Join the Van Alen Institute for a fast-paced evening of performances and provocations as we make new history. A medley of artists, city-makers, and storytellers will take the stage as we project visions for Chicago informed by its rich past. This program extends the ideas and energy of the Van Alen Variety Show—the highlight of Van Alen Institute's twice-a-year festivals—to the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

At Van Alen Institute, we believe design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives. We collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. Building on more than a century of experience, we develop cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions.

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