2132 West Potomac Avenue, Chicag...
Turnstyle is a collectively run social space that provides resources for people and groups working on projects that benefit the community and/or for activist social change. The resources of the space include a meeting, presentation and event space; a library; a bicycle workshop; a home brew kitchen; a cob oven bakery; and art and prop-making space; community computer.
Turnstyle is located underneath a residential home and we co-operate via a common living vision: sharing space, resources, effort and values. Turnstyle is a space distinct from the living areas of the residents. It has been made possible by the tenants in an effort to support and stimulate local initiatives and to demonstrate effective use of space for individual and collective growth. Note that Turnstyle is not a drop in centre or shelter and sleeping facilities are not available.
Turnstyle runs on a not-for-profit basis. All things at Turnstyle are sustained by donation and by the support of friendly folk who volunteer their time and effort.
You/we can engage with Turnstyle by: (1) attending or participating in our collectives or events; and (2) by starting and/or helping with one of the many collectives or events. In addition to the events calendar on this site, you can find out what’s going on at Turnstyle and in our local area by signing up to our mailing list via our Contact page.
Some projects at Turnstyle take a day and others can take months, but all should be defined, doable and enjoyed through collective agreement and participation. A Collective is a group of people who share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective. Collectives are sometimes characterised by attempts to share and exercise political and social power and to make decisions on a consensus-driven and egalitarian basis. A project is a collaborative enterprise planned and designed to achieve an aim.
Even if of collective intent, activities are generally ‘approved ‘ by the co-ordination collective. People involved with Turnstyle can join us.
Turnstyle is an inclusive safer space for all species. We hope everyone can feel part of and be active in the Turnstyle community.