Announcing the architect for our new home

PLEASE NOTE: This post is one from a series of blog posts that tells the story of TimeLine’s New Home Project over several years. Therefore, some information presented below may no longer be accurate. For the most up-to-date information about the project, please visit our It’s Time page here. If you are a member of the media seeking information or comment, please reach out to Lara Goetsch, TimeLine’s Director of Marketing and Communications, at or (773) 281-8463 x125.

The momentum continues!

Preliminary rendering by HGA of TimeLine’s new home in the Uptown neighborhood

TimeLine is pleased to announce that HGA has been selected as the architect for the company’s new home at 5033-35 North Broadway Avenue in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Once completed, the project—which includes renovation of an historic building as well as new construction—will house our future operations and support and expand TimeLine’s mission of presenting plays inspired by history that connect to today’s social and political issues.

We are thrilled to partner with HGA to design TimeLine’s new home. They have demonstrated a passionate connection with our mission, and their depth of experience and body of work with performing arts venues and renovations of historic buildings distinguished them among the impressive field of architecture firms that were under consideration. HGA has embraced TimeLine’s vision for our Uptown home. Together, we’ll create a space that is inviting to the community, where patrons will want to arrive early and stay late for performances and engagement opportunities that feel intimate and immersive. I’m beyond enthusiastic to be working with HGA’s inspiring team to make TimeLine’s dream a reality.  — TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers

Founded in 1953, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and with 11 offices nationally, HGA is a multi-disciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. Guided by its purpose to create enduring, impactful design, the firm works to build deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique community with whom they partner. The new TimeLine Theatre design will be led by HGA’s award-winning arts and culture studio, a dedicated collective of 40 architects, engineers and specialists. For more than 25 years, the studio has designed award-winning buildings that inspire creativity, promote exploration, and engage their communities. Their studio-based approach provides a skillful, committed and knowledgeable team supported by the resources of a national firm.

With more than 100 performing arts projects in their portfolio, HGA brings an extensive degree of expertise to the TimeLine project. The firm has designed numerous flexible black box theatres; multi-use gallery spaces; inspiring, vibrant and well-functioning front of house spaces; and their portfolio includes many renovations that have re-purposed historic spaces for new creative endeavors. Past projects include: renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Walker Arts Center; and adaptive reuse of historic buildings for Milwaukee’s Sherman Phoenix public market and the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas. Details on these projects can be found on HGA’s website. They have worked on numerous projects in the Chicago area including the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University.

    A collage highlighting other HGA projects

We couldn’t be more excited to help TimeLine Theatre Company bring their new home in Uptown to life! Our best projects come from working with organizations like TimeLine whose collaborative culture elevates their insight and creativity in support of their social mission. Their artistic approach will have a unique impact on this project, from how it connects with the neighborhood to innovative spaces for performance. We are inspired to help them continue to be a positive influence in the communities they serve and look forward to creating an environment where art is developed and shared, memories are made, and spirits are lifted.  — HGA CEO Tim Carl

The HGA team that will work directly with TimeLine includes:

• Tim Carl, CEO and design principal
• Jim Moore, project manager
• Rebecca Krull Kraling, theatre specialist
• Nat Madson, project designer
• Lyssa Olker, project architect
• Ashley Ochiagha, interior designer

They join Chicago-based theatre planners Todd Hensley and Christopher Sprague of Schuler Shook, and project manager David Rotholz of Rotholz LLC, who have already been working extensively on research, planning, and preparation for the TimeLine project.

“TimeLine is excited to have the opportunity to work with HGA,” said Alvin Katz, chair of both TimeLine’s Facilities Committee and Architect Selection Committee. “No other firm we explored brings HGA’s level of expertise, experience and resources to theatre design, and through the architect selection process it became clear to all of us that they understand who we are and what we want to accomplish with our new home.”

“TimeLine is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders, and some of the things we found most compelling about HGA are their values of curiosity, empathy, and equity, as well as the process they undertake to gain input and consent from large and varied groups of people during the design process,” said TimeLine Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. “A collaborative process is very important to how TimeLine works, and partnering with HGA gives us an opportunity not only to achieve our dream home, but also to learn from their team about how they create.”

           The site of TimeLine’s new home at                               5033-35 N Broadway

TimeLine’s New Home

TimeLine’s previously announced future new home in Uptown is a five-story, 45,500-square-foot warehouse building plus a vacant lot near the corner of Broadway and Argyle. Preliminary plans feature two intimate and flexible black box theatres seating up to 250 and 150 audience members, respectively. TimeLine’s new home also provides an expanded area for the immersive lobby experiences that are a TimeLine hallmark, new opportunities for education and engagement, room to allow audience members to arrive early and stay late for theatergoing experiences that extend far beyond the stage, and more.

The company has long been bursting at the seams of our current leased home located at 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood, where we’ve been in residence since 1999. Over the years, we’ve increasingly faced numerous limitations that constrain artistry, hamper audience accessibility and comfort, and challenge the ongoing financial sustainability that is critical for long-term success.

With the selection of HGA as architect, TimeLine furthers our new home project, which is expected to take approximately three years to complete as the company moves through overlapping design, fundraising, and construction phases.

In the meantime, TimeLine will continue to maintain our operations and present the majority of our productions at our current home in Lakeview East.

TimeLine’s architect selection process was overseen by a special committee chaired by Board Member Alvin Katz (Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP) and including Board Members Philip E. Cable (President, John A. Cable Foundation) and Anne Voshel (Founder and Principal, AVA Consultants); TimeLine staff members PJ Powers (Artistic Director), Elizabeth K. Auman (Managing Director), and Nick Bowling (Associate Artistic Director); Company Member Charles Andrew Gardner; theatre planner Todd Hensley (Schuler Shook); and project manager David Rotholz (Rotholz LLC).

TimeLine’s new home project is overseen by its Facilities Committee, chaired by Katz and including TimeLine Board President Eileen LaCario (Vice President, Broadway In Chicago); Board Members J. Robert Barr (Retired Partner, Sidley Austin LLP), Karen B. Case (Executive Managing Director and President of U.S. Commercial Real Estate for CIBC U.S.), Thaddeus J. Malik (Partner, Paul Hastings), Nick Yassan (Principal, Rany Management, LLC), Cable, and Voshel; TimeLine President’s Advisory Council Member Alan M. Bell (Partner, Charity and Associates); and TimeLine staff members Powers, Auman, Bowling, and Dan McArdle (General Manager).

Stay tuned for future updates as the project develops, and THANK YOU for being by our side for this adventure!

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Comments (8)

  1. Neil King

    Please address parking and bus availability at new location.

    • TimeLine Theatre

      Hello Neil, there are multiple bus routes nearby (#36, #151, #146, for instance) and the Argyle stop of the Red Line is just around the corner. There is also a large parking garage two doors from the new location. We will be able to share many more specifics about parking and public transportation as we get closer to opening our new home; that move is still about 3 years away, so stay tuned!

    • Mike

      Love it!

  2. Tanya Klasser

    Will the building offer parking?

    • TimeLine Theatre

      Hello Tanya, there is a large parking garage two doors from the new location. We will be able to share many more specifics about parking as we get closer to opening our new home; that move is still about 3 years away, so stay tuned!

  3. Bruce Bahrmasel

    where will your 2020-21 season be held

    • TimeLine Theatre

      Hi Bruce, our entire 2020-21 season will take place at our current home at 615 W. Wellington Avenue. Thanks!

  4. Samantha Kronk

    Hoping you stay true to the original brick style and stick with the preliminary rendering rather than go with the glass monstrosity we saw in the Block Club article! We have enough ugly glass buildings in this city and the preliminary rendering looks lovely.