live. work. create. together.
Hyde Park Dacha is a live/work/create space which cultivates creative communities through dialogue, production, and healing. We are an artist collective of women, migrants, people of color, and LGBTQ folk using culture for social transformation.
What's a dacha? The word dacha holds a mystical place in the hearts and minds of Soviet people. In a country known for political persecution, economic hardship, and social oppression, the dacha served as a safe haven. These rural allotments - often a shack and a garden - provided sanctuary from surveillance and enabled self-determination in a world where nothing was private. Dachas brought together family, friends, and neighbors who rolled up their sleeves and built a little piece of happiness among the chaos. While the dacha is Eastern European, intentional communities are ancient and global. Hyde Park Dacha explores this model within its geographic, social, and political context on the South Side of Chicago.
Why Hyde Park? Abe and Irina moved back to Chicago after stints in Abe's native Berkeley and Irina's native Belarus. We knew we wanted to put down roots and start a family but the question remained - where? Hyde Park seemed like a rare Chicago neighborhood where true economic and ethnic diversity flourish. Where businesses and schools, community centers, and intellectual life are grassroots and corporate, activist and establishment. It's the home of the Obamas and Louis Farrakhan; the University of Chicago and the largest private police force outside the Vatican. Hyde Park is gentrifying and mobilizing and we're coming together with friends and neighbors to listen, learn, and build a better future.
Join us as we imagine a private/public domain where sharing is the norm. We're starting small with a few projects that make sense. this year we'll be hosting weekly yoga and open studios, monthly dinners and quarterly salons. What's next? You tell us.
Be our neighbor.