See it in action. Take a tour.

Sign up for free monthly Arts + Public Life Tour.

Perhaps you’ve attended First Monday Jazz at the Arts Incubator, or had coffee and a biscuit for breakfast at the Currency Exchange Café before jumping on the CTA Green Line. Maybe you’ve visited the gallery on the corner of Prairie and Garfield Boulevard for an Artist-in-Residence exhibition or a teen theatre performance in the flex space. But how these spaces and cultural activities are related remains a mystery. Come for a tour of the Arts Block and speak directly with Arts + Public Life (APL) staff. On a walking tour of completed and activated spaces, APL staff will briefly discuss history and current context of the Washington Park neighborhood while offering details about the purpose and function of the properties along the 300 block of East Garfield Boulevard. Visitors will learn about its evolving space use, programmatic iteration, site-specific community engagement and arts + culture-led ethical redevelopment.

Monthly Tours

Tours are hosted the last Wednesday of every month, from 3:00–4:00pm, unless otherwise noted. Tours take approximately one hour. Tours are not scheduled on national or University of Chicago holidays. All tours meet at Currency Exchange Café at 305 E Garfield Blvd [map].

Register for the monthly tour by submitting a tour request below. You will be contacted to confirm your tour date, and staff will follow-up with any questions you might have.

  • Space is limited. Tours require a minimum of one individual, and can accommodate a maximum of 30 individuals.
  • All locations on the tour are accessible.
  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred first choice tour date.
  • For additional information about tours, please contact Maya Ruiz.

For those unable to attend our monthly public tours, we encourage walking the Arts Block to explore the outdoor spaces and stopping by the Currency Exchange Café which is open Tuesday–Friday 8am–4pm, Saturday 9am–4pm, and Sunday 10am–4pm. For additional information about the Café, please contact Megan Jeyifo.

For field trips for schools and youth groups please contact Hannah Green.

Groups who require a dedicated space or are interested in booking a private event should submit a request here.

Register for a tour:


pin301 E Garfield Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60637

Wed-Fri 12:00pm-6:00pm
Extended hours during events

The Arts Incubator office and gallery will be closed MON July 2 through WED July 4 in observance of Independence Day, 2018.