See the Arts Block in action. Take a tour.

Sign-up for a free tour with Arts + Public Life.

You're invited to take a walking tour of the Arts Block and speak directly with Arts + Public Life staff as we go over the rich cultural history and current context of the Arts Block as it relates to the Washington Park neighborhood, while offering details about the purpose and function of the venues along the historic 300 block of East Garfield Boulevard. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about plans for evolving use, programs, and site-specific community engagement.

Monthly Tours

Tours are hosted on the third Thursday of every month, from 11:00am–12:00pm, unless otherwise noted, and take approximately one hour. Tours are not scheduled on national or University of Chicago holidays. All tours meet at the Arts Incubator Gallery, 301 E Garfield Blvd [map].

Please note, tours can accommodate a maximum of 30 individuals. For requests of groups larger than 30, please contact


Tour Requirements
This tour is for all ages. We ask that guests under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or school representative. This is a walking tour, so please be prepared to stand for the entire tour. Both the Arts Incubator and Green Line Performing Arts Center are wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at or by calling (773) 702-9724.
How to Prepare
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour start time. Attendees arriving after 10 minutes from the tour start time may be asked to reschedule.  We encourage tour guests to take photos and videos of your experience, and to tag @artspubliclife if you are sharing on social (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter).

  • For field trips for schools and youth groups please contact Hannah Jasper.
  • Groups who require a dedicated space or are interested in booking a private event should send an email to