Illinois awards $26 million to Chicago performing arts revitalization project led by actor Harry Lennix | News
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Harry Lennix’s Lillian Marcie Center for the Performing Arts, a project located at 4343 S. Cottage Grove Ave. on Chicago‘s South Side and designed to aid in the revival of Bronzeville, will receive capital funding from the State of Illinois to the tune of $26 million. , Governor JB Pritzker announced on Tuesday.—Chicago Tribune
The Chicago-born actor describes the project as “the black version of Lincoln Center.” It will house a 350-seat multi-level auditorium, a flexible performance stage, a second smaller 100-seat theater and related spaces, such as rehearsal spaces, changing rooms, offices and outdoor gathering spaces. The building also houses a museum dedicated to black contributions to the performing arts. The center will occupy a former warehouse and, once revitalized, will house the Congo Square Theater Company. Chicago-based firm Nia Architects is carrying out the design.
Lennix hopes the project will attract tourists to the historic Bronzeville district. The new facility is expected to cost around $80 million and is expected to be completed in the summer or fall of 2024.