Links Hall relocates to Constellation space.
Jazz musician Mike Reed and Links Hall are joining forces in the creation of a new collaborative-arts venue located in the former Viaduct Theater at 3111 North Western. Together, they will open Constellation in April 2013.
The idea to partner up came about when Reed and Links Hall director Roell Schmidt met in 2011 after they were appointed to Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council. The concept of a new space began to take shape when Reed learned the Viaduct owners were looking to sell. As a result, Constellation was formed with Links Hall being its main tenant and programming partner.
Links Hall was founded in 1978 by artists Carol Bobrow, Bob Eisen and Charlie Vernon. For more than three decades the Wrigleyville studio has showcased an array of performers specializing in dance, experimental performance and performance art. “Rent just got a little bit out of control for us. Also, we are starting to outgrow the space,” says communications director Marie Casimir about the decision to relocate. Casimir says the move is necessary to provide a larger space for the artists to rehearse and present their work and to better serve Links Hall’s LinkUP program, a six month residency that supports independent artists.
The new space sits at the edge of Roscoe Village. “We’re hoping people will follow us,” says Casimir. “I’m sure there will be a little bit of time to get everyone over to the new space, but I think it’s such an exciting opportunity. We have this great partner, and there's an opportunity to get a new audience—as well as remind people who have been with us for 35 years, or if they just met Links Hall 5 years ago or last weekend, to come on over and check out the new space.”