Construction Update: What’s Going On with the New Space?

July 21, 2017

Now four months into our residency in Edgewater, we are feeling the love from our neighbors and neighborhood partners. The enthusiasm from visitors who stop in has been overwhelming, and the support pouring in from local businesses and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Edgewater Artists in Motion, Loyola University, and Granville shops and restaurants has been such a wonderful confirmation of our plans for growth. In the midst of all of this positive change, one big question is hanging in the air: what is up with our permanent space?

In January, when we initially learned of the construction setbacks with our permanent home at 1127 W. Granville Ave, the timeline for completion was still being determined, though roughly set for late this summer. As anyone who’s planned, participated in, or paid for a construction project knows, the timeline you create at the beginning is rarely what shakes out in the end, and our situation is no different. Unfortunately, unforeseen structural concerns related to the foundation created a major delay, and the delays have continued as the contractors have added additional structural support and sought out necessary permitting.  Just as of this week, we have a new projected completion date of Spring 2018. We are looking forward to the foundations going in in the next couple of weeks, and could not be more thrilled to have detailed updates to share with our community. Throughout this process, the property owners and developers, architects, and our partners in the alderman’s office have been incredibly supportive in helping us navigate the evolving changes in construction plans.

Armed with this new knowledge and full of gratitude for the generosity of the property owners here at 1101 W. Granville, we are charging forward! Though we were not originally planning to make this space our home for the long-term, we have already seen the eagerness of this community to welcome us and help us promote our mission, and despite the setbacks, we are ready to settle in and give back to the neighborhood. There are definitely some challenges facing us in our temporary space, but we are facing them head-on.

In the coming weeks, look for changes in our temporary space at 1101 W. Granville:

  1. Addressing functional concerns about the building to create a more comfortable and dynamic environment for all of our students and visitors.
  2.  A beautiful new mural in progress from artist Mason Potts (pictured right).
  3. Mosaic installations in our vestibule from Gary Drostle’s June class, Large Scale Mosaics
  4. Forthcoming signage and painting in collaboration with our faculty, volunteers, and After School Matters students.
  5. In the absence of our formal gallery, we will also be exhibiting some work in a pop-up gallery in our foyer.

If you have any painting or merchandising experience and would like to volunteer to assist us in this transformation, we encourage you to reach out to the office at with the subject line “Beautification Volunteering”. We can’t wait to see you at CMS!

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