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Overton Exchange

The Overton Exchange is a community-led initiative to support community care and resource sharing in Bronzeville. This project seeks to cultivate and prototype a creative space for community resources while modeling new opportunities for exchange and cooperation among Southside community.  


The visual identity of the Overton Exchange consists on an outdoor open market-type setting including an open structure on the West side of Overton School grounds (along Indiana Avenue). It is a space for showcasing local community-led initiatives in the form of pop-up services, vending, exhibitions, workshops and other activities.


Inspired by street markets, these structures are temporary, colorful and able to be disassembled and relocated to other sites in the city of Chicago.

Inspired by weaving, the Overton Exchange seeks to incrementally connect during the Summer months with additional community groups focused on SOLIDARITY, COOPERATION and COMMUNITY CARE as we grow the exchange community.


Project Team:

Paola Aguirre

Dennis Milam

Giovana Geluda

Gabriel Moreno

Alberto Ortega

Craig Pavord

Pop-up Participants:

A Bit Different

Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission

Brave Space Alliance

Bronzeville Kenwood Mutual Aid

C.A.M.P. / Cultural Asset Mapping Project

Chicago Architecture Biennial

Chicago Mobile Makers 

City Bureau

Collaborative for Community Wellness

Comercio Popular

Elevated Chicago

Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative

Girls Like Me

Green Line South

IIT College of Architecture

People’s Budget Chicago

Raby Foundation 

Southside Cleanup

The Bronzeville Community Store

The Kola Nut Collaborative

The LiteraryBlkGirl Project

The Love Fridge Chicago

Urban Explorers of Chicago

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