Call for Artists! Activate 2017 Performance Season

We are excited to launch another robust season of cultural programming in public spaces across the city. From Northcenter to Englewood, Garfield Park to Logan Square, 30 sites are available as locations for paid performances ranging from spoken word, bands and family activities of all types. We have an open and ongoing call for artists listed below:

Activate! Chicago Call for Artists 2017

Concession Opportunity on Polish Triangle

We are thrilled to announce that we are piloting the first seasonal public space concession opportunity on the Polish Triangle! As part of building activity on public space by scaling strong community programs, we have partnered with the Polish Triangle Coalition to develop a concessions for the Triangle. This high traffic public space is at the intersection of four great neighborhoods with daily traffic over 50,000 persons.

An application link is listed below and questions can be directed to The application is due Friday May 6, 2016.

Download the application [PDF file]

New opportunities for 2016 partnerships!

We are excited to announce the launch of several new cultural programs and partnership opportunities with Activate! in the 2016 year. We will be opening the following opportunities:

Notice of Availability for Concessions on Polish Triangle in Wicker Park.
Notice of Availability for Cultural Programming  and Partnerships
Notice of Availability for Marketing Partner

Please stay tuned to this website for more information as it becomes available. 

Help lead creative placemaking in Chicago

Latent Design has been awarded a contract to lead Chicago's first creative placemaking projects on over 50 sites in 23 neighborhoods. While prestigious, the contract provides only start up funding of $50,000 to transform over 600,000sf of public space and challenges us to create a sustainable program that all Chicagoans can benefit from because public space is a right, not a luxury. To date, our small firm has augmented perceptions, written a new ordinance, transformed the retail landscape, and fostered cultural partnerships all probono, but we still need much more help.

We are seeking 2-4 volunteers for the next six months that would work directly with us to frame, design and implement the first year of Chicago citywide placemaking initiatives as part of Activate! Chicago and develop a model for an urban design startup. Please review the volunteer description and send any inquiries to Thank you!

Link to volunteer opportunities.