In conjunction with Off-White designer Virgil Abloh‘s upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Nike and designer Virgil Abloh have opened a temporary NikeLab space in Chicago where hand-picked creative partners will host workshops and mentorship programs that introduce the fundamentals of a variety of disciplines. The location will also include limited edition product launches.
Abloh will kick off the program today (May 31, 2019) with a panel discussion on the historic impact of Chicago’s cultural impact on the world.
The location will function as the center for a mentorship program for ten Chicago-area creatives who will take part in an immersive eight-week experience with Abloh and other creatives including graphic designer Chuck Anderson, photographer Paul Octavious, fabric designer Alyx Harch, architectures Ann Lui and Craig Reschke and brand identity specialists Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman.
The location will also include collection of used sneakers, which will be recycled and used to build an Abloh-designed community basketball court in Chicago, set to open in advance of NBA’s All-Star 2020.
The NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh is located at 673 Michigan Avenue and will be open from May 31, 2019 through July 28th. The location is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
If you’re interested in attending an event, they’re listed on Nike’s SNKRS app.