Mana Contemporary is a leading arts destination dedicated to celebrating the creative process.
Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in an enormous landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Designed by noted Chicago architect George Nimmons, the building is now home to dozens of artists studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a central cafe, a library and more. Mana serves as a nexus for many of the strongest artists and organizations in the city. Artists of diverse disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, dance, film, sound, and performance work alongside each other in a novel campus environment which fosters experimentation, collaboration, and mutual inspiration. Very established artists; studios neighbor those that house strong emerging practices, as there is a wide range of studio sizes.
A hub of programming and activity for the vital communities of Chicago artists, Mana Contemporary will also serve as a multi-institutional pedagogical platform, and already serves as home to art schools and organizations dedicated to educating and supporting emerging artists. Chicago’s existing art communities have informed this model, which grows organically with the development of each new floor, customizing and adapting to the needs and opportunities that make up Chicago’s creative landscape. Mana Contemporary strives to grow a vital community of Chicago artists, showcasing their practices, processes, and ideas to the public.
Friday September 28
1:00pm - 6:00pm | VIP, Press, Trade Afternoon
6:00pm - 10:00pm | Private View
Saturday September 29
12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday September 30
11:00am - 6:00pm
Bus from North loop/SAIC/UIC
Take the 60 bus (Mon-Sun: every 15 minutes, 24hr service) west from the loop (stops on Madison) or UIC (stops on Halsted, Harrison and Racine) to the Loomis & Cermack stop, walk one block east on Cermack and turn right into Mana Contemporary’s parking lot. Enter on the east side of the building.
Bus from south loop/Colombia
Take the 18 bus (Mon-Sun: 7:30am–7pm · every 20 min) west from Roosevelt Street to 18th and Throop Stop. Walk 3 blocks south on Throop, cross cermack, enter on east side of building.
Bus from North or South
Take the Ashland Bus to the Ashland and Cermack stop. Walk three blocks east. Enter on east side of building.
Bus from East or West
Take the Cermack Bus to the Cermack and Throop stop. Enter on east side of the building.
Driving from North
Take I-90/94 south. Take the 52C Exit; Merge onto S Union Ave, Continue onto S Emerald Ave; Turn right on Cermack; Turn left into Allport+Cermack entrance to Mana parking lot, park and enter on east side of building.
Driving from South
Take I-90/94 north, take exit 53C on the left toward I-55 N, Keep left at the fork, follow signs for 22nd St, Turn left onto W Cermak Rd, Turn left into Allport+Cermack entrance to Mana parking lot, park and enter on east side of building.
Driving from West
I-55 East. Exit 290 to Damen Ave; Take a left on Damen Ave; Take a right on Cermack; Turn right into Allport+Cermack entrance to Mana parking lot, park and enter on east side of building.