The Elastic Arts Foundation (EAF) is a collective of artists that has worked together since 1998 to foster the arts community in Chicago’s Logan Square area. It has become one of the foremost grassroots arts organizations in world, committed to producing innovative events and aiding the development of non-conventional artists and art forms in an intimate environment without the impedance of commercial boundaries.
Originally based in the “Spice Factory” building on the Chicago River, the organization has moved a number of times in its development and now resides in the Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery (better known simply as Elastic). The building includes the Elastic Vision Gallery, which features the work of local visual artists, often in group exhibitions focusing on common themes in contemporary art; exhibitions typically last between one and two months.
Since incorporating as a non-profit in 2004, EAF has presented more than 1300 events in a huge array of artistic disciplines, including live music, visual arts, theatre, film and literature. Multimedia events and performances also constitute a large portion of EAF’s activities. Musical offerings at Elastic include ongoing series of hip-hop, improvised music, electro-acoustic music, and the music of contemporary singer/songwriters.
Elastic Arts Foundation Information
- Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from buses 56, 76, and 82 at the Kimball Avenue/Diversey Avenue/Milwaukee Avenue intersection. The Blue Line at Logan Square is a 6-minute walk.)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Poor
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 150 events annually
- Ticket Prices: Vary (free-$12) depending on event.