Past Event

Everyone's a Designer/Everyone's Design Opening Reception at Indian Boundary

Join us for a “house party,” at our second stop, Indian Boundary Park, as we look at the history of West Ridge and Rogers Park, highlight a “jeweled box” full of photographic wonders in the neighborhood, and celebrate with free food, music, and family-friendly activities.

At Indian Boundary Park, the exhibition highlights the home of Karen Burke and Mike Williams, who purchased their West Ridge bungalow in the 1990s after it had undergone decades of renovations by various owners. Shortly after moving in, Karen and Mike began a labor of love to restore the home to its original 1920s form. Completing much of the renovation work themselves, Karen and Mike looked to their neighbors as “guides” and “shopped” in their alley for original doors, windows, and mailboxes, which are now features of their home. The couple now lives among their various collections, including an array of antique photographic objects.

More about the exhibition

Everyone’s a Designer/Everyone’s Design, produced by Illinois Humanities, is a free traveling museum exhibition that explores and celebrates everyday Chicagoans’ influence on art and design in the city. Travelling across Chicago’s Cultural Centers, the exhibition tells the stories of 5 people, the homes they’ve made uniquely their own, and the rich design and architectural history of their neighborhoods.

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