About 2nd Floor Rear

2nd Floor Rear is an annual DIY festival of art in experimental contexts, apartment galleries, and ephemeral and migrant projects, celebrating Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative art spaces.

A practical exercise in conceptual play, or a conceptual exercise in playful practicality, 2nd Floor Rear upholds Chicago’s long history of scrappy, yet self-aware modes of creative production, and embraces improvisation and makeshift solutions as a means of navigating the complexity of lived experience.

Past artworks, events, and happenings range from late-night studio square dancing to a guerrilla sculpture garden, a site-specific installation in an underpass, and a nomadic art gallery in a handbag. Each February, this yearly festival connects artists with new audiences, helps underfunded and under-appreciated alternative spaces get some exposure, and enlivens a dreary winter weekend at the peak of  Chicago’s bleakest season.

About Hume Chicago

Hume Chicago is 2nd Floor Rear’s sister organization. We work on each other’s programming and share interns and resources. 2nd Floor rear also operates out of Hume’s shared studio space.

Located at 3242 W. Armitage Ave., Hume Chicago is an artist-led project space focused on serving the Humboldt Park and Logan Square communities through dynamic, accessible arts programming. We aim to foster an inclusive, creative environment in which emerging Chicago artists and their neighbors can commune and engage. Learn more at humechicago.org.

About 2FR Projects

2FR Projects, a forthcoming non-profit organization (estimated date of incorporation: October 2016), will celebrate and support Chicago’s vibrant alternative arts communities. The mission of 2FR Projects is to generate exhibition opportunities and resources for artist-run spaces and DIY collectives, educate the public about Chicago-based alternative art practices, and cultivate solidarity within creative communities.


Questions? Comments? Email us at info@2ndfloorrear.org. We’re also on Facebook, and you can sign up for periodic emails.



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