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  • Acme Artists Community
    Their website says, "A project of the Near NorthWest Arts Council (NNWAC), Acme is the first work/live artists community in Chicago designed, managed and owned by its members." AAC is located at 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60647, and their phone number is 773.278.7677.
  • Artspace
    Artspace website says they are "America's leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts."
  • Chicago Partnership for Affordable Neighborhoods
    Once you open up the city of Chicago's website, type "CPAN" in the "search for" window for information.
  • Switching Station Artist Lofts
    SSAL is located at 15 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60624. For leasing information on available live/work space, contact 773.826.5224.

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Performance Venues in the Chicago Area

  • Elastic Arts Foundation
    EAF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit arts organization that produces arts events.
  • HotHouse
    HotHouse is located at 31 E. Balbo, Chicago, IL 60605, and their phone number is 312.362.9707.
  • Links Hall
    Links Hall is located at 3435 N. Sheffield, 2nd floor Chicago, IL 60657, and their phone number is 773.281.0824. Their website says, "Links Hall is a community workspace serving Chicago artists, with affordable rental rates for practice and performance. Links Hall presents Chicago and Visiting artists through our Performance Series."
  • Majestic Midway
  • SpareRoom
    SpareRoom is located at 2416 W. North Ave. in Chicago. Their website says, "SpareRoom is a time-arts cooperative. Our members make artwork that crosses disciplines and takes risks. Our space gives a community of artists the opportunity to rehearse, perform, exhibit, and develop work on their own terms."
  • The Candlestick Maker
    The Candlestick Maker is located at 4432 N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago, and the phone number is 773.463.0158. Its website says it is a venue that hosts "intimate concerts of experimental, free jazz, electronic, and other forms of creative, forward-thinking music take place on a regular basis."
  • The Three Arts Club of Chicago
    The Three Arts Club has a wonderful performance series, and the 3Arts Gallery has ongoing art shows. TAC is located at 1300 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, Illinois 60610, and their phone number is 312.944.6250.

Upcoming Events

  • CTAC's March event
    Sharon Hyson, Art Therapist / Educator / Artist, and Founder, Art for Life, leads this month's monthly gathering of the Chicago Teaching Artists Collective. The Chicago Teaching Artists Collective (CTAC) hosts a monthly series of discussions about arts education, the teaching artist field, and community engagement through the arts. You are invited to CTAC's March event. Come for a presentation, a discussion, and an experiential part! Health Care for the Mind and Body For Artists and the Self-Employed Part 1 (of a 2 part program) will be held on Thursday, March 16, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lake Side Cafe, 1418 West Howard Street at Sheridan, in Rogers Park, Chicago. Presenters include: Sharon Hyson, Art Therapist / Educator / Artist, and Founder, Art for Life. (, 312-409-3258). Sharon creates art therapy programs and facilitates art workshops for all ages and all populations, in healthcare, educational, and recreational settings. She has created and developed art programs in shelters, psychiatric facilities, family camps, elder camps, senior facilities, camps, schools, special education programs, jails, rehabilitation hospitals, and community organizations. She makes the arts accessible and has presented widely at conferences. Sharon will lead an experiential workshop, "Art from the Inside / Art for Self - Empowerment," in which she uses the Visual Arts as a tool for wholeness, wellness, stress reduction and growth. She will speak on why adding the arts enhances one's state of health and why all elected officials should have an art therapist available and on their team to offer art programs which will aid in increasing the well being and mental health of the people in their community. Amona Buechler, owner of the Lake Side Cafe, which has vegetarian, vegan and organic cuisine, will speak on Inner and Outer wellness, well being, and health. The restaurant and her massagetable business represents the "Outer" well being, and the non for profit I.M.U. (Inner Metamorphosis University, which is on the same premise as the restaurant, represents the "Inner" well being. She will also speak about the art of sharing creativity and passion, as it relates to the things she offers. Arlene Rakoncay is a founding member of the Chicago Artists' Coalition; a 31 year old service organization for visual artists. She recently retired after almost 28 years as the Executive Director. Arlene will discuss CAC's current insurance plans and other insurance alternatives as well as the state of health insurance for self-employed people. Lew Rosenbaum has been involved in the battle for decent health care for 40 years, a bookseller for 30 years, board member of Guild complex, and director of the Chicago Labor and Arts Festival, now in its 10th year. Lew says, "In the 40 years since I became involved in the battle for decent health care I've seen two things happen. First, an increasing corporate stranglehold in health care delivery and insurance has turned our country into the laughingstock of the industrialized world. Second, technological changes have transformed all corners of our society to make it possible to guarantee every man, woman and child high quality care. Under these conditions, it is criminal for artists to have to hold benefits to pay for basic care for colleagues who can't get minimal insurance. I'll talk about why universal health care is not only necessary but possible, and why denial of health care today is tantamount to murder." The program itself is free and open to the public. Come hungry and buy yourself a delicious dinner, appetizer or dessert! For further information about this event, contact Sharon Hyson, organizer of tonight's program. Contact her at or at 312-409-3258.


Our mission statement:

The CTAC is a network of artists from all disciplines working together to build the field of the artist as teacher on local, national, and global levels.

The CTAC is equally interested in the material as well as the aesthetic concerns of the Teaching Artist; and living a functional lifestyle as well as pursuing the pedagogical, philosophical, spiritual, and social implications of our work.


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