Wednesday, April 19, 2023

CircEsteem Awarded $5 Million to Expand Its Programming, Restore Its Space, and Create New Jobs

From the City of Chicago after Wednesday's City Council meeting:

TIF APPROVED FOR UPTOWN YOUTH CIRCUS ARTS ORGANIZATION

The youth development circus arts organization CircEsteem will receive $5M in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) support to convert Uptown’s former Lakeside Theater into its permanent headquarters under a proposal approved by City Council today.

CircEsteem's plans for the 14,000-square-foot building at 4730 N. Sheridan Road include restoration of its historic terra cotta fa├žade, reconfiguration of the lobby, and the build-out of office, training, and performance spaces. The project is expected to create 20 permanent full-time jobs and 15 part-time positions. It will enable the organization to increase its programming from 18 hours a week to a minimum of 40 hours a week.

CircEsteem works to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of circus arts. CircEsteem was selected to receive City support through the Department of Planning and Development’s Community Development Grant program.

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