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Bridgeport Pop Ups

Bridgeport Pop Ups
May, 2012

We created an entire Version festival around the infrastructure of opening twelve pop up storefront spaces. The project was funded by a Kickstarter project that helped us rent the spaces and produce the programming for the entire month. We printed the schedule and the related history of the neighborhood in an issue 118 of Lumpen magazine.

Download the program:
Download the entire issue of Lumpen 118

From Lumpen issue 118:

What happens when you invite community developers, urban entrepreneurs, workers, foodies, public space
hackers, cultural urban planners, artists, designers, cultural geographers, and dreamers to swarm a neighborhood and transform it for one month?

Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.

This May 2012, we’re inviting you to come visit us in Bridgeport, a Chicago neighborhood,
and join in on our month-long urban design experiment.During the Eleventh Annual Version Festival, we will be opening and remixing twelve temporary spaces, businesses, enterprises and projects, all
to celebrate the neighborhood we love and call home.

We are super excited about this month long festival and we are pleased to announce the opening of these new projects and spaces:The Paratext Bookstore, The SMALL Showroom, Enoch’s Donuts, Quimby’s Bridgeport, Dusty Groove Pop Up Store, Community Supported Supper Club, Private Feast, Setting the Table, The Daley
Storefront Gallery, First Lutheran Church of the Trinity Performance Space, Bridge-Pop’s SpringPOP Store, Mike’s Thrift Score, The Salon Series, and the Research House for Asian Art. Please check out our
Space Directory and Calendar to find out how to navigate the festival.

One thing we are super excited about is the Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMALL), a new organization that promotes companies and individuals who make locally manufactured products. The organization
will open the SMALL Showroom at our gallery the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and publish the SMALL Directory, which lists over 100 local manufacturers.

Come to the opening of the showroom on May 4, 2012. On May 12, a new holiday, Bridgeport
Day, will be celebrated! We will start the day with a parade leaving from the Zhou B Center and it will arrive at the Benton House for a full day and night of activities.

Please join us and be part of this new annual celebration. This year we’re also launching a new publication: Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of
craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. It will come out during Chicago Craft Beer Week ( May 17-27), with its own mini festival during Version, the Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Festival.

We couldn’t have produced this festival without the hundreds of people who have donated money and given their support through our Kickstarter campaign. Much love to all of you. We also couldn’t do this
without your participation. Please join us for a day, a weekend or the entire month.

— see you on campus
The Version 12 Team