The Boombox is finished! We shared in-progress photos and information about the Boombox on the blog a couple of weeks ago, and now as of Friday, it’s open to the public and available for booking to small businesses.

The Boombox is a City of Chicago initiative to transform underutilized public spaces into micro-retail spaces in areas with high traffic. We were involved in the construction of the Boombox as part of a collaboration with Latent Design and Activate! Chicago.


On Friday, September 25th, Latent Design and Activate! Chicago held a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration at the Boombox site (1260 N. Milwaukee) with speakers and guests including Chicago First Lady Amy Rule and representatives from Chicago’s First Ward offices.


Latent Design Founder and Principal Architect Katherine Darnstadt gave the first speech, detailing the the conception of the initiative and all of the hard work from each organization and business involved in the Boombox design, concept, and construction.


There was a ceremonial ribbon cutting as part of the opening reception. Leo Burnett’s Chicago offices were involved with the printing and signage currently in the space, and representatives from the agency were also present at the ceremony.


After cutting the ribbon guests were invited into the 200 square-foot space where information about the Boombox was being displayed. It also included organizations involved in the design and creation of the space.


In October, the space will be redesigned to display information about the Chicago Architecture Biennial, a major multiplatform architectural event that will be open at the Chicago Cultural Center from October 3rd, 2015 through January 3rd, 2015.


We are proud to be a part of this project and community initiative, and we’re looking forward to see the Boombox in use in its first months.


The Boombox is open to the public at Mautene Court (1260 N. Milwaukee), and small businesses may apply to take over the space for future dates.


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