NewCity Chicago : Street Smart Chicago - May 10, 2001
Feature Article

MADE IN CHICAGO (excerpted)

By Dave Chamberlain, Michael Bulka, Elaine Richardson, Margaret Wappler, Michael Weinstein and Chris Wiersema

From art and architecture to fashion and design, the Windy City has a style all its own. With spring in full gear and the art season heating up, we've decided to highlight a few of the bright spots, people, places and things pushing Chicago's style boom.


Gallery? Performance space? Gathering spot? Charybdis is many things to many people, but at its core is a multi-arts complex designed for rehearsal, performance and exhibition. And it's much more—a "networking center for artists of every level and media to collaborate creatively, share skills, acquire and learn other art forms and support the freedom of expression." Charybdis seeks to give artists a place to create their own destiny, away from corporate entities. The brainchild of Gregor Mortis Tatro (a founding member of Defiant Theatre Company), Charybdis has grown from early warehouse space in 1994 and 1995, to its current 14,000-square-foot space in Jefferson Park, offering some of the city's most unexpected and unpredictable programming.