Past Event

We Economy

“We Economy” will introduce the audience to textile manufacturing in today’s post-Industrial society through the production of socks–an object many of us take for granted.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the demise of textile manufacturing in the home has created an absence of knowledge about where our clothes come from. Who is making our clothes and at what cost–socially, environmentally, and monetarily? How do textiles identify and define who we are? How do they connect us to each other? These are a few questions that will be dealt with in videos and informational panels.

The event will introduce visitors to textile production and sustainable consumption that supports local makers and farmers. Audiences will learn how to make their own textiles. Demonstrations and interactive experiences will invite the audience to participate in a shared learning environment that emphasizes the social aspects of textile production. Audiences may engage in all methods demonstrated including fiber carding and preparation, hand-spinning, and using a knitting machine to produce a one-of-a-kind pair of socks.


This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required and can be made online.

This event is presented by Industrious Anarchy as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).



If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit