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1245 Chicago Ave.
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The Society for the Preservation of Arts and Culture in Evanston (SPACE) is an organization and venue created by musicians for musicians. SPACE features some of the best and most compelling music from the Chicago area and beyond, often representing the outermost edges of musical expression available today. On alternate nights, one might see an improvising jazz group, folk storyteller, virtuosic bluegrass ensemble, or a solo electronic cellist. There is no food service at SPACE, but the venue is BYOP, with Union Pizza located in the 1245 Chicago Avenue building; full bar service is available every night.

The “space” is designed for an optimum musical experience, with superb acoustics, sophisticated audio and lighting systems, and an intimate atmosphere with no seat further than 40 feet from the stage. Seating may be available in any of three tiers: reserved table seating, general admission seating, and standing room tickets; this varies depending on the event, and concertgoers with special seating requirements are recommended to contact the venue before purchasing tickets.

Also located within the building is the League of Creative Musicians, a clubhouse/rehearsal space/recording studio frequented by some of the greater Chicago area’s most active musicians in all styles.

SPACE Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (steps from buses N201 and 205 at Dempster Street/Chicago Avenue, and a 2-minute walk from the Purple Line at the Dempster Station)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 300 events annually
  • Ticket Prices: $12-17 advance tickets; $15-20 day-of; $20-30 reserved table seating.