PILSEN — Reclaimed furniture shop Modern Cooperative will make its formal debut at Thalia Hall Friday.
The shop, at 818 W. 18th St. since last May, is relocating to 1215 W. 18th St. as one of Thalia’s three retail spaces. Health food shop Belli’s will open next door and Longman and Eagle’s Bruce Finkelman said he’s working out final details of the third retailer, who should be in after Dusek’s Board and Beer opens at Thalia in late September.
Finkelman recently announced Longman chef Jared Wentworth as the man behind Dusek’s menu with cocktails being crafted by Longman manager Will Duncan. Finkelman said he expected to have Thalia’s theater ready as a concert space before 2014 rolls around.
Modern Cooperative will throw a re-opening bash Friday, and store co-owner Tiffany Paige said the bigger space at Thalia means more opportunities to showcase local artists.
In addition to a '70s throwback mural by Pilsen artist Ruben Aguirre (who also did the art above Simone’s bar), Paige will showcase work from Pilsen furniture makers Plywood Office, handmade bags from Munie Designs, and high-end estate jewelry from Estate Chicago, and the work of dozens other local designers.
Modern Co-op’s grand re-opening party is Friday from 6 p.m.-midnight at the new digs, 1215 W. 18th St. Beer and wine will be flowing free while supplies last and DJ collective Sonorama will be spinning obscure Latin tunes from the '60s and '70s.