Check out highlights and photos from the House of Vans Chicago opening weekend at the House of Vans Tumblr page.
The House of Vans Chicago opened its doors on February 3, 2017 with a two-day celebration of music, skating and art. Opening night featured live performances from Future Islands, Digable Planets, and Chicago-based breakout artist, Noname.
Vans welcomed the community to an Open House where guests could skate the newly built skatepark and check out design elements that have been incorporated with Chicago in mind. The space also featured a photography retrospective highlighting photos shot at House of Vans by emerging photographers Jonathan Mehring, Bryan Derballa, Ashley Osborn, Ryan Kobane and Laura June Kirsch, which will be on display until March.
As the only existing indoor skatepark in the Chicago metropolitan area, local skaters will experience a custom-built course, featuring the reimagination of iconic West Coast skate spots, Lockwood and China Banks, plus additional obstacles for every skill level. The backdrop to the Lockwood-inspired obstacle features an ivy-covered wall that pays homage to Wrigley Field, using ‘66, Vans’ founding year as the outfield distance marker. Additionally, guests can enjoy a beautifully repurposed Goose Island brewpub bar that was originally located steps away from Wrigley Field.
As the cultural hub of the Vans brand, this opening marks the third permanent location - the original in New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood and the second nestled within the Old Vic Tunnels beneath London’s Waterloo Station. Functioning as an art gallery, music venue, skatepark, indie film premiere house, artist-led workshop and more, the House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives and serves as a direct connection to the Vans brand worldwide.