Chicago’s art scene would not be the same without Theaster Gates, and neither would Chicago itself. A city native, Gates’ diverse artistic practice has a hugely visible impact on both the community and infrastructure within which he works. Having studied urban planning and worked as the Chicago Transit Authority’s arts planner, Theaster Gates describes himself as equal parts artist and bureaucrat. His celebrated “Dorchester Project” consisted of buying up dilapidated old buildings and renovating them into cultural institutions that celebrated and supported the culture of the South Side. Regarded by many as a “civic treasure on par with Chicago’s skyline,” as the mayor once put it, Gates is a true visionary building a new cultural epicenter from the ground up.