The Calumet Caravan

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Gathering Together/The Calumet Caravan
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Landon Bone Baker


The 10th Ward is the city’s most expansive and far-flung district, encompassing a half-dozen neighborhoods along the lakefront and Calumet River. Commercial zones are disconnected, and consumers are scattered. The Calumet Caravan is a retrofitted trolley that links the ward’s vibrant but dispersed businesses, makers, and vendors to the wide-spread populace. 

Every day, the trolley departs its dock and distribution center at the South Chicago Maker Space, a future community center that provides local residents with the space and tools to produce goods for sale. From there, the trolley makes scheduled stops at churches, libraries, and underutilized lots. Like a mothership, the trolley carries and deploys a collection of benches, tables, and vendor booths to transform these common locations into activated public spaces of gathering and exchange. 

Ward residents know that when they see the Calumet Caravan approaching, their street corners are linked to a greater network of convenience, commerce and community.

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