This Reclaimed Factory's Got Class

Colorful. Comfortable. Inviting. Not adjectives that describe your typical vocational school building. What was originally a nondescript brick hardware equipment factory built in 1908 on Chicago’s southwest side was gutted, cleaned up, and transformed into a modern training center. The goal of Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT), which opened in 2017, is to connect technology, art, and the community. To get to class, CHICAT students – low-income adults and teenagers – head down a tree-lined, trellised walkway through native landscaping, and up a staircase leading to a glass-enclosed entrance and art gallery where the old loading dock once stood. Inside, they study everything from

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