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Interactive Walk Around the Peterson Metra Station Site

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Program Location

Misericordia's Hearts & Flour Bakery and Cafe
6130 N Ravenswood Ave

Good City Group

This Good City Group walk will celebrate the change that the new Metra station will bring to our community by retelling the story of its environment and residents. Curated by Odile Compagnon Architect with special guests invited along the way, the walk will highlight the life and legacy of the Peterson family, whose members influenced Chicago’s understanding of forestry as early as the 1870s. Beyond giving their name to many sites in the Westridge neighborhood, the Petersons, and particularly Mary Gage Peterson (1844-1922), were instrumental in starting the conservation movement that led to the creation of the National Parks. It all started right around there, where the new Peterson/Ridge station will be. Walk participants are encouraged to bring their own tree-stories to share. All will get to choose tree seeds to start at home and plant in the Spring to commemorate Mary Gage Peterson’s legacy.

This free Good City Group event is a Chicago Architecture Biennial partner program and a French Journees Nationales de l’Architecture event.


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Photo by Natasha Moustache


Chicago, United States


SpaceShift is a creative hub for experimentation and possibility nestled inside neighborhoods. Recent projects have focused on Devon Avenue, to practice and play within Chicago’s culturally dynamic South Asian enclave.In 2021, ‘Aao Mil Baithen’ activated the corner of Devon and Talman through games, open mics, storytelling circles, concerts and dance battles, inviting curiosity and participation by an intergenerational community often separated by class, religion, caste, and nationality. In 2022, SpaceShift conceived and launched ‘starlight’, a temporary arts space in partnership with Northwestern University’s Race, Caste, and Colorism project. Starlight featured six artists exploring opportunities for Black and South Asian solidarity in an experimental community-facing residency on the block. In under two months, a vacant store-front was transformed into an artist workshop, evolving installation and pop-up community arts center with 45 programs and over 1,000 participants. In 2023, in collaboration with Chicago Architectural Biennial, SpaceShift will launch an interactive public art installation exploring the rich planting traditions from South Asia that migrated to Chicago along with its people and their connection to local forms of growing knowledge and wisdom. Comprising an evolving collective of artists and cultural workers, SpaceShift reimagines how people live, work and make together, in our most just and joyful future.

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