Through events, activations, installations

we build awareness, enable open dialogues and spark collective imagination about the future of social infrastructure in our city.

September 26, 2017

Mark your calendars! During Saturday, October 7, Creative Grounds welcomes neighbors and community at large to learn about former Anthony Overton Elementary's past, present and future. Former Anthony Overton Elementary School located in Bronzeville (Chicago) closed in...

September 19, 2017

As part of the exhibition Claiming Space (September 19, 2017—March 31, 2018) at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Creative Grounds participated with an interactive installation that focused on closed schools on the West Side – where 19 out of the 43 schools recorded i...

September 1, 2017

Paola Aguirre in collaboration with Kalyn Belsha write this piece for the Chicago Architect Magazine – as part of this special issue related to the Chicago Architecture Biennial and focused on Chicago's investments in social infrastructure featuring: schools closures,...

September 1, 2017

In collaboration with Sara Pooley, this design installation will be featured as part of Jane Addams Hull House's exhibition Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom School. Another iteration of closed school sites index that tracks the status of repurposing, and fo...

June 26, 2017

During this dialogue, we had two guest speakers: Doug Low, Executive Director at Kidz Express, non-profit organization focused on youth development and located at repurposed former George Elementary School (Austin); and Kalyn Belsha, journalist at The Chicago Reporter...

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