Go forth and set the world on fire*
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
July 19, 2024 - August 18, 2024 + August 19, 2025 - September 30, 2025

Opening Friday, July 19 at 6 PM

Work by Matt Bodett, Maddie Brucker, Shir Ende, cean gamalinda, laaura goldstein, José Santiago Pérez, Aram Han Sifuentes, Gina Hunt, Michael James, Betsy Odom, AJ (Quing of Arts Photography), Chris Reeves, Marina Ross, Madhuri Shukla, Rafael Vera, Edgewater Environmental Coalition, and Sonya Bogdanova with Mark Boldizsar, Salome Chasnoff, Alexis Clodfelter, Ashley Clodfelter, Elisa Corena, Erika Diaz, Spencer Grogan, Heather Higgins, Aruna and Tejaswini Mendon, Lauren Paz, Mark Salvati, Joe Steppan, Daniel Tseng, James Yearnd, and others.

This is a project in two parts. Let’s celebrate this place – and imagine what our future could be. . . . Summer 2024 features contributions of tenants living at 1234 W Loyola Ave and individuals who have shared their work with Loyola University as artists, activists, and teachers. After concluding on August 18, Go forth and set the world on fire* will resume a year later, with works, performances, offerings, and gestures from community members.   

grown and found potluck on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 PM

the tower
readings by cean gamalinda and laaura goldstein on Thursday, August 1 at 6 PM

The first image above is Visualizing Creative Reuse for Loyola University, 1226-1234 W Loyola Ave, created by Roman Susan founder Kristin Abhalter with rendering through SketchUp Diffusion. The second image is a Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Vol. 40, 1937 – accessed from Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Sanborn Maps Collection. The third image (below) is from the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society – Mundelein College construction at 1020 W Sheridan Road (1929) – M068-0103. Photo donated to the Historical Society by Mundelein College (Loyola University Chicago). The image on the homepage was created by Madhuri Shukla, one of the founding directors of Roman Susan Art Foundation.

This project and tenants of 1234 W Loyola Ave have received vital support from the Crossroads Fund's Critical Response Fund grant.

In 2023-24, Roman Susan is supported in part by federal assistance listing number 21.027 awarded to Roman Susan Art Foundation NFP by the US Treasury through the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in the amount of $50,000, representing 17.5% of total project funding.

Open Letter to Loyola University of Chicago

Related Media

Experimental art space faces uncertain future after building bought by Loyola University | WBEZ – January 25, 2024

Loyola Buys Local Property, Displacing Residents and Local Businesses | Loyola Phoenix – January 31, 2024

Dear Loyola: Foster Community, Don’t Demolish It | Loyola Phoenix – February 7, 2024

‘We’re happy to be neighbors’: The Storefronts of 1226-1234 W. Loyola Ave. | Loyola Phoenix – February 7, 2024

Kristin + Nathan Abhalter Smith with Michael James | Live from the Heartland – February 9, 2024

Community Engagement | 49th Ward Update – February 10, 2024

Rogers Park Neighbors To Loyola: Don’t Demolish Building With Local Shops, Longtime Residents | Block Club Chicago – February 19, 2024

Alderwoman Maria Hadden Shows Support for West Loyola Avenue Tenants | Loyola Phoenix – February 28, 2024

State Senator Mike Simmons Shares Support for West Loyola Avenue Businesses and Residents | Loyola Phoenix – March 13, 2024

THREATENED: Loyola University Plans Demolition of 1234 W. Loyola Ave. for Vacant Lot | Preservation Chicago – March 31, 2024

Mission: demolition? | Chicago Reader – April 15, 2024

Roman Susan: A Neighborhod Beacon | Reva & David Logan Foundation – April 29, 2024

We would like to thank Eric Newman Law Office for pro-bono representation and advocacy related to our efforts for romansusan.org/1234.

*Go forth and set the world on fire is a translation of Ite, inflammate omnia – a call to action historically attributed to Ignatius of Loyola.