Chicago Dream House - Social Engagement

MAY 31, 2014, 11am to 7pm, 5141 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL.

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Chicago Dream House was a housing-rights event responding to the foreclosure crisis in Albany Park and Chicago. With the community, we painted a symbolic “house,” while presentations by local organizations happened in the central area. Community resource and skill-sharing tables surrounded the structure. Potluck and discussion followed the event.
CDH partnered with the Albany Park Neighborhood Council.


Community Presentations:
12pm: Albany Park Neighborhood Council on Renters’ Rights
1pm: Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing on Chicago Foreclosure Overview
2pm: Casas del Pueblo on Community Land Trusts as response to foreclosure
3pm: Albany Park Neighborhood Council on Community Organizing
4pm: Panel discussion on Gentrification’s effect on the Chicago Public School

12-5pm- Community Resource Tables:
Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, Resistance Legal Clinic, Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Bikes N’ Roses, Albany Park Community Center, North Branch Projects
Skill Sharing: Urban gardening, guitar lessons, bike repair, furniture repair, book-binding and making, painting and drawing lessons

5-7pm- Community potluck and reflection hosted by Potluck: Chicago.

Crowd-Funding Video


Chicago Dream House is a unique blend of art and social engagement in Albany Park, one of the most diverse communities in the nation, and one that is still scarred by house and apartment building foreclosure.

Responding to the economic crisis, artists Karen Yates, Molly Mullen, Lindsay Hopkins, and Mike Mroch, in partnership with the Albany Park Neighborhood Council, are creating an opportunity for the community to build a "dream house" together in a day-long project where community organizations, individual organizers, artists, and residents create an artistic replica of a house as a symbolic act of "community building." The day will feature skill-sharing, information-sharing, presentations, and celebration as we build a dream house together. Children are welcome—there will be painting and other activities.

As we see it, community interconnectedness creates sanctuary—and that can be a new model of stability during changing financial times.

Chicago Dream House doesn’t focus on the banks and financial systems. The focus is on bringing Albany Park residents together—one on one connection. That’s how isolation ends and community bonds strengthen.

Artists: Karen Yates (lead artist), Molly Mullen (dramaturgy and social media), Mike Mroch (scenic design) and Lindsay Hopkins (community programming)

Chicago Dream House is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chicago Dream House is a 3Arts Artist Project and is supported in part by