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Six Great Things Going on on the South Side Right Now

Stop by these spots for art, music, and more.

Stony Island Arts Bank

Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
Photo: Tom Harris © Hedrich Blessing, courtesy of Rebuild Foundation

With 5,000 records from the late DJ Frankie Knuckles, 60,000 art history slides, a massive Johnson Publishing library (pictured), and a collection of racist memorabilia, this 17,000-square-foot South Shore space is artist Theaster Gates’s kingdom of curiosities.

Up Next 1975, a collection of work by the late Noah Davis rebuild-foundation.org

 

The Silver Room

The Silver Room

1506 E. 53rd St.
Photo: Ratko Radojcic

On any given night at this recently relocated gallery-meets-jewelry-shop, you might find owner Eric Williams spinning records from his personal “dusties” collection or a group of young poets testing new material at an open mic. “It’s coprogrammed by the community,” says Williams of his sleek, minimalist salon.

Up Next Poets Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall will read on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. thesilverroom.com

 

Southside Hub of Production

Southside Hub of Production

1448 E. 57th St.
Photo: Courtesy of Southside Hub of Production

This ever changing, roving art space shapeshifts every few months, morphing into anything from a gallery to a film screening. “All we need is an empty space and an idea,” says founder Laura Shaeffer.

Up Next The Teachers Lounge, a community-led arts project, through March 31. southsidehub.wordpress.com

 

Bing

Bing

307 E. Garfield Blvd.
Photo: Sara Pooley

Sourced from secondhand shops and private collections, the carefully curated titles in Theaster Gates’s bookstore read like a syllabus for the world’s most radical art history class.

Up Next Boozy browsing: A wine bar is set to open soon (no date yet) in the back of the shop. bingartbooks.com

 

The Promontory

The Promontory

5311 S. Lake Park Ave.
Photo: Rebecca Beyene/thearoundtheway.com

Credit booker Jake Austen for what has fast become one of the city’s hottest music clubs, with regular gigs from the likes of the South Side Big Band and Corey Wilkes.

Up Next Jeezy’s Juke Joint: A Black Burly-Q Revue (March 11 to 12) promontorychicago.com

 

The Revival

The Revival

1160 E. 55th St.
Photo: Ratko Radojcic

“Improv comedy was born on this corner,” says producer John Stoops. He’s referring to 55th and University, where his three-month-old comedy club now stands. Sixty years after the Compass Players (a troupe that included Mike Nichols and Bernie Sahlins) performed in this neighborhood, Stoops pays tribute four times a week with a lineup of standups and improv groups.

Up Next The Revival Hour, a comedy-variety show every Saturday at 8 p.m. the-revival.com

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