Our Work


Red Line Service creates cultural programming by and for Chicagoans with a lived experience of homelessness. As a community, we enjoy lectures, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, meals, and more. We are also creators, writers and artists, who boldly claim our place in the cultural community.

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The project began in 2014 as an impassioned conversation between an artist and a curator about how culture might be brought to bear more directly on social issues, homelessness in particular. In our first five years of programming as an informal collaborative, Red Line Service averaged one program per month, hosting over 60 events and reaching over 3,000 participants, two thirds with a lived experience of homelessness.

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