RETAIL POP UP
Urban Activators | Retail Pop Up
BRONZEVILLE, CHATHAM AND ENGLEWOOD
Civic Projects was the lead in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop a series of prototypes for the temporary activation of vacant storefronts. Civic Projects set the criteria for a series of portable elements that could easily be moved between vacant storefronts in a community.
Initiated in 2014, the initial pop-up attracted 200 people in 2 days from the neighborhood and around the city. Steps included reaching out to entrepreneurs early to identify both their needs and market readiness to participate in this type of pop-up. Working with a curated selection of retailers, the team also developed graphics, programming and implementation of the project. Local partners have continued to implement pop-ups every summer since the project's inception. More recent storefront and market activation has been developed for Chatham and Englewood.
Partners: Illinois Institute of Technology Interprofessional Projects Program, Metropolitan Planning Council and the Bronzeville Retail Initiative. Co-instructor Mike Newman.