The Block Spot

The Block Spot is a place to relax, study, see art and meet friends.

A light-filled lounge in the museum’s first floor lobby, Block Spot is equipped with Wi-Fi and offers a comfy sofa and chairs, study spaces and chalkboard walls where visitors can share their thoughts about Block exhibitions, films and programs or leave messages for friends. The Block Spot is a site for new kinds of programs at the Block, as well as a great place for students to hang out on campus. “In creating this gathering space we are signaling to Northwestern students that the Block is their museum,” said Lisa Graziose Corrin, the museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director. Block Spot also features an interior counter running along the eastern and southern wall of windows, creating a perfect place for conversation, contemplation, and soaking up the sun. 

Block Spot was created with James Geier, president and co-founder of Chicago’s award-winning 555 International, and with input from undergraduates in industrial designer and adjunct lecturer John Hartman’s industrial design projects class at the Segal Design Institute, based at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science