Ever since Collaboraction relocated there in 2010, the third floor of the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park has seen a ton of hipster traffic. It’s sort of like an adult corn maze. Okay, so an adult corn maze is just a regular corn maze with booze, but bear with us. Go up three flights of stairs, pray you’ve entered the correct elliptical hallway, wander down the winding path, and voila! Comfy couches, PBR, art-gallery flooring, and two sweet performance venues. One, Room 300, is ultra malleable—for Collaboraction’s annual Sketchbook festival, they put up colorful childlike blocks in asymmetrical towers for seating. And another, the Pentagon, is just that: a pentagonal black box. The cool gallery setting is perfection for the media-centric company’s fantastical integration of design. Oh, and those couches are pretty kickass during intermission.
Collaboraction, 1579 North Milwaukee, (312)226-9633, collaboraction.org
Best of Chicago 2012