Between startup and storefront

Boombox is a prefabricated micro retail kiosk installed in high volume public spaces to provide short term pop up retail opportunities and advances Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and growing small businesses in neighborhoods throughout Chicago.  The program is designed and managed by Latent Design in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Make Way for People – People Plazas program and the Department of Planning and Development’s Retail Thrive Zone Initiative.

Boombox locations anchor neighborhood commercial corridors across Chicago, which are home to creative, vibrant communities. A prime destination in the city, these areas have experienced robust economic growth and market attention.

We are thrilled to be hosting storied institutions, talented designers and culinary wizards in the Boombox. Check the vendor websites for additional information and hours of operation.  Upcoming vendors and programs include:

Boombox Wicker Park | 1262 N. Milwaukee
Boombox Englewood | 833 W. 63rd
Boombox Austin | 5846 W. Chicago
Boombox Chatham | 532 E. 79th

Small business has changed and can open from a kitchen table, coworking space, or at a festival tent. We welcome everyone, regardless of what level your business is starting at. It’s about your journey, your craft, and telling your story. 

Weekly and monthly rates available on a sliding scale. Ready to rent?
Fill out the initial application here.