Mess Hall

Venue  |  Exhibitions
Mess Hall
6932 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
Venue Type: Gallery

Open hours
Sometimes, see website

Q: What is Mess Hall?
A: Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center. It is a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design and other things intersect and inform each other. We host exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, brunchlucks (brunch + potluck), workshops, concerts, campaigns, meetings (both closed and open) and more.

Q: What are your hours?
A: We currently do not keep regular hours, with some exceptions. We are mainly open during events only, but please check our calendar to see other times we will be open.

Q: Is Mess Hall a not-for-profit?
A: Mess Hall is NOT a not-for-profit. We do not have tax-exempt status. We are not a 501C3. We don't want to have to follow a structure required by the government in order to work together (i.e. having a Board of Directors, etc.). We don't need to register ourselves or add any additional layers of bureaucracy outside of our group and can function very effectively on our own terms.

Q: How should I propose an idea to Mess Hall?
A: Please submit all ideas and proposals via email to: messhall8**at** This will reach all active Mess Hall organizers simultaneously. Feel free to send us images, website URLs and documents to support your proposal. Please DO NOT submit proposals on our voice mail or via our postal address - this makes it much harder for all of us to review and discuss your proposal together. Please understand that while we try to be prompt, it sometimes takes us a long time to review proposals; all of us do many things in addition to co-running Mess Hall and sometimes good ideas slip through the cracks because no one had time to respond. If you don't hear from us for a while, please feel free to send a reminder email. We really need them sometimes!

Q: How can I donate to Mess Hall?
A: You can mail us a check or money order made out to Marianne Fairbanks, or send us cash. We prefer not to take money at events, as we never charge admission or ask for a donation during open hours. Of course you can also use our mail slot to deliver donations. Your donation will not be tax-deductible, but it sure will be appreciated!
Additionally, we can always use things like: office supplies, paint, rollers, gift cards, donations of food and beverages, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, blue bags, plane tickets for visiting guests, housing for out of town guests is sometimes needed, reliable appliances or electronics, free printing for posters, flyers and booklets, or anything else that might help us with our work.