The Experimental Station is working to build independent cultural infrastructure on the South Side of Chicago. We do this by fostering a dynamic ecology of innovative educational and cultural programs, small business enterprises and community initiatives. Since 2006, we have both built our own programming to address a variety of identified local needs and have fostered, hosted, and sponsored numerous other initiatives.

Blackstone Bicycle Works Holiday Closure

Blackstone Bicycle Works will be closed starting on Thursday, November 26th, reopening on Tuesday, December 1st. We wish you a happy holiday!

Tellabration 2015

Sun, Nov 22, 2015.
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Sun, Nov 22, 2015.
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Listen to nationally and regionally acclaimed tellers, a few new voices and youth tellers in our 19th Tellabration! - including Megan Wells, Mama Edie, Kucha Brownlee and Baba Tony, Judith Heineman, Carol Kerman, Susan Stone, The Chicago Storytelling Guild, and more. Ours is always the SUNDAY before Thanksgiving. You can expect Multi-cultural tales mixed with personal narrative, drumming, music and audience participation from a broad range of tellers from varied backgrounds. We have an afternoon concert for Families and Children and an evening Adult program. SLI interpretation provided.

Launch of Reporting Back: Perspectives on Police Misconduct in Chicago Communities

Wed, Oct 28, 2015. 7:00pm

In this year’s Reporting Back, a community-driven journalism project by Illinois Humanities, presented in partnership with City Bureau, a new round of young journalists will work with veteran journalists like Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Tulsky to report on the forthcoming Chicago Police Database. When the Database launches, it will make the police misconduct documents that were released as a result of the Kalven v. Chicago court ruling easily accessible to the public for the first time. As the City Bureau teams create their stories, the Reporting Back events will consult with community members across the city to discuss what this dataset actually means for Chicagoans.

Please join us at the October 28th launch at The Experimental Station, during which the teams will introduce themselves, introduce the Chicago Police Database, and hold an open town-hall forum to discuss how their reporting projects can serve community needs.

This facility is wheelchair accessible. If you require any other arrangements to fully participate, please let us know - email or call (312) 422-5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Seeking Part-Time Finance and Human Resources Administrator

Experimental Station job benefits include, but are not limited to, hanging out with porch cats like these, meditation practice every Friday, and some really exquisite staff lunch experiences.

The Experimental Station is seeking a Finance and Human Resources Administrator. A qualified candidate for this position will have bookkeeping experience, strong computer skills (QuickBooks, Mac OS X, Google Apps Suite/Excel), a knowledge of small business administration, and an ability and willingness to collaborate and work with a team. Please apply by Friday October 23rd.

Responsibilities include:

Financial Accounting
Proper recording all Experimental Station revenues and purchases in QuickBooks Pro
Reimbursing and tracking EBT sales for farmers markets
Printing checks for payment of bills
Researching billing questions Issuing invoices for services rendered
Assisting with preparation of programmatic budgets
Compiling financial information to report to funders, donors and corporate partners
Tracking status of matching grant campaigns
Preparing deposits and deposit breakdowns
Assisting with fiscal sponsorship administration

Human Resources Administration
Providing payroll administration (gathering, submitting, tracking payroll)
Providing human resources administration (health insurance, direct deposit, unemployment, workers comp, retirement)

General Administration
Assisting with development of systems and procedures
Keeping ES business records/computer files in good order

LOCATION: 6100 S Blackstone, Chicago, IL 60637

HOURS: 16 hours a week

COMPENSATION: $20-22 an hour

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a thoughtfully worded cover letter and resume to

Experimental Station provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. In addition to federal law requirements, Experimental Station complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Drone Fair

Sat, Sep 19, 2015. 3:00pm

What are the implications of a technology whose accelerated development has taken many directions in recent years?
For this event Beate Geissler , Oliver Sann, Dan Peterman and the Experimental station invite artists, activists and citizens working with, against and around drone technology and optical media in general. drone fair will provide a platform for a presentation of a diverse spectrum of work and for an engaged discussion about flying eyes, flying cameras, surveillance, privacy, technology and the upcoming changes in FAA regulations concerning drones.

Peterman's Privacy

Wed, Sep 16, 2015.
6:00pm to 7:30pm

What is privacy? Is it an essential human right of citizens in a civic society? Is it an achievement or just an overrated, anachronistic value in a world of technologies that facilitate our lives? Something which is private to a person usually is inherently special or sensitive. Privacy also takes the form of bodily integrity. Can we experience privacy and its violation at the same time? Do we have the right to be invisible? Or is it our right to be visible? What role does technology play? Can drones dream of freedom? © Geissler/Sann

Salvage 3.0: Built Space

Fri, Sep 25, 2015.
1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Object Cultures Project continues to explore the act and art of salvaging. This conversation addresses the dynamics of material deterioration and restoration, and the rhythms of destruction and construction, that transform the urban fabric. How can social, material, and aesthetic questions converge within buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods? How are the values informing preservation or reanimation shared, contested, and reconciled? As the city of Chicago continues to shape the architectural imagination, what role should salvage play?

Sunlight on the Brink

Sat, Aug 1, 2015.
8:00pm to 10:00pm

Agile Rascal Traveling Bike Theatre is touring their original play, 'Sunlight on the Brink' across the United States this summer, traveling the whole way on bicycles. With their lights, costumes, sets and props in tow, Agile Rascal will perform in over 16 cities and towns across the country. 'Sunlight on the Brink' is an intricate, wildly imaginative exploration of the intersection of Capitalism, Spirituality and Technology. After catastrophic drought on the west coast has forced everyone to migrate east, several holdouts attend to a lonely gas station in the Southwest desert. Or were they abandoned? With dwindling resources and the wily wilderness rapidly encroaching, a Scientist rolls up, out of gas and with a strange specimen that might offer a glimpse of what comes next.

Blackstone Bicycle Works co-sponsoring June 6th talk with James Longhurst

Thu, Jun 4, 2015.
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Blackstone Bicycle Works and the Active Transportation Allinance are co-sponsoring an event at the Seminary Co-op on June 4th at 6pm. James Longhurst, author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, will uncover the forgotten sidepath movement of the 1890s and discuss its implications for the present.


RSVP here.


Invisible Institute's Youth/Police Conference Featured On Chicago Tonight

Photo via Invisible Institute

The Invisible Institute, in conjunction with the Mandel Aid Clinic, will host a two-day Youth/Police Conference this weekend—as featured on Chicago Tonight. The conference will continue the Invisible Institute's focus on "everyday encounters between black youth and Chicago police officers," with moderated public conversations centered around introductory media and performances. By "placing the experiences and perspectives of black youth at the center of the discourse, [they] hope to enrich the national conversation about police practices, relations, and accountability." Steve Edwards, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and a former NPR host, and Jamie Kalven of the Invisible Institute will moderate the panels.