As we’ve shared over the past few years, TimeLine has been outgrowing our home at 615 W. Wellington Avenue. For the past four seasons, we have performed one play each year at an alternate venue to accommodate rapidly growing audiences (our 18th season opener My Name is Asher Lev opens at Stage 773 this week!).
In our 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, our Board of Directors, Company and Staff committed to a goal of obtaining a new facility that can support more robust production and educational programming—while retaining the intimacy and flexibility we love about our current space that has been integral to our work and connection with our audience.
Recently, TimeLine was approached by an admirer and fan of our company, Howard Weiner of Chicago Development Partners, LLC (CDP). Mr. Weiner sees TimeLine as an ideal partner for his vision of a mixed-use project that preserves the Lyman Trumbull Elementary School building in the Andersonville neighborhood through an innovative combination of arts and residential components.
The opportunity to help bring new life to a historic building aligns with our mission of presenting stories inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues. We are working with Mr. Weiner and CDP as they take the leadership role in pursuing the project.
CDP’s proposal for Trumbull School is one of several submitted to Alderman Patrick O’Connor for public review and input over the next several weeks. For further information and to see the several proposals submitted to Alderman O’Connor, click here.
The selection process will not be completed for several months. In the meantime, our Board of Directors, Staff and Company will continue the due diligence of examining all elements of securing a future home for TimeLine, including finances, timeframe, and engagement with the community. We are happy to continue to make our home at the Wellington Avenue Church building at 615 W. Wellington Avenue.
Everyone at TimeLine is so grateful for the steadfast support of the countless donors, subscribers, audience members, artists and friends who have been a part of our journey these past 17 seasons. We’ll continue to share plans for the future as they unfold.