Justice Hotel at 6018North

6018North has transformed into a 5 room hotel for the Chicago Architecture Biennial from September 18, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Click here to reserve a room at 6018North during the Biennial.

Our communal hotel invites guests to “check in” to justice. Developed with a collective of ALAANA concierge-curators, the hotel’s programming - included with the stay - is a mix of conversational dinners, performances, and healing services.

Check out our calendar of weekly curated events:

  • Wednesdays at 7pm - Moving images

  • Thursdays and Fridays at 7pm - Conversational dinners

  • Saturdays at 7pm - Sound celebrations

  • Sundays at 12pm - Sanctuary Sundays

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Employing a co-op model of ownership, we are experimenting with living and working together in ways that benefit all. Your experience will help inform a future hotel development on Chicago’s South Side. Help us put the ‘us’ in justice, one room at a time.

Justice Hotel at 6018North is part of an ongoing, long term project - Justice Hotel and Just Desserts - that has developed through a grant from the Joyce Foundation to iterate how artists can be agents of social change. This iteration specifically created to align with the themes of the Chicago Architecture Biennial - Justice Hotel at 6018North - invites you into the very messy, difficult, layered questions surrounding collaboration, hospitality, and justice. While 6018North has always connected artists and audiences through unique events, these have been free. Justice Hotel at 6018North however charges guests to participate in justice. Run and programmed as a cooperative enterprise, our collective of concierges, neighbors, and artists share in the revenue. Together we are developing the conditions of a cooperative working environment to generate and shape justice and monetary value. We are creating a new set of financial parameters that express ownership, management, and maintenance as an artistic and a cooperative endeavor. Your experience will help inform the long term goal of developing a hotel with community individuals, groups, and curators on Chicago’s South side.

This long term project has taken many forms with artist and architect Amanda Williams and Justice of the Pies chef Maya Camille Broussard. We have worked with artists Carris Adams, Mashaun Ali Hendricks, Nikki Patin, Amina Ross, and Rhonda Wheatley to create Sanctuary, a prototype of a healing hotel at Expo Chicago, to 6018North’s teens discussing justice, and what is and isn’t valued, while driving around Chicago in limos. Our 2019 Summer Youth teens created a podcast to discuss restorative justice and interviewed Heather Miller, Director of American Indian Center, who created a Land Acknowledgment for the Justice Hotel.

Justice Hotel and Just Desserts draw upon the threat of eminent domain in the Englewood neighborhood and the Supreme Court’s Kelo vs. City of New London decision to allow city governments to take private land if it believes doing so will generate greater tax revenues or other economic benefits when the land is developed by a new owner. The idea for the hotel and café was sparked by a libertarian’s comical response to the Supreme Court case. Justice Hotel is then a reinterpretation in its manifestation and building of a space to redesign justice in the aftermath of Chicago’s landscape being “designed” via erasure, systemic neglect, racism, redlining, and an imbalance of resources. The building and running of the hotel as an art project is foundational. Instead of gentrifying, we aim to reposition the community as power agents in a process that often ignores and moves community out. Since we know what artist and curator run spaces can look like, we now want to develop the blueprints to construct a hotel as a social justice endeavor that through its spatial, material, and localized conditions empowers its workers and its community.

Land Acknowledgment: Chicago is the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: The Odawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi Nations. Many other Tribes like the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac and Fox also called this area home. Located at the intersection of several great waterways, the land naturally became a site of travel and healing for many Tribes. American Indians continue to call this area home and now Chicago is home to the sixth largest Urban American Indian community that still practices their heritage, traditions and care for the land and waterways. Today, Chicago continues to be a place that calls many people from diverse backgrounds to live and gather here. Despite the many changes the city has experienced, both our American Indian and Justice Hotel community see the importance of the land and this place that has always been a city home to many diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 

Justice Hotel and Justice Hotel at 6018North has received vital ideation support from The Joyce Foundation, event sponsorship from The Chicago Community Trust, and professional development assistance from The Driehaus Foundation. Below are images of Sanctuary, the first iteration of Justice Hotel presented at Expo Chicago 2018 with 3Arts.

6018North and 3Arts presented Sanctuary – a social justice space designed by Amanda Williams and activated by 3Arts Make A Wave artists Carris Adams, Maya Camille Broussard, Mashaun Ali Hendricks, Nikki Patin, Amina Ross, Rhonda Wheatley, and others at EXPO Chicago from September 27 to September 30, 2018.  Sanctuary unveiled a prototype of Justice Hotel – supported by a Joyce Foundation ideation grant – as a think tank for embodying the ideas and actions that support social justice and self-care. 

Press

Newcity “EXPO 2018: Critic’s Picks,” October 2, 2018 by Kerry Cardoza

Newcity “‘For the many, not for the few’, Market Reflections on EXPO 2018’s Commercial Offerings,” October 1, 2018 by Stephen F. Eisenman