The Music Institute of Chicago is moving several of its signature programs to downtown Evanston. The Music Institute's administrative headquarters, the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, Musical Theater and World Music programs will relocate to the Evanston Galleria building at 1702 Sherman Avenue. The new space, expected to be ready for occupancy in July 2013, will replace facilities on Green Bay Road in Wilmette and Dempster Street in Evanston. With design services provided by the Evanston-based architectural firm Behles & Behles, the Sherman Avenue facility will include a black box theater with flexible seating for 150 as well as creative arts therapy studios and administrative offices.
Music Institute President and CEO Mark George stated, "The Music Institute is very pleased to expand its presence in Evanston, especially during the 150th anniversary celebration of the city's founding. Our new space, near the corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street, will render our programming more accessible to many more people." Evanston is already home to Nichols Concert Hall, an award-winning Music Institute performance and education center at 1490 Chicago Avenue that reaches more than 15,000 people each year.
Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl commented, "The Music Institute of Chicago and its renowned music education programs are a tremendous asset to our citizens. We are pleased to welcome them to downtown Evanston."
George added, "Evanston is an arts-friendly city. I am truly appreciative of the assistance we received from the City of Evanston's Economic Development Division. The Music Institute of Chicago plans to be in Evanston for a very long time."
Carolyn Dellutri, executive director of the marketing and services organization Downtown Evanston, echoed these positive sentiments: "The Music Institute is a terrific addition to the downtown Evanston community. I look forward to a long and prosperous partnership."
For more information about new programs in downtown Evanston, contact the Music Institute of Chicago at 847.905.1500 or visit musicinst.org.