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The Pickle Club sets up camp in East Hills

Sean Kenny, local artist and noise maker turns his private residence into an art emporium as an homage to Chicago's Dill Pickle Club of the early 20th century.
Sean Kenny making noise at the Pickle Fort

Sean Kenny making noise at the Pickle Fort /Eric Tank

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For the past few years, the pale blue house on the corner of Hermitage and Fitzhugh in East Hills has sat vacant. Now the residence is about to welcome a creative new vibrancy to the Diamond Gate neighborhood: an experimental art venue.

Dubbed the Pickle Fort, come late September the self described "art fort and free expression emporium" at 1141 Hermitage Street will open its doors.

The man behind the plan is Sean Kenny, Pickle Proprietor. Together he and Gary Perrine, Pickle Caretaker and founder of Cangue League theatre troop plan to host regular avant garde style events. Think outside the box.

The fort will feature an open mic for spoken word and playful art events centering on games of chance and theatrics. Some of what may be encountered are as follows:

  • Home-made illusions
  • Live origami
  • Spoon bending
  • Plant whispering
  • Home brewing for witches
  • Escalating rants

Another project of the Pickle Fort will be a radio broadcast via micro radio. Those within a mile radius of the fort will be able to tune in to WPKL. The content will be varied and perhaps a bit unpredictable.

The opening night on September 21 will coincide with the Autumnal Equinox block party on Fitzhugh Street. Uriah Maczala, event organizer will be hosting live music from local musicians starting in the afternoon. An open sidewalk parade performance party will kick things off at 2 p.m.

The Pickle Fort hours will be from 3-9 p.m.

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