Highlights from our history: 1987 to the present

September 21, 2021

Since 1987 HotHouse has organized more than 7,000 public events. We have paid more than 1M to artists since we started organizing events and have attracted more than 2 million patrons and viewers through our live and virtual programming.

Critically acclaimed for initiating remarkable festivals and international cultural exchanges; examples of the more intricate endeavors HotHouse successfully realized would include:

  • The Women of the New Jazz Festival (1991, 2001, and 2004),
  • The FMP Festival –Blowin’ In From Chicago (1995)
  • Chicago World Music Festival -1999
  • The Chicago-South Africa Initiative (2000)
  • Viva Flamenco ( 2002)
  • The Jazz en Clavé Festivals (2004-2006)
  • Patchwerx Festival of Directors of Color ( 2005-2006 )
  • From the Lion’s Point of View, The African Jubillee ( 2010)
  • WPA 2.0, a Brand New Deal (2011-2013)
  • This Land is Our Land – a centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie (2012)
  • Jazz on a Summers Day ( 2009-2016)
  • The Son Jarocho International Exchange Project (2013)
  • Old and New Dreams Festivals (2015, 2016)
  • Cuba and The Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange ( 2016 and ongoing)
  • Global Voices at the Alhambra Palace ( 2017 and 2018 )
  • Jazz on a Summer’s Day at Blueberry Fields ( 2018)
  • Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation ( 2018)
  • On Whose Shoulders ( 2019)
  • Concert for Cuba ( 2020)
  • HotHouse Meets Havana ( 2021)
  • ¡Activista! International Women’s Day Concert ( 2021)
  • Break the Siege Concert for Gaza ( 2021)
  • The Paulo Freire Centennial Series ( 2022)

Featured News

Block Club Chicago - HotHouse Coming To Bronzeville, 16 Years After Popular Venue Closed In The South Loop
July 12, 2023
Founder Marguerite Horberg raised funds to buy the Donnelly Youth Center, which will be turned into a restaurant, meeting rooms and a dance hall/performance space.
Block Club Chicago - HotHouse Coming To Bronzeville, 16 Years After Popular Venue Closed In The South Loop
July 12, 2023
Founder Marguerite Horberg raised funds to buy the Donnelly Youth Center, which will be turned into a restaurant, meeting rooms and a dance hall/performance space.