In addition to designing the interior of the re-creation center alongside NIKE, Virgil Abloh also selected Chicago-based creators to host workshops within the space.
These mentors include Chuck Anderson who leads creative studio NoPattern, photographer Paul Octavious, multidisciplinary artist Alyx Harch, and architects Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman. The mentors, whose skills and expertise span a wide range of creative disciplines, will work with 10 young talents from the Chicago-area. each of these mentees will have the opportunity to advance their skills by working closely with both the mentors and their peers. after an immersive eight-week period of workshops and development, final projects will be presented.

All visitors to the re-creation center have access to NIKE's reuse-a-shoe initiative, an installation that recycles worn-out athletic shoes by turning them into NIKE grind — granules that can be re-purposed. In addition to the NIKE grind visible throughout the interior of the re-creation center, where it is found in the stools and flooring, among other elements, the recycled granules will also be leveraged to build a virgil abloh-designed basketball court in the local community.
The re-creation center — which remains open on Michigan avenue until july 28, 2019 — will offer unique access and experiences for NikePlus members to unlock. By connecting digitally with NIKE on the SNKRS app, NikePlus members can experience exclusive product drops and sign ups for workshops led by Chicago creatives.
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