City Land Write-Down to Support Washington Park Dance Center

July 19, 2023

Department of Planning and Development    312.744.9267

A $15.6 million dance studio and performance space will be constructed in Washington Park following approval of a City-owned land sale by City Council today.

Two parcels of land at 5339-45 S. State St. will be sold to Deeply Rooted Dance Theater for $1 each to facilitate the construction of the 33,270-square-foot Deeply Rooted Dance Center. The combined value of the .54-acre lots was recently appraised at approximately $260,000.

Planned as a state-of-the-art home for Black dance, the two-story building will include dance studios and performance spaces on the ground floor and a classroom, office, and conference room on the second floor. Established in 1996, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater reimagines and diversifies the aesthetics of contemporary dance by uniting modern, classical, American, and African American traditions in dance and storytelling. The company currently shares facilities with Ballet Chicago in the Loop.


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