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Rooftop Project Space

Lillstreet’s Textile Department hosts artists from around the country and invites them to install work onto four, 9-foot flag poles on top of Lillstreet’s rooftop deck. Flags as well as alternative installation proposals will be considered.  Work can be seen from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as driving or walking down Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues.  Installations rotate monthly, May through December, and flags are displayed in the Textile Department’s hallway gallery two weeks prior to install date.

The installation space also serves as competition for artists, with Lillstreet awarding cash prizes for Best in Show ($500) and Honorable Mention ($150). Photo documentation will be provided to all participating artists.  Visit our “Call for Entries” page for more information, and please apply via Slideroom.

Project Space Artists

Upcoming Installations

December 2015 – Dain Mergenthaler
January 2016 – Michelle Brehmer

Current Installation

November 2015: Lauren Cotton
“Fluid Mosaic Model”
Artist Statement: Fluid Mosaic Model is an abstract representation of the biology of life and how our existence is truly dependent on the symbiotic functioning of things we cannot see. It is meant to act as a reminder that even within the chaos of our personal lives and the world as a whole, we can still take a moment to consider, discover and bear witness to moments of beauty and wonder. This concept is illustrated by the piecing together of the smaller sections of the works, becoming each individual flag, which then in turn flows into a singularly composed ensemble.

Past Installations






About Lillstreet

Founded in 1975, Lillstreet Art Center is a large community of artists and students working side-by-side in a friendly environment which encourages and inspires artistic growth in the individual. Lillstreet supports the arts through an artist residency program, gallery, studio space, education, and an outreach program.

Hours and Location

Monday - Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm
Friday - Sunday: 10am - 6pm

4401 N Ravenswood (at Montrose)
Chicago, IL 60640 / 773.769.4226
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