At 317 East Garfield Boulevard, just steps from the Arts Incubator and behind a classic 1920s brick and terracotta façade, sits the future Green Line Arts Center, a radically interdisciplinary arts hub for music, dance, theater, and film production.
The proposed Green Line Arts Center is in a preliminary, conceptual phase.
In conjunction with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the University of Chicago hosted an architectural competition to reimagine the vacant building on the Arts Block. The proposed Green Line Arts Center includes a cinema, a live performance theater, a dance studio, and studios for resident artists. The concepts proposed by Los Angeles-based architectural firm Johnston Marklee were deemed the most promising among a highly competitive pool of seven finalists.
An eight-member jury favored Johnston Marklee’s vision in large part because of the firm’s demonstrated ability to design distinctly contextual buildings housing beautiful and functional spaces using common materials in unexpected ways. The proposal seeks to preserve the building’s historic façade, a link to the building’s history as a jazz club in the 1920s.
The establishment of the Green Line Arts Center is dependent on donor support, and the University is seeking funding. As planning moves forward and funds are secured, the University will continue to work with Washington Park neighbors and the Green Line Arts Center Advisory Committee to shape programming. The Advisory Committee includes arts faculty and administrators at the University and leaders at Chicago-based cultural organizations, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, KLEO Center and Lucky Plush Productions, among others.