The history of River East Art Center begins with the history of River East, the city’s most spectacular lakefront neighborhood.
In recent years MCL Companies has created the largest, and undoubtedly
most ambitious, mixed-use urban development in the country... 13 acres
bounded by the Chicago River, Grand Avenue, Columbus Drive and Lake
Shore Drive... a neighborhood bridging North Michigan Avenue and Navy
Pier with major hotels, dozens of restaurants, retailers, recreational
opportunities and up to 2,500 residences.
The neighborhood has arrived. The stage is now set for River East
Art Center, MCL’s daring vision of River East’s artistic, cultural hub.
The Mission of River East Art Center can best be expressed by the
Mandala, the universal, ancient diagram River East Art Center has
adopted as its logo. (One such Mandala is pictured here. However, the
Mandala can take on infinite forms.) The Mandala is symbolic of
individuals coming together to create something larger then themselves,
while maintaining personal uniqueness.
We consider River East Art Center to be Chicago’s embodiment of
Mandala – a place of enrichment, expression and inspiration... a place
to discover fine art, and the finer things in life... a place of
community, ideas, poetry, performances, lavish galas and corporate
affairs. Moreover, it is a place of surpassing beauty – breathtaking
spaces, dazzling views, daring architecture. In the coming years, River
East Art Center will give rise to stunning works of importance –
masterpieces to be discovered and cherished by local residents.
As a neighborhood resource, it will bring sophisticated Chicago
residents and artists together, and forward, into a new age of growth,
expression and appreciation of life, for each individual, and for the
community as a whole.