Overton Incubator

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Neighborhood: Bronzeville

Site Address: 221 E. 49th Street

Hours to Visit: The parking lot is open for visitors Monday to Sunday 12pm-5pm; school grounds (outdoor areas) are open to the public everyday 10am-7pm

Projects by: Borderless Studio and The Open Workshop

About the (former) Overton Elementary School and the Overton Incubator:

Anthony Overton Elementary School, built in 1963 and designed by Perkins and Will was one of 50 schools that were closed in 2013 citing budget cuts, under-enrollment, and low performance. Washington Park Development Group has since purchased the school, and through collaborations with artists, designers, and small businesses, has transformed the school grounds into an experimental hub, referred to as the Overton Incubator that is intended to serve the community to support creative entrepreneurship in business, technology and design.

About Creative Grounds: 

Creative Grounds, a multi-year initiative and collaboration between Borderless Studio and Washington Park Development Group, at Overton Incubator is a community-led research platform that seeks to bring visibility to the closure of nearly fifty Chicago Public Schools concentrated in Chicago’s West and South Sides while organizing activations as a form of advocacy and collaborative agency, and creating a space to spark collective imagination about the future of social infrastructure in our city.

Upcoming/Current Events

Partner Programs

Open Schools: Overton and Parkman

18 Sep–11 Dec, 2021
Mon - Fri9:00am - 6:00pm

In response to the unprecedented closing of over fifty Chicago Public Schools in 2013, advanced students at the IIT College of Architecture investigated a number of adaptive reuse opportunities of these vacant schools in Fall 2020 to attract resources and attention for the revitalization and rejuvenation of the buildings and their surrounding neighborhoods. Overton and Parkman Elementary Schools were the focus of this design studio, where we analyzed the opportunities for their revitalization and integration back into their communities at hand.

This exhibition is done in a partnership with Borderless Studio and Ghian Foreman.

Overton Incubator
In Person

Past Events

Film Screening: WHITE BUILDING

23 Oct, 2021
Overton Incubator
Film Screening

Terrain Biennial: K.I.T (keep in touch)

02 Oct–15 Nov, 2021
Overton Incubator

Opening Reception: Terrian Biennial: K.I.T. (keep in touch)

02 Oct, 2021
Overton Incubator
Opening Reception

Portrait Pop-op

18 Sep, 2021
Overton Incubator
Site Activations

Biennial Projects

Frame(works) of Resilience
Borderless Studio
The Center Won't Hold
The Open Workshop