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Did you attend 2nd Floor Rear 2015? Great! We want to hear from you.

Please take a few minutes to answer this 10-question survey. We would love your feedback. Demographic information, suggestions, constructive criticisms, testimonials–all of these things help us make 2nd Floor Rear better.

Much appreciated!




 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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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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The 2FR 2015 Fun(d)raiser is Live!

Pledge your support to 2nd Floor Rear 2015 here!

Even DIY art festivals have bills to pay. Since we don’t take in money from sales or advertising, and aren’t yet a 501c3, we have to get creative about where the money comes from. We did a little summer fundraiser with Threewalls and ten generous artists, and entry fees from accepted project proposals will cover printing, but we still have a long way to go. That’s why we’re calling on you, our crazy, wonderful collaborators, fans, and supporters to give a little to our 2015 Indiegogo campaign, and get a lot in return.

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2015 Call for Proposals: Special Projects

Due midnight, CST on Friday, December 19

2nd Floor Rear is pleased to announce two special project locations for the 2015  edition of the festival: Corner, a storefront project space located at 2912 N. Milwaukee Ave., and the Whistler Storefront Gallery, located at 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.


The Corner

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