exhibition space located in Chicago’s East Garfield Park, along an industrial corridor. It is run by artists Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch. Its mission is to create a space where artists can present ambitious and uncompromising works (to audiences that prefer an uncompromising atmosphere). During each show one artist uses the white cube space upstairs, and another uses the raw space downstairs. Programming for each exhibit includes a closing event with a performance and an international media work. The closings occur in the loading dock of the warehouse.

The Nightingale Theatre
1084 North Milwaukee Avenue
Independent Film in Chicago

Pentagon Gallery
2655 W. Homer Street

500 W. Cermak Road #727
PEREGRINEPROGRAM is an artist-run space.

Portage Art Space
4837 W. Berenice Avenue
Portage ARTspace is dedicated to creating dialogue, building community, and generating participation along various artistic themes and ideas. Located in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago, the space was initially started as a year-long experimental Art project in July 2010.

Roots & Culture
1034 N Milwaukee Avenue
The mission of Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center is to provide exhibition opportunities for leading-edge emerging artists and to develop the city of Chicago’s cultural community as a center for art production and a destination for artistic discourse.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions
2130 W. 21st Street
Roxaboxen Exhibitions is an artist run gallery and performance space in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. We are dedicated to displaying work of awesome artists we encounter, providing a space for creative collaboration, as well as distributing/acquiring ideas and information.

Southside Community Art Center
3831 S. Michigan Avenue
The South Side Community Art Center is the oldest African American Art Center in existence and takes pride in its past and present contributions to the development and showcasing of emerging and established artists.

2606 N California Avenue
Directed by Brandon Alvendia, The STOREFRONT is an exhibition, event, and publishing venue in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. It is designed to support local artists working on either temporary and/or long-term sustainable projects. Projects will be archived and published for international distribution.

119 N. Peoria Street #2C
threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization, founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community in Chicago. The founders wanted to encourage a greater awareness of Chicago’s art scene by inviting emerging professional artists to Chicago to share in the city’s rich histories, resources and creative communities. Today, threewalls operates a year-round self-directed research residency; commissions a major project by a visiting artist working in, collaborating and otherwise interacting with the region; supports four SOLO exhibitions of work by local and regional artists; programs a SALON series and symposium program to generate open dialogue, presentation of new ideas and the publication of new writing; as well as partnering with other organizations on publication and education, in an effort to broaden and contribute to the contemporary visual arts.

65 Grand
1369 W Grand Avenue


Azimuth Projects
Azimuth (n): a horizontal direction expressed as the angular distance between the direction of a fixed point and the direction of the object. Through programming exhibitions in site specific locations and with a series of artist talks in underground supper club events, Azimuth Projects, will fill a need not currently met within either the creative or professional community of Chicago; making art events more accessible and providing opportunities of personal connections.

Chances Dances
For all those people who love or support or have a general interest in Chances and Off Chances, sister monthly parties for the LezBiGayTransIntersexQueer communities and the people who love them/us. Chances functions as an attempt to bring together the factionalized LGBTIQ communities, cliques, or otherwise grouped-apart queers of Chicago. It happens on the third Monday of every month at Subterranean. Off Chances is a laid back, dive-style, dance optional LGBTIQ safe space hosted by Chances DJs and friends every second Tuesday of the month. Chances at the Hideout is an extension of the Hideout’s popular Saturday Night Dance Party with Chances Dances DJs curating performances and keeping the beats popping all night. This night benefits the Critical Fierceness Grant.

Conversations at the Edge
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State
Conversations at the Edge (CATE) is a weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today. CATE is organized by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Film, Video, and New Media in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Video Data Bank.

1622 S. Allport Street #1
EAR EATER is a semi-monthly curated reading and performance series held at the apartment of Sara Drake and Cassandra Troyan in Pilsen, Chicago called PARASITE LOST.

Eye & Ear Clinic
Flaxman Theater (Room 1307)
37 S. Wabash, 6th floor
The Eye & Ear Cinic is a free film series, open to the public, run by graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Works screened include films from the Flaxman Library Archive, works by students and school faculty, and selections from the Video Data Bank, as well as aquisitions from outside sources. Screenings take place in the Flaxman Theater, room 1307, 112 S. Michigan Ave., at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

LiveBox Gallery
1031 North Shore Drive
Crystal Lake, IL
LiveBox, a non-for profit space, utilizes Chicago and its neighborhoods as gallery, bringing new media art to the people of Chicago. LiveBox also seeks collaborative relationships with like-minded galleries and museums to create new media events.

MDW Fair
3636 S. Iron Street
The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. The fair features for-profit, 501(c)3, and commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects and publishers and media groups. MDW is co-organized by Public Media Institute, threewalls, and Roots & Culture.

The Op Shop
1001 E. 53rd Street
The Opportunity Shop was created in 2009 by Laura Shaeffer, who envisioned utilizing otherwise empty urban spaces on a temporary basis to create sites of community involvement and artistic exchange. The Op Shop is independent of any institution; it is self funded and managed entirely by volunteers. Each Op Shop is unique in its scope, concept and context. What they all have in common is the desire to expand and build upon our ideas of contemporary art, meaningful education and communal engagement.”

Outer Ear
5925 N. Ravenswood Avenue
Presented by the Experimental Sound Studio, Outer Ear is an ongoing series that includes an exciting range of performances, installations, concerts, screenings, broadcasts, and web projects throughout the year at numerous locations throughout Chicago, all devoted to innovative and diverse approaches to the sonic arts, and to the integration of these art forms into the public.

Out of Time Festival
A micro festival of time-based arts.

Pocket Guide to Hell Tours
Pocket Guide to Hell offers walking tours in Chicago that highlight obscured narratives of true crime, social justice and labor history.

Public Culture Lecture Series
The Public Culture Lecture Series, co-organized by Randall Szott and InCUBATE and hosted at threewalls, seeks to highlight examinations and enactments of public culture. Rather than following a preformed idea of what public culture actually is, the lecture series treats it as an open question and invites attendees to explore the question with us. A variety of creative people (artists, public art scholars, historians, cooks, collectors, etc.) will present the ways that the notion of “the public” emerges in their work and/or informs it. The series includes talks, workshops, and tours that bring together a wide spectrum of perspectives on how contemporary culture intersects with everyday life.

Saturday Cinema
1369 W. Chicago Avenue
Experimental film every Saturday, rear-projected in the second floor window of 1369 West Chicago Avenue.

The Show ‘n Tell Show
Lincoln Hall
The Show ‘n Tell Show is a late night-style show where the guests are the most dynamic designers, photographers, illustrators and poster-makers around. They each present a single project in a interview format interspersed with jokes and general ridiculousness. Much of this is supplied by SpokesMom, the spokes model that is also in ‘mom drag’. As opposed to the sort of public design events that are self-congratulating snooze-fests, The Show ‘n Tell Show seeks to champion the the Chicago design community, especially those projects and working artists that might not otherwise see the light of day, in an atmosphere free of pretension, bad attitudes and corporate sponsorship. They also like to punk evil entities which aim to take advantage of freelancers. Most of all, the show is a great excuse for designers to get together, and hang out.

Third Coast Festival
848 E. Grand
The Third Coast Festival has celebrated and supported producers and other artists making compelling, relevant, and innovative audio documentary work of all styles; and has worked to bring this fresh and vital work to audiences throughout the world. TCF programs include the audio library on its website; the weekly radio show “Re:sound,” public listening events in Chicago and beyond, competitions and the annual Third Coast Conference.

Twelve Galleries Project
Twelve Galleries Project began as a roving exhibition series featuring the work of emerging artists over the course of one year. With each new month, a new location was selected and a new gallery was formed, producing 12 site-specific exhibitions from JANUARY all the way through to DECEMBER gallery. For its second transitory venture, Twelve Galleries Project presents the Quarterly Site Series. QSS will focus its attention to the efforts of curators and current Chicago galleries. Every quarter for the next three years, within an existing Chicago gallery, three curators will collectively organize a themed exhibition. If the math is difficult, that equals 12 Chicago galleries, 36 total curators with 12 participating per year, and copious experimentation, exploration and excellence. Specific to QSS is collaboration. With the exception of a predetermined theme that is conducive to varied interpretation, there are no rules. Because there are no rules, each group of curators has the possibility to develop a unique model of curatorial practice.

WASTE: Work, Art, Sites of Temporary Exhibition
WASTE is a transitory gallery operating within and informed by fringe public spaces. Waster has no fixed location. Each show emerges from an available space to become a setting for art. WASTE exhibitions are quietly placed in accessible yet marginal locations.

White Light Cinema
Location variable
WHITE LIGHT CINEMA is a new, alternative film screening series designed to complement the programming of other local film venues and organizations by presenting, alone and in collaboration, rare, obscure, overlooked, and resolutely non-commercial films and videos that have either not been screened in Chicago or have not shown in years. While focusing heavily on great works by avant-garde film masters, the series aims to include both retrospective and contemporary films and videos that range across a wide spectrum of alternative cinema. White Light Cinema will present works demonstrating significant aesthetic merit, originality of vision, radical and commanding investigations of form, and challenging provocations to mainstream film and media conventions.


1913 W. 17th Street, Suite 1F
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. ACRE’s residency takes place every Summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. ACRE aims to offer each of its 70+ summer residents an opportunity to present new projects stemming from their time spent at ACRE’s summer residency program. ACRE’s own 400 sq ft storefront gallery, ACRE Projects located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago hosts weekly exhibitions along with numerous other local galleries and alternative spaces in Chicago

Bolt Residency at the Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N Carpenter Street
The Bolt Residency is a highly competitive and juried artist program housed in the former FLATFILE galleries, an 8,000 square foot space in the vibrant, art-centric West Loop neighborhood. Bolt Residency is a one-year artist residency program consisting of nine subsidized studios and professional exhibition space with daily, ongoing professional development programming and support from CAC staff.

People Made Visible
108 Sherman Street W
People Made Visible, Inc. (PMV) is a non-profit organization whose mission facilitates community through artistic, social, educational and cultural endeavors. Since its founding, PMV has served as an umbrella structure overseeing the annual artXposium exhibition, International Residency Project, and the communityXchange, a marketplace for the exchange of ideas and services. PMV seeks to foster relationships between artists and the community.

Urban Homestead
urban homestead is a chicago residence that is open to working travelers and out-of-towners for stays of a few days up to two weeks. it fills the niche of people who find themselves in chicago perhaps working on art or research or cultural connections who want to live in an urban immigrant neighborhood in a house that has an ecological emphasis. urban homestead is an ecological living system that requires the energy of others to keep it alive. those who stay must be interested in living in a way that is resourceful in terms of energy and materiality. the economy of urban homestead is an exchange economy. this exchange could be one of money or of services/labor. some examples of services/labor are: gardening, housecleaning, light carpentry, etc.


Resources, Libraries, and Archives

Alternative Press Center
PO Box 47739
The central goal of the Alternative Press Centre is to increase public awareness of the independent, critical press. In doing so, we strive to:
* Forge a link between theory and practice for scholars and activists.
* Facilitate research in contemporary scholarship and activism.
* Provide access to underreported issues that often pass under the radar of the mainstream media.
These goals reflect an overarching mission to create a more just society through social awareness.

The Chicago Artist Archive
Harold Washington Library, 8th floor
400 S. State Street
Since the 1940s, the Art Information Center has kept records of visual artists living or working in the Chicago area. The Archives maintain records in the form of biographical information, artists’ applications, artist statements, reproductions of artwork, exhibition catalogs, gallery announcements, reviews, and articles, among other things. All materials are accessible to the public at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

Creative Audio Archive
Experimental Sound Studio
5925 North Ravenswood Avenue
The Creative Audio Archive (CAA) is a Chicago based center for the preservation and investigation of innovative and experimental sonic arts and music. CAA is an initiative of the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), formed in response to growing concerns over the general state of historical preservation of non-mainstream audio, in particular, recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades.

Media Burn Archive
4270 W. Irving Park Road
The Media Burn Archive is a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to the present.

Never the Same: A Chicago Critical Art Archive
The NTS archive includes ephemera, catalogs, digital media, and newspaper clippings related to socially and politically engaged art in Chicago. In this archive you will find collections of Lumpen and Proximity magazines, artist books and dvds, half-letter zines by Temporary Services, fliers and postcards for hundreds of events and much more. The NTS archive is organized by Daniel Tucker and Rebecca Zorach and was developed to accompany their interview project by the same name, launching fall 2011 with DSLR, Dara Greenwald, Mary Jane Jacob, Jorge Felix and many more.

Public Collectors
Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Participants must be willing to type up an inventory of their collection, provide a means of contact and share their collection with the public. Collectors can be based in any geographic location. Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.

Physical Materials

Creative Re-Use Chicago
222 East 135th Pl
For 35 years, the Resource Center, a non-profit environmental education organization, has led the way in demonstrating innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials. Too often in the urban setting, abundant and important resources are wasted. In our recovery work we aim to reverse waste and to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers. We have been devoted from the beginning to the economic and educational revitalization of city neighborhoods through recycling, urban gardening, composting, and other programs that reclaim and reuse resources.

No Coast

North Branch Projects
3550 W. Lawrence
North Branch is an independently run project space located in Albany Park, Chicago, IL, that serves as a community bookbinding facility. The space provides an outlet for exploring the creative process in a neighborhood where few resources for the arts exist. There are two major components to the space: The first is an ongoing community binding project that serves as the foundation for all of the work being created. Free to all, these gatherings have participants working on a collaborative hand-made book archive, binding individuals together quite literally in a group workshop setting. The second is an entrepreneurial venture that funds the majority of the community binding efforts. Various book-making workshops are held in the bindery and custom-made books and related objects are sold in conjunction with the bindery’s goals of promoting art to the general public.

Pumping Station: One
3354 N. Elston
Pumping Station One is a hackerspace located in Chicago. Its mission is to foster a collaborative environment wherein people can explore and create intersections between technology, science, art, and culture.

Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
We provide facilities and services available to artists who need a place to create or exhibit their original artwork, especially those who cannot obtain access to traditional printmaking facilities and exhibition spaces because of financial or other limitations. We provide education in printmaking practices by uniting professional artists with a diverse community of emerging artists, established artists, youth, and adults.

The ReBuilding Exchange
2160 N Ashland Ave
We work hands-on with customers to maximize reuse opportunities for materials, providing creative ideas and technical know-how on executing a project. We believe that reclaimed building materials are assets and we are passionate about finding the best, cost-effective way to reuse them.

Direct Support

Critical Fierceness Grant
Since its founding in 2005, Chances Dances has sought to create a safe space for all gender expressions by bringing together the varied LGBTIQ communities of Chicago. The creation of the Critical Fierceness grant expands upon this goal by offering a unique opportunity for queer artistic expression. Individuals or groups who wish to utilize the Critical Fierceness Grant for artistic purposes and who identify themselves or their work as queer are encouraged to apply. Critical Fierceness supports queer artists with financial assistance of up to $500. Chances Dances is proud to provide the Critical Fierceness Grant as an opportunity for personal exploration, community development and radical change through art.

Fire This Time Fund
c/o North Side Community FCU
1011 W. Lawrence Avenue
Fire This Time Fund (FTT) is a five year old, all volunteer organized, independent giving circle. We support small-scale, creative social change projects initiated by local artists, educators and organizers who weave an analysis of racial, economic, social, environmental, or gender justice into their work.

The Propeller Fund
119 N Peoria #2C
Propeller Fund recognizes that small, self-organized operations constitute a large catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world. These projects are responsible for much of the complexity and richness in the art community.From artist organized events, informal roundtables and workshops, collectively organized exhibition spaces, and publishing endeavors, a large number of the activities that actively sustain Chicago’s artists are informal, anti-institutional, or inconsistent in public presentation. These three attributes simultaneously fuel projects and disqualify them from traditional funding sources. Propeller Fund is conceptualized to stimulate its further growth; to encourage more varied models; to spread the activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public’s interaction with, and public recognition of such activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats. The Propeller Fund is jointly administered by threewalls and Gallery 400, UIC and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Artist-run and free schools

Co-Prosperity School
3219-21 South Morgan Street
The Co-Prosperity School is an Artist-Run School for and about the advancement and understanding of contemporary Chicago Art. Through guest speakers and class member presentations we will shine a light on the contemporary art scene of Chicago. One of our goals is to break down the panel discussion dialogue of Chicago’s art and bring it to a more informal group discussion format in which shapers of Chicago’s Art World themselves tell of the contemporary scene. Members can discuss their own work, or the work of others.

Stockyard Institute
Founded in 1995 by Jim Duignan, Stockyard Institute is a Chicago-based artistic and pedagogical initiative / project / collective whose practices center on a variety of issues concerning youth, the city, visual art, and education. Its collaborators and partners often view Stockyard Institute as a vast network of spaces, communities, and people who share similar interests in promoting social knowledge, cultural production as well as non-hierarchical teaching and learning.

Subscriptions and Multiples projects

Community Supported Art Chicago
119 N. Peoria St. #2C
Community-Supported Art Chicago is a yearly art subscription service of locally produced art. The program offers a reasonably priced way to support Chicago and regional artists and and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return.

The Endangered Species Print Project
The Endangered Species Print Project offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species. The number of prints available corresponds with the remaining animal or plant populations. For example, only 45 Amur Leopards remain in the wild, so for this edition, only 45 prints will ever be made. An organization whose mission is to the ensure the survival of the species depicted, is chosen to receive 100% of the sales price of each print.

Artist-run web listings, criticism, and publications

AREA Chicago
PO Box 476971
AREA Chicago supports the work of people and organizations building a socially just city. AREA actively gathers, produces, and shares knowledge about local culture and politics. Its newspaper, website, and events create relationships and sustain community through art, research, education, and activism.

Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers, various other arts professionals through an online audio format. In addition, contemporary art – and frequently books and movies – are reviewed on the program; contributions come from Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, London, Cologne, Switzerland and Tokyo. Bad At Sports believes that podcasting brings a certain spontaneity and raw dynamic quality to the art interview and review; that feeling of casual conversation and spirited debate that is often lost in print format, is fully present in the podcast.

Chicago Art Archive
The Chicago Art Archive is a project intiated in February, 2011, and designed for use as a centralized, expandable, and public collection of critical texts relating to visual art in Chicago.

Chicago Artist Resource
78 East Washington Street
Created by artists, for artists, Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) is a program of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events that describes the landscape of opportunity for Chicago artists working in Dance, Literary, Music, Theater and Visual Arts through a unique combination of: an artist-curated resource directory, links to local and national organizations, articles by national leaders in artist professional development, and the voices, artwork and experiences of Chicago artists.

Green Lantern Press
Founded in 2005, THE GREEN LANTERN PRESS is a non-profit paperback press determined to publish and distribute emerging and/or forgotten works in conjunction with the activities of Lantern Projects. Dedicated to the “slow media” approach, each work is printed in small collector’s editions. This is in keeping with a general attitude about consumerism and the material we print, namely that we only make what will be used, and what we make is of fine quality and innovative character.

Committed to forming alternative and sustainable models for the distribution and presentation of noncommercial contemporary art, the nonprofit Press is partnered with a for-profit bookstore (The Paper Cave) and informal performance space (The [New] Corpse) in order to explore different possibilities to support artists, writers and community. We celebrate the integration of artistic mediums. We celebrate the amateur, the idealist and those who recognize the importance of small independent practice.

Half Letter Press
PO Box 12588
Half Letter Press is a publishing imprint and an experimental online store initiated by Temporary Services. Temporary Services is a group of three people (Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer). We have published booklets as an element of our collaborative work since 1998. We created Half Letter Press to publish and distribute book and booklet length works by ourselves and others. We are interested in using this endeavor to build long-term support and expanded audiences for people that work creatively in experimental ways. We are particularly interested in supporting people and projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream commercial channels.

On the Make
On the Make is a listing of selected Chicago visual art events. On the Make features events at apartment galleries, underground/alternative spaces, museum- and academic-related programs and selected commercial galleries in the Chicago area.

Open Crit
A connected place to talk about contemporary art.

Proximity Magazine
960 West 31st Street
Proximity is a magazine dedicated to contemporary art and culture. Our mission is to amplify discourse on local and global art ecologies. We hope to serve as a map of artists, collectives and alternative spaces to commercial galleries, museums and universities ­as a means of connecting and cultivating sustainable creative communities. Proximity is published by the Public Media Institute a 501©3 non-profit arts organization based in Chicago.

Soberscove Press
1055 N. Wolcott #2F
Soberscove Press was launched in March 2009 by Julia Klein with the publication of Artists’ Sessions at Studio 35 (1950). Soberscove is eager to make accessible material that might otherwise only be available to specialists and/or that is out of print, as well as previously unpublished material that we find exciting. Art-related subjects are Soberscove’s primary focus, but “art-related” will be construed broadly.

PO Box 8204

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