WEST LOOP — Iconic footwear brand Vans will open House of Vans Chicago, an indoor skate park and event venue in the West Loop, with a weekend of celebrations in February.
Future Islands, Digable Planets and Chicago-based breakout artist Noname are slated to perform at the opening concert Feb. 3 at the new warehouse space, 113 N. Elizabeth St., Vans announced Wednesday.
The two-day celebration, Feb. 3-4, will include a photography retrospective highlighting photos shot at House of Vans by emerging photographers Jonathan Mehring, Bryan Derballa, Ashley Osborn, Ryan Kobane and Laura June Kirsch.
House of Vans Chicago opens Feb. 3. [Milos Otic]
On Feb. 4, House of Vans Chicago will host two artist-led workshops, a "Copy Jam" mixed media workshop with Chad Kouri and "Caught in Motion" skate photography workshop with Atiba Jefferson.
That evening, House of Vans Chicago will host an open house for the community from 6-10 p.m. where guests can skate the newly-built skatepark and check out the space.
Neighbors can RSVP for the opening concert, open house and workshops online.
House of Vans Chicago Schedule
• Feb. 3: 6:30 p.m. Grand opening with performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and NONAME; photography retrospective
• Feb. 4: Noon-2 p.m. "Caught in Motion" workshop with Atiba Jefferson
• Feb. 4: 3-5 p.m. "Copy Jam" workshop with Chad Kouri
• Feb. 4 6-10 p.m. Community open house
Featuring a custom-built course inspired by iconic West Coast skate spots Lockwood and China Banks, House of Vans Chicago will be the only existing indoor skatepark in Chicago.
The backdrop to the Lockwood-inspired obstacle features an ivy-covered wall that pays homage to Wrigley Field, using '66, Vans' founding year as the outfield distance marker, and a repurposed Goose Island brewpub bar that was originally located steps away from Wrigley Field.
A cultural hub of the Vans brand, House of Vans Chicago is the third permanent location, with other locations in New York's Greenpoint neighborhood and in Old Vic Tunnels beneath London's Waterloo Station. House of Vans functions as an art gallery, music venue, skatepark, indie film premiere house, artist-led workshop and more.
House of Vans Chicago events will always be free and open to the public.
[House of Vans]
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