Once the home of KPC Discount Mufflers & Brakes, this adaptable building at 359 E Garfield now serves as a performance and film workshop space. Anchoring the east end of the Arts Block on Garfield Boulevard, The Muffler Shop provides a venue for artists, practitioners, students, organizations, and other groups to explore craft and design solutions in an intimate space.
The graffiti art adorning the west-facing exterior wall of The Muffler Shop was created by teen artists in the Spring 2015 Urban Arts courses, as part of the culminating exhibition Spray, Spin & Snap. The aim of the Urban Arts courses was to cultivate and sustain social practices historically significant to Chicago's urban landscape.
In addition to workshops, The Muffler Shop also hosts outdoor screenings in partnership with Black Cinema House.