150 Media Stream is a multi-faceted achievement in art, architecture and technology that celebrates the transformational power of art as collective experience and explores the interplay of art, space and viewership in both public and private contexts.
During regularly scheduled “artists’ moments,” residents and visitors come together to experience media art displayed at a grand scale, as 89 LED blades stretching 150 feet long and rising 22 feet high ignite into light, color, and movement. Developed in partnership with Chicago’s premier arts, culture and higher learning institutions and private supporters, the 150 Media Stream is an international platform for both rising and established Chicago, US and global media artists.
The installation also features competitively selected collaborative works by exceptional art educators and students through its groundbreaking media arts program, ensuring a truly representative cross-section of Chicago’s diverse arts community.
Located at 150 North Riverside Plaza in Chicago, the 150 Media Stream is the only structure of its kind dedicated to showcasing Chicago artists, culture and history alongside renowned and emerging artists from around the world.
Riverside Investment & Development
Building Developer, Commissioned 150 Media Stream
Riverside Investment & Development’s most recent venture, 150 North Riverside, is located at the confluence of the three branches of the Chicago River and is a bold expression of the firm’s innovative vision and commitment to excellence.
“One of our core objectives as property developers is to create spaces and places which help their occupants operate their businesses and lives more effectively and efficiently. Creating a sense of place, and an environment which is hospitable to creativity, pride of home, and an espirit d’corps is a means by which we can help our tenants recruit and retain the best possible talent. We believe 150 Media Stream is a strong example of our firm’s commitment to these principles, and to delivering the highest quality properties in their given market.”
—Anthony Scacco, Executive Vice President
150 Media Stream Curator, Video Artist
Yuge Zhou is a Chinese-born, Chicago-based artist and curator. As an artist, Zhou’s videos and installations address connections, isolation and longing across natural and urban spaces as sites of shared dreams. Zhou has exhibited nationally and internationally in prominent art and public venues. Her dance film “Love Letters” is currently shown as part of Art on theMART’s fall program (until Nov 18th, 2022), a nightly public art projection onto the facade of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago. Recent awards include Juried Award in the installation category at ArtPrize 2021, Artist Fellowship Award in Media Arts from the Illinois Arts Council and Honorary Mention in the 2020 Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria.
As a curator, she’s been directing the 3300-square-foot 150 Media Stream since its launch in 2017. In this capacity, she has worked with over forty established and emerging media artists and institutions to create innovative programming each month that engages a cross-section of diverse communities.
Zhou earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and she also holds a masters degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.
150 Media Stream commissioned and curated by:
Riverside Investment & Development
display concept and physical structure by:
McCann Systems in cooperation with Digital Kitchen
creative content partnership with:
150 N Riverside Plaza lobby and building design by:
identity and graphic design by:
the tenants of 150 N Riverside Plaza
with special thanks to:
William Blair and Company
The Pritzker Organization