Chicago’s first-ever sukkah design festival seeks to do social good in an under-resourced neighborhood

Sukkahs, temporary, outdoor, ad hoc structures built during the Jewish holiday Sukkot are the subject of the first annual Chicago Sukkah Design Festival happening October 9–16 in the South Side neighborhood of North Lawndale. Sukkot, an annual, week-long holiday, celebrates the yearly harvest by congregating with friends and family over shared meals. The festival aims to combine social justice with cultural legacy through design.

Conceived by Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison of Could Be Architecture and co-hosted by the Lawndale Pop Spot, Chicago Sukkah Design Festival draws upon this communal history by pairing local architecture firms with community organizers to design and build small

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