Learning Lab
at the Chicago Cultural Center 
offers sights, sounds, and experiences for 
visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities.

The Learning Lab is a free public space that makes learning visible.

Do you want to make
the Chicago Cultural Center
your hub
for educational and creative activities?

 Educators, artists, and non-profit organizations are invited
to submit proposals to make our Lab your Hub.

Learning Hub

Check us out at the Learning Lab.
DCASE will provide:
  • vibrant studio space on days and times specified and agreed to in advance.
  • 8 tables, 25 stools, 12 benches, wipe off boards.
  • pencils, paper, markers, scissors, and chart paper as supplies last.
  • projector, media player, and sound dome - compatible with most laptops or thumb drives.
  • docent led tour of the Chicago Cultural Center and/or exhibitions by previous arrangement.
  • consultation with staff educational expert to take full advantage of available resources.
Applicant will be responsible for:
  • supervising all students/ participants in attendance.
  • maintaining space in an orderly manner compatible with a working studio environment
  • operational costs such as special set up, cleaning, etc.
  • adhering to open public hours of CCC (10 am to 5 pm)
  • creating a consistent schedule that’s compatible with existing programming.
  • working within parameters of current Artist in Residence.
  • respecting the space, artwork, materials, equipment, and people. 
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be an educator, artist, non-profit organization, or government entity. No residency requirements.
  • No advertising permitted. However, inclusion of contact info connecting visitors to your website is encouraged. 
Overview and Guidelines:

Applications must be completed once started and can take 10 - 15 minutes to answer all questions. Incomplete applications will be discarded. Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis by an internal DCASE team including the Deputy Commissioner. Priority will be given to proposals in the visual, performing, and literary arts that incorporate one or more of the following:
  • relate to a current Chicago Cultural Center exhibition, DCASE initiative, event, or festival
  • address individuals that are underserved or underrepresented 
  • have recently received grant support from DCASE 
  • activate the space as an active studio for an ongoing regularly scheduled class
For questions, please contact Susan A. Friel at susan.friel@cityofchicago.org or 312-744-1425.

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