Elastic Arts works to foster the community of art and culture in Avondale/Logan Square and beyond through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music, performance, and art events.
Founded in 2002, Elastic Arts has presented over 1500 events: live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings, establishing itself as a leader among grassroots venues and presenting organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. With the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, Elastic Arts affords the community the opportunity to participate in uncommon and stimulating programming in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.
Our programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Elastic Arts’ founders have been working together as an informal artists’ collective since 1998, originally based out of a loft space in the 500 W Cermak building (“the Spice Factory”), located on the Chicago River between Pilsen and Chinatown. Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in March 2002, and acquired 501(c)3 status in March 2004.
Since then, EAF has presented over 1300 events – live music shows, multi-disciplinary performances, theater pieces, literary readings, art exhibitions, and film/video screenings – establishing itself as a respected leader among grassroots performance organizations in Chicago and throughout the world. By fostering the development and presentation of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, EAF also provides the public with valuable and unique aesthetic and cultural events in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints.
From 2001 – 2005, EAF was based out of a converted church building at 3030 West Cortland Street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. The venue, a 75-seat theater and digital recording studio, was called 3030. It was a smoke-free, all-ages venue that was unique in the city of Chicago, and as such was appreciated and supported by both performers and audiences. EAF produced over 500 performances at 3030.
In spring 2006 EAF moved out of 3030 and established the Elastic Sound & Vision Gallery (commonly referred to simply as Elastic) at its present location: 2830 N Milwaukee Ave in the Logan Square neighborhood. EAF produces an average of 2 to 4 performances each week at Elastic, while concurrently presenting 1 to 2 month-long visual art exhibitions. Although similar in spirit to 3030, Elastic is an improved venue for several reasons: public transportation and street parking are readily available and the facility itself is more suitable for multi-media performances and visual art exhibitions.
Steve Gaede contact
Dan Schwarzlose contact
co-founder; Treasurer, director of Elastic Cambodia
Dave Rempis contact
Treasurer, curator of Improvised Music Series, musician
Amor Montes de Oca contact
Samuel Lewis contact
co-founder, Trustee, Director; curator of Hip-Hop Series; spoken word artist
Paul Giallorenzo contact
co-founder, Trustee, curator of Elastro electro/acoustic series; musician