Vacant art store to be transformed into ice skating rink

(If you cannot see the above video, please view it on youtube)

What should be done with the space left behind from Chicago’s Pearl Art & Craft supply store on Chicago Avenue? One idea is to make it into an indoor ice skate rink. After making this video I know realize it’s not as simple as throwing water down on the foundation and freezing it, because you’ll crack the foundation. But still. it would be cool to have an ice skating rink there. Although the pillars do prevent a problem. Maybe they can wrap bed mattresses around the pillars like how they do on the south side of Chicago for the Beverly Hills Cycling Classic.

What do you think they should do with the old Pearl Art Supply store? Leave your ideas in the comments.

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12 years ago

How about Paper Source (located directly across the street from the former Pear Art & Craft) expanding and filling up that entire space. That’d be a sweeta meata ball.

Tom Saaristo
12 years ago

I like the idea of Paper Source expanding, but I would take it one further and simply ask Paper Source to move into the old Pearl space. Some of us don’t have the knees we used to that it takes to climb up and down all those flights of stairs at the current location of Paper Source

Katherine Bucar
12 years ago

I like your idea of using the space for an ice rink. Perhaps a synthetic ice rink, like the one being installed at the Hancock, would be easier/cheaper?

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