ENGAGED is an art event series to stay politically and artistically engaged. 

We have raised over $1,000 for Chicago non-profits through our first three events! We are looking to ENGAGE with more Chicago communities and non-profits for future events, e-mail us at theoverlookplace@gmail.com for more details and partnerships.

  • Ladylike

    We’d like to invite you to The Overlook’s third ENGAGED event, Ladylike, on Saturday, August 26th, from 7 - 10pm at Lillstreet Drawing Studio. Please join us for a fun night of disgusting stories, gritty details, and more skin than your last Saturday night with Ladylike Chicago featuring 6 storytellers and Burlesque by Fancy Fontina and friends! Entry is $10 at the door with proceeds going to Sarah's Circle. Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or in need of a safe space. By providing life necessities, housing, case management, clinical and social services, we encourage women to empower themselves by rebuilding both emotionally and physically; realizing their unique potential. This event is sponsored by KOVAL Distillery and Early to Bed, who both generously donated raffle prizes! We'll be raffling off a set of 2 passes for a tour/tasting at KOVAL and a mystery prize from Early to Bed.
  • Sustain: Performance as Activism

    Sustain: Performance as Activism The Overlook’s second ENGAGED event, Sustain on Saturday, April 15th, from 7 - 10pm at Lillstreet Loft. Please join us for an evening of music, poetry, and art to celebrate and sustain Chicago’s activist and artistic landscape. Performances by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective, Jordanna, Dilettante, Beyza Ozer, with art by Colleen Plumb and Amy Taylor + Michael Fraser Bridges . Entry is $10 at the door with proceeds going to Openlands which protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives.
  • Expectations: A Feminist Video Screening

    Expectations: A Feminist Video Screening The artists featured in Expectations transgress the conventional expectations of femininity, as well as the ways in which they are expected to be desirable to others. Through commentary on standards of beauty, body, race, and sexuality, these works provide a fluidity between what we refer to as appropriate and inappropriate displays of femininity. The videos utilize abjection, stereotypes, and appropriation to embrace an individual representation of gender that breaks the confines of our normative roles. Entry is a suggested donation of $10 at the door with all proceeds going to Chicago Women's Health Center. This event is curated by Jeanne Donegan and marks the birth of ENGAGED, The Overlook’s quarterly art event series to stay politically and actively engaged.