We are a nomadic, temporary free store that irregularly visits a variety of Chicagoland neighborhoods.
Our version of the Free Store came about from casual conversations about the Diggers, about giveaways, about what’s good and bad about the ideas of charity and the gift economy. We also found ourselves with a perfect combination of personal skill sets – we all had experience with giving things away, doing public events, getting the word out, and building interesting things out of seemingly nothing.
September: Pilsen (near Damen and 17th, in a gallery space and on the sidewalk)
Near West Side (at Peoria and Van Buren, in a gallery)
May: Pilsen (near Cermak & Halsted, in a gallery space)
May: Pullman (near 111th & Forrestville, on the grounds of a State Historical Site)
August: New City (51st & Racine, in an empty parking lot)
July: Kinzie Industrial Corridor (near Fulton & Damen, in a yard space)
May: Humboldt Park (near Western & Potomac, in an apartment
February: Bucktown (near North & Ashland, in a gallery)
November: Rogers Park (near Morse & Glenwood, in an experimental cultural center)