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Apply now for the Nightingale-in-Residence Program!

The Nightingale is excited to offer a new low-cost studio lease and residency program for Chicago-area artists. Through the months of June-August 2021, a resident artist will utilize a bedroom at the Nightingale as a studio space for making film, video, media, sound, writing, curatorial projects, or other digital artworks. The Nightingale was founded in 2008 due to the lack of moving image-focused exhibition spaces available to makers in the city, and we hope that the Nightingale-in-Residence program can further fill a gap in moving image-focused studio residency opportunities in Chicago and the Midwest. The Nightingale-in-Residence Program will offer bi-weekly studio visits to residents from artists, critics, and thinkers in the Chicago arts community, as well as a drive-in style exhibition of the artists’ works (or a curated program by the resident). Nightingale-in-Residence will have access to Nightingale Cinema projection and audio equipment. You may apply for this program as a single artist, or as part of a two-person collaborative project or collective. This program is made possible in part by the Hyde Park Art Center Artists Run Chicago 2.0 grant.

This is the first iteration of this program, and we are currently seeking funding opportunities to make this a sustainable free residency program in the future, but the Nightingale Cinema is not financially capable of creating scholarship opportunities at this time. For summer 2021, residents will pay $250/month for the 250 sq ft studio, and this payment will go towards the Nightingale’s rent, utilities, and studio visitors. Traditionally, the Nightingale has had four roommates living in the space, and currently there are three, so we have decided to create this project to expand the offerings of the Nightingale in lieu of taking on a fourth roommate to contribute rent. This payment will aid substantially in continuing future Nightingale programs. If you are lacking funds to pay for the studio lease, please email Nightingale Director Emily Eddy at and we will add you to a short-list for future no-cost residency opportunities.

Apply via Google Forms here:


  • Studio Residency at the Nightingale Cinema


  • June - August 2021

What’s Included:

  • Bi-weekly studio visits with artists, writers, and curators from the Chicago community.
  • Drive-in screening hosted by the Nightingale within six months of the studio residency.
  • Access to Nightingale projection and audio equipment (digital, 16mm, Super 8, audio PA).
  • Basic accommodations including desk, chair, some furniture, and storage space.


  • $250 per month

Application Schedule

  • Applications due May 7th, 2021
  • Zoom interviews scheduled May 12th-16th, 2021
  • Notification date for June 1st start date May 19th, 2021

The Fine Print/Terms and Conditions

This is not a live-in residency opportunity and is only available for Chicago-area residents age 18+. Wet materials (paint, ceramics, etc.) are not available for use in our space. Three roommates live in the space, and the residency studio is an additional bedroom in the building. Artists will have access to the studio from 8am-11pm, unless overnight access is arranged. The Nightingale will provide basic necessities including desks, some furniture, and some storage. Tech needs may be met on a basis of availability, although computers and software will not be provided. Due to the ongoing pandemic, guests other than studio visitors arranged by Nightingale staff will need to be scheduled at least 3 days in advance. Masks will be worn in the main space (outside of the studio room). We will be collecting voluntary demographic information in the application to aid in potential future funding and granting opportunities for the residency program.


Nightingale Cinema is committed to being open and accessible to most artists. We are eager to work with you directly to meet your needs. The studio is located on the second floor of the building, and unfortunately there is no elevator or ramp. The main entrance of the cinema is wheelchair accessible, but the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible. There is one restroom on the first floor, and one restroom up a short set of stairs from the studio on the second floor. We are prepared to produce or facilitate accommodations such as large print materials or similar accommodations, and any other actions that our volunteer staff are reasonably able to fulfill. Service animals can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. All service animals must have up-to-date paperwork and a current vet check and flea treatment. Street parking is available on Milwaukee Ave., Noble St., and Augusta St. For early morning or overnight visits, make sure to obey street cleaning parking rules so as not to get ticketed.

Your contact for questions or to request accessibility accommodations is Nightingale Cinema’s Director Emily Eddy (

Name: Emily Eddy
Address: 1084 N Milwaukee Ave, Apt. A
Phone: 5032678866