New Moon New Threads: A Rummage Sale Fundraiser for Hume

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Noon-6:00 PM, Saturday, April 18
3203 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL

RSVP on Facebook

2nd Floor Rear and Hume are teaming up to raise $$$ for Hume, Humboldt Park’s newest art/project/shared studio space. The deets:

–We’re selling hella cute, gently used vintage clothes, housewares, books, and more
–We take cash or credit, but paying in cash gets you 10% off your purchase
–Suggested donation for beer and snacks

Join us this Saturday for cheap threads, chill folks, and a worthy cause

Now Taking Donations for Vintage Sale Fundraiser!

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Hello Vintage lovers! 2nd Floor Rear is teaming up with Hume to raise some $$$ for Humboldt Park’s newest project space, and we need your help! Got old (but in good condition), cute/baller, vintage clothes or housewares that are just taking up too much space in your life? Bring them to Hume (3203 W. North Ave.) between NOON AND 6PM on TUESDAY THRU THURSDAYS, and between NOON AND 3PM on SUNDAYS before APRIL 16. We’ll sell them during our fundraiser on APRIL 18. All proceeds will go to Hume.

Run an Etsy/pop-up vintage shop? Want to sell off your surplus and get your shop some exposure? Email 2nd Floor at If you are willing to donate your profits to Hume (good cause!), we’d totes love to partner with you.

Comments? Complaints? Congratulations? Say it in a Survey

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 Opening Ceremony

You are cordially invited to join 2FR Director and A*Haul for a special opening ribbon-cutting (or banner driving-through?) and Miller High Life-drinking ceremony at the plaza at Milwaukee and Diversey (right in front of Crown Liquors) to kick off this year’s events. See you there in less than an hour!


Time Change

Playtime is About You! will run 3-7pm today, not 2-8 as originally scheduled. Please make a note of the change!


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The numbers on the map side of the guide are all off by one after #11. Please check the schedule side of the guide for correct addresses!

Welcome to 2nd Floor Rear 2015!

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2nd Floor Rear is an annual festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces. This year’s festival is comprised of 25 events scheduled concurrently and back-to-back. 2nd Floor Rear 2015 will run continuously, late into Saturday night and throughout the following morning, afternoon, and evening. Expect visual art, theater, installations, new media, performances, puppetry, workshops, social practice, and more.

The curatorial premise for 2nd Floor Rear 2015 is part feeling, part idea; it’s Chicagoans’ annual substitution of “stay warm” for “see you later”. It’s also the hypnotic quiet at winter’s core that makes the season’s deep melancholy savorable. In the midst of another winter, we sought forms of art that might warm us, draw us in, and make us stay. Continue reading

Vote for A*Haul!!!

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Great news! Betsy Zacsek and Juneer Kibria’s 2FR 2015 project A*Haul: Part Duh has been nominated for a $1,000 grant from the Awesome Foundation, and you can help them win! Just follow this link to the online poll by January 24, cast your vote for A*Haul: Part Duh, and tell your friends. It’s a super easy thing to do for a project that more than deserves it.

Soup for 2nd Floor Rear: A fundraiser and community meal

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Our 2015 Indiegogo campaign ends this Saturday (January 24) at 11:59 PT, and we’re capping it off with a community meal to benefit the campaign.


So how does this work? 

We’ll round up pots of soup and other goodies from friends, artists, and neighborhood partners, schlep it all to Crown Liquors, and set it up dive bar banquet-style. You’ll show up, contribute a pay-what-you-want donation, and enjoy a great meal with friends and friendly strangers. (We’ll take cash, check, or on-site contributions to our Indiegogo.) Wash it down with Crown Liquors’ super affordable drink specials. Stick around after the meal for drinks and dancing, tunes compliments of DJ Jay Parkin. To recap:

What: A fundraiser and community meal to benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015

When: Saturday, February 24 at 7pm

Where: Crown Liquors (2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Why: Because you <3 us, and want to hang out

RSVP on Facebook and invite friends here.

Can’t make it? You can still contribute! Follow this link to our Indiegogo campaign to pledge your support by January 24.

Want to donate a pot of soup, or other edible? Get in touch with us ASAP at

Warm in the Winter Festival Readiness Kits

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A donation of $30 or more to our 2015 Indiegogo Campaign gets you a canvas tote (item 1) emblazoned with our 2015 poster design, courtesy 2Fr designer-in-perpetual-residence, Silvia Vasilescu (item 2). The tote will be filled with stuff to make you warm and keep you going (items 3 and 4). Proceeds benefit 2nd Floor Rear 2015. A donation of $30 gets you a better festival with more perks, and some sweet essentials that’ll make attending easier. It’s a reward that gives both ways.

Pledge your support here.

Git Ready!



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Hello Friend,

The proposals are in. Meetings are being had. Schedule-curation is underway. We received many impressive proposals this year, and again, we’re blown away by the collective intelligence and creativity. We are very pleased to bring you this soft reveal:

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2nd Floor Rear 2015 VOLUNTEER-INS


Sometimes it takes a village to raise village-wide event. We 2nd-floorers need all the help we can get to get this year’s festival off the ground. During the last three weekends in January, we’ll be collaborating with partner spaces around the city to host volunteer-ins.

What’s a volunteer-in? Think of it as a drop-in jam session for people with time, administrative skills, enthusiasm, and/or arts-and-craftsiness to spare. During each session, we’ll have a list of short(ish) tasks, complete with pointers and instructions, that just about anyone can complete. Tasks will vary, from posting fliers to sewing, folding, research, computery things, and more.

Each volunteer-in features sneak peek programming relevant to 2nd Floor Rear 2015, as well as refreshments, conversation, camaraderie, a chance to meet people involved with the festival, and deep gratitude. As an added bonus, we’re awarding an arty (or festival-related) prize to the person who completes the most tasks over the course of all three weekends.

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