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1821 West Hubbard Street
West Town, IL, 60622

3125338786

Production Studio + Event Space

Event Calendar


Low Res Garage Sale
Sep
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Low Res Garage Sale

Summer’s quickly coming to an end - time to start nesting! Low Res Studio is expanding and we need to purge our props, equipment, and personal items to make way for the new! 

Sip on some brews from our friends at Solemn Oath Brewery while you shop our phenomenal deals on home goods, electronics, photo equipment, clothing, art from our neighbors Spudnik Press, and so much more. Plus, get a sneak peek of our new, in-progress space! Come for the goods, stay for the vibes. 

Follow our IG story to get updates on the ~*HOT ITEMS*~ featured at the sale. 

1821 W Hubbard St. > 1st floor

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Doc Night :: Muscle Shoals
Aug
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Doc Night :: Muscle Shoals


Join us in the studio Thursday, August 17th from 7:30PM-10PM for Doc Night featuring "Muscle Shoals"!

ABOUT THE DOC:

“Muscle Shoals” is a mesmerizing documentary about how a small town in Alabama became a mecca in the music industry. Despite strong racial and economic divides that plagued our country in the 1960s, Muscle Shoals, Alabama managed to attract diverse talent that eventually formed their distinctive sound. Come watch this film and explore the recording studios’ that broke both boundaries and record charts by defying social norms. 

Watch the trailer HERE. Big shout out to our event partners: Pipcorn and Hopewell Brewing Company for supplying delicious poporn and brews for everyone! And if beer's not your thing - please BYO!

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Show & Tell
Aug
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Show & Tell

Show & Tell is a Low Res event dedicated to showcasing the progress we're making as creatives. 

Whether it's a piece of your passion project, something you’ve done recently for a client, or a concept that you're still fleshing out -- we want to put it up and encourage you forward. 

Photos, illustrations, graphic designs -- any form of visual, viewable art is welcome. Even if you don’t have any work you want to display this time, come support your fellow artists in their creative endeavors.

We hope to see you there!

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If you want to show your art, please submit high res files of your work to tabitha@lowresstudio.com by 10AM on Friday, July 28th. All artwork will projected on a screen during a brief Q&A with each artist. Slots are first come, first served, so make sure you email us soon! We will follow up with more details after your submission is received.

Submission Guidelines: 
- There is no minimum or maximum amount of entries you can submit. We will end up choosing about 2-3 of our favorites to showcase.
- Digital, high-res JPGs only (no print, video, or live performance)
- Artists' who submit must be available to attend the event
- Any questions, please email tabitha@lowresstudio.com

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Starter Kit :: How to Pitch Brands
Jul
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Starter Kit :: How to Pitch Brands

What is Starter Kit?

Think of this as an elective course that you never saw in your college catalog. Come gain the insight and tools to activate your creativity in new ways within different industries. 

This month's Starter Kit will be led Nathan Michael, founder of Low Res, co-founder of Popular Pays, and Chicago influencer.

Course Description:

Whether you're an artist looking for more valuable collaborations or a freelancer searching for your next gig, Nathan will teach you a no fuss formula on how to connect with the brands you love & create valuable, lasting partnerships.

You'll learn:

- What to look for in a good partnership.
- How to communicate the type of partnership you're hoping to create.
- What information Brands look for when partnering with others.
- When it's appropriate to suggest a trade or ask for money.
- What days / times work best for sending a pitch email.
- Plus, some of Nathan's favorite tools / resources for getting the job done.

If there are any specific questions you'd like to have answered in this session, feel free to email us at info@lowresstudio.com.

This event will run from 6-7:30PM as a "Happy Hour" event. BYOB.

***SEATS CAN ONLY BE SECURED THROUGH OUR EVENTBRITE LINK***

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Documentary Night: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Jul
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Join us in the studio Thursday, July 6th from 7:30-10PM for Doc Night!

Low Res Studio
Suite #203
1821 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60622

ABOUT THE DOC:
We’re teaming up with the Museum of Contemporary Photography to host a post party for the MoCP #AiWeiwei exhibition. Join us in the studio for a screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry - the first feature length documentary that presents this iconic Chinese contemporary artist. You'll also hear from special guest Natasha Egan, Executive Director at MoCP. Produced and directed by Alyson Klayman, this film examines the intersection of art and activism and the danger of standing up for what you believe in.

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/18018860

Special thanks to our event partner, Solemn Oath for providing delicious brews for the event!

DETAILS
- Admission is free
- BYOB
- Attendance is limited, so please register to come

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Make sure to catch the #AiWeiwei exhibit before it leaves July 2nd! For more information visit: http://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2017/04/aiweiwei.php


 

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Summer Snap Off :: Field Trip
Jun
24
11:00am11:00am

Summer Snap Off :: Field Trip

WHAT IS SNAP OFF?

>Snap off is a friendly photo competition where we challenge local photographers to shoot unique images using a secret prop chosen by the Low Res team. We typically hold Snap Offs at the studio, but we're kicking off summer with our first inagural Snap Off Field Trip! Meet us at The Hollander Hotel in Wicker Park where you will be welcomed with a cup of jo and Snap Off instructions. After everyone gets setteled we will reveal the ~*secret prop*~ and unleash you into the area to shoot, edit and upload your submission. At the end of the set time, we'll group everyone back together on Floor 2 of The Robey to vote for their favorite photos.

>1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes are sponsored by The Hollander, ONA bags, and Artifact Uprising.

***THIS EVENT IS ADMISSION FREE, BUT YOU MUST SECURE YOUR TICKET THROUGH THE EVENTBRITE LINK TO ATTEND***

 

DO I NEED A FANCY CAMERA?

>Absolutely not. Snap Off proudly welcomes any and all cameras.

Bring whatever you've got. Please keep in mind, however, that all contest submissions will be posted through Instagram.

 

WHEN IS IT?

> Saturday, June 24 from 11:00 A.M to 3:00 P.M.

Show up on time to grab a cup of coffee!

 

WHERE IS IT?

> Kick-off :: The Hollander @ 11AM

> Shooting :: Wicker Park, Chicago

> Award Ceremony :: Floor 2 of The Robey

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Documentary Night: Local Filmmaker Feature
Jun
8
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: Local Filmmaker Feature

Sometimes as creators we focus too much on the end product, when the process to get there is just as intriguing. 

For this month's Doc Night, Low Res is doing something new: we have invited two local filmmakers to show their short documentaries highlighting two very different characters: a pole vaulter and a wizard. After each film we will chat with the creators on how - and why -they decided to share such unique stories with the world. 

Come by the studio for two screenings and mini Q&A's with their filmmakers. Invite your friends. BYOB! 

1st Film: Vera's Vault : The Olympic Pursuit
TRAILER: https://filmfreeway.com/project/verasvault
Filmmakers: Megan Cody (Director / Cinematographer / Editor), 
Lauren Grace Vitiello (Producer / Director / Co-cinematographer)

2nd Film: The Wizard Oz
TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/215213366
Production Company: Animal Studio
Filmmakers: Mike LaHood (Editor/Writer)

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Starter Kit :: Intro to At-Home Bartending
May
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Starter Kit :: Intro to At-Home Bartending

What is Starter Kit?

Think of this as an elective course that you never saw in your college catalog. Come gain the insight and tools to activate your creativity in new ways within different industries. You'll walk away with a no-fuss formula to elevate your interests in areas you want to see growth.

This Starter Kit will be led by Chad Hauge, beverage director at Longman & Eagle!

Course Description:

Whether you're making something special for your crush or hosting a dinner party for your friends, this introductory course into building your at home bar will walk you through the history, hospitality, and recipes of classic cocktails.

Educator's Notes:

"Through a brief introduction to the origins and evolution of cocktails, learn to utilize classic ratios as templates to find balance in your cocktails with as few ingredients as possible.

We will place special emphasis on utilizing fresh ingredients you might find at a farmer's market to make fun augmentations in your newly dialed in classic cocktail."

 

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Documentary Night: PressPausePlay
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documentary Night: PressPausePlay

Join us in the studio Thursday, May 11 from 7-10PM for Doc Night! 

"In a world where everyone can be an artist, what happens to the importance of technique?"

ABOUT THE DOC:
Filmmakers David Dworsky and Victor Köhler examine the upsides and drawbacks of the new world of digital expression in their documentary PressPausePlay, which includes interviews with Moby, Bill Drummond, Seth Godin, Lena Dunham, Robyn, Sean Parker and many more. 

This event is BYOB.

 

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Show & Tell
Apr
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Show & Tell

Show & Tell is a Low Res event dedicated to showcasing the progress we're making as creatives. 

Whether it's a piece of your passion project, something you’ve done recently for a client, or a concept that you're still fleshing out -- we want to put it up and encourage you forward. 

Photos, illustrations, graphic designs -- any form of visual, viewable art is welcome. Even if you don’t have any work you want to display at the time, come support your fellow artists in their creative endeavors.

If you want to show your art, please submit your work to michaela@lowresstudio.com by 10AM on Monday, April 24th. Slots are first come, first served, so make sure you email us soon! We will follow up with more details after your submission is received.

RSVP on our Facebook event!

We hope to see you there!

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Documentary Night: Somm
Apr
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documentary Night: Somm

JOIN US THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH FOR OUR NEXT DOC NIGHT FEATURE: SOMM.

We are excited to host this event in collaboration with Andrew Algren (the wine director for Land and Sea Dept., and previous Sommelier for Alinea). Before viewing the documentary, Andrew will give everyone some pro tips on enjoying wine. Each attendee will receive 3 tastings along with a food pairing before the showing and a full glass of wine as it begins.

Tickets are $10, only 100 seats available. Click the link below to buy. 

ABOUT THE DOC:

Arguably one of the hardest tests in the entire world, "Somm" takes us on a journey with four eccentric characters as they prepare to take the Master Sommelier exam. This captivatingly voyeuristic film will forever change the way you look at wine.

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Spring Snap Off
Mar
25
11:00am11:00am

Spring Snap Off

WHAT'S A SNAP OFF?

Snap off is a friendly photo competition where we challenge Chicago photographers to shoot unique images using a secret prop chosen by the Low Res team. We'll start out at the studio and hear about the "Secrets on How to Take Great Portraits" from fellow Chicago photographers Adam Jason Cohen, Anna Zajac, and Alex Tan. Following that, we'll reveal the secret prop and then release the crowd to go out and shoot. At the end of the set time, we'll group everyone back together to vote for their favorite photos.

There's no limit to what you can create; it's all about flexing your creative muscle. 

The prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be released on our Instagram up until the event!

DO I NEED A FANCY CAMERA?

> Absolutely not. Snap Off proudly welcomes any and all cameras.
iPhones, DSLRs, Polaroid iZones...bring whatever you've got.
If you’re still wondering if your gear is up to par for Snap Off, click here.

Please keep in mind, however, that all contest submissions will be posted through Instagram.

WHEN IS IT?

> Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 A.M to 2:00 P.M.

Show up on time to grab a cup of hot coffee!

WHERE IS IT?

> Low Res Studio, 1821 W Hubbard Street, Chicago

See you there!

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Documentary Night: Annie Leibovitz Life Through a Lens
Mar
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documentary Night: Annie Leibovitz Life Through a Lens

This month we're showing Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens on Thursday, March 9th at 7PM. 
 

In honor of Women's History month, Low Res is celebrating the creative women that have directly impacted the work we make in the studio. Come and enjoy the story of one of America's most renown portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz. 

As always, admission is free and it's BYOB. Let us know we'll see you there by RSVPing below!

***Because of the event's overwhelming response, this month's Doc night will run on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 6:45PM and remain open until we hit capacity.***

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Documentary Night: Sky Ladder
Feb
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documentary Night: Sky Ladder

This month we're showing Sky Ladder on Thursday the 16th at 7PM. 
 

Everyone liked setting things on fire as a kid (we're not the only ones right!?) Cai Guo-Qiang has taken his child-like wonder and has made a career out of it by becoming a firework artist. As told through the artist's own words and those of family, friends and observers, the film tracks Cai's journey in creating the "Sky Ladder:" a 1,650-foot ladder of fire climbing into the skies above Cai's hometown. As always admission is free and it's BYOB. Let us know we'll see you there by RSVPing below!

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Show Love Club
Feb
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Show Love Club

Let's face it, Valentine's Day can be a bitter-sweet holiday. It can resurrect feelings of lost loves and missed opportunities. But it also gives us the opportunity - and permission -  to show our appreciation for those we love, as well as those in need. 

We are proud to partner with GRIP Outreach For Youth: an amazing organization that provides life-on-life mentorship opportunities for the fatherless youth of Chicago. At Show Love Club guests are invited to design custom Valentine's Day cards for the youth of the GRIP program, because we all deserve to be shown some <3

Inspired and fueled by the 1950's, Show Love Club activities will also include a kissing (photo)booth, spiked root beer floats, and many opportunities to ask your crush to shake, rattle and roll it out on the dance floor. Themed outfits not required, but highly suggested for the costume contest. 

Details:

Guests must be 21+. Attendance is limited so please head over to the Facebook Event and hit "Going" if you plan on coming. And stay tuned as we launch a giveaway, post style guides, and reveal our partners on IG + FB throughout the next two weeks!

xoxo

 

 

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Documentary Night: Eames: The Architect and Painter
Jan
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documentary Night: Eames: The Architect and Painter

 

Narrated by James Franco, Eames: The Architect and The Painter tells the story of Charles and Ray Eames. Known for their popular chair design, the two artists did much more then just furniture design. Their California studio was called "the Google of their time," pumping out new, innovative ideas and thoughtful solutions to their clients' needs. The film also delves into their personal lives and reveals the power couple's sometimes tortured love for one another. 

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Snap Off
Nov
19
10:00am10:00am

Snap Off

We're teaming up with Artifact Uprising + Impossible Project for our FALL SNAP OFF

WHAT'S A SNAP OFF?

We’re inviting all Chicago photographers to create a unique piece of content with a secret prop chosen by our team. Think of this as the ultimate practice to working with a client. Creativity is a muscle...so, the more we practice, experiment, and challenge ourselves, the better we become. We'll give you the parameters and you create something unique that speaks to your aesthetic. At the end of the set time to go out & explore, we'll group everyone back together to vote for their favorite photos.

Grand Prize will win the Impossible Project I-1 analog instant camera (pictured below) + $100 gift card to Artifact Uprising

2nd + 3rd place will each win a $100 gift card to Artifact Uprising

WHEN IS IT?

> Saturday, November 19th at 10:00 A.M.

We'll start our morning off with some caffeinated beverages from Intelligentsia while we hear from fellow Chicago photographers John Stoffer, Alina Tsvor, Dennis Elliott, and Evan Sheehan about bringing inspiration to action. Then we'll announce the secret prop for everyone to use. 

From there, you'll have the chance to flex your creativity and take a photo that you'll post to be entered to win prizes. Afterward, we'll come back to Low Res Studio to celebrate everyone's creativity by checking out what everyone took and voting on our favorites. 

See you there!

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Documentary Night: Banksy Does New York
Nov
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: Banksy Does New York

Chronicling Banksy's month long residency in New York City in 2013, Banksy Does New York follows each of the internationally revered street artist's projects as they popped up  unannounced (and sometimes unwanted) all over the city. Ranging from unconventional, conceptual performance pieces to traditional graffiti, Banksy had the entire city anxious for more of his work, while miraculously evading NYPD for an entire month.

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Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House
Oct
14
to Oct 15

Hubbard Street Lofts Annual Open House

Come see a behind the scenes look at some of the most creative local businesses in Chicago! Our home, Hubbard Street Lofts, is hosting their annual open house Friday, October 14th, and you're invited. Check out all of the unique spaces and galleries, see local artists' work, and party with us at the After (Dance) Party featuring DJ Scottie McNiece hosted at Low Res!

Doors open at 6pm, and the after party begins at 10pm.

Tasty Libations Sponsored by Hopewell & LetherBee Gin

 

Featured Studios Include: 

Spudnik Press

Latitude Chicago

The Post Family

Almost Gold

Johalla Projects

FoxGlove Studio

Tatine Candles

And Much More

 

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Documentary Night: Beauty is Embarrassing
Oct
13
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: Beauty is Embarrassing

From making the puppets on Pee-wee’s Playhouse to the artwork in The Smashing Pumpkins Video, Wayne White has worn many artistic hats in his life. Constantly pushing to understand himself more, White is always striving for improvement. Rooted in humor while still living in the fine arts realm, Wayne has shown that art can be a 24/7 lifestyle. RSVP here.

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Documentary Night: Finding Vivian Maier
Sep
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: Finding Vivian Maier

A Chicago nanny who kept her creative life a secret was uncovered as a phenomenally talented street photographer when her film was purchased at an auction house for a mere $380. This film unravels the past of Vivian Maier as John Maloof develops her collection of 100,000 photographs of Chicago and New York residents in the 1950s.

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Show & Tell
Aug
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Show & Tell

Let’s celebrate the progress we’re making as artists together. Here’s your chance to share something you’re proud of with other like minded creatives.

If you want to show your visual art (photos, graphic design, illustrations, etc) please submit your work to info@lowresstudio.com by 10AM on Monday, August 29th. We will follow up with more details after your submission is received.

You create great work; now let’s show it off.

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Documentary Night: MAKE
Aug
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Documentary Night: MAKE

Come join us for the documentary MAKE, a look into the lives of various creative professionals and stories of struggle and triumph in their careers. MAKE is not just a reflection, but also a question. What does it look like to live a life as a healthy and successful artist? Why is it that we choose to do what we do every day? This film is a small window into “the things we make and the things that make us.”

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