The Storefront at 2606 N. California in Chicago.
The Storefront circa 2009
Started in 2010, The Storefront at 2606 N. California is a multi-purpose non-commercial/non-non-profit institution-as-art project. Its mission is to support temporary and/or long-term projects while promoting the idea of artists as local community producers working within the history of a 21st century global discourse.
Open to the public in 2011, The Storefront is located in a very ordinary storefront space on North California Avenue in the beautiful Logan Square area of Chicago. Hidden in plain view and nestled comfortably within its surroundings, The Storefront positions itself within the ebb and flow of everyday life. Its mission is to balance a playful absurdity with a high level of critical discourse and professionalism to challenge the monotony of an urban cycle of work/life/work/life for life.
The Storefront can host a plethora of activity (and inactivity), re-imagining the role of contemporary art within regional, local, neighborhood and street-level contexts. Artists, designers, filmmakers, critics, historians, curators and cultural producers of all stripes are invited to participate in the programming. All visitors are encouraged (pressured) into participating and contribute in their own way to the texture of The Storefront’s ongoing activities. The space and resources within are offered to collaborators as a public laboratory to imagine and develop prototypes for the kind of local culture we wish to inhabit.
For more information, please come visit and speak to the staff or friends of the space.