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Hairpin Arts Center

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Phone  +1 773-437-6966
Address  2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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The Hairpin Arts Center is a community art center in the historic Morris B. Sachs building within the Chicago Community Area of Avondale and bordering Logan Square.

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Location

The Hairpin is located at the gateway to Chicago's Polish Village at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Kimball Avenue, and Diversey Parkway in the former Morris B. Sachs building—an iconic flatiron structure that is part of the Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball District. This 8,000-square-foot second floor serves as a community art center, providing performance and exhibit space with multiple stage configurations, and the opportunity for live music, improv, theater, dance, film, and poetry performances.

The space is managed by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established in 2009. Their mission is: To enhance a vibrant and diverse arts landscape for artists by providing space, finding resources, and creating opportunities for collaboration, for the sake of great art.

Morris B. Sachs Building

This office and retail building was designed by the firm of Leichenko and Esser, the design team that executed the Narragansett Apartments in the lakefront neighborhood of Hyde Park. The camel insignia that abundantly decorates the building's exterior is a version of the logo that decorated Hump Hair Pin packages, which is why local Poles colloquially referred to the structure as "pod wielbłądem," which translates into English as "the building beneath the camel". Colloquially known as "the Hump building", it was built in 1930 for Sol Goldberg, an entrepreneur who made his fortune by redesigning the hairpin. Goldberg's "hair pin with the hump" was a U-shaped wire with a "non-rust satin enamel finish," a few crinkles on each side, and the company's signature innovation: a strand-grabbing short third arm in the center.

Goldberg survived the bobbed hair trend by creating a bobby pin, but by 1947 the Hump was home to the Morris B. Sachs department store, part of the chain started by another colorful Chicagoan, a onetime door-to-door salesman. The store closed in the 1960s, and the building passed through several subsequent owners.

After being mostly empty for at least the last two decades, the recurring camel motif on the facade and the lobby floor has been restored as the building is now part of an official Landmark District of the City of Chicago.

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