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The Gateway” an experiment in placemaking from the Chicago Loop Alliance designed to mark the entry into the Loop at the expanded median just south of Wacker and a way to animate an underused asset with fire engine red tables, blue chairs, and, perhaps most importantly, active management by a cleaning team and support staff from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily through September, providing an Al Fresco meeting place for patrons of neighboring restaurants and fast-food joints, including a soon-to-open Chick-fil-A in the Page Brothers Building . . .
. . . where yesterday morning finishing touches were being applied as uniforms, personally addressed to each new employee, were arrayed along a window-side counter.
The Chicago Loop Alliance has taken on a 17,000-square-foot, never-occupied space in the tenant-challenged Block 37 complex that to create Block Thirty Seven, a Pop-Up Art Gallery curated by the Chicago Design Museum. Currently on display is a great show featuring the work of graphic designs Marian Bantjes, John Massey, Michael C. Place and Wolfgang Weingart, as well as a special exhibition, Re/View focusing on optical illusions. Tomorrow, June 8th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p,m, the gallery will feature a talk by designer, typographer, writer and illustrator Marian Bantjes to kick off Chicago Design Week. Tickets are $20.00.
|"Upper Levels Will Be Opening Soon" - |
cardboard, ink, steel, glass and granite. Artist unknown. 2009-
More reading on Block 37:
Can Signage Save Block 37?
Block 37 - The Curse Lives!
The Entombment of the Plug Bug
Planning and its Disconnects: The Cautionary Tale of Block 37