SHOP (Southside Hub of Production), founded in 2010 by Laura Shaeffer and John Preus is a collective of artists, writers, film makers, craftspeople, educators, and local civic organizations who have come together to create a local cultural hub space in Hyde Park, Chicago. Shop’s main aim is to stimulate local cultural activity and to foster artistic and cultural enrichment in the neighborhood, with the aim of reclaiming the commons, and the networks of interdependency that create a fulfilling economy. SHOP is currently seeking space for its next iteration. Woodlawn and Bronzeville are under consideration as possible sites.
The building has exhibition space, artist studios, a woodworking shop, a space for movement and bodywork, the Hyde Park Kunstverein – a community museum, Red Flags family salon and non-sports pub, space for public meetings and more. Events in the house, include film series, exhibitions, weekly potluck dinners, performances, lectures, and salon evenings. Workshops and classes will feature visual arts, writing, meditation, music, wood working, cooking, and more.
Here is link to a piece Preus wrote for AREA magazine.
5638 S. WOODLAWN AVE.