Chicago (Illinois), USA – HotHouse/The Center for International Performance and Exhibition (“HotHouse”) announced today that it will no longer reside at its current East Balbo location in the Loop effective the end of July. HotHouse and its landlord have reached an amicable settlement, which was mutually agreeable and resolved a 2005 lawsuit filed by HotHouse in Cook County.
“HotHouse has been fortunate enough to reside in the South Loop for many years. HotHouse moved into the South Loop well before the neighborhood took off in popularity. It is now time to move this great institution forward,” said outgoing board president and HotHouse attorney Martin J. Bishop. “The landlord presented the organization with an opportunity to move out and move on in a way that the organization simply could not refuse. Leaving a piece of its storied past behind, HotHouse will continue to focus its efforts on its long-term strategic vision. We now look forward to moving into a permanent home of our own.”Strengthened Board ready to tackle new challenges
Motivated by these new challenges, and committed to HotHouse’s mission, several prominent, experienced individuals have recently joined the HotHouse Executive Board. The new Executive Directors, who bring valued expertise to HotHouse, include:
• Helen Marieskind, formerly in charge of development for the Chicago Children’s Museum, and responsible for achieving its $100MM capital campaign
• Dennis LaGory, partner with Schiff Hardin, and long-time supporter of HotHouse
• Bob Broussard, M.D., physician at Northwestern and long-time supporter of HotHouse
• Laurie Earl, attorney, Jones Day
• Jake Maholtra, project manager at BlueCross Blue Shield
HotHouse’s Executive Board is rounded out by the contributions of the following individuals:
• Marty Bishop, Senior Counsel, Foley & Lardner, LLP
• Elbio Barilari, distinguished artist
• Rochelle Gordon, attorney
• Paul McEntee, CPA, Grant Thornton, LLP
• Linda Michaels, founder, Arbor Row LLC
• Roger Noel, long-time supporter and presenter at HotHouse
• Lolita Sereleas, owner, Fund Consulting
• Bryan Westhoff, attorney, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, LLP
Additionally, recent Board elections have resulted in the following new officer positions:
• Linda Michaels, President
• Dennis LaGory, Vice President
• Laurie Earl, Secretary
“HotHouse’s board brings renewed strength and expertise in the area of development, and plans to focus on making a capital campaign the center of its strategy moving forward. We have been freed from the day-to-day demands of full-time operations, and also cleared up past obligations incurred years ago. The future looks bright, and now is an exciting time to be a part of the organization,” said HotHouse’s business director, Marc Harris.
HotHouse will continue to produce leading music and cultural programming as it conducts a major capital campaign to secure a new permanent home in Chicago. The non-profit organization will sponsor its major signature events, including the Jazz En Clave Festival, at other venues in the Chicago area. HotHouse’s goal is to have a new location as soon as practicable.
Photo courtesy of HotHouse.