I frequent this place now, as the Chicago Photography Collective PopUp Art Loop Gallery is located inside.
I haven’t explored much of the site just because I have to sit in the gallery the whole day long and by the time I go home, I’d rather be in a park somewhere, not exploring a not so well-filled mall, where, incidentally, visitors are not allowed to be photographing. But I like the place, the employees are friendly, they have free Wi-Fi, and the atrium is big and empty, with benches where you can rest and read using light filtering through the beautiful skylight. But you can’t photograph.
As one prissy assistant who came down from the management’s office somewhere, after he saw a photographer photographing – somebody who apparently had a DSLR (heaven forbid!) – “it’s corporate, you know.” We have to get permission to photograph and if we don’t, he will get into trouble. I was like, who is the ‘we’? Just because somebody was carrying a camera, he assumed right away that the person was somehow connected to us!
But if you are a mom with children, with a point of shoot, you’re good.
For more information about Block 37, the website is here.