Arts Incubator


Artist-activist Theaster Gates, in conjunction with the University of Chicago, has revamped what was an abandoned 1920s terra-cotta building at the edge of Washington Park into a space for community-based art projects and exhibitions. It's worth popping in to see what's showing. Free yoga classes, knitting groups and other events take place regularly.

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1. Washington Park

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Famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted designed stately Washington Park. It hosts heaps of community festivals and athletic fields for teams…

3. Nuclear Energy

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The nuclear age began at the University of Chicago: Enrico Fermi and his Manhattan Project cronies built a reactor and carried out the world's first…

4. University of Chicago

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5. Smart Museum of Art

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6. Bond Chapel

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7. William Rainey Harper Memorial Library

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8. Oriental Institute

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