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A Glimpse of What’s to Come

Join us for live entertainment, food, and the opportunity to learn more about the historical significance and restoration project of the Central Park Theater. Built in 1914, this was the first theater to have an air-conditioning, and will be reactivated for your enjoyment. We will collect oral histories while highlighting local businesses and artists. Our site will highlight the strength and resiliency of the North Lawndale community.

Live performances by local DJs and theater organizations,

Architectural tours of the historic theater interior by Preservation Chicago,

Local food and merchandise vendors from the North Lawndale community,

A “Back to School” giveaway with backpacks and school supplies hosted by the Church of God in Christ,

Collection of oral histories of your memories of the theater with the North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society,

Engage the redevelopment project by completing a survey about the future of the building as a new arts and culture hub for the North Lawndale community

An unveiling of a new architecture installation by Manuel Herz Architects, an office for architecture and urban planning, based in Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany, commissioned as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Image courtesy of Central Park Theater.