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Bridgeport Warehouse Just Chicago’s Latest Live/Work Space

  • June 26, 2011

by Jacqueline Zenn

There is about to be a new live/work space in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, adding to the many spaces in Chicago that cater to the city’s artists and entrepreneurs.

Spiegel Warehouse Lofts
The Spiegel warehouse in Bridgeport

The owners of a former Spiegel warehouse plan to convert a section of the property into 108 residences for artists, according to Crain’s. Currently, the warehouse is comprised of lofts that range in size from 200 to 7,500 square feet, with rents starting at $200 per month; there’s also a gallery and an 18,000 square foot event space that will be completed this summer. Although they have 24/7 access, the artists who rent space at the warehouse currently can’t sleep in their lofts, however the Crain’s article notes that a zoning change is in the works to change that.

Inspired by the Crain’s report, UrbanTurf decided to reach out to the Chicago Artists Resource (CAR), a website for local artists and anyone who runs their own creative business, to learn about other artist live/work spaces in the city.

“Artists live and work in every Chicago neighborhood, sometimes in a spare bedroom, in a storefront space or in an officially planned live/work space,” Karen Vaughn, the Director of Public Affairs at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, one of the sponsors of the CAR, told UrbanTurf. Vaughn said that some of the best live/work spaces include ACME Artists Community, a 25-unit affordable condo project in Bucktown and the Switching Station Artists Lofts in East Garfield Park, a 25-unit rental project in an old telephone switching station. Both these projects will soon be joined by the Hairpin Artists Lofts in Logan Square, a live/work rental property that will be ready for occupancy in July.

“Many creative entrepreneurs start up businesses where they live, as it is difficult to pay rent on two places when you are just beginning any endeavor, whether artistic or traditional,” Vaughn said, explaining that many artists have hybrid careers, and find themselves engaged in several practices at once.

In order to make sure that the live/work spaces are being used by those who truly need it, many have income restrictions and subsidies. The Switching Station was developed with several subsidies, which require artists to earn below a certain income level. ACME and Hairpin also have income restrictions.

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1 Comment

  1. Colleen said at 3:53 am on Friday July 15, 2011:

    Do you have a telephone number or email address to contact the Spiegel warehouse about the loft now?

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