Red Line Services

Red Line Service creates cultural experiences for and with Chicagoans concerned about and/or currently in transition. We use the word transition to affirm that homelessness is a temporary set of circumstances and not a state of being.

Collectively, we insist and demonstrate that communal artistic and intellectual enrichment awakens imaginative possibilities in all people, encouraging them to envision, aspire to, and build alternative realities. In partnership with organizations providing direct services (Chicago Help Initiative) and those advocating for policy development (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless), we strive to open and expand critical dialogues about poverty, social responsibility, and culture. We strive to stimulate growth and change for all program participants, those in transition as well as their housed counterparts, and to transform the cultural institutions that house our programs.

Field Trips

This is a year-long series of excursions to some of Chicago’s most significant cultural venues, presented in partnership with the The Chicago Help Initiative. In keeping with RLS tradition, every visit includes a meal, plus a VIP experience!

Begun in March 2017, to date we have visited:

Lookingglass Theatre, where we saw Beyond Caring and enjoyed lunch with writer/director Alexander Zeldin and several cast members;

Hyde Park Art Center, where we experienced Public School and met with artist Jim Duignan;

The Field Museum, where we enjoyed a members-only opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience the fundamentals of collection stewardship, and;

Smart Museum of Art, where we participated in Making a Place of Purpose, a Collection of Small Actions, a daylong event considering how sites of culture can function as spaces of belonging.

Making a Place of Purpose, A Collection of Small Actions Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12pm to 8pm Smart Museum of Art 

We were honored to be a part of the Belonging Collective, Smart Museum of Art Interpreters in Residence during the 2016/17 season, and to contribute to the daylong culmination of that partnership on Saturday, May 20.