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Lake Calumet (Tom Kort / boatnerd.com)

Lake Calumet has changed shape and purpose many times over the years. Geoffrey Baer takes a look at its past and future in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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An artist’s rendering of plans for St. Laurence school, where children and adults will be able to take free art classes. (Chicago Arts + Industry Commons / Place Lab)

An investment of more than $10 million will help transform unused buildings and vacant lots on Chicago’s South and West Sides into centers for arts and culture that offer free community programs.

Be Part of an Art Party

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Don’t read the newspaper death counts this weekend. Go to a free block party on the South Side on Saturday, July 26, to celebrate good news and people doing things right.

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Theaster Gates may be the hottest artist in Chicago right now, with major exhibitions around the world. And his art includes what he calls "urban interventions" -- re-imagining old buildings as a way to bring art and culture to parts of the city with few art venues. We revisit Jay Shefsky's profile of Gates.

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Theaster Gates may be the hottest artist in Chicago right now, with major exhibitions around the world. And his art includes what he calls "urban interventions" -- re-imagining old buildings as a way to bring art and culture to parts of the city with few art venues. Jay Shefsky has a profile.

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Watch an extended, one-on-one interview with artist Theaster Gates.